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How To Become a Professional Pilot
in Europe

Step 1: Attain Private Pilot License (PPL)

The first step in your aviation career will be to earn your EASA Private Pilot License (PPL). During this initial flight training, students will learn all the fundamentals of aviation and acquire the essential skills to fly an aircraft. With the Private Pilot License, pilots will be able to fly a Single Engine Piston Land (SEP Land) for their pleasure. You will also be able to carry passengers anywhere in Europe. Students can now finish their entire theoretical training and examinations online before beginning the flight training.

Step 2: Attain Air Transport Pilot License Theory Certificate (ATPL)

Once you’ve earned your Private Pilot License, it’s time to expand your knowledge by studying the 14 theoretical subjects of the EASA Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL). The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) requires you to have superior and precise knowledge of aviation to be able to become an Airline Pilot. While you complete your theoretical training, you have the opportunity to simultaneously start your flight training as well.

Step 3: Time Building

During the ATPL training, pilots continue flying either alone or with friends and relatives. You will need a minimum of 100 hours of flight as Pilot In Command (PIC) to be eligible for the Commercial Pilot license skill test. Time Building allows pilots to gain experience and build hours which are requirements to further their aviation career.

Step 4: Get Night Rating

Pilots need to earn Night Rating (NR) to be able to fly at night under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) anywhere in Europe.

Step 5: Get Instrument Rating

Once you’re a holder of a PPL (A) license, you have good ATPL (A) theoretical knowledge and you feel confident onboard you can start your Instrument Rating. IR(A) is a qualification that allows pilots to fly under Instrument Flight Rules(IFR), which means under low visibility and cloudy conditions. It is a great extension to PPL for those who still like to fly as a Hobby or for Business trips no matter the weather conditions. Instrument rating was previously called “safety rating”.

Step 6: Attain Commercial Pilot License

It’s time to be able to earn money with all these ratings and to accomplish this you need to earn your Commercial Pilot License (CPL). This is a license and not a rating. You were previously a Private Pilot and you are now joining the team of Professional Pilots. You will be eligible to be hired for your piloting skills and make a career out of your passion. Your PPL license will be replaced by a CPL license with all the ratings gathered.

Step 7: Get Multi-Engine Piston Rating

The next step of your flight training will be to earn the Multi-Engine Piston (MEP), which is required by most airlines before hiring. This rating will allow pilots to fly an airplane with more than two engines. Pilots will start to fly bigger, faster and further.

Step 8: Get Multi-Crew Certificate and Jet Orientation Course

The last step of this training will be to earn a Multi-Crew Certificate (MCC) and proceed for a Jet Orientation Course (JOC) if you wish to fly any kind of Jet airplane. This training will allow you to fly under Multi-Crew operations, identify your respective tasks and responsibilities as a flight crew, and understand the general philosophy of Multi-Crew Operations. The Jet Orientation Course will provide you with the basic skills to fly a Jet airplane and highlight the differences between all previous airplanes that you flew and this new high-performance air.

Step 9: Start your career!

Welcome to Commercial Aviation! You are now a fully qualified Airline Pilot ready to find your first pilot job.

Find out the first steps to becoming a Pilot

Basic Requirements for Enrollment

Age Criteria

Students can start their PPL training from the age of 16, however, to proceed with a final Practical Check ride must be at least 17 years of age. The certificate that grants the student to fly will be issued once they meet the required age.

EASA Part-Med Classes 1 or 2 Medical Certificates

  • If you are undergoing training for EASA Part-FCL PPL, CPL prior to your first solo flight you are required to hold an appropriate Medical Certificate. It is therefore a good idea to obtain the necessary Medical Certificate for the license you intended to hold or aspire to hold before you spend lots of money on your flight training.
  • For an EASA  Part-FCL PPL, the minimum is an EASA Part-Med Class 2 Medical Certificate can be obtained following a medical assessment conducted by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME).
  • For an EASA Part-FCL CPL, the minimum is an EASA Part-Med Class 1 Medical Certificate can be obtained following a medical assessment conducted by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME).
  • Medical Certificates can be issued with some limitations or restrictions where applicants do not meet the minimum standards, these can be explained in more detail by the AME.
  • The AME strictly follow the Regulation issued by EASA (Read More)
  • Flying Academy will help you to arrange the Medical visit right after your arrival. You can proceed with Medical examination in any EU country and AME-approved doctor. If you opt for this option please always be sure to get a clarification from our Consultants to save your valuable time and money.

Language Qualification

Students must be fluent in English, both spoken and written. A short phone call test will be handled.

Academic Criteria

Students must at least have high school-level knowledge of Math and Physics.

Learning Management System (LMS)

Students have access to our eLearning portal: the Learning Management System (LMS), where all course work, syllabus and schedules are available which can be accessed on any device from anywhere in the world. 

  • Individual training progress reports, attendance requirements, sample worksheets, question banks, and class schedules are constantly updated and monitored on our LMS so students can keep track of their own progress at any time. 
  • With our live online lectures, students and pilot instructors are able to communicate in class and take part in activities and worksheets presented, on a daily basis. 
  • Pre-recorded video lectures are available for any missed classes. Homework assignments and worksheets are given with instructions during the lecture and are monitored by the pilot instructors. 
  • The LMS consists of interactive quizzes and question banks with over 30000 questions and the ability to practice them in our testing portal. 
  • After the successful completion of the theoretical training and examinations, Flying Academy provides a certificate that makes the student eligible to attend the examinations with the Aviation Authorities.    


