Become an airline pilot

Can I become a pilot?
Our philosophy
Selection procedure
The programme
How to apply?
Scholarship

The programme

The Pilot Career Track is the most important training programme we offer. In case of a successful screening, you’ll be admitted into the programme. You’ll have the option to choose from three formulas: a full-time 2-year training, training at your own pace, and a Scholarship programme allowing you to study and work part-time at our flight school at the same time—a first in Belgium. Openings are limited, though, so be sure to act quickly.

Fast track

The Fast Track programme is a full-time flight training programme. It’s a quick, intensive training period of about two years, from the entrance exams all the way up to graduation.

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2 years

99.500 euros

Work & Study

Combine your work and training. Set your own pace and choose the amount of time you spend flying and working. We take your situation into account and set up a balanced work and training programme.

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3 years

99.500 euros

Unique in Belgium

Scholarship

This programme offers talented people with limited means the chance to join our flight training programme. As a scholarship student, you’ll be working part-time at our school to pay for part of your education.

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3 years

54.900 euros

Price includes

Training

Theory

Practice

APS MCC

After care

Material

Headset

Flight bag

Uniform

iPad

PPL in Montpellier

Travel expenses

Residence

Exam fees

Landing fees

Excl. exam and landing fees in Belgium as well as medical license. Additional costs for about 5.000 euros.

Step by step

Specific timings may vary depending on the programme you choose, but the actual training content is identical across all three. Below you’ll find an overview of the journey you’ll take. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or download the brochure for more information about the different steps.

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Screening

Our screening procedure is thorough by design. This way, you get a clear view of your future chances of success, not just in regards to graduating as a professional pilot, but also for any job interviews at an airline. Other than your knowledge and skills, we’ll also test your motivation, attitude, and self-reflection. For our final decision, we’ll look at your results as a whole, meaning one bad test won’t automatically mean you’ve failed. As of now, about half of our candidates pass their entrance exams.

Medical

As a professional pilot, you’ll need to obtain a class 1 medical certificate. This medical exam is performed by authorized centres and is legally required. Good general health conditions are sufficient. Glasses are allowed. Several medical conditions are allowed as well, on the condition they’re managed through medication or a recognized form of treatment. Your medical physician will provide more details.

Montpellier

After passing the entrance exams and obtaining your medical certificate, you’ll head off to Montpellier, France to obtain your PPL, your private pilot licence and the first step in your training. The reason why we go all the way to the south of France, is because we need good weather for this first phase. It’s the first time you’ll be flying solo. After about three months, you’ll come home with a brand-new licence in your pocket, allowing you to fly single-engine planes with friends and family as your passengers.

Antwerpen – Timebuilding

Once you’re back in Antwerp, you’ll start putting in flight hours as a “pilot in command”, meaning you’ll be flying to all kinds of national and international destinations in one of our single-engine Diamond 40 planes—without an instructor. You can bring along some friends and family if you like, though. At the same time, you’ll also need to start studying for your ATPL (airline transport pilot licence) theory courses and classroom theory trainings, where an expert instructor will help guide you through the theory courses in small groups and you’ll get the opportunity to ask questions. If you enrol in the Work & Study programme, you can work during this period as well.

Antwerpen – Advanced training

After timebuilding, an instructor will teach you to fly by only relying on your instruments (IFR training). This will allow you to fly comfortably through clouds and bad weather conditions. Afterwards, you’ll start flying twin-engine planes and spend a few hours flying an aerobatic plane with an instructor to learn how to recover from precarious positions.

CPL License

After finishing the individual modules for private piloting, instrument flight and flying multi-engine planes, you’ll take a short, advanced practical training to turn your licence into a commercial pilot licence. Here, you’ll be evaluated more strictly in regards to flight execution precision and the minimum required set of skills for professional pilots.

Enhanced APS MCC

The APS MCC (multi-crew course to airline pilot standards) is the last big step in your training. The previous modules were all based on basic flight techniques, as well as instrument flight and flying multi-engine planes. During the APS MCC you’ll learn to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in a twin-pilot plane. At the same time, you’ll learn to fly as a team and take your first steps in the real world of an airline pilot. Skywings offers the most extensive APS MCC training available—“Enhanced APS MCC”—which will not only give you the degree you need, but will also fully prepare you for a potential job interview at an airline. APS (Airline Pilot Standards) is a high-quality brand of MCC training aimed specifically at flying mid-sized jets (like an Airbus or Boeing). In this module, you and your flight mate will hop on board our very own Airbus simulator and will be tasked with flying from A to B. This training requires a minimum of 40 hours of flying in our own simulator, spread across 10 missions, after which we’ll take you to Amsterdam for two additional four-hour sessions in a full-fledged full motion simulator—usually reserved for professional airline pilots—which simulates actual plane movements in extremely realistic fashion.

Interview training

After you’ve obtained your degrees, we offer two days of interview training sessions. These trainings were designed especially for Skywings by a psychologist and an active-duty airline pilot. They’ll prepare you for your first airline interview in an interactive way.

We keep you ready until you find your 1st job!

When you graduate, our unique aftercare programme is available to you automatically, allowing you to maintain your licences for free throughout your job hunt, during a period of three years. You’re also free to keep your skills up-to-date during a period of two years by training in our Airbus simulator, along with an instructor, or our Diamond 42 simulator. This way, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be all set to go for your first job interview.

Our aftercare programme is unique in Europe. No other school offers its students the opportunity to keep their licences and skills up-to-date for free after graduating.

What impressed me immediately on my first day, was the staff’s professionalism and especially their motivation. With decades of experience working in commercial airlines, each and every instructor is able to transform students into professional, skilled pilots. By communicating openly, they’ve managed to create the perfect atmosphere that both stimulates hard work and allows students to really enjoy each flight. They’re the best school around!

Arnaud Cherlet
Airbus A320 First Officer, Brussels Airlines

Ever since I first contacted Skywings, I noticed their highly professional, direct, and expert way of communicating. Throughout the training, their expert instructors make sure students feel appreciated and prepare them, step by step, for the professional pilot’s life. And they even go to the extra mile by offering professional guidance while you’re out hunting for your first job in a cockpit.

Anton Van Steenbergen
Airbus A320 First Officer, Brussels Airlines

I enjoyed my Skywings training a lot. They don’t just offer best-in-class training, but professional guidance by airport industry players as well. They make you feel appreciated and give you the chance to develop yourself and to become the best version of yourself, both professionally and personally. There’s a relaxed atmosphere, where you can just be yourself in a fun, friendly environment.

Frederic Dewandel
Airbus A320 First Officer, Brussels Airlines

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Can I become a pilot?
Our philosophy
Selection procedure
How to apply?
Scholarship

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