VIDEO: AFTA to hold pilot training open day near Cork Airport on 30th April 2017

20 April 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth

There are few professions in life we’re job satisfaction is so rewarding that employees would still love their day job even after winning the lottery, learning to fly and becoming an airline Pilot tops the list of the ultimate dream job.

To help discover more about Pilot Careers Paths, AFTA “Irelands leading Airline Pilot Training Academy” are delighted to announce their upcoming ‘Open Day’ at their Cork Airport based Centre of excellence on April 30th

Philip Smyth AFTA Safety Manager, said:
“Working as a pilot is an amazing job with important responsibilities. There are numerous career paths to becoming a pilot and this ‘Open Day’ provides an opportunity for prospective cadet pilots to speak with pilots and aviation industry experts.”

“We will provide an overview of our Pilot training programmes, including, Integrated and Modular Training, and the steps towards gaining a Commercial Pilots Licence. AFTA covers all aspects of Pilot training, such as, Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and Night Rating, to Advanced Flight Training and Flight Instructor courses.”

“AFTA run three full time pilot training courses each year, and has an unrivalled placement rate for cadet graduates, having trained in excess of 1,800 high-calibre pilot graduates for the airline industry to date. Past pupils are now flying for some of the world’s leading airlines including Ryanair, Air Astana, Turkish Airlines, Norwegian, Easy Jet, Virgin Atlantic, Flybe,, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific and Qatar to mention just a few.”

“AFTA also has a strong relationship with OSM the employment arm of Norwegian Airlines (NAI) going back over a number of years, and recently 24 cadet pilot graduates were recruited by OSM for NAI from our Cork International airport based Pilot Academy. It is an exciting time for staff and cadets at AFTA as many of these graduates will be flying Norwegians newest aircraft, the Boeing 737 MAX from Cork, Dublin and Shannon this summer 2017.”

“This is a fantastic time for ‘would-be’ cadet pilots to train, and the opportunities for graduates from the Academy have never been better, as the global aviation industry continues to expand at an exponential rate, with the number of air passengers expected to exceed six billion by 2030, according to ‘Airliner World’ magazine.”

The Cork based Pilot Training Academy also has a proven track record of training Irish and international cadet pilots to Airline Transport Pilot standard within an intensive 16-month full-time training course, which is why global airlines, send their cadet pilots to AFTA.

About the Open Day

The Academy will be open to all visitors considering a career as an airline pilot to meet with aviation experts at AFTA in Cork Airport Business Park, Building 4500, Post Code T12 NX7D on 30th April, from 11.30 AM and the introduction will commence at 12.00.

The event will start with an introduction to AFTA by a member of the senior AFTA training team and will be followed by a number of individual speakers from different sections of the industry including our guest of honour who will be announced on the day.

Visits to AFTA’s new state of the art Boeing 737 800 W simulator will be scheduled following the presentation and discussion sessions.

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