Flying Academy Expands to Portimao, Algarve, Portugal

Portimao, Portugal – 15.11.2023 – Flying Academy, the premier global flight school known for its top-tier aviation training programs, is thrilled to announce its expansion with a new base of operations set in the beautiful coastal town of Portimao, Portugal. This expansion marks a significant milestone for Flying Academy as it continues to spread its wings internationally, offering exceptional pilot training to aspiring aviators in Europe and beyond.

An Ideal Location for Aspiring Pilots!

Located in the Algarve region, known for its stunning beaches, scenic landscapes, and ideal flying conditions, Portimao offers an exceptional environment for flight training. The region’s clear skies and favorable weather patterns provide perfect conditions for student pilots to log flight hours year-round.

With a history of producing highly skilled pilots through advanced training and a dedication to excellence, Flying Academy’s new facility in Portimao is fully equipped with a modern fleet of aircraft and classrooms.

Flying Academy’s presence in Portimao represents more than just an expansion of our bases; it is a commitment to making world-class pilot training more accessible,” said Radim Olbrecht, CEO of Flying Academy. “Portimao is the ideal gateway for our students to the European skies, and we are excited to welcome new and current students to this incredible location.

The Perfect Winter Season Flight Training Destination

The expansion to Portimao not only broadens Flying Academy’s horizons but also introduces a destination for winter season flight training. Students have the advantage to switch between our European bases to expedite their training in beautiful weather conditions. The mild and stable climate of the Algarve, combined with less congested airspace, presents an ideal setting for uninterrupted training sessions and the accumulation of required flying hours. This ensures continuity and consistency in training schedules, which is essential for students aiming to meet their flight hour requirements within specific time frames.
They have crafted a variety of unique package options to suit your training needs. To enhance your experience, select packages include the added benefit of complimentary accommodation. These carefully tailored packages are designed to provide both convenience and value. We encourage you to explore these options to find the perfect fit for your flight training journey. Additionally, our Portimao base offers the advantage of lower landing fees compared to their other European locations, making your training more cost-effective. Plus, with the affordable cost of living in the region, your overall training experience becomes even more economical and stress-free.

Extensive Support Throughout Your Flight Training Journey

Flying Academy is not only dedicated to providing exceptional pilot training but also ensures a seamless and supportive experience for every student from the moment they consider enrolling. To facilitate this, the academy has a dedicated team of flight training consultants who are committed to assisting students at every step of their journey.

  • Admission Assistance: Guidance through the application process, ensuring all paperwork and prerequisites are completed accurately and promptly.
  • Visa Support: Invaluable advice and assistance with visa applications for international students, making the transition to our training locations as smooth as possible.
  • Accommodation Facilities: Assistance in providing accommodation provisions close to the base ensuring that the students have a safe and suitable environment throughout the duration of their studies. .

About Flying Academy

With a long-standing reputation for producing skilled pilots equipped for the demands of a dynamic aviation industry, Flying Academy prides itself on offering a curriculum that meets the highest standards of safety and proficiency. The academy’s commitment to providing accessible, high-quality training remains steadfast as they continue to grow and serve the global pilot community.

With a global network of training bases, Flying Academy boasts three strategic locations across the United States and three others spread throughout the European Union, each chosen for their optimal flying conditions and quality training environments.

The academy’s expansion to Portimao further extends its reach, ensuring a diverse and comprehensive training experience that prepares students for the challenges of an aviation career in any part of the world. 

For more information, please visit or contact us via email at [email protected] or call us at +420 228 882 444 / +351-91-737-0757

Top 5 Aviation Gifts for Flying Enthusiasts

Aviation enthusiasts and pilot candidates alike often share a common dream: soaring through the skies with unparalleled freedom. As the holiday season approaches, finding the perfect aviation-themed gift becomes a priority for many. In this guide, we’ll share the Top 5 Aviation Gifts for Flying Enthusiast, ensuring your present will stand out and fuel the recipient’s passion for flying. Let’s get started!

