Professional Pilot Programs

SMATSA Aviation Academy offers the following professional pilot programs:

  • Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane) – ATP(A)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating – CPL(A)/IR(A)

Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane)

THE AIM OF THE COURSE

The aim of integrated course for Airline Transport Pilot (Airplane), in further text abbreviated ATP(A), is to train a student to the level of proficiency necessary to operate multi-pilot, multi-engine airplane as a co-pilot in commercial air transportation, to prepare the student for obtaining CPL(A) with IR and to prepare the student for ATPL(A) theoretical exam in front of Aviation Authorities.

PRE–ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A beginner without previous experience In aviation (“ab-initio”) or a student who owns a valid PPL (Private Pilot License) can enroll into the course, and shall be at least 18 years of age.

An applicant shall have finished at least secondary / high school or college and shall provide a written proof of previous education.

An applicant for CPL(A)/IR shall hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate issued in accordance with JAR FCL 3.

Before being admitted to the course the applicant will take a pretest in following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • English language

Mathematics and Physics knowledge to be shown on multiple choice entry test corresponds to the level which is considered by FTO SMATSA Aviation Academy (in further text: Academy) ground instructors to be the minimum for understanding lessons during theoretical part of training. Minimum passing grade in Mathematics and Physics multiple choice pretest is 75%.

Regarding English language entry test, student should demonstrate knowledge equivalent to upper intermediate level of English (B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by Council of Europe).

CREDITS FOR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

This is to be obtained from the Authority before training begins, and is not the responsibility of Academy. For a student who is a holder of PPL issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1, up to 50 % of the aircraft hours flown prior to the course will be credited, up to a credit of 40 hours of flying experience, or 45 hours if an airplane night flying qualification has been obtained, of which up to 20 hours with instructor. This credit for the hours flown shall be at the discretion of the Academy and entered into the applicant’s training record.

TRAINING SYLLABI

Training consists of three segments which are interconnected:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction up to CPL(A) and IR level
  • Training on FNPT II Synthetic Training Device
  • Visual and instrument flying training
  • Training in Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) for the operation of multi-pilot airplanes, using FNPT II STD.
THEORETICAL TRAINING

Theoretical training program consists of 670 classes (1 class = 45 min.) of instruction conducted at the Academy premises by Ground Instructors:

Subject Number of Classes
Air law 60
Aircraft general knowledge 280
Flight Performance and Planning 150
Human Performance and Limitations 66
Meteorology 104
Navigation 200
Operational Procedure 40
Principles of Flight 50
Communications 50
Total 1000
TRAINING ON SYNTHETIC TRAINING DEVICE

Training consists of 60 hours of instruction on Alsim ALX FNPT II device (twin prop flight model):

Block Name Hours
IFR Controlled Airspace SE 5
IFR Program ME 35
MCC Program 20
FLIGHT TRAINING

Aircraft training consists of 5 phases:

Phase of Training Main Elements Dual Hours Solo Hours
First phase Informative flying, Flying zone, Traffic circuit 10:00 0:00
Second phase Traffic circuit, Flying zone, Max. performance, Navigation flying, Under the hood flying 16:40 23:10
Third phase Traffic circuit, Flying zone, Navigation flying, ADF / zone, Controlled Airspace via ADF 05:10 40:00
Fourth phase Night flying, VOR / zone, IFR Controlled Airspace, ME IFR Program, Class Rating Cessna-310, ME IFR Program 23:00 36:00
Fifth phase Multi Crew Cooperation (FNPT II) 20:00 0:00
114:50 99:10
Total 214:00
THE TIME SCALE AND SCALE, IN WEEKS FOR EACH SYLLABUS

Complete integrated course for the Airline Transport Pilot is expected to last 19 to 21 months, having in mind that meteorological factors, time of the year, regular attendance of classes and student’s commitment can have a significant effect on the duration of the course.

Theoretical classes are arranged so that student gets the relevant theoretical background that can be implemented in flight training. Theoretical classes shall normally consist of 8 classes per day (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon) and during these theoretical blocks, the student shall normally not fly.

Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating CPL(A)/IR(A)

THE AIM OF THE COURSE

The aim of integrated course for Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating, in further text abbreviated CPL(A)/IR(A), is to train student to the level of proficiency necessary to operate single-pilot, single-engine or single-pilot multi-engine airplane in a commercial air transportation and to prepare the student for obtaining CPL(A) / IR.

PRE–ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A beginner without previous experience In aviation (“ab-initio”) or a student who owns a valid PPL (Private Pilot License) can enroll into the course, and shall be at least 18 years of age.

An applicant shall have finished at least secondary / high school or college and shall provide a written proof of previous education.

An applicant for CPL(A)/IR shall hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate issued in accordance with JAR FCL 3.

Before being admitted to the course the applicant will take a pretest in following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • English language

Mathematics and Physics knowledge to be shown on multiple choice entry test corresponds to the level which is considered by FTO SMATSA Aviation Academy (in further text: Academy) ground instructors to be the minimum for understanding lessons during theoretical part of training. Minimum passing grade in Mathematics and Physics multiple choice pretest is 75%.

Regarding English language entry test, student should demonstrate knowledge equivalent to upper intermediate level of English (B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by Council of Europe).

CREDITS FOR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

This is to be obtained from the Authority before the training begins, and is not the responsibility of Academy. For a student who is a holder of PPL(A) issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1, 50 % of the aircraft hours flown prior to the course will be credited, up to a credit of 40 hours of flying experience, or 45 hours if an airplane night flying qualification has been obtained, of which up to 20 hours must be with instructor. This credit for the hours flown shall be at the discretion of the Academy and entered into the applicant’s training record.

TRAINING SYLLABI

Training consists of three segments which are interconnected:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction up to CPL(A) and IR level
  • Training on FNPT II Synthetic Training Device
  • Visual and instrument flying training
THEORETICAL TRAINING

Theoretical training program consists of 670 classes (1 class = 45 min.) of instruction conducted at the Academy premises by Ground Instructors:

Subject Number of Classes
Air law 42
Aircraft general knowledge 200
Flight Performance and Planning 82
Human Performance and Limitations 30
Meteorology 80
Navigation 130
Operational Procedure 26
Principles of Flight 40
Communications 40
Total 670
TRAINING ON SYNTHETIC TRAINING DEVICE

Training consists of 40 hours of instruction on Alsim ALX FNPT II device (twin prop flight model):

Block Name Hours
IFR Controlled Airspace SE 5
IFR Program ME 35
FLIGHT TRAINING

Aircraft training consists of 4 phases:

Phase of Training Main Elements Dual Hours Solo Hours
First phase Informative flying, Flying zone, Traffic circuit 10:00 0:00
Second phase Traffic circuit, Flying zone, Max. performance, Navigation flying, Under the hood flying 16:40 23:10
Third phase Traffic circuit, Flying zone, Navigation flying, ADF / zone, Controlled Airspace via ADF 05:10 40:00
Fourth phase Night flying, VOR / zone, IFR Controlled Airspace, ME IFR Program, Class Rating Cessna-310, ME IFR Program 23:00 36:00
94:50 99:10
Total 194:00
THE TIME SCALE AND SCALE, IN WEEKS FOR EACH SYLLABUS

Complete integrated course for the Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating is expected to last 17 to 20 months having in mind that meteorological factors, time of the year, regular attendance of classes and student’s commitment can have a significant effect on the duration of the course.

Theoretical classes are arranged so that student gets the relevant theoretical background that can be implemented in flight training. Theoretical classes shall normally consist of 8 classes per day (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon) and during these theoretical blocks, the student shall normally not fly.

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