Your Flying Future


Information about the current situation: Due to the corona pandemic our selection procedure for future student pilots has been placed on hold. The current planning is that no further BU/GQ appointments ("Berufsgrunduntersuchung" and "Group Qualification") will take place until end of 2020. You can continue to register your application in our system; it will be considered once our selection process has been reopened. Please be aware that our entire recruiting process has been placed on hold for the moment. You will receive a notification once it resumes.

Grow with the Challenge


At European Flight Academy, we see the selection procedure as a challenge you should approach with professional ambition – everyone who takes part sees it as a growing experience. All candidates share the dream of taking to the sky in an airline cockpit. You are grasping at a new opportunity and will find out a lot about your strengths and weaknesses. Those who meet the basic requirements and dream of flying should definitely take part – or do you want to one day say that you never tried?


If you named Austrian Airlines as your preferred airline in your application, you will undergo a four-step selection procedure tailored to Austrian Airlines’ requirements. If you are selected and go on to train at European Flight Academy, you will have already completed the required Corporate Qualification (Firmenqualifikation).

Selection Stage 1


The selection procedure for our pilot training is divided into three stages. The first step is the Basic Qualification (“Berufsgrunduntersuchung“ or BU). Here, we assess if you have the basic skills necessary to work in a cockpit.


The Basic Qualification runs for one day. The graph below shows you which steps are involved. For example, the test pertaining to technical and physical processes looks at your knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical processes as well as heat and fluid dynamics. We also assess your English skills, where you can impress with your vocabulary and grammar skills. As a pilot, you also need to be strong in math and logical thinking. We also look at your cognitive skills, for example, if you possess the necessary concentration and memory.


In further testing, we use a joystick and touchscreen to put your sensory-motor-skills to the test while controlling flight parameters such as altitude, course and speed. At the same time, an acoustic task pushes you to apply your ability to multitask in a complex situation, which you’ll encounter often when working in a cockpit.


You will receive a notification within a few days as to whether you have passed the basic qualification.

Selection Stage 2


This is a unique piece of training hardware – and was designed and built precisely for this stage of the selection procedure.

It differs from other flight simulators in that it has been programmed with customized flight patterns and characteristics tailored to selection. This allows us to not only test candidates who might have no experience in flying, but also assess the level of talent of already fully trained pilots.



Selection Stage 3


Corporate Qualification? While the Group Qualification and PIT assess whether you are suited to a pilot career, this stage of the selection procedure looks at whether you are match for Austrian Airlines in terms of behavior, ability to work in a team and personality


The Corporate Qualification (Firmenqualifikation or FQ) takes two days. The graph below shows what steps are involved. For example, an exercise and a role playing sessions shows how you react in situations typical of a cockpit –both on your own and in a team. We look at both what already can do but also at how quickly you learn.


This stage concludes with an interview. We are looking to assess your social competencies as well as your leadership and communication skills, to point out three important aspects.


Once you have achieved this, it is only a small step into an Austrian Airlines cockpit: the medical.

Selection Stage 4


Don’t worry: you don’t need to be the world’s best athlete to work in a cockpit. We require a normal level of fitness. This is just one aspect of assessing whether you meet the medical requirements. One thing is very strict, though: pilots must be completely sober and clean. That is why we require a drug screening as well. Once you have passed this stage, you will receive your EASA Medical Class 1.


Contrary to popular opinion, pilots do not need 20/20 vision. There are pilots who need to slightly correct their sight with glasses. Also, we cannot make any general statements on a minimum and maximum height, as this needs to be assessed by a doctor individually.


Once you pass the selection procedure, all you need to do is choose which one of our four courses spread over the year is most convenient to you!

Welcome to Austrian Airlines, welcome to the Lufthansa Group.



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How old do I need to be when starting pilot training?

You need to be at least 18 years old when beginning the training. Please note that you can already submit your application for our MPL program when you are 17 years of age; for our ATPL program, you need to be 18 years old to apply.

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What nationalities are admitted?

You need a permanent EU & CH residence with a work permit and an unrestricted passport to be able to apply.

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Is professional experience required?

No professional experience is required.

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