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Our training

Live your dream: become a pilot with an airline of the Lufthansa Group or another European air carrier. We’ll train you for it to the highest possible standards.

Your route to the flight deck

After some 24 months of intensive and exciting training with us, you’ll earn your commercial pilot’s license or CPL. It’s valid and recognized all over the globe. And it gives you excellent prospects for an airline pilot’s career.

Our three training paths

Whether you envisage your future cockpit career with an airline of the Lufthansa Group or with another reputed European air carrier, the European Flight Academy has the training path for you.

Training for future pilots of Lufthansa Group airlines in Germany

Training for future pilots of European airlines


Training for future pilots of the Swiss airlines of the Lufthansa Group


Training language
German
Length (approx.)
24 months
Apprx. costs
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Training phases
Theory 1
Bremen
Flying 1
Phoenix (USA)
Theory 2
Bremen
Flying 2
Rostock-Laage
 
 
 
Multi-Crew Cooperation

Frankfurt
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Special features
Dual studies possible
 
Aircraft types
Beechcraft F33A und F33C
Grob G120, Diamond DA20 und DA40
Piper PA-44 Seminole
From 2018: fleet renewal to the Cirrus SR20 (USA)
From 2018: fleet expansion to the Diamond DA42 (Rostock)
 
English
 
24 months
Approx. costs
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Theory 1
Frankfurt
Flying 1
Vero Beach (USA)
Theory 2
Frankfurt
Flying 2
Rostock-Laage
 
 
 
Multi-Crew Cooperation und Jet Orientation Course
Frankfurt
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Piper Warrior/Cadet PA-28
Diamond DA20 und DA40
Piper PA-44 Seminole, Piper PA-28R Arrow
From 2018: fleet expansion to the Diamond DA42
 
German and English
 
24 months
Approx. costs
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Theory 1
Zurich
Flying 1
Grenchen
Theory 2
Zurich
Flying 2
Vero Beach (USA)
Grenchen
Theory 3
Zurich
Multi-Crew Cooperation
 
Zurich
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Dipl. Pilot HF” Swiss diploma title
 
Diamond DA 40 und DA42
Piper PA-44 Seminole
Piper PA-28R Arrow
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The training phases

Your training at the European Flight Academy will last around 24 months, whether you complete it in Germany or Switzerland. All our courses also feature regular switches between theoretical instruction and flying phases, enabling you to put what you have learnt swiftly and optimally into practice.

The theory phases

In Theory 1 you will acquire all the fundamentals of navigation, meteorology, aerodynamics and other areas. And in Theory 2 you’ll deepen this initial knowledge and apply it in our flight navigation procedure trainer (FNPT II).




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The flying phases

This is where you’ll be in the air and at the controls! You’ll perform your visual flight rules (VFR) training in Florida or Arizona, and you’ll undergo your instrument flight rules (IFR) instruction from our Grenchen and Rostock-Laage flight training bases.




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Multi-Crew Cooperation

Here you’ll learn and practice how to work together within a cockpit crew on our full-flight simulators. The prime focus in this area is on interpersonal skills such as communications, leadership, decision-making and teamwork.





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Are you fit for the flight deck?

What you’ll need to bring

Airline pilots have to come up to some very high standards. To be able to embark on your pilot training, you’ll need to first meet some personal qualification criteria and secondly pass a series of assessments on your aptitude for the job, your medical fitness to fly and your suitability for service within the Lufthansa Group.

The application process: your commitment starts now!

Training for future pilots of Lufthansa Group airlines in Germany
Training for future pilots of a European airline
Training for future pilots of a Swiss airline of the Lufthansa Group
1: Your personal qualifications
Before you submit your application, please ensure that you meet all the preliminary personal, language, educational and professional requirements for acceptance for pilot training.
2: Your online application
Do you meet all our acceptance requirements? Then feel free to submit your application online. We will confirm its receipt and whether we have been able to accept you for the rest of our application process.
3: The selection procedure
Provided you meet all our basic acceptance criteria, you will receive an invitation to attend your first aptitude assessment. This will be followed by further tests and examinations, which are all intended to help us find out together whether flying is the job for you. And provided you pass all these tests and assessments, the door will be open to your pilot training course!
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An investment in your future

Our training costs

There’s no denying it: training to become an airline pilot involves a substantial investment. First there are the actual training costs. And on top of this, pilot training is a full-time occupation: you’ll have no time left for any work on the side.

Training financing options for Lufthansa Group airlines

If you’ve passed our selection (or hold a commitment to employ you from a Swiss airline), we offer you the option of deferring the payment of your part of your total training costs for the duration of your training and up to three years thereafter.

Once you begin your employment with a Lufthansa Group airline, this deferral (i.e. your outstanding repayment obligations) will be transferred to your new employer, together with the corresponding repayment provisions.

Training financing options for European airlines

If you’re training to become a pilot with a European airline, a number of course financing options are available to you with partner banks. You also have the option here of paying the training fee in up to three instalments.

Training financing options for Swiss airlines of the Lufthansa Group

Pilot training in Switzerland is supported financially by the Swiss Confederation and through a grant upon its successful completion and the submission of a diploma paper. Such support is available to any successful trainee who commits themselves to five years of subsequent pilot service with a Swiss airline of the Lufthansa Group.
We’ll be pleased to give you further details here at one of our information events.

