Welcome to the Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) information page. We are very pleased to partner with the Airline Pilot Club (APC). APC has a host of benefits for anyone considering a career as a commercial pilot by offering industry leading preparation supports and guidance.
AFTA is an EASA approved training organisation, established in 1995 by CEO and Head of Training Captain Mark J. Casey. We have a proven track record of providing successful candidates to leading European airlines and have trained over 2,100 pilots who are now employed in some of the world’s leading airlines. Captain Casey has an extensive commercial career spanning over 30 years, flying Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767 and Airbus A300 wide body aircraft. Captain Casey also has experience as a Boeing 737 Type Rating Instructor, bringing valuable industry knowledge, experience and oversight to the academy.
This year (2020), AFTA are celebrating 25 years in operation. AFTA provide many training solutions from Integrated Ab-Initio to Modular PPL, ATPL theory, Night Rating, AUPRT, Combined MEP/CPL, MEIR and APS MCC. AFTA has established a reputation within the aviation industry for training competent, confident, professional pilots, delivering excellence through experienced instructing.
This year (2020), AFTA are celebrating 25 years in operation. AFTA provide many training solutions from Integrated Ab-Initio to Modular PPL, ATPL theory, Night Rating, AUPRT, Combined MEP/CPL, MEIR and APS MCC. AFTA has established a reputation within the aviation industry for training competent, confident, professional pilots, delivering excellence through experienced instructing and work with. We currently train cadets from the ab-initio stage for Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan and Pegasus Airlines Pegasus Airlines, a leading Turkish low-cost airline. We also offer mentored training programmes, more details can be found on our website, www.afta.ie.
Geographic Location and Operations
- AFTA is located adjacent to Cork International Airport and has a satellite base at Waterford Airport on the south coast of Ireland. These airports have all the latest instrument facilities including GPS approaches.
- We train in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. Our students are managed by Air Traffic Control with various types of commercial and helicopter traffic from day one on the flight line.
TRAIN IN VARIED WEATHER CONDITIONS
- Training in Ireland offers exposure to challenging Atlantic seaboard weather conditions and a continuously changing weather environment. AFTA exploits the Irish weather to your advantage. Students are exposed to challenging crosswinds, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)
- Exposure to inflight icing conditions and varying weather enhances our cadet’s skills. Instrument flight training is often conducted in actual instrument conditions where students are exposed to a variety of challenges representing real life conditions.
AFTA has always worked closely with the airlines to keep in touch with the industry’s requirements. We have continually invested in our fleet to ensure students are using the most technologically advanced training tools. We have one of the youngest and most modern fleet of aircraft in Europe including Cessna 172s, Diamond DA42 Twin Stars, Piper PA34 Seneca’s, a Super Decathlon and a Slingsby T67 Firefly. Our simulator fleet consists of a FNPTII Piper PA-34 Seneca simulator, Diamond DA42 simulator and a Boeing 737-800 NG fixed-base simulator.
At AFTA we have fully embraced the advantages to students of providing industry led APS MCC training. You will enjoy a great training experience that will take you from day 1 in the classroom to qualifying with an APS MCC on the B737-800 and be ready for any airline job assessment and interview.
Cessna 172R/S Skyhawks equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics
Bellanca Super Decathlon
Slingsby T-67 Firefly
Diamond DA42 Twin Stars equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics
Diamond DA42 Twin Star FNPT II Simulator
Piper PA-34 Seneca’s
Piper PA-34 Seneca FNPT II Simulator
Boeing 737-800 NG Fixed Base Simulator
WHY WE PARTNERED WITH APC?
We have endorsed the APC’s Indicative Assessment as we believe it is a great tool to help you prepare for your Airline Pilot Career. Choosing a career as an airline pilot is an important decision that requires plenty of research and preparation to help you achieve your goal. The Indicative Assessment is designed to give you a strong indication as to whether you have the abilities and personality characteristics necessary to become an Airline Pilot. Guidance from Captain Andy O’ Shea and Captain Petter Hornfeldt will no doubt help you prepare.
The APC also offers many other benefits including discounts. Anyone who has completed an IA will receive 20% off their initial AFTA assessment fee. All members of the APC will receive 10% off per block of 5 hours flight instruction at AFTA.