1. Flight Training Manuals & Books
Knowledge is the foundation of every skilled pilot’s journey. Gifting a future aviator with comprehensive aviation books is an ode to their passion and a supportive step towards their dream. Explore books that unravel the mysteries of flight: delving into the science of aerodynamics, the complex mechanics of aircraft systems, and the artistry of navigation. Each page turned is a step closer to the skies, enriching the reader’s understanding of aviation.

2. Professional Pilot Gear
Every aviator, from novice trainees to seasoned professionals, understands the paramount importance of quality gear for their aerial journeys. The right equipment can make a significant difference. Consider the crystal-clear vision provided by glare-resistant aviator sunglasses, or the auditory clarity offered by noise-canceling headsets. Not to forget the trusted kneeboards, always at a pilot’s side for streamlined operations. These aren’t just tools; they’re companions, ensuring that each flight is as smooth as the previous one, epitomizing the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency. Presenting such gear as a gift isn’t merely a gesture; it’s an invitation to a more refined and enriched flying experience, elevating every moment spent among the clouds.

3. Aviation-themed Accessories
Aviation enthusiasm extends far beyond the cockpit’s confines. It’s a passion that can be worn, flaunted, and showcased daily. The love for flying can be expressed through apparel and accessories that echo the language of the skies. From T-shirts adorned with meticulously detailed aircraft silhouettes to chic airplane cufflinks, each item becomes a wearable emblem of the limitless world overhead. When someone put on these items, they’re not just wearing an
accessory—they’re showcasing a commitment, a love, and a reverence for the realm of aviation. Such pieces not only resonate with the wearer but also make exceptional gifts, capturing the essence of what it means to have one’s heart in the skies.

4. Flight Simulation Software & Tools
Actual flight might be unparalleled, but flight simulators come incredibly close. For pilot candidates and enthusiasts alike, these programs are windows to endless skies, allowing practice sessions, aircraft familiarization, and virtual global tours. But the experience extends beyond mere software. Our collection is a treasure trove of state-of-the-art simulation tools. From precision-crafted yokes and meticulously designed control panels to responsive pedals, we ensure that every flight enthusiast can revel in a deeply engaging and near-authentic aerial experience, all from the comfort of their personal space.

5. Unique Home & Office Decor
Celebrate the majestic world of aviation by infusing it into your home or workspace. Our curated collection is inspired by the skies and designed for the enthusiast in you. Imagine a wall adorned with clocks featuring intricate aircraft blueprints, or a living room cooled by a propeller ceiling fan, reminiscent of vintage planes. Add an elegant touch to your desk with finely-crafted airplane models or entertain guests using aviation-themed coasters. Each piece, meticulously chosen, is not just a decor item but a tribute to the fascinating world of flight. Elevate your interiors and always remain close to the skies, even while indoors.

    Press Release: New Product ‘EASA ATPL with US Experience’

    New Product Launch: EASA ATPL with US Experience

    Flying Academy, a leading provider of pilot training, is excited to announce the launch of our newest product, EASA ATPL with US Experience. This innovative offering is designed to meet the needs of aspiring pilots looking to gain their EASA Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) while also gaining valuable experience in sunny Miami, Florida & Los Angeles, California- United States.

    EASA ATPL with US Experience offers a unique opportunity for pilots to combine their training and experience, allowing them to gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global aviation industry. This program is designed to give students a complete understanding of EASA regulations and standards. It also exposes them to the FAA aviation market, including its regulations, procedures, and practices.

    We are thrilled to launch EASA ATPL with US Experience, a groundbreaking program that offers the best of both worlds for aspiring pilots,” said Flying Academy CEO Radim Olbrecht. “By providing our students with the opportunity to gain both FAA and EASA certification with US and European experience, we are setting them up for success in a rapidly evolving industry.”

    The EASA ATPL with US Experience program is designed for pilots who wish to maximize their time and save money by completing the majority of their flight training in Miami, Florida or Los Angeles, California while simultaneously fulfilling their theoretical courses online. After which, they will gain valuable experience in Europe by completing their Commercial Pilot License (CPL) training and ATPL theoretical examinations. The program includes live online theoretical training, flight simulation training, and hands-on experience in a variety of aircraft.


