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Airline pilot profession

By joining our Ab-Initio pilot training programme, you will be able to develop your European Aviation Transport Pilot Licence (“Frozen” EASA ATPL) within approximately 18 months. Besides, you do not need any previous aviation education or experience to achieve this goal! All successful graduates will undergo a selection process at airBaltic.


Program costs

Total cost of 79 000 euro is applicable for each student. See more
Training price includes modern theoretical courses based on computer-based training and self-study, best-in-industry study books on individually allocated iPads, professional instructor-led theoretical classes, simulator and practical flight training, mandatory examinations and, finally, certification and the associated licensing fees. Extra costs apply only if the student fails several examinations and continues the course. The cost does not include living and other subsistence expenses, but we will help with economical accommodation solutions at the best value at your flight training location.


Modern aircraft and professional instructors

You will be flying most modern training aircraft at Pilot Academy, allowing you to transfer your knowledge and skills into the most advanced 21th century airliner flight decks. See more
Pilot Academy will utilize aircraft especially designed and produced for training purposes. They are fitted with the latest generation digital avionics, eco-engines, integrated flight instrument systems with synthetic vision and advanced safety features. These systems are not on the minimum certification requirement list, but bring the training closer to the standards of modern commercial aviation. Likewise, both the single and twin-engine aircraft will ensure a common cockpit environment that will in turn facilitate the study process.
You will be trained by professional instructors who are currently actively flying at airBaltic, and those who are well known specialists in this field, ensuring the necessary focus on the actual requirements and working conditions of a commercial airline pilot.

For the past few weeks the summer has been spoiling us with blue skies and calm winds. Most of #airBaltic Pilot Academy students now at flight training are in their time building phase. That means - long cross country flights across the Baltic states visiting different aerodromes and enjoying great views from above. Can you name the place below?🤔 ...

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Flying in summer can be both beatiful and challenging - the sunshine and heat can quickly turn into dangerous thunderstorms with rain and hail. Always staying on the safe side while enjoying the beautiful views here at #airBaltic Pilot Academy. Picture by our student @latvianpilot. Go follow him for more great shots!✈️ ...

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Some views just never get old. What do you prefer - flying above or below the clouds?✈️ . . . . . . . . . . #pilotacademy #airbalticpilotacademy #airBaltictraining #pilottraining #cadetpilot #studentpilots #atplstudent #atpl #pilotsofinstagram #flightschool #pilottraining #pilotsintraining #pilotlife #studentpilot #aviation #dailyaviation #pilot #garminaviation #garmin1000 #DiamondDA40 #weflydiamondaircraft ...

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The ATPL course consists of 14 theory subjects student pilots have to pass at the state Civil Aviation Agency with the minimun score of 75%. It takes a lot of hard work and motivation to keep up with the pace and prepare for the state exams. We’re very proud our Pilot Academy group 06 students who have just passed first of their ATPL theory exams. In a few years the restless work these young men and women have invested into their dream job will pay off, and we will see them flying passengers around the world with #airBaltic.✈️ ...

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Since the opening of the #airBaltic Pilot Academy new hangar, the everyday training process has become even more efficient. The new hangar is located only a few meters from the apron. It can hold all of our training aircraft and is the perfect space for maintenance and daily checks. Less time on the ground means more time in the air! ...

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The very sophisticated Garmin G1000 PFD of our Diamond DA40. Can you tell at what ground speed we are flying now? What else can you tell from the picture? Comment below👇 . . . . . . . . . . #pilotacademy #airbalticpilotacademy #airBaltictraining #pilottraining #cadetpilot #studentpilots #atplstudent #atpl #pilotsofinstagram #flightschool #pilottraining #pilotsintraining #pilotlife #studentpilot #aviation #dailyaviation #pilot #garminaviation #garmin1000 #DiamondDA40 #weflydiamondaircraft #crosscountry #flightinstruments #g1000cockpit #garming1000 ...

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Summer is getting warmer and the views are getting better at #airBaltic Pilot Academy. Picture by our student @pilotlakey ...

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Another perfect day for a flight. @s.legzdina is one of many #airBaltic Pilot Academy students who has finished all 14 of the ATPL theory subjects and exams. Now only the most fun part is left - flight training! ✈️ Turn your eyes up to the sky once in a while - maybe you’ll spot one of #PilotAcademy students flying💚 . . . . . . . . . . #pilotacademy #airbalticpilotacademy #airBaltictraining #pilottraining #cadetpilot #studentpilots #atplstudent #atpl #pilotsofinstagram #flightschool #pilottraining #pilotsintraining #pilotlife #studentpilot #aviation #dailyaviation #pilot #diamondaircraftlovers #diamondaircraftfamily #liepaja #liepajaairport ...

