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Old 15th Feb 2012, 13:57
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Integrated over Modular

Firstly this is my first post on the forums so hello everyone!!

I am currently doing my PPL (almost skills test ready) and have decided to look further ahead to the ATPLs etc. I attended an FTO this week (which shall remain nameless). The purpose of my visit was to see what their ATPL ground school facilities were like. I work full time so my intentions are to do my ATPL, CPL ME/IR via the modular route. This is also so that I can fund my training.

This particular school, in a nutshell, were telling me that if I don't go through the integrated route, the chances of me getting any airline job at the end of modular training are very very slim at best. Apparently airlines will always look at the integrated students over modular students. Is this really true?

I was wondering if anyone here has either completed or know someone who has completed the modular route and has successfully gained airline employment? Or even anyone who knows how airlines recruit and whether there is any weight in what this school was saying?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts/views/experiences in regards to this.
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Old 15th Feb 2012, 14:06
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...try the search facilty on here. Done to death, and death, and d....

Though worth bearing in mind that the arguments may be changing of late in favour of schools with proper links into airlines.

And remember schools are there to sell a product, nothing more or less.
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Old 15th Feb 2012, 14:11
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You'll find the answers if you do a search but from what I've been reading over the couple of months I've made my own opinion.

The way to look at it jobs are the hardest part of being a pilot. Some integrated schools are good at placing all their pilots at airlines but it could be years before they do. I know somebody who went to CTC but took him 2 years to get on Flexicrew with easyjet. So yeah the school helped him with placement. So there is a slight truth that you may get a job quicker integrated, but there are plenty of stories on this forum of people who haven't after years and years of completing an integrated scheme, and stories of people who have jobs within 6 months after training on both modular and integrated.

In my opinion, airlines don't care if you went integrated or not but you'll find some airlines typically only take integrated but it's not a choice of who's the better pilot, it's about business, time and money or they have kind of cadet scheme.

Either way you'll get a job eventually but anybody that tells you you will defo get a job purely because integrated is lying for your cash and when they say 'we help you with a job' nobody tells you how long you have to wait for that job and I doubt most companies care after you've given them all their money. I suggest you stick to just one modular school if that's your route tho and don't think integrated produce better pilots than modular, that's what they want you to think and there's no truth in it.
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Old 15th Feb 2012, 14:43
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Originally Posted by pudoc
...nobody tells you how long you have to wait for that job and I doubt most companies care after you've given them all their money. I suggest you stick to just one modular school if that's your route tho and don't think integrated produce better pilots than modular, that's what they want you to think and there's no truth in it.
Exactly - right on it!!!!
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Old 15th Feb 2012, 15:22
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Integrated does not produce better pilots, but it does produce more employed pilots. Why? Discussion between FTO and a carrier

Carrier: you want us to do what???
FTO: We want you to sign an exclusivity only taking our students.
Carrier: Why would we do such a thing?
FTO: Because we produce a known product and it does the job, we'll screen your candidates on the basis of your criteria and present the good ones for interview with a shiny report on how brilliant they are....
Carrier: Err sorry we can hire our own people thanks.
FTO: We're not finished, we also offer Type Ratings
Carrier: We know and they're really expensive
FTO: We'll make them a little cheaper
Carrier: Yes that's brilliant but not really enough for us to exclusively hire from you.
FTO: Still not finished
Carrier: Really?
FTO: No, we can also make it profitable exercise, because these idiots are so keen to be pilots any way they can they will actually pay YOU money to work for you, we'll call it a type rating but what we'll actually do is fiddle it round so that they cover the costs of some of your other training, you wont need to employ them until they've actually passed.
Carrier: Seems a bit dodgy to me, not sure I like it but the accountant sitting next to me has started humping my leg...
FTO Still not finished, we'll make it so the tax falls in your favour, so not only will you not have to actually pay any of the poor sods you'll gain about £10k for each person through. Then you can offer them ****ty Ts & Cs so that if they don't meet your needs after 6 months you can say bye bye at almost no cost to yourself.
Carrier: So basically what you're saying is we treat them badly for 6 months on a 6 month contract, it costs us almost nothing and only at the end of 6 months do we need to decide if we hire them?
FTO: Yes
Carrier: Honestly I don't feel comfortable with this, the accountant has just left some gentlemans relish on me, I need to clean this off, let me think about it <leaves>
Accountant: Quick let's sign it.
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Old 15th Feb 2012, 15:50
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A well known UK Integrated FTO has been trying to sell their integrated course lately. They are really trying to build up their cash reserve, since they basically just started over. Is this the same FTO? There aren´t that many integrated FTOs.
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Old 27th Feb 2012, 18:11
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I'll state my background before throwing my hat into the ring...

