airBaltic Training Pilot Academy
is the right choice for you to become a
professional airline pilot!
Airline pilot profession
By joining our 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!
More details and starting dates.
Pilot Academy will assist you with a loan arrangement if needed. Pilot Academy offers an attractive proposal from our partner bank with decreased interest and a repayment schedule adjusted to the terms and conditions of your pilot employment agreement with airBaltic. See more
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
The minimum requirements for candidates:
- 18 years old or older
- High school graduate
- Health meets Class 1 Medical Certificate requirements Show more
- Excellent written and spoken English knowledge (studies are fully in English)
- No criminal record Show more
- Ability to swim
- If loan required, clear credit history
Factors that improve candidates chance to succeed:
- High level grades in maths, physics and English
- Interest and experience in aviation
- Good cognitive abilities Show more
- Positive personality traits Show more
- Healthy, active lifestyle Show more
- Postitive community impact and feedback
Selection for the Spring 2019 course will begin in November 2018.
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:
Evaluation of applicant’s education and security profile
Evaluation of teamwork, psychological and cognitive performance
According to the requirements for aviation transport pilots
Performed in cooperation with the partnering finance
institution chosen by the candidate
English, maths and physics skills, cognitive and
spatial orientation capacities
Applications are accepted online - just click the button below to get started!
To be considered for 2019 Spring group of students application must be submitted by November 5, 2018. Earlier applications will have preference in the first selection stage.
The candidate must fill out an electronic application providing the following information, in English:
- Motivation letter (200 words maximum)
- Written responses to two questions (100 words max. each):
- What are the main characteristics and qualities of an excellent pilot?
- What I have done that makes me a good candidate?
- High school statement of grades (including physics, math, and English)
- Results of the Centralised or equivalent exams, if available
- English knowledge certificate, if available
Training programme 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 licence and the associated ratings.
Theoretical training subjects include:
Principles of flight
Airframes and Systems, Power plant, Electrics
Mass and balance
Flight planning and monitoring
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 licence and rating the pilot is ready to start Type Rating on the desired type of airplane.
*CPL(A) licence with the following ratings, certificates and privileges:
- SEP (land)
- MEP (land)
- ME IR (A)
- ICAO English, Level 4 or higher endorsement.
Autumn groups of students start the theoretical classes on September. Spring groups of students start the theoretical classes on March. Selection for a group starts three months before the study start and practical flight training starts in two months from start of theoretical classes, after a successful completion of the theoretical studies.
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.
Separate courses are organized for candidates who have already completed the initial parts of pilot training in other training organizations. Such modular training process involves preparation of a customized study plan to account for the previous training and cover the missing modules, ratings, and licences, and the total fee will be calculated individually.
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 to be based 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 hundreds 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.