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Yes! For many years, it has been a common misconception that you can only be trained as a commercial pilot in the USA / abroad or through the Danish military / defense. That is certainly not correct! The education for business pilot is a fully approved education in Denmark.
Overall, there are two types of pilot training in Europe: one modular or one integrated. Both programs are offered by schools that are approved as ATO (Approved Training Organization). The approval is issued in Denmark by the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency on behalf of EASA, which is the overall European body for aviation. ATOs exist on several levels; the most basic schools are called DTOs (Declared Training Organizations). These may only offer the first courses of the modular education. ATOs must offer the entire modular training, and Complex ATOs must offer everything; including integrated education. You can find the Danish Transport Authority’s list of approved ATOs here.

The modular education is composed of many different courses, which are often offered by several different schools. The modular education is NOT SU-eligible. As mentioned, the integrated education may only be offered by Complex ATOs, and the education is SU-eligible.

Although there are several providers of the integrated education, you need to be very aware of the difference in the content of the education. Of course, all schools that are approved live up to the minimum requirements, but there is a very big difference in how far schools go to increase the quality of education. Pay special attention to the number of hours in a twin-engine airplane. It is crucial for your level when you go to exam that you do not just fly a minimum number of hours. Also pay attention to whether the simulators used by the school are identical to the school fleet, or whether you end up in completely different types of aircraft when training virtually. Finally, the final part of the education is an MCC course. This is where you learn to work together in a cockpit and get the right to work as a helmsman on an airliner. MCC courses are available in several versions: The basics that cover the minimum requirement are called MCC, and the significantly more advanced one is called APS MCC. An MCC course is 15 hours long when given during the integrated education, an APS MCC course is 40 hours long.

At GreyBird Pilot Academy, you encounter two types of training aircraft: one with one engine and one with two engines. The school has 12 aircraft in total. As a procedure trainer, GreyBird uses a type that is identical to the school’s twin-engine aircraft. GreyBird’s integrated education concludes with an APS MCC course. You can read much more about the training for business pilot here on the site.

The price of the training for pilot swings between DKK 700,000 and DKK 800,000. The price only covers the education. You should be aware that in addition to the training price, there are often costs for materials. In addition, there are costs associated with being medically approved and having a Class 1 Medical issued. In addition, during the education there are several tests, which are taken before the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency or one of their representatives. In total, there are 12 theoretical exams, two practical radio tests and two skill tests in aircraft. All these tests are associated with costs for the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency or an examiner who conducts your skill tests. You should expect trial costs of DKK 40-50,000 incl. aircraft rental for your skill tests.

During the training, several tests must be taken before the authorities (Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency). In total, the following must be submitted:

  • 13 exams in connection with the ATPL theory (Airline Transport Pilot License)
  • Two radio samples: BEG and GEN (focusing on VFR and IFR, respectively)
  • Two flight tests: CPL and MEIR (Commercial Pilot License and Multi Engine Instrument Rating)

These tests do not have to be paid for at the school and therefore come on top of the normal price. Prices vary from year to year, but we recommend our students to have about 20,000 kroner available for trial fees during the education. The amounts are settled directly to the Danish Transport, Building and Housing Agency and to the examiner. The prices are therefore not included in the price of the education.

No. We are very committed to ensuring our students the best possible education and the best conditions. The education requires a large financial investment, and we want to create clarity and an overview of the financial situation for our students. At GreyBird Pilot Academy, all payment is made with invoicing in arrears. That is, our students only pay for a benefit after receiving it. The only exception to this rule is a startup fee that covers the cost of iPad, uniform, licenses for various systems, etc. This lump sum is included in the total price of the education.

You must have passed a 9th grade graduation exam, but many start with a high school background or with another education as a background. You must be good at English, as all the teaching material is in English, and so are all exams. You speak English on the planes when you fly, but in the classroom, you are taught Danish. Math and physics are also important when you need to be a pilot. In addition to the professional requirements, you must have issued a Class 1 Medical at an Aero medical center. At GreyBird, we work with several people and can be helpful in contacting them. To be admitted to the program, you must pass an admission test. The test consists of several elements:

  • A math test
  • A logic test
  • A profile test
  • A conversation

By registering for the entrance exam on our website, you will automatically be sent examples of the questions that are included in the exam.

After the test you will receive answers from the school. It is an overall assessment that determines whether you will be admitted. The conversation weighs the most in the assessment.

Yes. At GreyBird, we believe that it is important to test the desire to steer an aircraft, so we offer future students a trial lesson. The trip costs DKK 1,500, which is deducted from your education price if you start with us afterwards.

Yes. Most of GreyBird Pilot Academy’s instructors are permanent and spend their entire working time educating students. In addition, we have a streak of external freelancers who fly in companies, but often visit us to train students either in the simulator, the planes or in the classrooms. The GreyBird Pilot Academy considers that it is crucial for the quality of the training that the permanent staff make up a significant proportion of your training. It ensures a uniform and standardized teaching, and you get to know your teachers better. At the same time, it is good to get input from the freelancers who are not at school every day. After just 10 years of experience, we have found the right balance between permanent employees and freelancers and have no doubt that the quality of education can withstand comparison with the very best institutions in Europe.