    To learn more about EASA ATPL with US Experience and how it can help you achieve your aviation goals, visit or contact [email protected].

    How to choose between EASA and FAA licenses

    Choosing between a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) license can be a challenging decision for aspiring pilots. Both certifications are recognized worldwide and have their unique advantages and disadvantages. In this blog post, we will discuss how to choose between an EASA and FAA license.

    Understanding the Differences Between EASA and FAA Licenses

    The first step in choosing between an EASA and FAA license is to understand the differences between the two. EASA licenses are issued by the European Union and are recognized in all European Union member states, as well as in many other countries worldwide. On the other hand, FAA licenses are issued by the United States government and are recognized worldwide.

    The training requirements for EASA and FAA licenses are also different. EASA requires a minimum of 200 flight hours, while FAA requires a minimum of 250 flight hours. Additionally, EASA licenses have stricter medical requirements than FAA licenses, and EASA requires pilots to pass an additional language proficiency exam.

    Choosing Based on Career Goals

    One of the most critical factors in choosing between an EASA and FAA license is to consider your career goals. If you plan to work for a European airline or in a European Union member state, an EASA license may be the better choice. However, if you plan to work for a US airline or in the United States, an FAA license may be more advantageous.

    Additionally, some countries have specific licensing requirements. For example, if you plan to work as a pilot in China, you will need to have an FAA license. Conversely, if you plan to work in the United Arab Emirates, you will need to have an EASA license.

    Consider Your Budget

    Another essential factor to consider when choosing between an EASA and FAA license is your budget. The cost of obtaining a license can vary significantly depending on the location and training provider. Generally, EASA licenses tend to be more expensive than FAA licenses due to the higher training requirements and stricter medical requirements.

    Additionally, if you plan to work in the United States, you will need to obtain an FAA license, which may require additional training and expenses. On the other hand, if you plan to work in Europe, you may need to obtain an EASA license, which could also be costly.

    In conclusion, choosing between an EASA and FAA license requires careful consideration of several factors, including your career goals, budget, and location. Both certifications are recognized worldwide, and each has its unique advantages and disadvantages. By understanding the differences between the two and considering your individual circumstances, you can make an informed decision on which license is right for you.

    EASA vs FAA: Understanding the Key Differences

    The aviation industry is highly regulated to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members. Two of the most prominent regulatory bodies are the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While both organizations have a similar objective, they have different approaches, rules, and regulations. In this article, we will take a closer look at the key differences between EASA and FAA.

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    About Us

    About Flying Academy

    Flying Academy is an International Flight Training Institute approved by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Established in 1984 in Miami, FA has over 37 years in the United States of America, and 18 years in Europe. FA’s mission is to create professional, safety-conscious flight crew members who function effectively and are thoroughly equipped for the challenges of employment opportunities as corporate pilots or first officers and captains of airlines around the world. Customer satisfaction is of our highest value. An institute that is established by airline pilots for aspiring pilots, where continuous innovation keeps us from the competition not only by global presence but also by technology. Flying Academy aims to create a safe learning environment for all pilots, provide opportunities to make pilot students into experienced, confident, professional pilots, and expand our international community by providing pilot training regardless of geographical restrictions.

    Our Bases

    Established a global presence with bases strategically located around the world, with 6 bases and 7 offices, making Flying Academy a trusted and sustainable institution.

    Our bases are located in Prague & Brezi, CZ; Vienna, Austria; Van Nuys & Corona, LA; and Miami, FL, additionally, an administrative office in Gurugram, India.

    Prague, Czech Republic

    The Prague base is the headquarters of Flying Academy s.r.o. located close to Prague Letnany Airport (LKLT), where we provide practical and theoretical flight training. This location also serves as an administrative base housing our accounting, marketing, and the majority of our sales department. Our state-of-the-art recording studio enables us to provide high-quality online theoretical training for customers worldwide. Prague base also houses a theoretical exam center, where we regularly conduct PPL and ATPL theoretical exams under the authority of Austro Control.

