Published on August 29th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


GFTS – Structured Hour Building Program

Global Flight Training Solutions, the Irish owned, Florida based flying school, have announced the launch of their revolutionary ‘Airline Compatible Roster Program ‘. In consultation with the Airline Industry and years of experience in the modular flight training structure, GFTS will be implementing a task-based and structured 5 on 2 off roster program for its hour builders.

“We believe that this structure which will include regular updates and certification at the end of the program will facilitate both the potential cadet and the hiring airline Industry. By putting structure on the hour building part of modular student pilots training they will maintain an improvement in their flying skills throughout their training.”

GFTS will rotate the five-day hour building structure with early and later in the day flying. The student will have a mix of both long-distance and short distance flying. The long-distance to improve flying in more congested airspace and the short distance to improve the more hands-on skills of aircraft manoeuvres. The GFTS ‘Airline Compatible Roster Program’ is specifically designed to help the student pilot get valuable experience in flying in a roster pattern while maintaining a task-based structured and monitored hour building phase of their modular flight training.

The school has two Cessna 172S Models (N2171X and N126ME), with access to more, and is currently offering attractive hour building packages to Irish students looking to hour build quickly in Florida. They are based at Immokalee Regional Airport, located less than an hour from Fort Myres on the west coast and less than 2 hours from Miami on the East Coast. It has two asphalt runways that are fitted with runway lights and available 24/7. For more information visit their website at and take a listen to the podcast below.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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