I opted for the integrated route with a large uk training orgainsation and ended up at the same company as WWW...it cost a fair bit of cash - not as much as nowadays though, to be fair. I've done a bit of time on rubbish, and then rather unreliable money - some good, bad and indifferent months. I now have a permanent contract and am about to pop off to what will hopefully be even greener pastures, though the present ones are pretty healthy to be honest.

It's all very well taking the moral high ground of the modular route, but it would be fascinating to see a proper survery of where people - based on date of committing to training - have found themselves.
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Old 6th Mar 2012, 13:19
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To me the biggest question is not integrated or modular, but which will best set me up with a right hand seat job?

If you complete your frozen ATPL with 10 different training providers spread throughout the world for 40k, will that look good on your CV? I have always thought more that 2-3 schools was a bad thing?

A friend of mine is now flying for Monarch due to CTC, and I must admit I am tempted to follow in his footsteps. Equally though I have spoken to some great schools about the modular root at around 20-30k less it appeals greatly.

Decisions, decisions,...
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Old 30th Mar 2012, 08:03
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modular atp as fulltime course

check fsbflight.com in berlin. They are offering fulltime courses at least for the theory. FTO and TRTO under the same roof and very good connected with industry, very good offer for mcc as well.
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Old 14th Apr 2012, 08:46
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Integrated or Modular ATPL? Neither

Integrated or Modular? Neither.

My advice is simple: the only ‘non-direct’ route into a flying career today is an airline authorised integrated ‘MPL package’. By ‘MPL package’ I mean you’ll have to pay for the MPL, the type rating and your line training too. Today the co-pilot’s seat is sold to the highest bidder.

I question the point of an fATPL, be it modular or integrated. Ryanair seem to be taking integrated fATPL’s but no other UK airline of note does. As for a modular fATPL: it seems to be untouchable these days (not in yesteryear). Anyway the ATPL badly needs dragging out of the 1950’s. The MPL is the basis for future airline training in EASA, like it or not.

Instructing to gain experience? Ha! Forget instructing. Airlines aren’t interested. FI’s go to the back of the queue and pay up for a type rating like everyone else; there are no favours on the seniority conveyor belt. So why delay the inevitable cash outlay? Anyway 250 hours integrated MPL is considered greatly superior to 2,500 hours fATPL, however gained.

You can see why integrated MPL is the only way forward for airlines: training becomes a profit centre and eliminates employment obligations. The self funded cadets are pre-selected by the airlines to meet their own quality standards, the cadet pays for the integrated MPL, type rating and line training courses according to the airlines own SOP’s, rendering them virtual indentured labour. Should the airline not need the cadets, they are simply chopped, at zero cost to the airline.

Is the sale of co-pilot seats to the highest bidder sensible? Ask the relatives of most of the recent crashes where over reliance on automatics and a lack of basic flying skills scream from the accident reports. But as long as insurance actuaries don’t think there’s a problem and the accountant-ocracy running the airlines prioritise their annual bonuses, this is the way of the world.

The MPL package is ingenious. It’s all upside to the airlines and plays on the compelling nature of flying and the wannabees’ need for instant gratification, none of which makes economic sense. Indeed I foresee a time when co-pilots will always pay their employer to fly and even at captaincy the urge to fly will one day render the left seat a profit centre. It’s beginning already.

ATPL’s, MPL’s, type ratings and line training require enormous personal outlays for the privilege of flying our tattooed, shaven headed brethren to Benidorm for the cost of a few pints of beer. But there are more takers than ever from whom airlines can now select the cream - at zero cost.

The MPL is exactly suited to modern airline operations and provides the airline with control over cadet quality. And it turns a profit. Perfect. Neither the integrated ATPL nor the modular alternative offers any of these benefits.