    Brezi, Czech Republic

    The Brezi base is located west of Brno city and is located at Falcon Field Airport and is used to provide practical and theoretical flight training and also houses the majority of our AMO, as well as CAMO operations.

    Vienna, Austria

    The Vienna base was fully established directly at Bad Voslau Airport and is able to provide practical and theoretical training. The airport is equipped with 2 Runways, VFR/IFR communication, it is an international airport that provides air traffic, and we have our own maintenance crew on stand-by, which enhances the student’s pilot experience and proficiency.

    Los Angeles - Corona, US

    Corona Municipal Airport is the location of one of our west coast bases in California, where we provide practical and theoretical training under both FAA Part 141 and Part 61. This location also includes a repair station that takes care of the maintenance of both west coast bases.

    Los Angeles - Van Nuys, US

    The base at Van Nuys Airport is our newest addition and is able to provide practical and theoretical training under FAA Part 61. The Southern California climate makes it possible to fly year-round, you can expect mild winters and hot summers, allowing all-year-round flying. Van Nuys Airport ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.

    Miami, Florida USA

    Miami base is located directly at Miami Executive Airport and offers practical and theoretical training both under FAA Part-141 and Part 61 regulations. Miami also houses a repair station to be able to conduct fleet maintenance. The world-famous Miami Executive airport provides modern, efficient, and professionally staffed facilities, and offers which serve best for the professional pilot training.

    Gurugram, India

    Our base in India is an administrative support office where we also provide the opportunity for students to attend live online theoretical training classes for those who wish to complete their pilot training under the Indian DGCA Regulations.

    Our Team

    Our Team of Flight Training Consultants (FTC) and Customer Support are always available to assist, furthermore, visa support is provided for international students in both the USA and EU for the duration of their training with the possibility of payment for training in installments.

    Our dedicated team of consultants is ready and available to help students through the complete training processes and during the full training period, in a variety of languages.

    The Academy has experienced, talented, certified professional pilot instructors from around the world making Aviation training an international learning experience with in-depth consultations regarding any matters related to pilot training. Our team follows an individual and customized approach to each and every student according to their needs and requirements for their pilot training. 

    Our Fleet

    Additionally, a top-of-the-line fleet with over 40 aircraft, both single and multi-engine aircraft, an impeccable safety record, and our own maintenance crew of the highest excellence in the field.

    Cessna 152

    • The Cessna 152 is a two-seat, fixed tricycle gear, general aviation airplane, used for primary flight training, time building, and personal flying. The Cessna 152 is the most popular two-seat trainer.
    • Features: 
      • Speed: 90 knots
      • Max Weight: 1670 lbs
      • Length: 24 ft 1 in
      • Engine: single
      • Range: 415 nm
      • Seats: 2

    Cessna 172

    • The Cessna 172 is a four-seater, single-engine, high-wing airplane. The Cessna 172 is used for PPL, IR, and CPL training. It’s also used as one of the primary pilot training aircraft due to its effective equipment.
    • Features: 
      • Speed: 110 kn
      • Max Weight: 2,450 lb
      • Length: 27 ft 2 in
      • Engine: Single
      • Range: 696 nm
      • Seats: 4

    Cessna 172 SP G1000

    • The Cessna 172 SP is a single-engine high-wing and fixed gear four-seater aircraft. The 172 SP Glass Cockpit is perfect for instrument training and is a favorite. The flight deck is powered by the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. 
    • Features:
      • Speed: 110 kn
      • Max Weight: 2755.77 lb
      • Length: 27.62 ft
      • Engine: Single
      • Range: 610 NM
      • Seats: 4