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Learning Management System (LMS)


Flying Academy is a global flight training institute that has bases strategically located around the globe to ensure the best flight experience for our students. From the heart of Europe to the sunny warm beaches in Miami and Los Angeles, we guarantee your pilot training will be memorable wherever you choose to fly with us! Our bases in Europe are located in 

  • Prague & Brno – Czech Republic
  • Vienna – Austria
  • Portimao -Portugal
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long does it take to become a Pilot?

  • The duration of the training depends on the cadet’s availability, approach to the study, and weather conditions.
  • The theoretical part of the training can be completed remotely and start flight training at one of our bases once the student is able.
  • The Private Pilot License can be completed in as little time as 4-6 weeks.
  • The Commercial Pilot License can be completed within 12 months.

How much does the program cost?

The tuition varies depending on the course and training program chosen. For more information contact our flight training consultant via email or phone, and express your interests and goals including the experience you already have in the field. For instance, are you interested in a full professional pilot, private pilot or instrument course.

How many aircraft are there in your fleet?

Flying Academy is operating a wide variety fleet of 42 aircraft. Mainly we are using Pipers and Cessnas for ab-initio pilot training, as these aircraft gained the title of the best aircraft for pilot training. The European Union and the United States regulations are very strict about aviation safety and our fleet is maintained at the highest levels of safety. Flying Academy has its own maintenance crew of pristine standard to ensure safe and pleasant flying which influences the duration of training as there is no delay if any difficulties are encountered.

Do you accept international students at Flying Academy?

Yes, we do. Flying Academy is an International Flight Training Center that creates a multicultural learning environment. With students from all around the world. This intercultural competency will help students feel comfortable working in different countries throughout their careers or sharing an airline’s cockpit with a pilot from another culture.

Do you provide any scholarships?

Flying Academy is a commercial organization not providing any scholarships or other form of financial support at the moment. If you have already applied for any funding program and need supportive documentation from Flying Academy (confirmation of interest or official training course description with fees), we will be happy to assist you. Just send the email to [email protected] and your Personal Flight Training Consultant will get in touch with you within 1 business day to help with this query.

Is it worth your time and money to start training amidst a pandemic?

Flying Academy has proudly overcome this circumstance by successfully launching our online training programs where students can complete their entire theoretical training cost-efficiently.

What does the job market in Aviation look like post-covid?

The Covid-19 pandemic affected the Aviation industry severely. However, with the rise in positive news related to the pandemic, people are waiting to travel. Airlines are recruiting more and fresh pilots which makes this the right time to apply for commercial aviation jobs.

Which airlines do you cooperate with?

Flying Academy is a direct provider for the Ryanair Cadet Program! 

Based on the exceptional results we had with the candidates who went for the assessment, Flying Academy has been selected as a direct provider of Cadets for the company.

We offer our graduates the opportunity to start employment with Ryanair, without payment for the Type Rating.

To qualify for the Flying Academy for Ryanair assessment you need to: 
• Have completed the training with Flying Academy
• Be a holder of an EU passport
• Hold an EASA CPL license + Frozen ATPL and valid ME IR
• Class 1 Medical
• 70 hours PIC if Integrated or 100 hours PIC if Modular
• Have been a top performer and had a good attitude during training
• English language proficiency Level 4 minimum

All interested can submit a request to be considered for the program via an email to [email protected]

Do you provide Visa support?

Yes, we do.

  • There might be particular requirements for obtaining the visa depending on the country you come from, or from which country you apply for the visa. It is your responsibility to check such requirements at the embassy where you will apply for your visa. 
  • Make sure that you have a valid passport for the whole period of your training program. 
  • When travelling to our bases in Europe to do the pilot training program, you will need a long-term Schengen Visa. Once enrolled in the program, our esteemed Flight Training Consultants will assist you with the visa processes.
  • Flying Academy will provide you with a letter of confirmation of enrolment to the training, confirmation of accommodation, and an invitation letter approved by the foreign police of the Czech Republic and Austria. 

In the Czech Republic, you are allowed to do the training with any type of visa. Depending on the chosen pilot training program, you will apply either for a short-term or a long-term visa. 

For more on the Schengen visas, please see: 

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When should I apply for a Visa?

  • Application for a Schengen (short-term) visa can be filed within 3 months of the planned trip. Applications are in most cases reviewed within 7-15 days. In individual cases, the review period can be extended up to 30 days.
  • Applications for a Schengen (long-term) visa in most cases reviewed within 1-3 months.

Do I need health insurance?

Yes, you will need a Complex Health Insurance. Please contact our flight training consultant to assist you with the procedure in obtaining insurance to apply for the visa. As we have cooperation with insurance companies here, we will be able to assist you with the most suitable plan with a discount of 10%, for your visa type.

Can I divide my training into phases?

Yes, we can create an individual training schedule. We have a variety of extensive courses and training programs from which you can choose depending on the duration and financial status of the student.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, for the entire program we have installment plans depending on the chosen course. For exact price information, please contact [email protected]. Flying Academy has a comfortable pay-as-you-go approach, allowing every trainee to take a training pace that perfectly fits his financial abilities. We accept credit/debit cards, cash or bank drafts.

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