Finally, if you think the integrated ‘MPL package’ is expensive, count yourself lucky that EASA will never impose the FAA’s 1,500 hour rule. If they did, buying your way into the cockpit would be well beyond the already drastic step of remortgaging your parent’s home for the privilege.
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Old 17th May 2012, 10:37
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Taking modular abroad

HI

I am new to the forum and have been busting my brain on weather to go Mod or Int and i just cant decide. i have recently passed my OAA skills test but still thinking MOD. at the end the frozen atpl is still the same. in the thread its all about the uk employers if you're happy to go abroad will modular still hold weight in other countries??
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Old 17th May 2012, 10:59
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Working abroad

Guys if i go modular and pass and get my Fatpl will i still be able to take that overseas and find work??

thanks
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Old 17th May 2012, 21:15
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You will have the same license as any one else which is a CPL/IR.

most countrys will just look at you if you say I was trained modular or intergrated. They won't have a clue what you are on about.

You will have as much chance as anyone else which is next to **** all.
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Old 19th May 2012, 23:32
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You will have the same license as any one else which is a CPL/IR.
Which is when the realisation dawns that isn't goint to cut much ice with the cadet scemes of British airways, easyjet, Thomson, Monarch, Thomas Cook, DHL, Qatar airways, etc.....

They will expect you to have obtained your licence by one of these integrated programmes. Most airlines will affiliate themselves to one of the big 3. British airways gave you the choice of all 3. The licence simply isn't the be all and end all that some people would hope it was.
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Exactly so if your not on one of those schemes its not really worth paying the extra for.

So unless your on a cadet scheme and there isn't another good reason for paying the premium such as you would struggle to self learn without it being spoon fed to you then modular is the way forward.

Any other reason such as you think that its going to give you a boost in your chances to other operators who don't run schemes means that you are subsidising the prefered training method of the legacy carriers and big boys.
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Old 21st May 2012, 09:03
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well like you said Mad Jock unless you are on one of these MPL schemes its all the same thing anyway. And surely once you hit your 1500 hours your just as employable as anyone else?
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For small TP companys you need to get 1000 hour guys just so its only 500 hours before they can get an ATPL.

After that the next step is type rating and 500+ multi crew and ATPL issued.

The multi crew bit is a bit of a hanging point. If you can get your hands on a 200-500 hour multi engine pilot they would be the first on the list but there isn't many about these days.

The other problem is as well is that you need 700 hours IFR experence or something like that for flying single crew AoC ops.
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It seems that if you can get on to one of the MPL 'sponsored' schemes (I use the term extremely loosely!) then your chances of employment are as close to being guaranteed without actually expressing that. As such, they are by far and away the best route.

However, if you don't get on to one and just go through the normal integrated route (CTC cadets, OAA APP) then at the end of it you stand only a slightly better chance than the modular guys, who have all the same certificates.

The reason that you have a slightly better chance is that you will be placed with airlines when vacancies come up before the modular guys. Why? Well, why else would you just have paid £84k for a set of licences you could have got for under £50k!

At the end of the day, the main benefit of going through CTC, OAA etc is that your chances of getting employment are marginally better than those who went modular, purely because of the contracts those FTO's have with the major airlines.

If you have the means to risk debts of upwards of £80k (plus more for Type Rating) on no promise of a job then integrated is the way forward, but otherwise go modular, then the only risk you face is that after it all you have slightly less chance than the integrated guys straight of OAA/CTC. However, you will have paid for your training as you work, and hence still be in employment whilst waiting for an airline job, and have the means to pay off a much smaller loan to cover anything you borrowed.

As a result, you can afford to take that risk of not being placed with an airline for a period of time post-training, then once you have a place and get the magical 1,500 hours and an unfrozen licence then you are in the same boat as all the integrated guys...except, of course, that this is where the modular guys should have the upper hand because they have life/work/management/etc experience IN ADDITION TO those 1,500 hours and an unfrozen licence. Who looks more promising to a prospective employee now?

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Old 24th May 2012, 13:53
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There are more than a few operators that won't touch intergrated product yep they are small but they tend to have a steady through put of low timers/ex instructors.

I would say you cut off as many options as you open by going intergrated.


And 84k gets you CPL/IR/MCC/FI, a type rating and a car if you go modular.
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Old 24th May 2012, 15:15
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I don't doubt you are right Mad Jock (and for my sake,I hope you are!), but I guess the challenge lies in finding said operators!

Still, happy hunting!
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