Application, training, selection and entry

Your Path into the Cockpit: All You Need to Know

How do you become a pilot? With its ATPL program the flight training school of Edelweiss offers a great opportunity that gets you directly into a Edelweiss cockpit. This is what you need to know: 

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Where Can I Apply?

You apply at Edelweiss, an airline of Lufthansa Group. As soon as you complete the selection process successfully you sign a training agreement with the European Flight Academy, Lufthansa Group’s flight training school. There you finish the qualified and internationally accepted training program for the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).  

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Which Skills Do I Need for the Selection Process?

In the selection process at Edelweiss, we will assess whether you have the skills to be pilot – from a basic understanding of technical systems to social competence in teams. However, you do not need to have previous knowledge on aviation. At the end of the selection process, there is both a medical examination and an interview in which you can convince representatives from Edelweiss of your qualification.

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What Does the Training Look Like?

It all begins after signing the training agreement! You begin at the European Flight Academy with theory phase I. After only seven weeks you sit in the cockpit for the first time in Grenchen, Switzerland. Later you receive a comprehensive flight training in Vero Beach, Florida. The entire training at the European Flight Academy takes 20 to 22 months in total.

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When Do I Sit in the Cockpit of a Commercial Flight?

After completing the ATPL program you also obtain the type rating for one of our aircraft types. After that, you are ready for your first regular flight.

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How Do I Pay for Training?

The training fees are approx. CHF 135'000 in total. Thanks to subsidies from the Swiss government (CHF 64'500 at present) and from the canton for completing training at a vocational school (“Höhere Fachschule” – CHF 22'000 at present) as well as fees covered by SWISS (CHF 30'000), trainees are only required to pay CHF 18'500. To do so, SWISS provides you with an interest-free loan, which you repay in installments within 1.5 years upon employment as a deduction from your pilot’s salary.