In the world of professional pilot training, obtaining a new type rating can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Cost, time off, simulator availability, class openings and course quality are all factors that can derail a pilot’s path to becoming an airline pilot.

At Flight Training International, our type rating courses prepare pilots to earn a type rating quickly and affordably while providing the best instruction and value available.  FTI offers two basic training courses to choose from for each of the aircraft listed below.

Full Length Type Rating Courses

FTI’s Full Length Type Rating Course is a traditional type rating course lasting approximately 12 days.  Training materials are provided in advance to pilots via an iPad app and pilots conduct approximately 40 hours of self-directed study prior to arriving on campus for training.  Once on site, pilots receive 40 hours of classroom training followed by 24 hours of Full Flight Simulator training.  The course concludes with an oral examination and PTS check with one of FTI’s FAA Designated Training Center Evaluators.  This course is designed for the pilot who holds a multi-engine commercial certificate, has the required hours for an ATP, and is earning his first type rating or for a pilot new to Boeing or Airbus glass cockpits.

Accelerated Type Rating Courses

FTI’s Accelerated Type Rating Courses are designed for pilots with previous experience flying Boeing or Airbus glass cockpit airplanes.  These courses are similar to the Full-Length Type Rating Courses except that classroom training is replaced by distance learning.  Pilots complete approximately 80 hours of self-directed home study prior to arriving for training.  Once on site, pilots receive an in-depth systems review followed by 24 hours of Full Flight Simulator training.  As with the Full-Length Type Rating Courses, this course concludes with an oral exam and PTS check with one of FTI’s FAA Designated Training Center Evaluators.

Customized Training

Sometimes off the shelf just doesn’t fit.  When this is the case, FTI can tailor training to meet an individual pilot’s need.  Just because a logbook says the prerequisites are satisfied, that doesn’t always mean a pilot is ready for an off the shelf course.  Our experienced staff can tailor a training program to suit your needs.  Whether you have just earned your commercial certificate and want to add a type rating; are transitioning from fighter jets to your first jetliner, round dial to glass, or Boeing to Airbus, our team can put together a training program that will work for you.

FTI offers Full and Accelerated Type ratings on the following aircraft:

  • Airbus A320
  • Airbus A330
  • Boeing 737
  • Boeing 747
  • Boeing 747-400
  • Boeing 757
  • Boeing 767
  • Boeing 777

Why Choose FTI for your Aircraft Type Rating?

  • FTI allows pilots to train using the same high quality instructors and flight simulators
    used by major airlines and manufacturers but without the lengthy and costly footprints.
  • Training is provided by current and former airline pilots. Their experience with major carriers
    and airlines will teach you everything you need to know to earn a type rating.
  • Pilots receive one-on-one attention and tailored instruction to achieve their type ratings.
  • We utilizes state-of-the-art, FAA approved, Level C & D simulators

If you have been considering a new type rating, contact FTI to help you reach your goals.

Why Act Now?

Deciding whether or not to earn a type rating is a big decision.  One question that needs to be answered is why now?  The answers are simple, first you need to prove you won’t be a training liability and second, seniority.  In the wake of recent accidents the FAA has increased the hiring requirements for new First Officers, requiring that they hold an ATP.  Most air carriers will put their new hires through the same training that they put their Captains through.  At first, this might imply that the expense of a type rating is not warranted, but what it really shows is that each new hire represents considerable risk to the air carrier.  Airlines want their pilots to complete training and progress to the line where they can generate revenue for the company.  Nobody wants to hire a training liability.  By earning a type rating now, you make it clear to potential employers that you are not only serious about being a professional pilot, but that you have what it takes to make it through training.

Perhaps not as important to the airline, but of huge importance to you is seniority.  Pilot Seniority is determined by the date you are hired.  Get hired sooner and you will have a lower seniority number at your carrier.  Get hired later and your number will be higher.  Once hired, your seniority will determine everything that happens in your professional career.  What you fly, when you fly, how much you earn, when you get vacation, where you live, even when you get on a flight, will all be determined by seniority.  Should the worst happen and your airline conduct a furlough, that too will be conducted according to seniority – in reverse order.   Sometimes pilots trying to get hired by a major air carrier will mistakenly think that seniority isn’t all that important because pay is pretty flat over the first few years.  The correct way to look at seniority though is through the lens of the pay differential of pilots at the end of their career.  Not only will the pilots who are hired sooner earn more at the end of their career, they’ll earn it for longer.  This is why getting hired by a major carrier, sooner rather than later, should be one of your most important goals for pilots intending to pursue a career with the majors.  The best way to do is by differentiating yourself from the crowd.  Why not help your seniority by starting now?