FAQs

Which of your courses should I join?

If you are looking to fly for pleasure, you should join our PPL course. Upon successfully finishing it, you will be able to fly small, single-engine aircraft under visual flight conditions. You will also be able to expand your qualifications to allow you to fly at night, for example. You will even be able to continue your training to get a CPL or an ATPL which allow their holders to earn money through flying.

If you are looking to become a professional pilot right from the start–whether flying for an airline or flying business jets, firefighting aircraft, towing banners, or anything else–you should join one of our ATPL courses.

Do I need to speak good English to join your ATPL course?

Because all of the textbooks, exams, and communication during our ATPL courses are in English, it is important that you speak the language fluently. However, you do not need to know aviation-related technical English as that is something you will learn during the course.

Do I need to be good at mathematics and physics to join your ATPL course?

In order to understand the theoretical part of an ATPL course, it is important to have basic understanding of both mathematics and physics.

That is also the reason why you will need to take tests in those subjects prior to joining our flight school, regardless of whether or not you studied them in high school. In case you fail those tests, we will help you plan out a study plan so that you can retake and pass them.

To learn more about what these tests are like and get some tips on what you should do to be prepared for them, get in touch with us.

Do I need to pass a medical examination to join your flight school?

Yes, because of the responsibility that comes with piloting an airplane, you will need to pass a medical examination before joining a flight school. If you are planning to become a professional pilot and get an ATPL, you will need to pass Class I medical examination. If you want to fly for pleasure and get a PPL, you will need to pass the less stringent Class II medical examination.

In either case, the examination must be done at an EASA-certified medical centre approved by the Portuguese aviation authority, ANAC. The examination includes blood and urine tests, electrocardiogram, hearing and vision exams, and other components.

If you are not sure how to arrange the right type of medical examination for your situation, get in touch with us and we will be glad to help you.

Can I pass the required medical examination if my vison is not perfect, if I am color blind, if I am a diabetic, if …?

If you are simply wearing glasses or contact lenses, that is usually not a problem. However, the only way to know whether or not your medical conditions will prevent you from becoming a pilot is to take the required examination at an approved medical centre.

Do I need to pass any other tests before joining your flight school?

Yes, you will also need to go through a psychometric assessment, a mental math test, as well as an interview. While these are, at the moment, not mandatory based on EASA regulations, we believe they are very important for us as well as for you.

Understanding to the maximum extent possible what your strengths, knowledge, skills, and attitudes are prior to joining will help us shape your learning journey in a way that will not only get you an ATPL at the end of it but also turn you into an aviation professional ready to do a great job at any of the world’s leading airlines.

Will having a PPL license or currently training at a different ATO count toward some of the required credits of the ATPL course?

Yes. If you have a PPL license, you will be able to schedule a verification flight after which the number of credits and flight hours you will be able to transfer will be determined. Keep in mind, however, that there are legal limits set by EASA. If you are currently training at another ATO, parts of your training might be eligible for transfer as well.

Considering that the extent to which you will be able to transfer your previous training over varies depending on your specific situation, get in touch with us to discuss the topic.

Is finishing the ATPL course equivalent to graduating from a university?

No, our ATPL courses do not result in you getting an academic degree. However, depending on the program and university, you might be able to receive credits for some of the subjects that you take as part of your ATPL course.

If you are looking to not only obtain an ATPL but also an aviation-related university degree, get in touch with us and we can discuss your options.

Can I join your flight school if I am not a citizen of an EU country?

Yes, we welcome students from all over the world. We can provide you with the documentation necessary for you to apply for a student visa.

Can I join your flight school even if my availability is restricted?

While we cannot say with certainty without understanding your specific situation, we try to accommodate students whenever possible. As such, get in touch with us to help us find the best solution for your situation.

Will you provide accommodation for the duration of my course?

No, accommodation is not included in the course price nor can we offer you any place to stay directly. However, we are more than happy to assist you with finding a suitable accommodation for you.

What does the course price include?

Unlike the way in which other flight schools tend to present their course prices, our course prices are inclusive of all that you will need to get your licence. They include the application fees, theoretical courses, flight hours, exams, study materials, medical examinations, and a uniform. They do not include living costs (transportation, accommodation, and meals).

Should you need to fly beyond the number of hours outlined in the course syllabuses or retake exams, you will need to pay for those separately.

Is it possible to pay for the ATPL course using a loan?

Yes. In fact, given the high cost of the course, most of our ATPL cadets finance their courses using loans. While the documentation required to secure such a loan will differ depending on the bank you talk with, we can prepare anything that might be necessary in order for the loan to be approved.

Additionally, on a case-by-case basis, we might also be able to help arrange financing for the portion that might not be covered by a traditional bank loan. As such, if you have any questions related to this topic, get in touch with us.

