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Having decided from the start that distance learning wasn't for me, I looked for a Full-time ATPL groundschool and decided to attend Path2Pilot.com (P2P) near Edinburgh. It’s the only full time ground school north of Coventry. I had a great experience with the guys there. They have a wealth of experience and, just as important, a good range of different experiences too; from fast jet, commercial airlines, military transport aircraft and BA engineering to an airline base manager. All of which helps over the wide range of different subjects in the ATPL syllabus. The guys are always on hand even at weekends and evenings and will always get back to you when you need help with something. The iBooks provided are fantastic and constantly updated - unlike textbooks - and, with interactive software and videos throughout, it is a brilliant way of learning. This means that it is also easy to take ALL books with you wherever you go. Ideal if doing the DL with them. One of the biggest and best advantages of P2P is the learning environment. The Centre in which this takes place is a fantastic place to learn. With many communal areas and places to stay and study as late as you want and with kitchens also provided it makes it ideal for those late nights leading up to exams. Also the guys here are very passionate and interested in you doing well and progressing in your career and take an interest in everyone personally which is unlike any other school. So they teach you a lot more than just the ATPL syllabus throughout the 6 months you are there. This sets you up nicely for the rest of your flight training.
After completing my private pilot license, for the ATPL theory exams I decided that a residential course at Path2Pilot was the best option for me. From the start, the course was well organised and well paced. The mix of lectures in the morning and instructor-led consolidation time in the afternoon worked really well.
The instructors were great, coming from varied backgrounds in the aviation industry: military fast jet, commercial airliners and also engineering. From their experience, as well as expert tuition, you get a real insight into the industry accompanied by relevant stories that aid with learning the demanding subjects.
I really enjoyed the experience of studying with Path2Pilot, the classroom is well equipped and there are plenty of quiet communal areas in the building where you can study in the evening. In addition to the course, we also had great opportunities to visit the Scottish ATC Centre at Prestwick- plugging in live with the controllers - and also to fly a fully functional 737 simulator. These experiences are not only great for motivation, but also give you an opportunity to see what you have learnt in the class in the real world.
In November 2012 I began to search intensely for a ground school in order to complete my ATPL's. I had known from a very young age that I wished to become a commercial pilot and having already achieved my Private Pilots Licence aged 16, the instructors of Pathway Pilot Training Ltd gave me the opportunity to continue my training straight away, unlike the major integrated schools.
In December 2012 I began the ATPL ground school. I had relocated some distance and 'Herb' Sutcliffe was extremely helpful and supportive towards me from the very beginning. During August 2013 I successfully completed all 14 ground exams, with an overall average of 90%.
I believe that the ATPL ground school was the hardest part of the whole process to becoming a commercial pilot. Lots of grit and determination was required, together with many hours of planned self revision. Personally the end goal was enough to give me the drive to revise. However, the real life experiences discussed with the instructor during study breaks reinforced to both me and my colleagues just why we were undertaking the ATPL's. The team of instructors were all very approachable and always more than willing to answer any questions or queries. In addition they would also always answer emails very swiftly if out of ground school hours.
During the ground school the subject content was on PadPilot iBooks, which was an excellent and very handy form, as all subjects were updated with the newest available data and having all 14 subjects on the iPad, meant that I could revise pretty much anywhere, which was a huge advantage over other schools.
I feel hugely privileged to have been taught by the instructors of PathwayPilot Training and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking to complete ground school. They are a team of outstanding professionals, with a vast amount of flying experience, enthusiasm and ability to teach.
Finally, I am now living my lifetime dream, flying B757’s commercially, thanks to this wonderful team of people, who I am now pleased to call my friends.
Boeing 757 First Officer, DHL Air Ltd
I thoroughly enjoyed my time during the ground school stage of my Training. The instructors all have a sound knowledge of the subjects they taught as well as real world flying experience, which shows in how they are able to explain even the most difficult questions. The days are split between morning lectures and afternoon self-study with instructors watching on to assist with any help we needed.
I found the course really suited me as I was able to really learn the subject and this showed as I completed the exams first time with an average of over 90%. I learnt so much over the ground school and it provided a solid foundation for my CPL & IR training. Many thanks to all the instructors who helped me during my exams.
Boeing 737 First Officer with Ryanair
I undertook my ATPL theory ground school full time in 2012. When I was searching for an ATPL theory provider I wanted something relatively local to me for ease of commuting, but at the same time of good quality. I didn’t have to look far!
Although Pathway Pilot Training Ltd. is a new ATPL theoretical knowledge training provider, the ground school instructors are all from a former training organisation bringing with them a lifetime of experience in various aspects of aviation, both commercial and military, from flying to engineering and, of course, several years of theoretical instruction.
They are an excellent, relaxed and professional group of people who helped me through my ATPL theory exams. Most of the instructors are toward the latter part of their aviation careers and wish to give something back to the aviation community in the form of teaching and inspiring new pilots. It’s true to say that they have their students’ best interests at heart.
I understand that Pathway Pilot Training Ltd. will continue to use the PadPilot iBooks in addition to their very well constructed and structured presentations. The life experience that the instructors bring to the classroom combined with their technical knowledge complements the theory books exceptionally well, which makes for interactive and interesting classroom based learning.
It has to be said that any student must be prepared to put in the effort in order to pass the ATPL theory exams, but the instructors will, equally, go out of their way to assist you and do all they can to help you pass the exams with the highest possible results. The student to instructor ratio was also relatively low and when one combines that with the professional yet relaxed teaching attitudes of the instructors, one has an incredibly effective learning environment.
It was incredibly valuable to me to have had such knowledgeable and life experienced instructors on hand, which has taught me far more than any text books ever could . I would even go so far as to say that it was an enjoyable experience! With their help I achieved first time passes in all my exams with a high average result, which is testament in itself to the high quality of training they offer. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pathway Pilot Training Ltd. to anyone looking for a high quality ATPL theory training provider. I wish them, and all future students, the very best success going forward.
Nicolaas van Midden
Beech King Air 200 First Officer at Gama Aviation,
flying on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
I did my ATPL studies between April and December 2014 and passed them with good marks, thanks to the professional instructors now with Pathway. After visiting various flight schools, I decided that this was the best choice for me because the quality of the school is very high level and the staff are well prepared.
The ground school is very informative as the teaching personnel make sure you are well prepared for the examinations. They know how to make students understand the theory easily and quickly which is very important for the exams. After the first few weeks, I felt that the course was quite intense for me. Sant realised I just need a little support to have more confidence in myself and he was right. I had no problems understanding and preparing myself for the exams thanks to him and Herb. They were willing to help at any time when I needed it.
Any flight school can take your money and teach you to fly, but these instructors seemed like they care and don’t want to take advantage of anyone by selling them a dream. They give lot of help to foreign students, so do not be afraid to contact them.
I couldn't recommend the team at Pathway Pilot Training highly enough. I completed my ATPL studies during April to December of 2013. The guys were able to structure a course suited to my individual needs as I was working full time but still trying to attend a lot of lectures.
There is a lot of hard work involved but if you are willing to get the head down for 8-12 months these guys will get you through.
Their past experience in the military and with huge companies such as BMI and BA gives them an endless supply of case studies and stories which are invaluable and make things easier to understand and remember.
Each lecturer I worked with had a unique knowledge of their subjects and allowed me to develop an understanding for the ATPL syllabus which I'm sure will serve me well for many years to come.