Airline Academy

It Takes Dedication and Determination to Fulfil Your Ambitions

  • Article by Nathan L, L3Harris student and ex-FTA Global
  • Published
  • Duration 3 minute read

My name is Nathan, and I am currently in the ground school stage of training. Becoming a pilot has always been my most ambitious dream, and I am thrilled to share my training journey with you all, from starting with FTA Global to transferring to L3Harris Airline Academy.

The inspiration for my dream to become an airline pilot originated from an early age when I was fascinated by the idea of soaring through the skies and exploring the world from above. The freedom and adventure that aviation offers has always been enticing to me, and I know deep down that my heart belongs on the flight deck.

My training journey began with FTA and it was an incredible experience where I achieved my first solo flight. However, unfortunate circumstances lead to the closure of FTA and I had the challenge of finding a new academy where I could continue my journey and thrive as a pilot. That is when I found out L3Harris were reaching out to FTA students offering help and assistance.

The transition from FTA to L3Harris was not without its challenges. Adapting to a new training environment and leaving behind friends and colleagues at FTA was tough, but my passion for aviation and the support from my family and friends kept me motivated throughout this difficult time. I knew that every obstacle was a stepping-stone towards achieving my dream.

At L3Harris, I found a nurturing and empowering atmosphere that helped me overcome the challenges I faced. The facilities are state-of-the-art, and the Instructors are experienced professionals who genuinely care about their students' success. They provided personalised attention and guidance which boosted my confidence and performance in the training process. 

I discovered the importance of adaptability and resilience; qualities essential for any aspiring aviator. Moreover, I learned the significance of teamwork and communication.

This experience has taught me valuable lessons about myself that I will carry throughout my pilot career. I discovered the importance of adaptability and resilience; qualities essential for any aspiring aviator. Moreover, I learned the significance of teamwork and communication, as aviation relies heavily on effective collaboration and clear communication.

As I progress through my training I am filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment with every milestone. The support I receive from everyone at L3Harris has solidified my belief that I made the right choice. The thrill of stepping into the cockpit as a fully-fledged commercial airline pilot is exhilarating, and I cannot wait to take on new challenges and explore the skies professionally.

To anyone thinking of becoming a pilot, I would offer some advice from my own experience. First and foremost, never let go of your dream, no matter how tough the journey may seem. Embrace every challenge as an opportunity to grow and learn. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dream and support you throughout the process. Lastly, stay curious and be passionate about aviation as that will fuel your drive and determination.

My journey from FTA to L3Harris Airline Academy has been filled with determination, passion and growth. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dream and I am excited about what the future holds as I embark on my pilot career. I hope my story inspires others to chase their dreams fearlessly and reminds them that with dedication and the right support, anything is possible.

I look forward to soaring through the skies with you all!

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