Live the dream: become a pilot

Your flying future

Live the dream: become a pilot

Your flying future

Live the dream: become a pilot

Your flying future

Live the dream: become a pilot

Your flying future

Current Situation

The health of our employees, student pilots and applicants is our top priority. The spread of the coronavirus has led to a social situation, health directives and economic effects that create a level of insecurity not seen before. It is totally unclear how and when the crisis will be resolved. That said, we are doing our best to provide all involved with some planning security and have thus decided on the following measures:


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.


In addition, we have decided to place our flight school operations on hold until August 31st, 2020, at the earliest. We continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will post any updates onto our website and social media channels. Please contact our support via the hotline or email if you have any questions. Many thanks for your understanding!


Becoming a Pilot: Turn the Dream into Reality?

Becoming a pilot is dream come true for many people. Don’t let it remain a dream! But how do you become a pilot? The European Flight Academy is Lufthansa Group’s flight training school. It is responsible for the pilot training of all Group Airlines – each one an excellent employer for anyone who wants to fly.

Europe’s biggest airline network

Lufthansa Group is Europe’s biggest airline network. With the pilot training at the European flight academy, you have ample opportunities to be employed in the cockpit of one of our airlines.


More than 50 modern training aircraft

The European Flight Academy maintains a fleet of more than 50 modern training aircraft for training purposes at different locations in Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Our training has the firm goal to get excellent pilots into the cockpits of our airlines.


Ever since 1955, Lufthansa Group’s flight training schools have successfully trained pilots. A lot has happened since then – new technologies have become part of our lives and the pilot profession has changed as well. However, the fascination for flying remains.

One Flight Training School

The European Flight Academy is the training institution for pilots at Lufthansa Group.

International possibilities

After the training course, you can work for Lufthansa Airlines, but also for Eurowings, SWISS, Austrian and others.

Towards the license in approx. 2 years

After 12 months, you step into the cockpit for the first time; within 20 to 28 months, you are ready to work at an airline.

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Still have questions?

How long does the pilot training take? How high are the fees? And do I actually need to be very athletic? Here you find all you need to know on pilot training.

How can I pay for my living costs? Is it possible to have a job alongside the pilot training?

Our pilot training is designed to be a full-time activity. Successfully completing it depends on a high level of focus. We thus do not recommend taking on any additional employment during the training. Should you need assistance in covering the cost of living, it may be possible for you to apply for government assistance under the German BAföG program.

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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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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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