I am interested in becoming a pilot, but am worried after what happened with the Pilot Training Center in Waterford which resulted in some students losing a lot of money. Can someone tell me what is the most reputable college in Ireland for pilot training. Also I would appreciate any other info on the subject, like medical requirements & career prospects, thanks.
Hello Keith, Yes the PTC in Waterford certainly caught some students out, but there were warning signs and with some of the more reputable trainers there should be no issues like this. The Atlantic Flight Training Academy is one option, you can view their website at www.afta.ie
The steps required to become an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certified pilot can be accomplished through an ATO (Authorised Flight Training Organisation), at your own pace or through a full time programme (most expensive).
It's a good idea to get as much knowledge as possible before committing to full time training, this can be done by visiting the colleges, talking to students / trainers & maybe taking a short flying lesson to be sure that you would be comfortable in the cockpit.
Regarding medical requirements, A class 1 medical is required for commercial pilots (class 2 for private pilots) The class 1 medical can only be done in an aeromedical centre & would need to be completed before booking any training course.
There are very good career prospects for fully trained pilots. In 2013 an outlook released by Boeing showed that by 2032 498,000 new commercial airline pilots will be required. There is plenty of other info available online and the more info you have the better you will be placed to make a decision on whether or not this is the area for you. Best of luck with it!