Upon being accepted into FTA I was elated with the opportunity to train along side cadets from major airlines. My eyes were wide and my hopes were high! Coming from a small flying school in Bankstown with 6 aircraft I was amazed at the facilities and professionalism of FTA’s instructors. Moving onto the aircraft – of which all are modern and have hundreds of hours on them not thousands. Most IFR
equipped aircraft are equipped with a Garmin G-1000 suite to make an instrument rating seem easier than it is and excellent sims available for use at any time of the day to hone those skills.
In terms of a training environment I can’t fault both flying and ground school instructors. At times the ground school can drift further than what the syllabus requires however knowledge is never a burden in aviation. It is a very controlled environment with monthly safety meetings and a culture of reporting incidents. Instructors and training managers are always open and the open door policy made me feel comfortable talking to my TM/Instructor or even finance issues with VETSL.
with the right attitude FTA will foster your potential
The downsides, of which are very few. It is a college designed with airlines in mind so living on campus is expensive. The accommodation and food whilst it is a high standard is overpriced and for self funded students seeking accommodation off site accommodation should be investigated prior to starting at FTA. The positive is I can roll out of bed in my air conditioned unit and go straight to the hanger for ground school, flight or sim session.
The pool, sports fields and table tennis table make for good recreation and allow for some down time. The bar open most Friday’s made for some interesting nights…
Overall my experience at FTA lasted 8 months and I completed my MECIR and CPL with passes first time in every CPL exam & IREX. I finished on time and can’t thank FTA enough for the experience. Provided you posses the right attitude FTA will foster your potential.
Andrew Norris – VET 2