Registration open for National Flight Centre pilot training courses

Pictured are (left to right): Students at National Flight Centre Pilot Academy Mark Dowling, Adomas Guobys & Craig Keegan. Photographer: Joe Keogh

637,000 more pilots needed worldwide over the next 20 years according to Boeing

National Flight Centre’s Pilot Academy, based at Weston Airport just 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, has opened registration for its Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL frozen) pilot training courses beginning in September 2019 and March 2020. 

Based in a newly renovated, dedicated college building the Academy offers an integrated/full time course where students can earn an ATPL in as little as 18 months, as well as a modular/part-time option for students who may wish to combine working and studying. 

One of Europe’s most respected and longest established flight training schools, National Flight Centre Pilot Academy offers a wide range of flight training and conversion courses. 

Decades of experience

Declan O’Shea, Director, National Flight Centre said: “Our Pilot Academy is designed for students who wish to complete an integrated or full time pilot training course as quickly as possible. Our academy boasts a fleet of Cessna 152s, 172s and twin engine BE76s as well as two FNPT II flight simulators and a crew of professional and dedicated instructors. 

“We have been training airline pilots here since 1977 so our expertise is built on decades of experience and we have strong links with some of the largest global airlines. 

“Our graduate pilots enjoy successful careers as Captains, First Officers, Training Captains and Type Rating Examiners with world leading airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cityjet, Easyjet, Emirates and Ryanair.”

Weston Airport

The Academy is located in a facility at Weston Airport that has been extensively refurbished featuring state of the art classrooms, briefing rooms and simulators all under one roof. Declan continued: “While the integrated/fulltime training course involves significant investment by students this should be considered in light of the rewarding salaries that pilots can earn through their career. In fact there has never been a better time to become a pilot. 

“Right now there is a global shortage of pilots with all the main aircraft manufacturers forecasting the need for a significant increase from the current numbers.”

In addition to the ATPL course, National Flight Centre Pilot Academy offers a wide range of full time and part time flight training courses including:

• Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

• Night Rating

• Multi Engine Class Rating

• Instrument Rating

• Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) 

• Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) 

The Academy also offers a range of conversion courses for pilots to gain European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) accreditation.

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“At National Flight Centre we have everything you need to embark on a rewarding and successful career in aviation. We’re passionate about training the pilots of the future and supporting students to realise their dream of an exciting aviation career,” concluded Declan.