HOW TO BECOME A PILOT

Do you dream of flying a plane but still don’t know where to begin and how? This guide will take you through pilot courses and recommend the perfect licence for you.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PILOT LICENCE

First, you need to decide whether you intend to fly just for fun or professionally. If you view flying as a hobby and nothing more, we recommend getting a LAPL(A) or PPL(A) licence. The PPL(A) licence also serves as a stepping stone to subsequent courses. So, if you decide in the middle of a course that flying is more than just a hobby to you, it isn’t too late to become a professional pilot. If you know from the start that you want to fly for a living, we recommend the comprehensive 0–ATPL(A) programme, which will take you from having zero experience to learning theory for transport pilots.
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AGE AND MEDICAL FITNESS

To acquire a LAPL(A) or PPL(A) licence, you need to have a class 2medical certificate, awarded to you by an aviation physician (the relevantcontact information should be provided to you by your flight school). If youintend to fly professionally/commercially, you need to have a class 1certificate. You can take up a pilot course once you reach 16 years of age,and graduate a professional pilot programme after becoming 18.
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GETTING FAMILIAR WITH THE COURSE

All practical courses consist of two parts—theory and practice. There’s no need to worry that an instructor shoves you into a plane and lets you fly when you have no experience. You’ll be slowly introduced to aviation theory, navigation, radio communication, meteorology, and last but not least flight planning and pre-flight inspection.
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BROADENING YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

After completing a basic course, you can gradually broaden your qualifications, e.g. flying at night, instrument flight rules for single-engine aircraft, flying multi-engine aircraft, etc. You can find the complete list of follow-up courses offered at our flight school by clicking the link below. Most of them include the option to do just the theoretical part, separately at our school. This allows you to finish the practical part at any other flight school.

INDIVIDUAL COURSE PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

Required time building / qualifications
Minimum age
Medical fitness
Light Aircraft Pilot Licence LAPL(A)
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16
2nd class
Private Pilot Licence PPL(A)
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16
2nd class
Night flying (NIGHT)
PPL(A)
17
2nd class
Instrument flight rules for flying single-engine aircraft (SEP IR)
PPL(A)
with NIGHT
qualifications
18
2nd class
Multi-engine aircraft qualifications (MEP)
PPL(A)
18
2nd class
Instrument flight rules for flying multi-engine aircraft (MEP IR)
PPL(A) with NIGHT or SEP/IR and MEP qualifications
18
2nd class
Commercial Pilot Licence CPL(A)
PPL(A)
18
1st class
Complete professional pilot course 0–ATPL(A)
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16/18
2nd class, later 1st class
Instructor course IRI(A)
800 IFR flight hours, including min. 400 hours in a plane, or for FI holders 200 IFR flight hours, including min. 50 hours in a plane for CRI-licenced MEP/IR instructors
18
1st class
CRI(SPA)/ME instructor course
500 flight hours, including min. 30 hours as a PIC
18
1st class

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