A first-of-its-kind training facility in Dubai, the Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) is located in Dubai South, Dubai World Central (DWC). With its unique facilities and resources, EFTA offers the opportunity to learn to fly in the most advanced flight training academy in the world.
Our fully-operational flight operations centre is dedicated to Emirates Flight Training Academy cadets only, making flight training part of everyday life at the Academy. This means you will have the opportunity to gain a complete operational experience in one holistic environment.
metres of runway exclusively for EFTA use
experienced flight and ground instructors
Our state-of-the-art flight operations centre provides a holistic training environment for Emirates Training Academy cadets.
Cirrus SR22 G6
The Cirrus SR22 G6 is the backbone of the Emirates Flight Training Academy fleet.
The Cirrus SR22 G6 incorporates a modern composite airframe; two large 12” flight displays; a flight management system, making it an ideal choice for ab-initio pilot training. The Emirates Flight Training Academy fleet includes 22 Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft.
On my first flight I didn’t believe that I'm flying this beautiful plane and it's really happening. It was great moment that I will never forget
Embraer Phenom 100EV
The Emirates Flight Training Academy was one of the launch customers for the Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft. An evolution of the Phenom 100 business jet which is considered an obvious choice by airlines for preparing cadets for multi-engine jet operations, the Phenom 100EV incorporates three interchangeable glass displays; state-of-the-art avionics; smart automation systems; and graphical flight planning capabilities.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy's fleet includes five Embraer Phenom 100EV aircraft.
I loved flying the multi jet engine Phenom 100. It's like moving from a V6 car to a V12 Car. Everything is quick.
Your flight training begins with two weeks of classroom-based instruction on the Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, followed by more than 196 hours of simulator and aircraft flying instruction. After which you'll be ready to take the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) flying skills test.
A unique feature of the Academy is our own 1,800 metre runway, where you will do all your in-flight training. Its direction and designation is South East/North West 29-11 and is capable of accommodating over 400 flights a day.
Its key features are:
- ILS (Instrument Landing System) CAT I approach runway lighting system
- RNP RNAV/GPS Approaches
- PAPI Precision Approach Path Indicators at both ends of the runway
Following international standards, the runway also incorporates crucial markings including:
- Runway centreline
- Runway edge light and line
- Threshold markings
- Transverse strip and arrow markings for displaced threshold
- Runway designation characters
- Distance coding markers
- Aiming point
- Runway end lights
- Wind direction/speed indicators system and lit windsock
The Academy’s taxiway is over 100 meters wide, incorporating crucial markings including:
- Taxiway centreline markings
- Taxiway edge markings and lighting
- Intermediate holding position markings and lighting
- Stop bar and runway guard markings and lighting
The main building features 36 interactive classrooms equipped with software designed by Boeing specifically for EFTA, while our flight operations centre provides cadets with complete hands-on training with the latest equipment and technology.
EFTA’s fleet of 27 aircraft undergoes maintenance in the hangar, large enough to accommodate three Olympic-size swimming pools. This state-of-the-art facility houses the following services:
- Paint shop
- Aircraft wash bay area
- Sheet metal and composite workshop
- Mechanical/hydraulic workshop
- Avionics/battery workshop
- Spare parts store room
- Technical library/briefing and conference rooms
A Private Air Traffic Control Tower
We are the world’s only institution with an Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) of its own. This fully functioning airside nerve-centre is able to monitor, direct and manage all the Academy’s ground, departure and arrival movements, as well as circuit pattern traffic.
A Rescue And Fire Fighting Service Facility
The safety of everyone at the Academy is our first and foremost concern. A dedicated Rescue & Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) is stationed at Dubai World Central airport nearby and complies with the International Commercial Airline Organisation (ICAO) standard category.
Designed to be the most advanced flight training academy in the world, we train new generations of pilots to play key roles in the future of aviation. Our continuously advancing technology and progressive curriculum empower cadets to go beyond the extraordinary and become world-class pilots.