From Classroom to Cockpit: Our Holistic Approach to Airline Pilot Training

Post date: 3 December

Ideal for new cadet pilots and experienced ones alike, Egnatia Aviation Flight Training Academy offers a holistic approach to airline pilot training that makes securing a job with an established airline much more likely. Our EASA, GCAA or QCAA-approved courses, are perfect for pilots who want to convert their current flying qualifications to ones that their future employers are looking for. From our base of operations in northern Greece, we don’t merely run a flying school but an academy that forges well-trained pilots in every category of civil aviation specialisation.

We achieve exceptional results thanks to our holistic training regime. At Egnatia Aviation, everything is geared around the individual pilot’s needs wherever they may be on their pathway to a career in commercial aviation. We make sure that no stone is unturned because, this way, each and every pilot who gains their qualification will have the all-around knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. In short, we remain fully committed to offering the very best flight training programme in Europe for prospective airline pilots.

How do we provide such as fully rounded, holistic approach to modern aviation training? Let’s delve deeper into why cadets who are serious about forging a career with an airline should consider the Integrated flight training on offer from Egnatia.

State-of-the-Art Simulator Sessions

At Egnatia Aviation, our airline-tailored ATP(A) integrated course makes extensive use of high-quality flight simulator technology. Using them allows all trainees to address all the Ab-Initio challenges that the current crop future pilots face. By mimicking real-world flying conditions in a safe environment, our simulator sessions are also at the heart of our conversion courses as well as our modular courses, so they’re in demand for every kind of trainee. What’s more, the training runs can be tailored and adapted to the students’ specific requirements, whether it is dealing with certain runways in trial runs or handling one-off emergency situations in flight.

Egnatia Aviation has committed to reinvesting in simulator technology. Our state-of-the-art ALX simulators provide trainee pilots with training opportunities that are second to none. Not only do they provide a true sense of what it is like to take the controls of an airliner, but our instructors are on hand to provide guidance and advice within real-world training scenarios, too. Please note that these high-tech simulators have been added to the four ALSIM AL-250 simulators we already make extensive use of while further simulators are in order to add to our cutting-edge training facilities.

Approved to an industry-accredited EASA FNPT II standard, our simulators are fully operational around the clock, affording a holistic training environment whenever they’re needed. They offer the sort of training opportunities that airlines want their pilots to undergo nowadays including multi-instrument training, such as IR, MCC, JOC and PBN. Our ALX simulators can be configured to offer up to ten different flight model settings for individual training cycles. This includes anything from single-engine piston with analogue and glass cockpit aircraft through to multi-engine piston flights and both light as well as medium jet training. These immersive pilot training systems are also accredited by the FAA (AATD), making them an ideal stepping stone for any pilot who wants to take their classroom, theoretical knowledge to the next level in a commercial cockpit setting.

360° Airline Pilot Training in Ground School Excellence

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the holistic approach we take to classroom-based training is that thanks to our own dedicated airport facility, cadets are able to immediately apply what they have learned in theory in flight. Our fleet of single and twin-engine aeroplanes is accessible to trainees at our own Kavala ‘Lydia’ Aerodrome, based just a few miles north of Kavala City on the shimmering Aegean Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. Our integrated ground school programme means that trainees will be able to learn in an environment that is conducive to both theoretical and practical, hands-on education.

Under the supervision of experienced instructors, trainee pilots will be able to obtain the flight experience they need to make progress at every stage. The depth and breadth of the academy’s theoretical courses cover all aspects of airline pilot training today including IFR theory training, for example. This is backed by our commitment to ensuring that all cadets obtain the hours of actual flying they need to cement what they have learned as an airline pilot in the air. For many trainees, it is only by putting their theoretical knowledge into action within a cockpit, that allows them to fully realise their potential.

We have several spacious classrooms available for use by instructors and trainee pilots. To be clear, these are the sort of modern briefing rooms that airlines themselves utilise, ideal for gaining insights into the experiences professional pilots enjoy in their working lives. What’s more, these up-to-date training facilities offer direct access to the airport apron at Lydia. Trainee airline pilots can expect the latest in audiovisual and interactive presentation equipment within each of the classrooms. In addition, Egnatia Aviation’s academy is characterised by the most modern methods of training, offering comprehensive course content to our students. We offer dedicated rooms for different parts of each training programme that have been designed for specific educational purposes. For instance, our briefing rooms are specifically laid out for pre-flight face-to-face instructor-student sessions.

A Comprehensive Approach to Soft Skills Acquisition

Since Egnatia Aviation is always in direct contact with airlines all over the world, we understand the importance of communication. Consequently, a big part of our airline pilot training revolves around pilot communication skills and how trainees can improve the way they convey information to cabin crew staff, passengers and other aviation professionals. Our training programme offers a fully-rounded experience of working as an airline pilot with all of the soft skills that are needed in this field today.

For example, cadets can expect to be trained in working within multi-crew environments. This is important because it provides trainees with the non-technical skills they need to go alongside their technical ones. Such skills are necessary under normal operational conditions in any modern airline but are often most needed when extreme conditions arise. The ability to communicate clearly under stress is, of course, one of the aspects trainees can expect to acquire. In addition, improved decision-making in a range of situations plus the ability to allocate tasks are key skills trainees learn through our programmes.

Our training includes aspects of airline work that include:

  • mutual supervision,
  • the use of checklists,
  • in-flight teamwork, and
  • professional support.


All are learned on efficiently run training programmes. This ensures that our holistic approach to flight training is maintained in every skill area that future pilots will need during their careers.

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Charter your Airline Pilot Dreams with Egnatia Aviation

In the end, cadets should choose a flight school that prepares them for all facets of an airline pilot’s life, not just the technical skills they need to fly no matter how important they may be. This is why an academy that offers a truly holistic approach can be so much more beneficial than attending a conventional flight school. At Egnatia Aviation Flight Training Academy, this is exactly the approach tomorrow’s pilots can expect.

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