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MTU – Global Business & Pilot Studies (BSc)

AFTA have collaborated with Munster Technological University (MTU) to provide prospective pilots with a unique opportunity to complete embedded commercial pilot training as part of a level 8 degree.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Global Business and Pilot Studies is a blended approach to becoming a professional pilot and offers students the ability to gain a frozen Airline Transport Pilot License (fATPL) alongside an Honours Degree. This course aims to develop the business knowledge of pilots in a context closely aligned to their initial training in such a way that they benefit not only from a complementary knowledge base but also the ability to avail of a primary degree that offers them improved career opportunities.

  • Year One: Students will study on MTU campus
  • Year Two & Three: Students will undertake Commercial Pilot training at AFTA
  • Year Four: Complete their final year of study with MTU online whilst working
  • For full course overview and entry requirements please visit: MTU’s course page

Candidates will have the opportunity to apply for either of our Ab-Initio programmes, Ryanair Mentored Programme or Fully Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Training Programme. Successful applicants will then undertake the extensive training at AFTA involving 220 hours flight time at Cork International Airport and Waterford Airport across years two and three of their studies.

  • Please note: AFTA only list requirements for the flight training aspect of this degree, for full details of the course, admission requirements and fees pertaining to MTU, please visit: MTU’s course page

Ryanair Mentored Programme

Ryanair Mentored cadets will receive ongoing one-on-one mentoring from a Ryanair pilot with Ryanair Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), culture and operational philosophy being taught to the student from day one of flight training. Mentored students are guaranteed a final assessment with Ryanair and will have exclusive access to a fast track recruitment process.

If you are unsuccessful in the initial assessment for the Ryanair Mentored Programme you may be considered for our Fully Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Training Programme.

Requirements:

  • Hold EU/EEA Passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.
  • Minimum age: 17 ½ years of age.
  • Flexibility to be based across Europe.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
  • Disciplined, highly motivated with demonstrable leadership qualities.
  • Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 Medical.
  • Complete an assessment online (CUT-E) and in our academy.

Course Syllabus

Upon completion of Year 1 at MTU Cork Campus, students will progress to AFTA to begin flight training.

BASIC (PHASE 1)

This phase comprises of integrated basic flight training and ground school equivalent to PPL standard and night  flying endorsement

  • 100 Hours PPL Theoretical Training and Long Briefs
  • 37.0 Hours Dual Flight Training
  • 10.0 Hours solo.

INTERMEDIATE (PHASE 2)

The next 2 phases concentrates mainly on ATPL theory and examinations with a prescribed amount of dual and PIC flight training to maintain currency of previously attained flight skills. The ATPLs are a set of 14 subjects and exams which are required for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence. The full time course is split into three bi-monthly modules culminating in a set of exams at the end of each module. Examples of Modules: 1. Flight Planning, Mass & Balance, Performance, Meteorology. Human Performance. 2. Principles of Flight, General Navigation, Radio Navigation, Visual Flight Rules Communication, Instrument Flight Rules Communication. 3. Instrumentation, Operational Procedures, Air Law. On completion of ATPL theory students will be introduced to basic Single Engine Aircraft Instrument  Flight and  advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery training.

  • 657 Hours ATPL Theoretical Training.
  • 22.0 Hours Long Briefs on Basic Instrument and Navigation
  • 11.0 Hours Dual Flight Training.
  • 20.0 Hours SPIC flight training.
  • 40.0 Hours PIC.

INTERMEDIATE (PHASE 3)

These phases of training involves covering multi engine handling and VFR (Visual Flight Rules) navigation.

  • 28.0 Hours Briefing on Multi Engine and Commercial Operations
  • 14.0 Hours Dual Multi Engine flight training
  • 1.0 Hours FNPT II Multi Engine Simulator Training

ADVANCED (PHASE 4)

This phase of training involves Multi Engine Instrument Rating Training.

  • 25 Hours Briefing on Instrument Rating
  • 16 Dual Multi engine flight training.
  • 39 FNPT II Multi engine simulator training.