You cannot do that. Simply book an appointment with an aero medical center.

Before starting the education, all students must have a Class 1 Medical. The examination takes about 4 hours. During the examination, you go through various tests: vision test, hearing test, breath test, etc. In addition, a urine and blood sample must be given. Up until the test, it is important that you are well rested. It is not necessary to be able to run a marathon to be able to get a Class 1 Medical.

The price for a Class 1 Medical is between DKK 7,000 and 10,000. This is included in our program price.

Feel free to contact the GreyBird Pilot Academy if you need guidance finding a center.

It has historically fluctuated a lot. At present, there are no students buying type ratings after graduation. Most people get the type of rating from the company where they are employed, which in turn binds them for a period of typically 2 years.

GreyBird has previously offered type ratings on both Boeing, Airbus, ATR and CRJ, but this is currently taken off the poster because fortunately the market does not require students to invest in the type rating education themselves. If the market changes, it is very easy for GreyBird to resume this training activity, but at the moment. is it unnecessary.

The integrated education is SU-approved. In addition to SU, you also receive a supplement because the education is self-paid. You can see the state’s SU rates here and the additional rate here. In addition to SU and additional rate, it is possible to take out a SU loan; You can read more about that here.

There are many options near Aarhus Airport. There are numerous rooms that one can rent for reasonable money. You are very welcome to contact GreyBird Pilot Academy, so we can help you make contact between you and a landlord.

Of course, it is also an opportunity to settle in Aarhus. It is more expensive and there are many more disruptive elements. We always recommend our students to settle locally at the square and use the city of Aarhus when there is time for it. There are good bus connections to and from Aarhus.

If you choose to settle further away from the school and need to be transported by car every day, you can get driving allowance in addition to your SU. You must meet one of the special conditions to receive mileage allowance:

Line: It is not possible to travel by bus, train or metro on all or parts of the line between your place of residence and your place of education. This typically means that there must be more than 12 km from your place of residence to the first possible means of public transport.
Waiting time: Your total waiting time on bus, train or metro is at least two hours per. teaching day. Waiting time means the time that elapses between you arriving at your place of education and the teaching starting and / or when the teaching is over.
Travel time: Your use of bus, train or metro extends your total travel time from residence to place of education per. day with more than two hours compared to driving.
§ 114: You have a permanent physical or mental disability and are approved to support the purchase of a car according to § 114 of the Social Services Act.

You can read more about how to apply for mileage money here.

In addition, buses run throughout Djursland, and you can acquire a bus pass as a student. Some students cycle to the airport, others have a scooter, and some ride together. We have students from all over the country, and already after the first week, the students start driving together to and from school and on weekends.

Yes. As a student, you do not experience the expense of landing at the airports you are sent to. GreyBird Pilot Academy has agreements with virtually all Danish airports and settles directly with them. In the event that you arrive at a place that is not agreed with – it could be abroad – you may be charged a landing fee, but you simply hand in your receipt to the finance department, and then GreyBird will refund your expenses. Only in very special cases, where students have specific wishes for runways that are particularly expensive, the fee is borne by the student, but this is only something that happens when you as a student choose such a runway – an example could be Copenhagen Airport.

A Class 1 Medical must be renewed every 12 months. This can be done from the 9th month, so that you extend your medicals validity period by 12 months from expiration. If you renew your medical before the 9th month, you extend your medical’s validity period by 12 months from the date of renewal. You can renew your medical with an aviation doctor. You can find an overview of Danish aviation doctors here. Note that an aviation doctor cannot issue an initial medical but can only renew a medical. To be issued a medical, you must go to an Aero medical center. You can contact GreyBird Pilot Academy for guidance on where these are located and where the waiting time is shortest.

It should be mentioned, however, that the price is different from a first-time issue. The price for the renewal is approx. DKK 1,000. When you later come to work, it is often the employer who covers this cost.

If one is unlucky or just having a bad day, even the best student can dump an exam. If you should dump a sample – whether it is theoretical or practical – you can retake the sample. In connection with a dumped test, additional tuition may be required. This depends on how you dumped and your history in general. There is a ceiling on how many exams one can dump, but it is extremely rare for students to get close to it. GreyBird Pilot Academy carefully guides you on how to navigate the deadlines and exam ceilings available.

No educational institution can guarantee you a job after graduation! If an educational institution nevertheless prides itself on promising you a job, then you must make sure to get it in black and white with the accompanying legally binding signature. At GreyBird Pilot Academy, we keep what we promise, and therefore we do not promise everything! For this reason, we can and will not guarantee a job after graduation. The primary driving force to get a job after graduation is the student himself! Job security depends a lot on how the student manages the education.

