Your Flying Future

The Selection Procedure

Being a pilot is not like any other job – that also means that every candidate is screened for suitability before they are admitted to training at Edelweiss. There is no risk or hidden cost in the selection procedure and you do not enter into any obligations. Find out here what awaits you!

Grow with the Challenge

A Challenge that Helps You Progress

At Edelweiss, we see the selection procedure as a challenge you should approach with a 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 say that you never tried one day?


After we have reviewed your application, if you meet the admission requirements we will invite you to participate in our selection procedure. This is divided into six stages and takes approx. three to six months. You will receive notice within a few days if you have passed a stage. You can then take part in the next stage, scheduling an appointment individually. 

Selection Stage 1

Performance Test 1

The first stage consists of several psychometric performance tests. We ensure that you have the basic skills needed to work in a cockpit. The tests take one day. For example, as a pilot, you need to calculate well and have good logical thinking. This is tested alongside your cognitive skills, such as your ability to concentrate and remember.  


You will receive documentation prior to this test that will help you prepare for it.

Selection Stage 2

Personality Test

Ina half-day group exercise, we will look at your ability to work in a team in dynamic situations as well as your behavior in group situations.


In this exercise, you will, for example, act in situations typical for a cockpit – both alone and in a team. We look at what you can do already, but also at how quickly you learn. We are looking to assess your social competencies as well as your leadership and communication skills, to point out three important aspects. 

Selection Stage 3

Performance Test 2

In the device test (“Apparatetest”) we put your sensory motor skills to the test while you control parameters such as altitude, course and speed, for example. At the same time, we let you complete tasks such as calculations or comparing symbols to see how you multitask in complex situations, a skill often required in a cockpit. This stage takes half a day.   

Selection Stage 4

Pilot Instrument Trainer (PIT)

In the Pilot Instrument Trainer (PIT), you will spend one to two days in a simulator training session, which more closely mimics work in a real cockpit than the device test. You sit in an enclosed simulator and “fly” certain courses while monitoring relevant flight data and engine power. You are provided with tasks acoustically, graphically, in writing or a combination of all three. The PIT is the ideal scenario to test your ability to multitask in complex situations, as well as assessing your ability to handle stress and to manage a workflow.

Selection Stage 5


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 Edelweiss Medical Services assess to see 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 test 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. If you have no further visual impairments, Edelweiss accepts candidates with far or nearsightedness of +5.0/-6.0 diopters. In terms of height, you need to be at least 1.6 meters tall and no taller than 1.98 meters.


Selection Stage 6


The selection procedure ends with a comprehensive interview over half a day. The respective Edelweiss psychologists as well as a flight captain assess your personality, your skills, your knowledge and your motivation. Questions are discussed such as “Who am I?”, “What am I (not) able to do?” and “Why do I want to”? – the last, of course, focused on your goal to become a pilot at Edelweiss.

Final Decision


If you have passed all six stages, the Board 1 Meeting, a panel of Edelweiss experts, assesses your overall potential and results. If their decision is positive, you are registered for the VFAL-Screening, which helps you apply for subsidies in aviation.

You have made it!

You have passed the entire selection procedure. Congratulations! After the VFAL-Screening, you register at European Flight Academy to be assigned to a training course. Courses begin throughout the year and we will try to accommodate your desired starting date.


We are delighted to welcome you to Edelweiss, the Lufthansa Group and European Flight Academy!



How long does the pilot training take? What does it cost? Do I need to be especially athletic? Find all the relevant informaton on our pilot training here.

Can I become a pilot without perfect sight?

Yes, not all pilots have 20/20 vision. Your eyesight will be assessed by a doctor as part of your medical.

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Do I need to have high grades in math and the sciences at school?

We test your knowledge of technical and physical processes as well as your technical understanding. This means it is advantageous to have done well in math and physics from years 8 to 11. We also greatly value your motivation to achieve your goals and your passion for the job.

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Where can I inquire about the status of my application?

We’re afraid it’s not possible to access your application once it has been sent to us. If you require information as to its status, please contact us by telephone or email.

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