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European Flight Academy


We are pleased that you are curious about how to become a pilot with Lufthansa Group.
You've come to the right place: The training to become a pilot takes place at the Lufthansa Group's flight school, the European Flight Academy. 
Here you will find an overview of what you need to know to start your career above the clouds!

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This is how you become a pilot

Pilot training involves a great deal of practice in addition to in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge. In simulators, in single-engine and twin-engine training aircraft, you will learn to fly until you are able to take off with the large passenger aircraft. On this page, we have compiled an overview of the prerequisites you need to meet in order to become a pilot, how your application will progress to the cockpit, and what your prospects are as a pilot in the Lufthansa Group.

What do I have to bring to the table to become a pilot

The job of a pilot is like no other. That is why, in the selection process, we will thoroughly check whether or not you are up to meet all of the requirements now and in the future. Don't be afraid – the process will also let you know whether you will be happy in your future job. Before taking the first selection step, the DLR test, please check here if you meet all fundamental requirements for applying at EFA:

Before you apply

You meet all requirements? Then we look forward to being by your side while you are on your way to the pilot training at EFA.

1.    We provide comprehensive information on our website on the selection process, the training and its schedule, as well as the costs and financing possibilities; please thoroughly familiarize yourself with this information.
Should you wish to meet us in person, come visit us online or in person at one of our informational events. You can register here.

2.    Are you ready? Then we are happy and encourage you to take the first step towards a career as a pilot: the suitability test at the Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum (DLR, German Aerospace Center)! 
Here you will be checked for the basic skills you should have as a future pilot. You can get more information and book an appointment here. Please note: Obtaining this test certificate is a prerequisite for applying at EFA.

What does your path to the cockpit possibly look like?

1.    Successfully obtained the DLR certificate? Congratulations! At this point we are looking forward to your application. You can find all necessary documents as well as the direct link to the applicants’ portal in the section on how to apply.


2.    If you have applied and fit all formal criteria, we will invite you to the final selection step. In the Lufthansa Group assessment, we would like to get an impression of your social skills and personality. After successful completion of the assessment, we look forward to welcoming you to one of our next courses.


3.    Pilot training is very complex and will therefore entail costs for you. To make the pilot training financially feasible, you can find out more about the financing options here.

What are your job prospects?

As an ab-initio flight school we offer the possibility of priority access to the Lufthansa Group cockpits – without full ready-entry assessment in the airlines’ recruitment process that follows later. 

We are convinced that our EFA graduates will have the best prospects for a job in the cockpit of a Lufthansa Group airline. If you do not receive an offer for a job in the cockpit of a Lufthansa Group airline within 24 months, we will reimburse you for 50% of your training costs. Find more information on the take-off promise here.

Do you have questions? Then write to or call us.
We look forward to meeting you!

EFA Mission Statement


At the European Flight Academy, the Lufthansa Group’s flight school, we train the “new generation” of pilots. You can find out what that means and what we expect from our student pilots on the subpage on the EFA mission statement.

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