Airline Pilot Course - Flight Training

Our integrated ATPL ab initio course will get you fast into the cockpit of an airliner.


ATPL ab initio means that you undergo continuous tailor-made education at our mid-sized school facilities. In it you'll completely focus on the goal of the professional pilot license in small groups and in close contact with our experienced instructors. You visit our school on a daily basis - like any in other professional school or university.

Since it is an intense training schedule and flying airliners also carries a high level of responsibility, not only solid training is given value at our school, but there will be an entry test to be passed ahead of any training to check if you have the basic skills necessary. However, there is no need to worry. If you hold a high school degree, and even if maths, physics and English have not been your favorite subject, this will not be an insurmountable obstacle. Still, if you like we offer to prepare you for our entrance test.

The basic prerequisites for participation at the courses

  • A minimum age of 18 years
  • A valid medical certificate class 1
  • A right of residence in the EU for the period of training

The entry exam

  • Proof of sufficient knowledge in mathematics, physics and English
  • A psychological test
  • A personal interview

Once the prerequisites for admission have been met, you are good to go!

Theory Lessons

It starts with theory lessons in the rooms of our Lisbon and/or Algés facilities.

In two blocks in about eight months, all the necessary theoretical knowledge will be taught in more than 800 hours.

The material is extensive and in addition to the lessons, of course, the content must be learned and deepened in self-study.

This mainly takes place with electronic learning, so that our instructors have at any time an overview of a student’s progress. This allows us, even before the internal exams preceding the official ones, to provide the students with support if needed.

The theory block is divided in two parts for the sake of simplicity, each of which is capped by the exams set by and held at the Aviation Authority. After nine months, and all the theoretical exams are passed, you end the theoretical part of training. 

Theoretical contents

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications

Practical Lessons

Now take your seat in the cockpit!

Our flight training, the actual practical lessons, take place at the aerodrome of Ponte de Sor - LPSO, located about 130 km northeast of Lisbon.

At least 230 hours of flight training follow - a period of fun and excitement that gets you started on a Cessna C152, our training aircraft best-suited to acquire the basic skills for your further path to a big airliner’s flight deck. 

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The first solo flight

Not long after the start of the practical lessons, the time to perform your first solo flight has arrived. You will never forget in your life your debut at the controls without an instructor sitting next to you!

Although it seems to be only a blip in the basic flight training, it is an overwhelming and deeply encouraging experience for every young pilot. The next exciting milestone, after further training, will be the first solo cross-country flight, with landings on outside airfields.


Night flight and further navigation flights follow

Each phase of the flight training provides new challenges and skills. The progress is rapid and can be felt daily by students. By now students fly on the C172 with retractable landing gear to prepare the last part of the course.

Frequently, in-between inspections of individual training levels take place during the practical flight training, carried out by other instructors from our flight school.

Our Amazing Beechcraft 76 The cockpit of the Airbus A320 simulator that is used in our ATPL training course

Final Phase

The final phase of the aeronautical training takes place in our twin-engine Beechcraft 76, the Beech Duchess. The addition of a second engine is the biggest performance change felt between aircraft categories. In this plane you feel a whole lot closer to a real airline cockpit.
After this phase your flight training is complete and the official skill tests are flown - an exciting but certainly clearable last hurdle.

The training course of the ATPL will be completed with the MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation) Course in the simulator.

This course is necessary for current professional pilots and A320 simulator sessions give young pilots the first impression into their future job. Today's full flight simulators are impressive in terms of equipment, replicating real movements and noises and thus allow for a very effective training. Over the course of their careers, professional pilots will spend quite a few hours in simulators, which are an indispensable part of regular airline training today.

MCC course completed!

Congratulations, training completed!

You are a professional pilot now!

The wings you get at the end of your ATPL course

But we will not let you go that easy: your licenses and your pilot wings will be handed over in a ceremony.

The party is for granted!

From here you apply for your first job as professional pilot to enter in an airline. If you wish, we are glad to accompany you further along your career.

You might, for instance, not want to miss out on our professional support with your airline applications and preparation for their pilot assessments.

Two pilots looking at the screens inside the cockpit

Take Off - Start Your Career


Many Questions - Many Answers

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