For the requirements that need to be met for Swiss government financial assistance, ❯ click here.
For the requirements that need to be met for Swiss government financial assistance, ❯ click here.

Our World Is in Motion

European Flight Academy

An incredible number of things are happening in the world, almost everything is in motion, and new technologies are becoming a natural part of our lives.

The profession of pilot is also constantly changing and with it, the requirements of the pilots themselves. Likewise, the training is also taking on new dimensions: training is becoming increasingly independent, flexible, mobile, and digital.

That is why we launched European Flight Academy. The brand that unites all flight schools of the Lufthansa Group under one roof. With innovative training concepts and interdisciplinary offerings, we want to combine our strengths in order to play a major role in further developing the occupational profile of the pilot in the future – and to offer our flight students the best prospects for a career as a pilot at one of our airlines.

European Flight Academy in facts and figures:
  • The Lufthansa Group flight school
  • Since 2017, it has combined all Group flight schools under one roof
  • Seven flight school locations in Switzerland, Germany, and the United States
  • Trainers and instructors with years of experience as airline pilots
  • Training according to the high quality standards of the Lufthansa Group
  • Training concept leads to the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)
  • Training fleet with over 50 modern aircraft
  • Access to the full flight simulator fleet of Lufthansa Aviation Training

Major Names. The Best Prospects

The Airlines

After successfully completing your training, you will have almost achieved your main goal: your career in the cockpit of an airline is about to begin. Your qualifications are optimal – because you received training that meets the high standards of the Lufthansa Group and enjoys an international reputation.

Beyond the airlines of the Lufthansa Group, European Flight Academy has a large network with numerous additional renowned European airlines. These include, e.g. Aegean Airlines, Condor, Germania, Transavia, and WOW air. Through our intensive and continual cooperation, we know the needs and requirements of the airlines to a T and can impart these to our graduates in a targeted manner.

The Lufthansa Group airlines.

A global route network with 271 destinations in 107 countries. Modern fleets, currently with around 700 aircraft. Highest demands on quality, safety, and reliability.

Currently, we are training pilots to fill positions for the following airlines:

Air Dolomiti Austrian Airlines Brussels Airlines Edelweiss Eurowings SWISS
If any changes occur, we will inform you on this website.

The World Becomes Your Home

Our Locations

We offer you ideal training conditions at a total of seven locations in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. No matter which location you train at, your training will be at a consistently high level of quality.

  • Deutschland
    • Berlin
    • Bremen
    • Frankfurt am Main
    • Rostock-Laage
  • Schweiz
    • Grenchen
    • Zurich
  • USA
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Vero Beach, FL

Our locations:

Bremen

The flight school of Lufthansa Aviation Training Germany, located in Bremen, is one of the world’s longest-standing training centers for airline pilots.

Frankfurt/Berlin

The theoretical training portion of the pilot training and the MCC (Multi-Crew Cooperation) take place at the Lufthansa Aviation Training Center at Frankfurt Airport – one of the world’s most important airports. Our simulator fleet is available for the MCC at our location in Berlin.

The training devices:
A total of over 30 full flight simulators for Boeing, Airbus, and Bombadier aircraft types are located in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Grenchen

Grenchen airport, located at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the canton of Solothurn, is our Swiss location for visual and instrument flight training.

The fleet:
Diamond DA40
Diamond DA42

Goodyear/Phoenix

In Goodyear, just a 30-minute drive from Phoenix, Arizona, flight students complete one part of their practical training – with guaranteed sunshine.

The fleet:
Beechcraft F33A
Beechcraft F33C
Grob G120

Rostock-Laage

At our flight base on the Baltic Sea, located directly at Rostock airport, flight students complete their instrument training.

The fleet:
Diamond DA20
Diamond DA40
Piper PA-44 Seminole
FNPT 2 (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer)

Vero Beach

Visual flight rules (VFR) training takes place at Vero Beach, Florida, where it is almost always sunny. Our flight school is located on the grounds of the municipal airport.

The fleet:
Piper Warrior/Cadet PA-28
Piper Seminole PA-44
Piper PA-28R Arrow

Zurich

Theoretical training and simulator training take place at our training center at Zurich Airport, the largest airport in Switzerland.

The training devices:
DA42 FNPT (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer)
Beechcraft 200 FNPT

Then Take the First Step:

Come to Our Info Event!

Do you want to know more about European Flight Academy and our training paths? Do you have questions about our training curriculum, the selection process, or financing? Visit one of our info events. There, we will provide you with comprehensive and personal advice.

Our Info Events: an answer for every question

What’s the working day like at our group member airlines? How exactly is the pilot training structured? What qualifications do I need to bring? Would you like to know all this and more about our European Flight Academy? Then come to one of our Info Events, where we’ll give you all the information you need, and will also be happy to advise you further in a personal discussion.

Just choose an Info Event and send us your registration.

Pilot training for Lufthansa Group airlines in Germany
Pilot training for European airlines
Pilot training for Swiss airlines of the Lufthansa Group

Choose your preferred date and location:


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The actual dates can be found on the SWISS Website.

Please note that all our Info Events are held in German.