Your Flying Future

The Selection Procedure

Being a pilot is not like any other job – that also means that every candidate is screened for suitability before they are admitted to training at Lufthansa. There is no risk or hidden cost in the selection procedure and you do not enter into any obligations. Find out here what awaits you!

Grow with the Challenge

A Challenge that Helps You Progress

At Lufthansa, we see the selection procedure as a challenge you should approach with a professional ambition – everyone who takes part sees it as a growing experience. All candidates share the dream of taking to the sky in an airline cockpit. You are grasping at a new opportunity and will find out a lot about your strengths and weaknesses. Those who meet the basic requirements and dream of flying should definitely take part – or do you want to one day say that you never tried?

Selection Stage 1

Basic Qualification

The selection procedure for our pilot training is divided into two stages. The first step is the Basic Qualification (“Berufsgrunduntersuchung“ or BU). Here, we assess if you have the basic skills necessary to work in a cockpit. 

 

The Basic Qualification runs for 1 day. The graph below shows you which steps are involved. For example, the test pertaining to technical and physical processes looks at your knowledge of electrical engineering, mechanical processes as well as heat and fluid dynamics. We also assess your English skills, where you can impress with your vocabulary and grammar skills. As a pilot, you also need to be strong in math and logical thinking. We also look at your cognitive skills, for example, if you possess the necessary concentration and memory.  

 

In further testing, we use a joystick and touchscreen to put your sensory-motor-skills to the test while controlling flight parameters such as altitude, course and speed. At the same time, an acoustic task pushes you to apply your ability to multitask in a complex situation, which you’ll encounter often when working in a cockpit.

 

You will receive a notification within a few days as to whether you have passed the basic qualification.

Selection Stage 2

Group Qualification

Group Qualification? The group we are referring to is the Lufthansa Group. While the basic qualification assesses whether you are suited to a career as a pilot, the next step focuses on whether you meet the requirements of the Lufthansa Group Airlines in terms of behavior, teamwork and personality

 

The group qualification (GQ) takes 2 days (MPL). See the graph below for the steps involved. An exercise and a role-playing session show us, for example, how you act in situations typical to a cockpit – both on your own and in a team. It focuses on what you can do already but also how quickly you learn new skills. We are interested in your hand-eye coordination and other motor skills as well as how you deal with multiple stress factors

 

In addition, your personality can shine in an interview. Here, we want to discover your social, leadership and communication skills, to name a few. 

 

If you pass this second stage, only a small step remains between you and the cockpit of one the largest airline groups worldwide: the medical and drug screening.

Selection Stage 3

Medical and Drug Screening

Don’t worry: you don’t need to be the world’s best athlete to work in a cockpit. We require a normal level of fitness. This is just one aspect of assessing whether you meet the medical requirements. One thing is very strict, though: pilots must be completely sober and clean. That is why we require a drug screening as well. Once you have passed this stage, you will receive your EASA Medical Class 1.

Contrary to popular opinion, pilots do not need 20/20 vision. There are pilots who need to slightly correct their sight with glasses. Also, we cannot make any general statements on a minimum and maximum height, as this needs to be assessed by a doctor individually.

You have made it!

Once you have passed the selection procedure, the choice is yours: our courses begin throughout the year and we will try to accommodate your desired starting date. We are delighted to welcome you to the European Flight Academy and the Lufthansa Group!

Events

Where You Can Get To Know Us

Info events and live chats

28.09. / 16.10. / 27.11.
Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Bremen
At our regular information events and live chats, you will learn everything about training at the EFA.
Q&A

Do you still have questions?

How long does pilot training take? How much does it cost? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll find all the answers you were looking for on pilot training.

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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What is tested during the Basic Qualification?

You decided to apply for pilot training? Then the Basic Qualification is the first step in the selection procedure. To pass, you need to show that you have good knowledge of certain subjects, such as (approximately) the topics taught in years 8 to 11 in math and physics. The following aspects are all assessed during the Basic Qualification: Knowledge of technical and physical processes (electrical engineering, mechanical processes as well as heat, fluid, and wave dynamics), technical understanding of how simple systems and devices work, English-language skills (vocabulary and grammar), calculation and logical thinking, concentration and memory, speed of perception and spatial orientation, hand-eye coordination and other motor skills, ability to multitask in complex situations.

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When do I find out whether I have passed the Basic Qualification?

You will receive the results of your Basic Qualification in writing within a few days of having completed the test.

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