Airline Pilot – International (ATPL-IL)

BAFA has established a strategic relation with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), a leading American University in Airspace and Aviation Management.

Through this cooperation we are able to offer a range of modular Flight Training Programs in the USA. This includes FAA PPL, FAA IR, EASA ATPL Theory, EASA CPL, Dual License CPL, AErobatics, timebuilding. This training aims to train students with no or limited flying experience in one continuous cycle to become skilled professional pilots with the necessary qualifications for a position as “First Officer” (Co-pilot) in commercial aviation.

The theory training ends with examinations organized by the Aviation Directorate-General. The minimum score required to pass is 75%.

The MCC/JOC section is an integral part of this course, performed in a Boeing 737NG-type simulator.

All the different types of training involve the same practical training of at least 215 flying hours, 40 hours of which are performed in a procedure simulator (FNPT II) and 20 hours in a Boeing 737 NG (FNPT II XJ) simulator. This practical training puts the emphasis on aspects including procedures as used by the different airline companies. This way, students not only acquire the necessary skills to fly an aircraft in a correct and safe way but also obtain a broad understanding of the way commercial aviation works.

Most of our experienced instructors are active or retired airline transport pilots (commercial pilots) whose aim is to pass on their many years of experience in commercial aviation to the students.

Target group

Students having recently finished their secondary education with the ambition of becoming an Airline Transport Pilot, or slightly older candidates who have already completed other studies or have professional experience and wish to change their career and follow the complete course of training on continuous full-time day courses.

Course start

Every 2 months. The exact dates can be requested from the BAFA Head Office via email ( or telephone +32 (0)3 280 47 00.

Admission requirements

Minimum age is 17 years and preferably not older than 32 years. You have to be in possession of an ASO (general secondary education) or TSO (technical secondary education) diploma or equivalent (Belgian or foreign). No prior flying experience is required.

Admission tests

Candidates are interviewed by members of the admission panel, and before being admitted to the training must be in possession of a class 1 medical examination certificate.

Selection process

The candidate must undergo three tests:

  • The Compass Test. This test measures inherent aptitude for flying, basic knowledge of mathematics/physics and knowledge of English
  • A flight test on a Simulator
  • A selection interview

After successfully completing the selection process, a student may register on the condition that he or she is in possession of a “Class 1 Medical Examination Certificate”.

Duration of the training

Normally 23 months, 7 months Florida USA and 16 months Belgium.

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