Is integrated flight training overpriced? I think you will be hard pressed to find anyone bar the schools selling it that would answer you anything but yes. However this does not mean that integrated training isn’t any good, because the standards at the big schools is good, very good in fact. However with integrated FAPTL courses costing £100,000+ and MPL’s costing £110,000 and modular training costing £40,000-£60,000 it is impossible to say that they are not overpriced.
That being said, this is the price of such training. If you want training from the big schools it is going to cost this amount and there is nothing you can really do about it. So the question then becomes, is integrated training worth it to me?
Well that’s something that you need to answer for yourself, and you should probably consider the following points.
- Do I have £100,000+ spare? If you do then you will get high quality training from some of the best in the business that will see you through to the issue of you licence. Modular flight training can be done for as little as half the cost of an integrated cost. Is the value of the integrated cost worth double the fee to you? The big schools also offer hold pools to try and place you with airlines.
- Do you want to study full time? The big schools offer you full time training with the same class right through to completion. You will have the same teachers and the same instructors at each part of your training, this consistency has a value.
- It’s proven to work. The airlines are partnering with the schools because they are happy with what level of pilots they are providing. An MPL (Multi Crew Pilot Licence) will also get you in with an airline.]
- Surrounded by like minds. Throughout your training you will be surround by people with the same goal as you. This makes it easy to bounce ideas of them and ask for help. Modular you will be training on your own a lot of the time. Saying that you can enrol into ground school full time and have the classroom experience.
So you all aspiring pilots have a decision to make, which route is best for your personal circumstances. Can you afford integrated training and is it worth it?