    Cessna 172 RG

    • The Cessna 172 RG with its retractable gear is faster, more aerodynamic than other models, and capable of reaching up to 130 KIAS. Its constant-speed prop allows the engine to run at a slower RPM, resulting in a quieter flight.
    • Features: 
      • Speed: 130 kn
      • Max Weight: 2650 lb
      • Length: 27 nm
      • Engine: single
      • Range: 720 nm
      • Seats: 4

    Piper PA-28 Warrior

    • The Piper Warrior is a single-engine low-wing, fixed-gear, four-seater airplane. Provides better clearance between the wingtips and the ground, the dihedral angle, and great stability in the roll axis. A sturdy frame and excellent performance make it perfect for training purposes.
    • Features: 
      • Speed: 110 nm
      • Max Weight: 2323.6 lb
      • Length: 23.5 ft
      • Engine: Single
      • Range: 524.83
      • Seats: 4

    Piper Arrow

    • This normally aspirated 200-HP Piper Arrow is a true cross-country machine. At 144 KTS you will cover a lot of ground in a shorter time. Ideal for long cross-country flights.
    • Features: 
      • Engine: 1x Lycoming IO 360 C1C6 Piston
      • Power:   200 horsepower
      • Max Cruise Speed:   148 knots – 274 Km/h
      • Approach Speed (Vref):   47 knots
      • Travel range:  880 Nautical Miles – 1,630 Kilometers
      • Fuel Economy:   28.74 nautical mile / gallon – 14.061 kilometres / litre
      • Service Ceiling:   15,000 feet
      • Rate of Climb:   1000 feet / minute – 5.08 metre / second
      • Take Off Distance:   488 metre – 1,601.03 feet
      • Landing Distance:   463 metre – 1,519.01 feet

    Piper Seminole

    • The Pa-44 Seminole is a four-seater multi-engine low-wing airplane used mainly for MEP/IR training. It is the perfect option for both personal and flight training use.
    • Features: 
      • Speed: 160 kn
      • Max Weight: 3,800 lb 
      • Length: 27 ft 7 1⁄4 in
      • Engine: twin
      • Range: 915 nm
      • Seats: 6

    FNPT II Flight Simulator Piper Seneca

    Flying Academy offers all pilots the possibility to fly on our new Generic Multi-Engine Piston Airplane simulator in our base close to the Prague Letnany Airport. You have an opportunity to practice any situation which may occur during the flight. An engine or instrument failure, as well as bad weather conditions. The simulator is certified for flying under IR SEP or MEP aircraft. Come to fly the simulator and save money. The simulator is perfect to renew or revalidate your instrument rating, IRI training, or building up hours in instrument conditions issued by PART FCL.

    Maintenance Crew

    Our fleet maintenance team is responsible for preventive maintenance, planned maintenance, predictive maintenance, and condition-based maintenance. Tasks performed by them range from inspection, replacement or repair, compliance with AD´s, SB, SL, or SEL. We can implement STC´s and/or SCs. Our maintenance crew is fully licensed and all maintenance tasks are being completed in our Part-145 organization. Some of our personnel are holders of Inspection Authorisation (IA) that allows them to perform and verify structural repairs. Our aircraft maintenance personnel in the EU are certified by EASA and their licenses are issued in compliance with Part 66. We have a full range of B1 / B2 / C licensed personnel. All works are being performed in EASA approved Part-145 facility. Maintenance tasks are being planned in our own EASA approved CAMO (Continuous Airworthiness Management Organisation).

    Online Ground Training

    Our “virtual classroom” platform has helped us to reach out and instruct our students from all corners of the world while continuing to provide top-quality pilot training without any delay. This way, students can complete their theoretical courses through live online lectures from the comfort and safety of their homes. 

    Our brilliantly talented instructors are focused on the needs of each and every student and provide any kind of assistance they require on an individual level. All course work, interactive exercises, and study materials are provided on our interactive LMS platform where students can access them in advance to prepare for their upcoming classes and exams, using the device of their choice, whenever, and wherever they may be. Once enrolled in the pilot training program, students receive instant access to our Learning Management System; Computer Based Training; Live Tutorials and Demonstrations; Applied Skills & Group Work Processes; Progress tests; Monitored Progress Checks; and Course Completion Certificate once completed, prior to the exams under the respective authority. Students are required to start their practical/flight training- once they are able to and are in proper physical health. All of our practical training facilities including the school, aircraft, and maintenance facilities are cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day on a regular basis. We make sure that our students get the best education possible through our motivation, innovative technologies, and our highly dedicated staff members.