If I decide to drop out of the course, will I receive my money back?

We understand that sometimes things do not work out as planned. As such, our training contract is completely transparent about the costs associated with each phase of training and the amount you will be eligible to get back should you decide to not finish the course.

How much can I earn after taking your ATPL course and how long will it take me to recoup my investment?

The amount that you will earn once you get a job with your new pilot license will vary. It will depend on the country of your employer, the type of aircraft you will fly, and so on. It will also depend on benefits like insurance, bonuses, per diems, etc. offered your employer. However, in general, becoming a pilot is one of the best paid careers out there.

In terms of the time that it will take you to recoup your investment in the licence, that varies too. However, in general, it is fair to say that it takes between two to three years on average.

When can I start my training?

Typically, we have two cohorts starting each year. For more details, get in touch with us.

How long does your ATPL course take?

Our goal is to get you from zero experience to having an ATPL in 20 months. While the maximum legally allowed duration is 36 months, we believe that an intensive 20-month program produces the best results.

How many students are in your classes?

While EASA regulations allow for a maximum of 28 students in a class, at our flight school, we limit the number to 20. Doing so allows us to provide a more individualized approach that we consider to be one of the keys to training excellent pilots.

What happens if I fail an official exam?

Technically speaking, you will need to finish all 14 of the official exams within 18 months of taking the first one. To finish the exams successfully, you cannot do more than six sittings in total and you have a maximum of four attempts at each subject.

Our goal is, however, to prepare you in a way that you will not have to repeat any official exams. We achieve that through internal tests as well as through careful monitoring of your progress and planning of your studies. Doing so allows us to help you not only become an excellent pilot but also to minimize the costs associated with retaking exams.

What aircraft types will I fly during my course and how large is your fleet?

Our flight school operates a fleet of 10 single-engine Cessna C152s and 2 twin-engine Beechcraft 76s. All of these aircraft are equipped with a “glass cockpit” and are excellent for learning to fly.

Additionally, depending on the course you take, you might also spend some hours in an Airbus A320 full motion simulator which is designed to make you feel exactly like you would piloting a real airliner.

Will I be able to get a job anywhere in the world with the license I get via your flight school?

The license that you will get upon successful completion of one of our ATPL courses and the related official exams will be issued under EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) standards. As such, you will be able to directly use it within the entire European Union.

For other countries, the regulations may vary. While some jurisdictions may accept your EASA license, others might require conversion to a license issued by the relevant country’s organization (for example, in the United States, you will need to convert your license to one issued by the Federal Aviation Administration).

Even in case a conversion is necessary, the process is usually fairly simple and straightforward. As such, with some effort, you will be able to work anywhere in the world.

Will I need a degree, a type rating, or any other qualification to join an airline?

While some airlines prefer candidates with an academic degree in addition to their pilot licence, generally, it is not a requirement. You will also typically not need any other qualifications other than those earned through our ATPL courses prior to applying for a job as a pilot.

As far as type rating is concerned, for fresh pilots, airlines typically do not require it in advance. Instead, in most cases, the airline will help arrange and finance the course in addition to providing regular corporate training to orient you in the airline’s standard operating procedures.

In case you find yourself in a situation where you need to arrange a type rating by yourself, get in touch with us.

What can I do to increase my chances of getting a job upon completing the course?

While each airline has its own requirements and factors that it looks at, there are a few commonalities across the board. Generally, in addition to you having to meet the prerequisites of our ATPL course, airlines value:

  • Excellent results on theoretical exams (ideally 85% or higher average) and as few exam failures as possible (ideally two or less)
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and teamwork skills
  • Excellent assertiveness, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • Solid knowledge of aeronautics
  • Flight school record with no incidents and disciplinary proceedings

If I cannot get a job immediately after finishing the course, what do I have to do to maintain my qualifications valid?

While the license itself does not have an expiration date, instrument and multi-engine ratings are valid for one year; single-engine rating is valid for two years. You can either renew them while they are valid to extend their validity or revalidate them in case of expired ratings.

If you find yourself in this situation, let us know–we can help with renewals and revalidations.

What does the day-to-day work of a typical airline pilot look like?

The typical work schedule varies depending on whether you are flying passengers or cargo as well as on whether you are working on short-, medium-, or long-haul flights. Typically, however, the work is concentrated in periods of three to seven days of work followed by a rest period. There are also daily/weekly/monthly/annual legal limits not to be exceeded.

Is there any age limit to becoming a professional pilot?

As is the case with all professions, the sooner you get started, the better. However, due to a pilot shortage, many airlines have started extending their age limit for newly hired pilots, some to over 40 years.

Legally speaking, you will be able to fly commercially up to the age of 65 as long as you can continue passing a Class I medical examination. Beyond that age, you will be able to fly only as a private pilot.

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