This page looks at the advantages of modular training compared to integrated training.
Once referred to as the ‘self-improver’ route, it was a way for people who had some general aviation experience to start progressing towards a commercial licence.
These days however, you don’t need a Private Pilot’s License (PPL) or any previous flying experience to start on a Wings Alliance Modular course.
What are the advantages of modular training?
You can choose between training providers and the rate at which you progress, part-time or full-time training; almost everything is customisable to fit your needs and preferences
Modular courses have more hours in them – the minimum being 200 total and 100 pilot-in-command (PIC)
Typical costs for a complete modular course, starting with no flying experience, are between £50K-£65K. Integrated routes can cost well over £100K
The structure of an integrated course is very rigid, whereas within a modular course there is room to move around the order of some training elements
Wings Alliance removes the usual disadvantages of the Modular route:
- Incomplete or diverse training records
- ‘Patchwork’ training; i.e. mixing lots of different suppliers with no coordination between them
We have created a successful program which is fully coordinated, with your future employment in mind.
Wings Alliance combine all your training under one umbrella organisation, and provide a single record which encompasses all the stages of your flight training. This way, you can benefit from all the advantages of modular training, without the disadvantages.
Courses are always full-time and advertised to last 18-20 months. Usually the theory training is classroom / lecture based and will take around 6 months.
It is often not integrated with the flying – students instead do blocks of theory and flying training.
Integrated courses consist of around 150 flying hours – 70 of which will be PIC (pilot in command) – and 40 Synthetic Flight Training Device (SFTD) hours, plus 15-40 hours in an SFTD during the MCC phase.
What are the advantages of integrated training?
- A ‘campus’ environment
- All the training is delivered by one organisation
- The schools delivering the training are generally larger and therefore more well known
Disadvantages of integrated courses:
- Normally include fewer flight hours
- Usually considerably more expensive
- The service in a big school can be quite impersonal
- You will have to live at the school location(s)
- Good weather is an advantage initially, however, some locations (e.g. Arizona, USA) fail to expose you to European style weather, terrain or density of airspace restrictions
- You will have to study full-time for 18 months+
Does the modular route affect your future employability?
There is a common misconception that you might have heard:
“Training with an integrated school increases your chances of employment”.
This may have been true a decade ago but is no longer the case. Airlines such as Jet2 have even stated that they particularly like modular students, as they’ve shown great motivation and a high level of non-technical core competencies through the experiences they’ve had outside of theory and flight training.
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