While applications are accepted throughout the year, and new study groups are admitted four times annually, the summer months have marked an exponential increase in airBaltic Pilot Academy. Namely, the academy now receives around 40 applications on average per week. The 19th and 20th group of students will begin their professional pilot studies on 4 September and 6 November respectively.
Jose Antonio Raga Orellano, Deputy Head of Training airBaltic Pilot Academy: “Summer is a gateway of opportunity for prospective students, offering an exceptional chance to embark on a journey like no other. Moreover, the optimal time to seize this opportunity is right after high school, when all the knowledge is still fresh. Therefore, we actively encourage aspiring individuals to make the most of this moment and submit their applications at airBaltic Pilot Academy. Moreover, highly-trained personnel is one of the key factors of successful operations at any airline. The academy has prepared skilled aviation professionals since its establishment in 2017, with 100 active students currently pursuing their dreams here.”
Most of the current students of the Pilot Academy are from the Baltic countries, while also other EU member states, such as Austria, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, and Italy are represented. Overall, more than 10% of airBaltic Pilot Academy students are female. As for now, 78 students, after graduating, have joined airBaltic as First Officers.
Since May 2022, airBaltic Pilot Academy has improved the payment structure for its commercial pilot study program. After successfully passing the company’s assessment, airBaltic will finance a significant part of the studies.
Students of the airBaltic Pilot Academy will now have to cover the costs of studies until obtaining a private pilot license level, costing approximately EUR 25 000. After passing airBaltic pilot assessment and becoming an employee of the company, the airline will provide financing (loan) for the rest of the studies.
On the first Friday of each month, special Pilot Academy open days are being hosted. During these events, which happen alternately both remotely and on-site, attendees have an opportunity to get detailed information about the Pilot Academy, its programme, study process, pilot profession and to consult with airBaltic Training representatives on how to prepare a good application and be selected as a cadet, and much more. In addition, it is possible to catch the feeling of flying aircraft in flight simulator.