Večernje novosti: Košava in Vršac is the best simulator

Aviation Academy has been the ideal place for the education of our and pilots throughout the world, for the past six decades, Since 1954 more than 2,200 pilots have been trained. The wind makes them experienced.

For the past six decades above the highest point of Vojvodina – Gudurički Vrh – students fly every day from Serbia, countries of the region, but also from the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, India, Libya, Algeria, Mali … They conduct training in one of the most prestigious academies in Europe for line pilot. Vrsac Academy has excellent conditions for training, and the price of education is several times lower than in similar academies in the world.

The Academy, which SMATSA (Serbia and Montenegro air traffic services) bought from “Jat” in 2010, is proud to point out that it has trained around 2200 pilots who flew for the world airlines throughout the world, since 1954. Currently, there are around 100 students on training, including the April class, which has, truly speaking, most students from Serbia and the region. Of course, there is no shortage of students who attend classes in English.

– The results are the main reference of why young people all over the world come to us to train for pilots. In recent years, modern flight equipment has been a contribution to that as well as we renewed the fleet with eight modern “Cessna”, and the fact that our students receive pilot’s license that is recognized everywhere in the world for a much lower price – says Mirko Vranic, the Director of the Academy.

His words were confirmed by one of the students, a Dutchman, Tim Baelemans, who chose Vršac Academy because for only 41,000 Euros which is the cost of full training for line pilots, he received the same training conditions as in his own country.


SMATSA Aviation Academy in Vrsac has one concrete runway and two grass runways. The concrete rwy is equipped for night conditions and has its own Air Traffic Control Tower. Their desire and the desire of local government is that the airport soon obtains international status, for which they have already taken some steps, but to be qualified to operate for commercial business flight, a lot of money must be invested.

– My older brother and I both decided to enroll Aviation Academy. Training in the Netherlands is around 80,000 Euros , and we were looking for better solutions. In one agency, they recommended Vršac Academy and we have not repented at all, the conditions are good. Huib completed his training last year, and I have a couple of weeks left to finish mine – says the young Dutchman, who has walked the footsteps of his father, also a pilot.

In addition to the desire to fly in all meridians, some students wish to stay in Vrsac and work as flight instructors. A 18 -year-old Danilova Suvajdžić, who was born and lives in Switzerland, but he wanted to be educated in their homeland has “confessed” this.

– The conditions that we have at the Academy are ideal. I am pleased with that, especially with the new planes which are the latest state-of-the-art in technology. They have built-in so-called “synthetic vision”, which provides that in the event of bad weather, the pilot on the screen can clearly see what is happening in front of him, and could see the planes that are around him. It makes training much easier and I would not mind to train students on these planes – says Mr Suvajdžić.

Students at Vrsac are trained at 20 modern planes, as well as on a modern flight simulator, which replaces 40 hours out of the required 186.

– Thanks to the simulator which we have had for five years now, we have become more competitive in the market, because it reduced training cost for around 12,000 Euros. It includes training flights over all European destinations , and we have a programme which helps us to imaginary land at all commercial airports in the region – says Mr Dragan Bakić, the instructor from Academy.

Future pilots point out that flying in the simulator is the most interesting part of training, because it is the place where they acquire the right skills to manage a plane, although, as instructors say, for gaining experience is responsible the wind “košava” which blows more than 200 days a year.

– Those who beat wind at Vrsac will not have problem with other unfavorable meteorological conditions, adds Mr Borislav Brankov, the instructor from the Academy. Predominant wind conditions at Vršac significantlly make flying more difficult, so our students on completing their training, leave the Academy with experience, as opposed to those who are trained in a sterile and ideal weather conditions.


Good reputation about the Academy is usually spread by its former students, who are now successful pilots, and so, last year it led to a co-operation with the national airline from Algeria, which sent 49 its pilots on training to Vrsac. Also, the voice of the excellent conditions of training at SMATSA Aviation Academy “flew” even to Japan, so in the near future it could come up a co-operation between our two countries. The visit of a representative of the Japanese national aviation academy speaks about their intentions. The main reason for this is three times cheaper pilot training.


Ana Teresa Bilic (26) FROM BELGRADE is one of four girls in Vrsac Aviation Academy who train for pilots. In an interview with “News” she said that the passion for flying was gained while she was working as a flight attendant in “Qatar Airways”.

– I preferred to be a pilot rather than to serve passengers and so I waited for the right moment to enroll in the Academy. I came to Vrsac, because it is the best option in this part of Europe, and having their license is a serious recommendation. I would love to fly commercial flights anywhere in the world. I hope there will be a place somewhere for me, especially as women gradually enter this “male” world – says Ana Teresa, pointing out that she has been well accepted by male colleagues at the Academy and that they all work like a family.

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