ADVANCED (PHASE 5)

The final 4 week phase of training covers the Airline Preparation Standard Multi Crew Co-ordination (APS MCC)  inclusive of  a Threat  and Error Management Course (TEM) and Cockpit Resource Management (CRM).

  • 25 Hours theoretical training
  • 40 Hours APS / MCC approved simulator training
  • Multi Crew operations and development of non‐technical skills in a multi  crew environment
  • Cockpit Resource Management
  • Cockpit procedures
  • Jet handling

FLIGHT MANAGEMENT COMPUTER FAMILIARISATION AND OPERATION

  • Automatic Flight and Navigation (LNAV-(EXPAND-lateral navigation,
  • VNAV (vertical navigation),
  • RNAV( Area Navigation)
  • RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance for Arrivals),
  • PBN (performance based navigation)
  • ACAS (Aircraft Collision and Avoidance System)
  • EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System)
  • Adverse weather ( Winter Ops, Windshear, Hot weather, Turbulence,  Low vis)
  • Ryanair specific Large Aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Technique (UPRT)

Course Fees

Course Fee (2021): €86,000

Broken into four instalments during your training.
Deposit: €2,000
Day 1 at AFTA: €30,000
Week 20: €28,000
Week 40: €26,000

COURSE FEE INCLUDES:

  • iPad, uniform, pilot flight bag, headset, digital copies of ATPL theory and PPL theory books, pilots computer (CRP5), knee-board, logbook, VFR charts.
  • Access to Ryanair SOPs and Boeing 737 manuals.
  • Ryanair specific APS MCC.
  • Advanced Upset and Prevention Recovery Training (AUPRT).
  • Safety Courses and Airport ID along with all associated administration.
  • Course management and access to our online training records system.

COURSE FEE EXCLUDES:

  • Online CUT-E assessment €55 and AFTA assessment fee: €300.
  • Accommodation and living expenses (we recommend €550) – Our Student Liaison Officer is available to assist students in sourcing accommodation prior to commencing.
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical.
  • Boeing 737-800 Type- Rating: €30,000 currently, this may be more or less at time of graduation.
  • ATPL theory exams and IAA licence fees. (€100 per exams x 13) PPL and CPL licences (approx. €700): in total approximately €2,000.

Fully Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Programme

The Fully Integrated Airline First Officer Pilot Training Programme is a highly focused and structured program that allows students with zero flying experience to receive an a European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) frozen Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) in 18 months.

Requirements:

  • Minimum age: 17 ½
  • Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 Medical
  • Complete an assessment in our academy.
  • Minimum IELTS Level 4.5 English Language Proficiency

Course Syllabus

Upon completion of Year 1 at MTU Cork Campus, students will progress to AFTA to begin flight training.

BASIC (PHASE 1)

The 3 phases comprise integrated basic flight training and ground school equivalent to PPL standard and night flying endorsement

  • 100 hours PPL Theoretical Training and Long Briefs
  • 37.0 hours Dual Flight Training
  • 10.0 hours solo.

Intermediate (PHASE 2)

The next 2 phases concentrate mainly on ATPL theory and examinations with a prescribed amount of dual and PIC flight training to maintain currency of previously attained flight skills. On completion of ATPL theory students will be introduced to basic Single Engine Aircraft Instrument Flight and  Upset Prevention and recovery training.

  • 657 Hours ATPL Theoretical Training.
  • 22.0 Hours Long Briefs on Basic Instrument and Navigation
  • 11.0 Hours Dual Flight Training.
  • 20.0 Hours SPIC flight training.
  • 40.0 Hours PIC.

Intermediate (PHASE 3)

These phases of training involve covering multi-engine handling and VFR navigation.

  • 28.0 hours Briefing on Multi-Engine and Commercial Operations
  • 14.0 hours Dual Multi-Engine flight training
  • 1.0 hours FNPT II Multi-Engine Simulator Training

Advanced (Phase 4) 

This phase of training involves Multi-Engine Instrument Rating Training.

