Your Flying Future

The Training ­Course

Our pilot training is unique in its combination of theoretical and practical elements as well as its interaction between technology and the person in the pilot’s seat. Find out what awaits you!

The Airline Transport License – ATPL

Highest Standards in Training

Future pilots of Edelweiss are trained at the pilot school of Lufthansa Group, European Flight Academy.


The training course qualifies you as a Edelweiss pilot and makes you a top performer in the cockpit.  After approximately 1,500 flight hours, you will receive an internationally recognized ATPL license according to EASA standards. Incredible experiences await you amongst fellow students just as passionate about flying as you are.


The ATPL license is the classic commercial pilot license and follows a tried and tested model of acquiring your flying skills: from single engine to multi-engine operations. Our trainees first learn to fly in cockpits designed for one person before then moving to a larger aircraft (referred to as multi-crew cooperation). You receive your type rating and landing training at Edelweiss after acquiring your license. You are then ready for takeoff.

The Classic Commercial Pilot License

ATPL – Airline Transport Pilot License

Module 1: Theory Phase 1

Learn the Theory in Zurich

No one takes to the sky without learning the basics. To illustrate the teaching material, we have included e-learning and self-learning modules. You can continuously monitor your own progress. We place great value on our students learning independently, with our experienced instructors at your side to lend a hand when needed.

Module 2: Flight Phases 1 + 2

Switzerland: First Experiences in a Cockpit

After only seven weeks of theoretical training, you step into a training cockpit for the first time in Grenchen, Switzerland.


Your time in Grenchen is full of unforgettable moments. You will learn so many things, such as dealing with emergencies on airfields you’ve never seen before.

Module 3: Theory Phase 2 with FNPT

Theory and Simulator

In Theory Phase 2, you will focus on aviation systems, instrument navigation and flight procedures. You study these in Zurich and practice instrument flight on multi-engine aircraft on a Flight Navigation and Procedures Trainer (FNTP) simulator. 

Module 4: Flight Phases 3 + 4

From One Engine to Two

You are fast approaching your final destination! In Rostock-Laage, you train on complex situations in a twin-engine aircraft as well as in a flight simulator. All training sessions are logged and subsequently analyzed. This segment of the training culminates in the exam for the commercial pilot license (CPL) with an instrument rating (IR). 

Module 5: Theory Phase 3

Theory for Commercial Pilots

After your practical training in Florida and Grenchen you will continue your training in a classroom and with computer-based training (CBT). This is the ideal preparation for your theoretical exam at the Edelweiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).

Module 6: Thesis

Almost on the Runway

The Edelweiss branch of European Flight Academy is a recognized vocational school (“Höhere Fachschule”). Thus, as part of your training, you will complete a thesis on an aviation topic and present it to the respective board. 

Module 7: MCC

A Common Goal

MCC stands for multi-crew cooperation – you train skills like communication, leadership, decision-making and teamwork between the Pilot Flying (PF) and the assisting Pilot Monitoring (PM). We continually increase the complexity of the situations in a full-flight simulator. You thus learn to deal with dynamic situations as a team. Once this module is complete, you are ready to apply all that you’ve learned at Edelweiss.

Dual Training

Combining Desk and Cockpit? Go for it!

In cooperation with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Edelweiss offers you the opportunity to complete your pilot training while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Aviation with a focus on commercial piloting.


Here, you’ll find all the information you need on the Aviation course at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.



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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