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which flying school for zero-fatpl

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:54 pm
by dreamer_757
hey , i havent been on in a while, im trying to decide where to go and what flying school to go from zero hours to atpl,i know its costly but its the fastest way to do it,does anyone have any recomendations???ive looked at a few but i have to be cautious,

also does anyone know what way ryanair are with applicants with no airline experience?

thanks :D

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:48 pm
by Flyer1
Do your PPL through an RTF for the simple reason you'll save quite the considerable amount of cash. And then progress onwards to a school such as PTC. Also take into consideration about the possibility of going to the states for it. Many routes to take. Do plenty of research before hand and try talking to people who've flown with the outfit before.

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:47 am
by michael747
Hey Dreamer 757,

As always i'd recommend doing you PPL with FW in Weston
(that is if your to do it in Ireland)
And then maybe NFC in weston for the fATPL.
I think Mark is doing it with the NFC at the moment so im sure he'll point you in the right direction 8)

Mickey D :D

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:21 am
by mark
Hi Dreamer_757,

I'd definetly recommend the ATPL theory through NFC. They work off the Oxford notes and have an online testing system through which is really good. There's an online test after each chapter so it's very easy to see your progress and for the coordinator to see your progress too. If you're finding any topics too dificult you can book in for a ground lesson with one of the senior instructors at NFC. Ground school starts next Monday for the exams on the 24th so i'll report back and let you know what it's like.


Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:29 pm
by mark

As promised......The NFC ground school was pretty good preparation for the exams. It is exam based and lasts two weeks. They aim to give you 4 exams in each subject although we didnt get them all done we got most finished. After each exams you go through the answers and we were given plenty of opportunities to ask questions we were having difficulty with. The instructors were were very good and if they couldn't answer any question they had the answer for us the next day, along with a very comprhensive explanation. The only criticism I had is that the ground school ran up to the Thursday before the exams which didnt give us much time to catch up but I believe we were the 1st class that did this and all future classes will be held several weeks in advance.

The course is split in two modules, module 1 includes:

General Navigation
Radio Navigation
Air Law
Operational Procedures
Flight Planning

Module 2 includes:

IFR Comms
VFR Comms
Human Performance
Aircraft General Knowledge
Mass and Balance
Principles of Flight.

I've just finished module 1 and passed all seven :D . Hope this helps.