    Learning Management System

    With Flying Academy’s new and updated features and unique teaching methods, we are able to provide quality theoretical pilot training from base to home. We have shifted our theoretical portion of the training to live online lectures, with a structured schedule and syllabus, taught by professional pilot instructors where students can communicate and interact with no geographical restrictions. Our newly improved Learning Management System (LMS) has been developed to cater to the needs of our international students. Flying Academy’s eLearning portal is filled with everything a student-pilot requires for their aviation training and more. Our LMS consists of all study material and tools required to successfully complete the pilot training course, ranging from interactive quizzes, worksheets and homework assignments, tutorials, educational videos, to pre-recorded sessions of live online lectures, to engage students with aviation knowledge and fun educational activities during the self-study portion of their training. Our testing portal consists of mock exams, stage-check examinations (written and oral), progress tests, and a question bank with over 30,000 questions. The LMS is specially designed for students to be able to navigate their own training progress and be up-to-date with all the appropriate knowledge and course materials regarding their training, with ease. All schedules are systematically updated and the option of creating one’s own schedule according to their own availability and preference is easily feasible. The schedule for each term is prepared and published prior to the class with set reminders to keep students up-to-date and informed.

    Training Programs

    Flying Academy offers a variety of pilot training programs and courses. We mainly focus on our ab-Initio pilot training programs, which are designed for students with zero experience. Additionally, we offer professional pilot training programs specially designed for aspiring pilots who wish to pursue a professional career in the field of aviation. Our training programs are offered under both EASA and FAA regulations, moreover, we are certified to provide DGCA courses and conversion of licenses, with the ability to continue flight training in one of our bases in Europe or the USA.

    Time Building

    Build your required hours with Flying Academy at one of our beautiful bases in the historic cities of Prague and Brezi, the Czech Republic, over the evergreen fields of Vienna, Austria, across the Hollywood capital, Los Angeles, or in the warm sunny state of Florida, Miami! Aspiring pilots can indulge themselves in exquisite views and fly over remarkable landmarks while building flight hours! Choosing from our wide variety of fleet, you also have the opportunity to create your individualized schedule.


    Taking a step forward in Bad Vöslau

    As of 2021, we have decided to bring our pilot training to the vibrant Bad Vöslau! The airport of Bad Vöslau is a popular General Aviation Airport, however, they offer professional services as they are managed by the Vienna Airport. We are currently located in state-of-the-art facilities in the Bad Vöslau airfield (LOAV), equipped with our finest fleet. We are located on the outskirts of Vienna which is a thirty-minute drive from our base. Our offices and classrooms are in a new and modern building, well equipped with extensive briefing and debriefing areas, and improved and advanced technology to ensure that we reach the full measure to provide quality pilot training for aspiring pilots. 



    Overcoming the Pandemic

    Furthermore, considering ongoing global circumstances with relation to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have made sure that our students receive the utmost professional pilot training. We have shifted our theoretical portion of the training to our virtual classrooms in order to accommodate our students from all over the world with no delay in their aviation education, in order for them to join the class remotely.

    As for the flight training portion, our new Austrian base is very versatile and used to accommodate all types of pilots, from zero experience to accomplished pilots. The runways used at our base are asphalt which gives you a smooth transition from the ground to the sky.  With our brilliant and talented pilot instructors ready and eager to teach and guide you through the sky, you are guaranteed to experience the thrill of flying over one of the most beautiful locations in Europe which makes it a fun and memorable adventure! 

    Where can you find us? 
    Bad Vöslau, Austria 
    Flugplatz 1, 2540 Bad Vöslau
    [email protected]
    +43 676 554 2041