I want to become an airline pilot. I am currently 18 years of age and am studying for my A levels. Once I have finished my college education I hope to work in an aviation related job so I can gain valuable experience and earn some money to pay for my flight training. The questions which I have about flight training are as follows:
1. I am intending to do a modular course at Stapleford Flight Centre. I have heard from some people that airlines only really care about integrated students. Others have told me that yes some airlines prefer integrated students but the majority of airlines dont really care, especially the starting airlines like Ryanair and Flybe. Whats your opinion on the whole integrated vs modular debate?
2. Do airlines get fussy if you trained at more than two FTO's?
3. What key features should I be looking out for when I am selecting my FTO?
4. Does purchasing a SSTR really improve your chances of employment?
5. I have heard that if you 'network' you will have increased your chances of employment. My problem is where do you meet people who can help you? At the moment I can only think of hanging around flight clubs or airports, any more suggestions/ideas?
Thanks for all your help, I really appreciate it! Its my first post so i'll be looking foreward to see what the response is like!
Taking the CCM (formerly SSTR) is really up to you (see below) although I'm sure there will be many more suggestions.
1. Purpose: The CCM course exists to educate and socialize regional security practitioners into a “Community of Expertise” that values collaborative regional efforts at comprehensive crisis management and is equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to support those efforts. Additionally, the course seeks to build regional security capability thru the development of individual leader skills in critical thinking, communication and collaboration which can be applied not only to CCM situations but to any collaborative effort. The course is based on the broad notion that regional security is significantly enhanced by collaborative efforts at preventing, preparing for or responding to any crisis—natural or man-made—that threatens stability within nations within the context of national sovereignty. By helping others help themselves, the entire region benefits. 2. Description: This course is a comprehensive examination of current thinking about how to deal with both man-made and natural crises. Crises are comprehensive in nature; they involve, in interdependent ways, all elements of security (political, social, economic, military, etc.) and multiple, interactive players (domestic, international and non-governmental). The degree to which we can build resilience into our societies will greatly influence the long-term impact of any crisis. While crises are often thought of as time-bound, having a beginning and an end, in fact, they have deep roots in the past and long shadows into the future. A major skill involved in crisis management is the smooth interplay between routine activities (normally focused on building a better, more efficient society) and the extraordinary requirements of life saving and damage mitigation throughout the life-cycle of a crisis situation. Accordingly, course content focuses on three broad topical areas: (1) crisis assessments and condition-setting (2) transitions across the prevent-prepare-respond cycle (3) during- and post-crisis reconstruction. In addition to this conceptual framework, the CCM course also addresses CCM-task coalition building and operations, inter-agency coordination, stability trends analysis, preventative activities as well as international interventions, post-emergency reconstruction, transition shaping, and strategic communications. The course curriculum is generally divided into three major blocks: (1) Framing the Problem and Tools, (2) How to Think About Crisis-Related Nation-Building (3) Making Collaborative Crisis Response Work.
Course learning objectives are achieved by preface topical lectures, followed by “learning by doing” small-group activities. Seminars are activity-based. The course includes three learning objective reinforcing exercises: * Complex Problem Analysis * Integration of Lines of
Effort: * Post-shock event reconstruction: Planning for a multinational, whole of government, civil society effort that synergistically develops all five major lines of effort towards restoring stability in the affected nation.All course attendees attain membership in an expanded network of contacts among security practitioners that includes their fellow class-mates and APCSS faculty as well as the APCSS alumni network and a regional CCM “community of expertise” via a dedicated web portal.
Modular flight training is exactly that: taking your PPL, CPL, IR, MCC, as well as all the bits in between, and counting them as separate modules within the long, twisty road of pilot training.
I am a commercial instructor and have been training modular and integrated students for over ten years. The airlines do prefer integrated students and many integrated providers have very good links with airlines.
However the cost of this training means that many students have to go for the modular route.
If you do modular training with one of the big two providers then you may still be able to take advantage of their airline contacts.