  • 25 hours Briefing on Instrument Rating
  • 16 Dual Multi-engine flight training.
  • 39 FNPT II Multi-engine simulator training.

Advanced (Phase 5)

The final 2-week phase of training covers the APS MCC, inclusive of a Threat and Error Management Course (TEM) and Cockpit Resource Management (CRM).

  • 25 Hours theoretical training
  • 40 Hours APS / MCC approved simulator training
  • Multi-Crew operations and development of non‐technical skills in a multi-crew environment
  • Cockpit Resource Management
  • Cockpit procedures
  • Jet handling

Flight Management Computer Familiarisation and Operation

  • Automatic Flight and Navigation (LNAV-(EXPAND-lateral navigation
  • VNAV (Vertical Navigation),
  • RNAV(Area Navigation)
  • RNP AR (Required Navigation Performance for Arrivals),
  • PBN (Performance Based Navigation)
  • ACAS (Aircraft Collision and Avoidance System)
  • EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System)
  • Adverse weather (Winter Ops, Windshear, Hot Weather, Turbulence,  Low Visibility)
  • Large Aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Technique (UPRT)

Course Fees

Course Fee (2021): €79,000

Four payment instalments during your training.
Deposit: €2,000
Day 1 at AFTA: €26,000
Week 20: €26,000
Week 40: €25,000

Course Fee Includes:

  • iPad, uniform, flight bag, headset, digital copies of ATPL theory and PPL theory books, pilots computer (CRP5), kneeboard, logbook, VFR charts.
  • Safety Courses and Airport ID along with all associated administration.
  • Course management and access to our online training records system.
  • Advanced Upset and Prevention Recovery Training (AUPRT).
  • Airline Preparation Standard and Multi-Crew Co-ordination (APS MCC).
  • Professional Development Programme.

Course Fee Excludes:

    • Online CUT-E assessment €55 and AFTA assessment fee: €300.
    • Accommodation and living expenses (we recommend €550) – Our Student Liaison Officer is available to assist students in sourcing accommodation prior to commencing.
    • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical.
    • Boeing 737-800 Type- Rating: This varies depending on airline you wish to work for, please check relevant airlines website for guidance. Ryanair is €30,000 currently, this may be more or less at time of graduation.
    • ATPL theory exams and IAA licence fees. (€100 per exams x 13) PPL and CPL licences (approx. €700): in total approximately €2,000.

Arrange an Assessment

Our assessment for both Integrated programmes consist of two parts.

1) Psychometric and aptitude testing – which can be completed online at home.

2) Simulator assessment and interview – which can be booked between Monday – Friday in our academy (if restrictions allow), or online via Zoom and Simulator assessment booked when restrictions ease.

Preparation is key; please email our training advisors on info@afta.ie who will send you all the relevant information to help you prepare for the assessment process.

The CUT-E Test

Once you feel fully prepared to sit the CUT-E assessment, contact AFTA to arrange payment and one of our training advisors will email the CUT-E link for you to complete the assessment at home. This is a computerised pilot screening system which assesses work related behaviour, situational behaviour, deductive-logical thinking, inductive-logical thinking, spatial orientation, reaction speed, monitoring ability, multi-tasking capabilities and complex control.

The Simulator

After successfully passing the CUT-E test, you will be invited to attend part two of the assessment in our academy. The simulator aptitude test consists of a short briefing, after which you will be instructed to perform some basic manoeuvres. This is to assess your trainability, capacity and interaction with an instructor.

The Interview

This final part of the process is an opportunity for you to tell us why you want to become an airline pilot, or why you’d like to join the Ryanair mentorship programme and what qualities, characteristics and experience you could offer Ryanair. The instructors want to be sold on your commitment and dedication towards the training and the career. You will be tested on your technical and non-technical skills. Non- technical skills include areas such as communication, leadership and decision making. Technical skills would include, basic knowledge of aircraft systems, principles of flight. There will also be some mental math’s questions included here, this would usually involve a time, distance, speed equations at a basic level.

Interested in learning more?

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