Many people just like you dream of becoming an airline pilot. Fewer make this dream come true. Yet despite some of the less attractive aspects of a career on the flight deck (unsociable working hours, extended periods away from home, etc.), being a pilot is a profession unlike any other. Anyone who has sat in the cockpit of a large airliner in flight knows that an airline pilot’s job is simply ‘a world apart’, and ultimately, most would not ever change their profession!
What stands in the way of making this ambition a reality? It is important to be clear about the very real challenges faced by everyone, especially if a successful outcome is desired.
BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL PILOT
1. PERSEVERANCE AND DEDICATION
Nothing truly worthwhile can be achieved without perseverance. Becoming a pilot can be difficult and takes time and dedication. To succeed, you will need to remain focused and be able to overcome personal setbacks which inevitably occur during training. Some people give up – and their dream remains just that.
By becoming part of EFT, you become part of an environment amongst other professionals with the same ambitions. Everyone shares the same passion for flying. By being in a supportive environment with other students and instructors, it is much easier to persevere through training even in times of stress or high workload – for instance when an important flight test is only days away.
2. PROFESSIONALISM - HIGH PERSONAL STANDARDS
Not everybody demands the highest level of professionalism of themselves. Those who are content with mediocrity will not be successful in completing their training – or in finding airline employment. High personal standards cannot be taught by a training organisation they can only come from within. Those who do not demand the best of themselves will find flight training unrewarding.
If you demand the best of yourself, you could no better in joining our family. Our instructors – and students alike – work well together because of their shared passions, standards and dedication to flight training.
If you can overcome the challenges involved in becoming a pilot, EFT’s staff and instructors are there to make your dream come true. We are very proud of our track record; there are hundreds of active airline pilots flying today who thank EFT for their success.
3. TEAM SKILLS
One of the most crucial attributes in a professional airline pilot is his ability to function perfectly as part of a team. Team skills are vital on the flight deck, and are thoroughly assessed by airlines prior to offering employment to flight crew. The prominence of CRM (Crew Resource Management) concepts, which are recognized as crucial in efficient and safe multi-crew flight operations, underlines the importance of teamwork. People lacking good team skills will usually be unsuccessful in applying for an airline job.
Whether an individual possesses good team skills is often determined by their past – and airlines regularly look for evidence of good teamwork in applicants. Although a flight training organisation cannot instil these qualities in students, graduates of our highly successful APP™ have worked as part of a small team of aviation professionals for over a year – and possess the track record to demonstrate that they have these skills. From an airline’s perspective, this effectively minimizes their risk by employing one of our APP™ graduates.
Several years ago, one way of becoming an airline pilot was to apply for an airline sponsorship. Today, few airlines still offer any kind of sponsorship, even then, they recruit relatively small numbers; and always require your financial participation with upfront payments and/or an agreement for you to repay a major portion of the training costs – so regrettably, training isn’t free any more. Costs can be as high as $150,000 (equivalent), and for most, it would be struggle to raise this amount, and have to take out large loans or sell their houses in order to make their dream a reality. The financial commitment required is a significant hurdle to overcome.
EFT’s prices are significantly lower than those of our direct competitors, and typically you can expect to pay close to half this amount (which we appreciate is still a lot of money, but represents much better value). We can do this predominantly because our cost base is much lower, our training more streamlined our operations more efficient, and our weather factor means we lose hardly any training days.
If you believe you have what it takes, you need look no further;
we promise you will be in good hands at EFT
and will achieve your goal having spent a lot less money than you could do
elsewhere for a lot less training!
European Flight Training started in 1999 as an aviation school offering EASA Flight Training in Florida and has developed into one of the most prestigious aviation flight schools in the United States.
European Flight Training offers, through its parent company Aviator College, an Aviation Degree Program which has specific emphasis on the pilot training aspects needed to meet the requirements of the commercial airline pilot industry.
EFT is one of the few flight schools in the USA to offer approved training for the European pilot’s license, zero through ATPL, at its approved EASA ATO number 0008.
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