Your Flying Future

Requirements and Application

Important Note: Due to the corona pandemic, it is not possible to apply for a training at the European Flight Academy at the moment. Training courses will not take place until further notice. Please contact our support via the hotline or email if you have any questions. Many thanks for your understanding.

Training at European Flight Academy

The Best Path to Becoming a Pilot

We offer you the brightest perspectives from the beginning onward.  European Flight Academy, the pilot school of the Lufthansa Group, stands for top-quality pilot training. We prepare you ab initio – from the beginning, without any prior training, and help you acquire your commercial pilot license in approximately two years. You are then ready to begin working at Eurowings and to become part of one of the largest aviation groups in the world – the Lufthansa Group.


In a Cockpit within One Year

You have nothing to lose: applying to European Flight Academy costs you nothing and does not enter you into any obligations. Should you meet the basic requirements, you are admitted to our selection procedure. Following this, you will discover a lot about yourself – successful applicants can then begin training at European Flight Academy. You’ll spend a year acquiring a theoretical foundation and then be ready to take to the skies above the coast of Florida in the cockpit of one of our training aircraft. Are you ready?

Then let’s go!



ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

The classic training course: within approx. 20–22 months, you will complete your training. You first learn to fly in a single-person cockpit, then in a multi-crew cooperation. You will receive your type rating and landing training from your employer following the training. Your training at a glance: 

The ATPL Training Program


Permanent EU & CH residence and work permit and unrestricted passport

18 years of age at the beginning of training

Medical fitness (verification not necessary at the time of application)

Fluent English

General/subject-linked university entrance qualification or secondary school leaving certificate and completed vocational training

Training Courses at a Glance

Course of Training


Approx. 2 years (20-22 months, type rating in addition)


Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), "frozen" Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), also allowing operations in a single-person cockpit


Within the Lufthansa Group, allows you to fly for Eurowings Airlines (incl. Brussels Airlines and Germanwings)

MPL: Multi-Crew Pilot License

Alongside our ATPL program, European Flight Academy also offers an MPL (“Multi Crew Pilot License”). Both programs are equal from a qualitative standpoint and differ in their admission requirements and course setup.

Are you interested?

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Are you interested in becoming a pilot? Currently, it is not possible to apply for a training at the European Flight Academy. But you can create a job subscription; you will receive a notification once there is an update regarding our selection process.


Where You Can Get To Know Us

Info events and live chats

20.05., 05.07., 20.05., 05.07.
Bremen, München, Berlin, München, Bremen
At our regular information events and live chats, you will learn everything about training at the EFA.

Do you 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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