Pilot Flight Academy is Europes most modern flight school, training our students in top modern aircraft and simulators. With more than 2500 square metres of school premises, and 120 students in-house, we educate tomorrows airline pilots. The school is located at Torp Airport in Sandefjord, southern Norway. The entire pilot education at Pilot Flight Academy is conducted in Norway and offers unique knowledge and experience of controlled airspace. We have modern classrooms, a fully equipped centre for computer based training and new aircraft and simulators. We also have a gym, canteen and dorm rooms available at the airport-/school area.
People travel more than ever, and there is a growing demand for pilots. Graduating from Pilot Flight Academy you will have all certificates necessary to apply as a first officer in airlines. The demand for pilots is expected to increase in the following years. Both business and private travel by air are increasing. The airline traffic increases every month, and the large airline companies are continuously launching new routes. This, together with expected retirements due to old age among pilots, will create a large demand for new pilots during the coming years, especially in Scandinavia. The prognosis from Boeing and Airbus state that the worldwide demand for new pilots will exceed 500 000 within the year 2033, and we have already started to see a pilot shortage in the US and Asia. So, now is the time for you to start your pilot education! As a newly educated pilot, you start your career as a first officer. In the course of your career, you can fly several aircraft types, with the whole world as your work environment. As you acquire more experience, it is natural to progress to the captain’s seat, with the responsibility to lead the crew and plan and carry out flights securely and comfortably for everyone on board. The integrated pilot education at Pilot Flight Academy is recommended by airlines like SAS and Norwegian, and we have former students working in these companies, as well as a lot of other airlines in Scandinavia, Europe and worldwide. The competency-based and focused pilot education at Pilot Flight Academy provides the best possible preparations for our students when applying to airlines.
BEING A PILOT
Being a pilot is demanding and exciting, and many decisions have to be made both prior to and during a flight. Pilots must, therefore, be well educated and prepared for the tasks awaiting them. Passenger aeroplanes are always flown with two pilots: A captain and a first officer. They cooperate to complete tasks in the cockpit during a flight. Pilots usually start their work an hour before the flight is scheduled to depart. They plan the route to be flown, evaluate the weather, calculate fuel requirements, and do a weight and balance calculation. Together with the rest of the crew they also complete many other preparatory tasks before the flight commences. During the flight, the captain and first officer share tasks. In addition to controlling the aeroplane, they must navigate, read checklists, receive clearances from air traffic control, and inform passengers about the flight. Before landing, the approach and landing at the destination need to be planned, and pilots must take aircraft weight, other traffic and weather into consideration. They make their final decision and calculations based on information received on approaching the airport. A day at work can consist of several flights, and the pilots alternate between flying and non-flying duties.
The international pilot education at Pilot Flight Academy is a 2-year full-time education with parallel theoretical studies and flying. The entire program is conducted at our modern school at Torp Airport Sandefjord. After graduation, you will be qualified for a job as a pilot with airlines. The theory lessons are conducted in modern classrooms with new SmartBoards. The aircraft are new and highly modern with advanced instrumentation. We have state-of-the-art flight simulators, one of which is a Boeing 737NG simulator. The school is open for our students 24/7, and the students use the school both on weekdays and weekends. We have a lively and active student environment. Our briefing room is a meeting place for students and instructors and is also the “headquarters” for planning domestic and foreign flights and for exchanging experience and knowledge.
At Pilot Flight Academy, training is split into two: Alternating weeks of theory and flying. The theory weeks consist of six hours’ instruction, and during the weeks of flying, the students fly the school’s aeroplanes. Flight training for the students begins early in the program, and the students have usually acquired enough knowledge to be able to fly solo already towards the end of the first semester! An international flight training program at Pilot Flight School consists of 915 hours of high-quality classroom instruction on ATPL(A) level, the most advanced certificate for airline pilots. Alongside the theory instruction, students will learn basic visual and instrument flying at first and later progress to advanced instrument flying in the school’s twin-engined aeroplanes. Towards the end of the course, students will go through simulator training where they learn the demanding task of crew cooperation during stressful situations. Spring semester starts first whole week of January and continues throughout June. Fall semester starts first whole week of August and continues to the app. December 20th. There is Easter holiday, four weeks of summer holiday and two weeks of Christmas holiday during the school year.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
At Pilot Flight Academy we urge to conduct the education as close up to reality for the pilot profession as possible. Our program includes all the varieties of a pilot’s work, to prepare our students for their profession in the best possible matter. 150112 presentation career-studies
The school has modern simulators that the students use as part of their training. One of the simulators is a Cessna 172, similar to the basic training aircraft the school uses. Towards the end of the training program, students will fly the Boeing 737NG simulator, used for multi-crew and jet orientation training.