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!

Two Paths into the Cockpit

Highest Standards in Training

To start, you have a choice between two internationally recognized training courses, which both lead you into the cockpit of our airlines. Each course leads to a different license: for one, the Airline Transport Pilot License – or ATPL for short, and Multi-Crew Pilot License – abbreviated as MPL. Both qualify you to fly as a pilot of the Lufthansa Group and make our trainees top performers in the cockpit. But how do they differ? The contents of the courses are weighted differently and parts of each training course are offered in slightly different order.

Very important: both ATPL and MPL are equal from a qualitative standpoint and, after approximately 1,500 flight hours, lead you to an internationally recognized license according to EASA standards. Whichever path you decide to take, incredible experiences await you amongst fellow students just as passionate about flying as you are.

ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

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 a Lufthansa Group Airline after acquiring your license. You thus are ready for takeoff at Eurowings airlines within the Lufthansa Group.

MPL: Multi-Crew Pilot License

From the beginning onward, our MPL places a greater focus on preparing pilots for a future in a multi-crew-cockpit – thus the name! Here, type rating and landing training are integrated into the training at European Flight Academy. You graduate ready to go: within the Lufthansa Group, the MPL training course enables you to, for example, work at Lufthansa Airline, Lufthansa CityLine or Austrian Airlines. You are ready for takeoff!

The Classic Commercial Pilot License

ATPL - Airline Transport Pilot License

Module 1: Theory

Theory Courses in Bremen

No one takes to the sky without learning the basics. This and much more are what the first twelve months of your training (in Bremen, Germany) are for. 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 in our students learning independently, with our experienced instructors at your side to lend a hand when needed.

Module 2: Practical Elements I

DESTINATION USA: First Cockpit Experiences

After only twelve months, your next step is into the cockpit. After you successfully pass the theoretical training, you’re ready to enjoy the view from the cockpit of our training aircraft stationed in the Arizona desert/at the Florida coast. This is the beginning of six months of unforgettable moments. You learn how to take off, steer the aircraft, and land again, even on airfields you’ve never seen before. Of course, emergency procedures and the basics of instrument flight are all aspects covered in your time abroad.

Module 3: Practical Elements II

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 culminated in the exam for the commercial pilot license (CPL) with an instrument rating (IR).

Module 4: MCC

A common goal

MCC stands for multi-crew cooperation – you train in 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 a commercial airline.

MPL - Multi-crew Pilot License

Module 1: Theory

Theoretical Training in Bremen

In our MPL training, you learn all about operational procedures, meteorology and navigation, among others. In addition, you take a radio communications exam specific to instrument flight. Experienced instructors support your progress in the classroom –yet, we place great value on independent learning and personal responsibility as cornerstones of your success as a pilot.

Module 2: Core Phase

DESTINATION USA: First Cockpit Experiences

After the theoretical training, you are rewarded with our four-month MPL Core Phase in Goodyear, Arizona. In front of a spectacular landscape, you learn to take off, steer and navigate a modern single-engine training aircraft from one airfield to the next. The program also includes flight maneuvers and dealing with emergency situations. This all leads up to what’s probably the most memorable moment of your training: your first solo flight.

Module 3: Basic Phase

your first JET: The CITATION CJ+

Back in Bremen, your Basic Phase commences – but it’s anything but basic. You learn how Pilot Flying and Pilot Monitoring (PF and PM) cooperate. Competencies such as communication, leadership, decision-making and teamwork take center stage here. In our flight simulators, you practice instrument flight. We thereby continually increase complexity and difficulty to teach you how to handle dynamic situations – until you’re ready to apply what you’ve learned in one of our Citation CJ1+ jets.

Module 4: Intermediate Phase

MCC: A common goal

The Intermediate Phase of the MPL training course only lasts five days – but they’re crucial. As Pilot Flying and Pilot Monitoring, you train and improve your skills in various scenarios. In addition, you consolidate your knowledge of working with the crew in an airline-oriented environment in a full-flight simulator.

Module 5: Advanced Phase

Get Ready for Takeoff

In the three-month Advanced Phase, you receive your Type Rating – the training allows you to fly specific aircraft models, whether it be an Airbus A320, Embraer 195 or others. Which one depends on which Lufthansa Group Airline you are joining. A subsequent landing training is all you need to be ready for action or, as they say, cleared for takeoff!

Dual Training

Combining desk and cockpit? Go for it!

In partnership with the Bremen University, European Flight Academy offers its ATPL and MPL courses in combination with an accompanying Bachelor’s degree program.


Aeronautical Systems Engineering and Management (for MPL and ATPL)

The international training course, Aeronautical Systems Engineering and Management at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, integrates the theoretical pilot training modules into the academic courses. First, you learn engineering basics before moving on to in-depth modules in aeronautical subjects as well as key skills in psychology, economics and management. In your sixth and seventh semesters, you will complete the practical flight training at European Flight Academy. Graduates receive the internationally recognized Bachelor of Engineering degree. The course language is German.



Do you still have questions?

How long does the pilot training take? How high are the costs? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll 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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