Flight Training Adelaide

providing world class aviation training solutions

Airline Programs

training future airline captains
We at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) provide customised aviation training solutions to meet the needs of our airline partners. We have been training airline cadets since 1982 and are proud to be associated with many of the leading airlines in the world.

The secret to our success is our partnering approach with our airline customers and our focus on supplying airlines with future captains.
Sponsor Airlines

Training Programs

Airlines have a unique culture and require different training outcomes. We design customised training programs for our respective airline customers and commit to provide the following:

Selection Cadet Selection Programs
CPL Commercial Pilot Licence
MECIR Multi-Engine Command Instrument Rating
ATPL Airline Transport Pilot Licence
MCC Multi-Crew Cooperation Training
MPL Multi-Crew Pilot Licence


Our selection program is based on a two-tier system:

Tier 1 is the ‘COMPASS’ desktop-based pilot selection tool. Candidates who achieve the minimum entry level for either the basic or advanced assessment will progress to the next tier of selection.

Tier 2 is the flight grading module, used to assess candidates with varying levels of previous flying experience.

Note Tier 1 can be delivered worldwide.

Cadet Program

Cadet ProgramS
Our cadet program is typically made up of 56 weeks of training for cadets with little or no previous flying experience to achieve a CPL, MECIR, frozen ATPL, MCC or a MPL.

  • CPL AVI40108 Certificate IV in Aviation
  • MECIR AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instrument)
  • ATPL 40303SA Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Airline Transport Pilot Licence)

All syllabi are tailored to meet the individual requirements of our customer airlines and their respective regulators.

Details of Cathay Pacific’s cadet pilot program can be found here

Details of Cathay Dragon’s cadet pilot program can be found here

Details of IndiGo’s cadet pilot program can be found here

Details of Vietnam Airlines cadet pilot program can be found here

Advanced Programs

Advanced Entry

This 30 week course (depending on regulatory requirements) allows airline selected CPL holders a pathway to an airline career. On conclusion, graduates enter the airline with a MECIR, frozen ATPL and MCC qualification.

  • MECIR AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instrument)
  • ATPL 40303SA Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Airline Transport Pilot Licence)

Transition Training

This 6–12 week program is aimed at pilots with a 500 hours multi-engine command, ATPL and 1500 hours total flying experience.

English Language

English Language Training

English language assessment and training are available at the college for our airline customers. If necessary, we can provide English language testing and orientation training for overseas airline customers in their country before coming to FTA.

For additional information on the above programs please contact us

Training Aircraft


We operate a fleet of 54 aircraft. All the aircraft of a similar type have an identical avionic and navigation suite. Additionally, a number of synthetic training devices are used to support our flying programs.

Socata TB10 Tobago

TB10Socata TB10 Tobago

We have a fleet of eighteen Socata TB10 Tobago aircraft that are used to introduce basic handling, navigation and basic instrument flying, on which cadets will achieve first solo.

Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360-A1AD 4-cylinder horizontally opposed air-cooled piston engine,
Horsepower: 180 hp
Length: 7.63 m (25 ft 01⁄2 in)
Wingspan: 9.76 m (32 ft 01⁄4 in)
Height: 3.20 m (10 ft 6 in)
Wing area: 11.90 m2 (128.1 sq ft)
Airfoil: RA 16.3
Aspect ratio: 8:1
Empty weight: 670 kg (1,477 lb)
Max. take-off weight: 1,150 kg (2,530 lb)
Maximum speed: 247 km/h (133 knots, 153 mph)
Cruise speed: 235 km/h (127 knots, 146 mph)
Stall speed: 97 km/h (52 knots, 60 mph)
Range: 1,210 km (653 nmi, 752 mi)
Service ceiling: 3,960 m (13,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 4.0 m/s (790 ft/min)

Diamond DA40 CS

DA40Diamond DA40 CS

We have fourteen DA40 aircraft that are equipped with the latest Garmin 1000 glass cockpit and are primarily used in the advanced phase of commercial pilot training and advanced instrument flying.

Diamond Aircraft

Engine: Lycoming IO-360-M1A
Horsepower: 180 hp
Propelller: Hartzell 2-blade aluminium constant-speed
Length: 26 ft 5 in
Height: 6 ft 6 in
Wing Span: 39 ft 6 in
Maximum takeoff weight: 2,645 lbs
Useful load: 900 lbs (standard equipped airplane)
Fuel capacity, usable (standard/optional): 40 gal / 50 gal
Fuel: AVGAS 100LL
Rate of climb, sea level: 1,120 ft/min
Maximum operating altitude: 16,400 ft
Cruise speed at 75%: 145 ktas/10 gal/hr

Diamond DA42 L360

DA42Diamond DA42 L360

Like the DA40 fleet, FTA’s seven DA42 aircraft are equipped with Garmin 1000 glass cockpit and is used for multi-engine instrument training.

Diamond Aircraft

Engine: 2x Lycoming I0-360 fuel injected counter rotating engines equipped with PowerFlow tuned exhaust system
Horsepower: 360 hp total
Propellers: 2x MT 3-blade composite hydraulic constant speed with unfeathering accumulator
Length: 28 ft 1 in
Height: 8 ft 2 in
Wing span: 44 ft
Maximum take-off weight: 3,935 lbs
Fuel capacity, total / usable: 79 gal / 76.4 gal
Fuel: 100 LL Avgas
Rate of climb (MTOW, SL, ISA, Vy: 90kts): 1,400 fpm
Maximum demonstrated operating altitude: 18,000 ft
Cruise speed at 75% power: 162 ktas

Mudry CAP 10

CAP10Mudry CAP 10

We offer fully integrated upset, prevention and recovery training (UPRT) as part of our airline training courses. Cadet exposure to UPRT commences during the second module of training and culminates with extreme UPRT in the Mudry CAP10.

Engine Model: 1x Lycoming AEIO-360-B2F
Engine Power: 182 hp
Max. Cruise Speed: 162 kts
Max. Speed (vne) 184 kts
Service Ceiling: 16.404 ft
Rate of climb: 1575 ft/min
Range: 540 nm
Empty Weight: 550 kg
Max. Takeoff Weight: 760 kg
Max. Landing Weight: 760 kg
Wing Span: 26,4 ft
Length: 23,0 ft
Height: 5,8 ft

Flight Training Devices

Flight training devices (FTD) form an integral part of the training syllabi at FTA. Our range of FTDs is fully representative of the aircraft we use for training and offers a cost effective, safe and controlled environment to enhance the cadet’s learning experience.

safe and controlled environment
To complete a cadet’s preparation for the challenge of airline flying, our conventional integrated ATPL course is capped by a MCC module, tailored to the individual airline’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The suite of FTDs have been purposely acquired to allow for a building block approach to learning. We have the following devices:

  • Two DA40 GTX Diamond AATDs
  • Two Diamond DA42 FTDs
  • Two Mechtronix Ascent XJ devices (Generic B737-800 Ng)
  • One MPL A320 simulator


Airline Partners

Sponsor Airlines
We are proud of our long-standing association with certain airline customers. We have been training for the Qantas Group since the early 90s, Cathay Pacific since 1994 and Cathay Dragon since 1998. The secret to our customer retention is built on three principles:

  • Listening to the customer and understanding their needs.
  • Operational flexibility to deal with changing customer needs.
  • Exceeding customer expectations.
Historical Partners

Since 1982 we have trained a large number of major airlines from all continents with the exception of the Americas. Exposure to airlines from all over the world has given us invaluable insight into different training practices and cultural differences.


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