Pilot Flight Academy is expanding its activities of initial airline pilot training to Hévíz-Balaton Airport, Hungary. CEO Frode Granlund and the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, H.E. Péter Szijjártó signed the agreement on 29 April. Pilot Flight Academy expects to start its activities in Hungary by fall 2019.

“This new location is a strategic step into the central European market, positioned between Vienna Austria and the Hungarian capital Budapest. Our primary focus will be airline cadet training. Training future captains, solely on behalf of the European airlines who will guarantee a job after successful completion of the training course,” said Granlund.

In close cooperation with the Hungarian government, Pilot Flight Academy will offer full financing with favourable terms to all EU-citizens who will be selected by one of the airline customers. Pilot Flight Academy is the first training organisation within the European Union offering this possibility.

Granlund says: “We have great experience with a similar financing program ‘Lånekassen’ in Norway, which is fully supported by the Norwegian government. With this program, becoming a pilot is possible for the best candidates instead of those whose parents can afford it. With over 700,000 new pilots worldwide needed in the upcoming 15 years, this is the only way forward and a real game changer to achieve the capacity needed by the industry.”

Within the upcoming months the Hévíz-Balaton Airport will be upgraded to facilitate and accommodate at least 300 students per year. First theory classes are intended to start with their ATPL-theory by fall of 2019.