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The minimum requirements for candidates:

- 18 years old or older
- Hold EU/EEA/CH passport

- High school graduate
- Health meets Class 1 Medical Certificate requirements
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Before applying, the candidate should make sure that their health meets Class 1 Medical Certificate requirements – the official version is available on the European Aviation Safety Agency’s website, a good explanation is available on the official website of the United Kingdom’s CAA – and should generally conform to high requirements towards a person’s health, thus existing health problems should be strictly self-assessed.

- Excellent written and spoken English knowledge (studies are fully in English)
- No criminal record
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Strict security checks apply as access to aerodrome infrastructure is required.

- Ability to swim

Factors that improve candidates chance to succeed:

- High-level grades in maths, physics, and English
- Interest and experience in aviation
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    o Quick and precise thinking
    o Highly focused, precise attention
    o High information processing speed
    o Good spatial orientation and understanding
    o Strong logical and mathematical thinking
    o Quick memorization of new information

    o Multitasking capability

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    o Good communication skills
    o High self-discipline and self-control
    o Composed and restrained
    o Ability to accept criticism and willingness to improve
    o Leadership skills – capacity to organize, plan, take responsibility
    o Rational decision-making, especially under stress
    o Achievements-oriented
    o Accurate and neat

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  Students have to be physically fit to accept long-scheduled work hours in the limited space of an aircraft cabin.

- Positive community impact and feedback




Selection process

Based of applications, 2020/2021 groups selection process is scheduled every month.

In order to ensure maximum success potential for all candidates, a robust selection process of several stages is in place. The stages are as follows:

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Consolidation of application documents

Evaluation of applicant’s education and security profile

Group tasks on Pilot Academy premises

Evaluation of teamwork, psychological and cognitive performance

Individual assessment of skills and capacities

English, maths and physics skills, cognitive and
spatial orientation capacities

Assessment of financial solvency or credit worthiness

Performed in cooperation with the partnering finance
institution chosen by the candidate

Physical exercise and health capacity evaluation

According to the requirements for aviation transport pilots

Final interview and decision
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Applications are accepted online, fulfill the online form below or press button below to complete the form in the airBaltic careers page.

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Training program in more detail

The training philosophy and execution focuses on effective preparation of professional, high-performing pilots who comply with the workforce requirements of the leading airlines globally today and in the future.

The full study process consists of three principal parts: theoretical classes, simulator sessions, and practical flight training for obtaining the ATPL license and the associated ratings.

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Theoretical training subjects include:

  • Air law
  • Principles of flight 
  • Airframes and Systems, Power plant, Electrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning and monitoring
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operating procedures
  • Aircraft operation manuals
  • VFR and IFR Communication
  • Human performance and limitations
  • Multi-crew cooperation


Practical training includes:

  • Flight and navigation simulator (FNPT II) 
  • Single-engine aircraft flight
  • Multi-engine aircraft flight


Upon completing the flight training examinations, the cadet becomes a licensed Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine Instrument Rating* and ATPL frozen, as prescribed by European Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.
With this license and rating, the pilot is ready to start Type Rating on the desired type of airplane.

*CPL(A) license with the following ratings, certificates and privileges:
- SEP (land)
- MEP (land)
- ME IR (A)
- ICAO English, Level 4 or higher endorsement.

Note. The exact duration of the course depends on the cadet’s individual performance and the availability of specific meteorological conditions; the average duration of the full training cycle is about 18 months.

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The theoretical studies will take place in Riga, on the premises of the airBaltic Training centre at Riga International Airport, Pilotu iela 6. Since 2010, airBaltic Training operates in a building specifically designed and constructed for aviation training purposes, located within the territory of the largest airport in the Baltics – Riga Airport – and these premises will be used for the Pilot Academy training programme.

The practical flying is planned at Liepāja Airport, as it is well suited for a training environment. It has the necessary instrument approaches, flexible airspace, neighbouring airports for cross-country flights, good city infrastructure and accommodation and rest opportunities.  airBaltic Training Pilot Academy will help to arrange overnight stays at student dormitories at reduced rates

About the company

airBaltic Training is the educational subsidiary of airBaltic – the leading flag carrier in the Baltic states. airBaltic Training was founded in 2010 and has served as an educational stepping stone for dozens of thousands of aviation professionals, so far mostly pilots and cabin crew. airBaltic Training offers a full span pilot education, encompassing both the theoretical and practical parts of training.

The leading airline in the Baltic region flying from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.

More than 70 destinations served in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. 

Crowned the most punctual airline in the world twice in a row.

The first in the world to operate Airbus A220-300.

Stable: 20+ years of operations.

Always growing: that's why we need you!





Company data:

Air Baltic Training, SIA
Reg.Nr. 40103272422
VAT Nr. LV40103272422


Pilotu iela 6
Riga International Airport
Latvia, LV-1053

Tel. +371 676 68 512
[email protected]