Airline pilot profession

By joining our Ab-Initio pilot training programme, you will be able to develop your European Aviation Transport Pilot Licence (“Frozen” EASA ATPL) within approximately 24 months. Besides, you do not need any previous aviation education or experience to achieve this goal! You will have no bond or other obligations towards the company as a self-sponsored student after receiving your licence. However, successful graduates can undergo a selection process at airBaltic if they are interested.

Programme costs

Training price of 79 000€  includes:

  • modern theoretical courses on computer-based training and self-study,
  • best-in-industry study books on individually allocated iPads,
  • professional instructor-led theoretical classes,
  • simulator and practical flight training,
  • mandatory examinations,
  • certification and the associated licensing fees.

Extra costs apply only if the student fails several examinations and continues the course. The cost does not include living and other subsistence expenses, but we will help with economical accommodation solutions at the best value at your flight training location.


Modern aircraft and professional instructors

You will be flying state of the art training aircraft at Pilot Academy, allowing you to transfer your knowledge and skills into the most advanced 21st century airliner flight decks. 
Pilot Academy will utilise aircraft especially designed and produced for training purposes. They are fitted with the latest generation digital avionics, eco-engines, integrated flight instrument systems with synthetic vision and advanced safety features. These systems exceed the minimum certification requirement list, but bring the training closer to the standards of modern commercial aviation. Likewise, both the single and twin-engine aircraft will ensure a common cockpit environment that will in turn facilitate the study process.
You will be trained by professional instructors who are currently actively flying at airBaltic, and those who are well known specialists in this field, ensuring the necessary focus on the actual requirements and working conditions of a commercial airline pilot.

The minimum requirements for candidates:
18 years old or older
Hold EU/EEA/CH passport
High school graduate
Before applying, the candidate should make sure that their health meets Class 1 Medical Certificate requirements – the official version is available on the European Aviation Safety Agency’s website, a good explanation is available on the official website of the United Kingdom’s CAA – and should generally conform to high requirements towards a person’s health, thus existing health problems should be strictly self-assessed.
Health meets Class 1 Medical Certificate requirements
Studies are fully in English
Excellent written and spoken English knowledge
Strict security checks apply as access to aerodrome infrastructure is required.
No criminal record
Ability to swim
Factors that improve candidates chance to succeed:
High-level grades in maths, physics, and English
Interest and experience in aviation
Quick and precise thinking. Highly focused, precise attention. High information processing speed. Good spatial orientation and understanding. Strong logical and mathematical thinking. Quick memorization of new information. Multitasking capability.
Good cognitive abilities
Healthy, active lifestyle
Good communication skills. High self-discipline and self-control. Composed and restrained. Ability to accept criticism and willingness to improve. Leadership skills – capacity to organize, plan, take responsibility. Rational decision-making, especially under stress. Achievements-oriented. Accurate and neat.
Positive personality traits
Diamond A/C DA40 NG
Diamond A/C DA42 VI
Diamond FSTD (DA42-VI / DA40NG)
A220 pilna lidojuma simulators

Training program in more detail

The training philosophy and execution focuses on effective preparation of professional, high-performing pilots who comply with the workforce requirements of the leading airlines globally today and in the future.

The full study process consists of three principal parts: theoretical classes, simulator sessions, and practical flight training for obtaining the ATPL license and the associated ratings.

Theoretical training subjects include:

  • Air law
  • Principles of flight 
  • Airframes and Systems, Power plant, Electrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning and monitoring
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operating procedures
  • Aircraft operation manuals
  • VFR and IFR Communication
  • Human performance and limitations
  • Multi-crew cooperation

Practical training includes:

Flight and navigation simulator (FNPT II)
Single-engine aircraft flight
Multi-engine aircraft flight

Upon completing the flight training examinations, the cadet becomes a licensed Commercial Pilot with Multi-Engine Instrument Rating* and ATPL frozen, as prescribed by European Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011. With this license and rating, the pilot is ready to start Type Rating on the desired type of airplane.

*CPL(A) license with the following ratings, certificates and privileges:
– SEP (land)
– MEP (land)
– ME IR (A)
– ICAO English, Level 4 or higher endorsement.

Note. The exact duration of the course depends on the cadet’s individual performance and the availability of specific meteorological conditions; the average duration of the full training cycle is about 18 months.

For the Self-Funded ATPL course assessment process, kindly send us the following: 
  • CV prepared in English
  • Statement of high school grades (including Physics, Math, English)
  • Results of the centralized (or equivalent) exams, if available
  • English knowledge certificate, if available
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate

*Proof of residence permit in EU for a minimum of 2 years is required for non-EU citizens.

Contact Us
airBaltic Training sales representative
+371 2639 3535