At GreyBird Pilot Academy, we do a lot to ensure that our students from the first day of school can start networking with instructors, management and others who have their daily routine at school. The student, who meets prepared for teaching and does not sit in the back row with his feet up on the table, has a greater chance of getting a job right after the end of the education. The aviation industry is a relatively small industry, and the companies really care about the attitudes of the young pilots. It is not difficult to find a pilot who can control an airplane. It is a greater challenge to find a pilot who shows up well-prepared for work, is accommodating to the company’s customers, and who can make good decisions. Throughout the education, we do a lot to influence our students in that direction. The student will experience that during the education you must not only learn to fly – you must also learn to take responsibility and have good attitudes. We do this solely to improve our students’ chances of getting a job right away. There is no job guarantee, but neither is there if you take a university degree of 5 years.

Our new teams typically consists of 10-20 students – both girls and boys. We start new teams in January, May and August.

It depends a lot on the eyes that see. It does not cost money to become a fighter pilot, but it does cost a very long bond to the defense, which is extremely expensive to get out of. The cost of breaking the agreement is several million kroner. Once you have completed your military service, you are without civil rights – you must NOT fly a civilian plane. To obtain that right, one must take a civil certificate. If you want to work as an airline pilot, you must have a commercial certificate, which is what you get by taking the integrated training that GreyBird Pilot Academy offers.

A Class 1 Medical Certificate is a medical clearance of your health. A Class 1 Medical is the top classification, and it is the certificate one must have if one is to fly with passengers. There are no requirements for height or weight – nor requirements for fitness or special strength. To be able to get a Class 1 Medical, you must have normal vision, you may wear glasses, and you must not fail anything significant. Examples of diseases that one cannot have if one is to acquire a Class 1 Medical are diabetes and epilepsy, but also mentally limiting diagnoses can exclude a Class 1 Medical. There are also conditions that cannot be combined with a Class 1 Medical e.g., double vision or lack of color vision.

An EASA Certificate is a European certificate. It is the highest-ranking certificate in the world and the certificate we issue at GreyBird Pilot Academy. An FAA Certificate is a US certificate. It is somewhat easier to acquire. For the same reason, the US certificate does not give merit to a European education. All exams and all teaching must be completed if you want to convert an FAA Certificate to an EASA Certificate. For comparison, simply converting an EASA Certificate to an FAA Certificate requires a flight test.

The English language is central to aviation. You should not be flawless or without an accent, but it is essential that you do not have problems reading an English book and that you do not fear being taught a subject in English. That said, we naturally speak Danish in the classroom at GreyBird at our Danish bases, but material is in English, all tests are in English, and on the plane we speak English.

High school is never a bad idea if you thrive in the environment. A high school education raises your academic level significantly in relation to primary school. If you feel that you can improve your skills and like going to school, Gymnasiet is a really good idea. There is no requirement for high school education to become a pilot, but there are companies that make the requirement. Essential competencies are English, mathematics and physics.

They are the few who can get a student job next to the pilot study. It is an expensive education, and it is unreasonable to remove focus from your studies to earn some minor change if it in any way negatively affects your education. However, there are periods during the training where the reading load is less, but your study requires you at all times of the week and day, and your flight schedule may change with a few days notice. It should be able to accommodate your possible student job. There can never be any doubt that your pilot study is your first priority.

It is not a problem to wear glasses if you want to be a pilot. There can be a max. limit of +/- 5, but laser surgery can sometimes enable the dream, even if the eyes are teasing. It is more typical that building defects or double vision cause problems. It is only an aviation medic who can help you find out if your vision is good enough.

You cannot be bad at mathematics and at the same time be a skilled pilot, but you also do not need a special mathematical gift. Sense of numbers is important. If you’re good at having a sense of where to end when you start a math, then you’re far.

High school is never a bad idea if you thrive in the environment. A high school education raises your academic level significantly in relation to primary school. If you feel that you can improve your skills and like going to school, Gymnasiet is a really good idea. There is no requirement for high school education to become a pilot, but there are companies that make the requirement. Essential competencies are English, mathematics and physics.

The short answer is no. The long answer is that there are certain types of color blindness that can be well combined with flying. You should therefore seek an aviation medical assessment to verify whether your color vision is adequate.

There are no height or weight requirements to become a pilot, but you must of course be able to be in the school plane that you have to train in. Being overweight can in turn lead to circulatory problems, and it can exclude you in terms of achieving a Class 1 Medical certificate.

It is a political choice that the pilot training is self-financed. The choice is the same all over the world. The pilot education is one of the only self-paid educations in Denmark.

A pilot salary fluctuates a lot, and the same can be said about many other types of jobs. Overall, it can be said that the greater the responsibility, the more time consuming and the more high-end the company is, the higher the salary. A captain typically earns 2-3 times as much as a helmsman, and a helmsman’s salary is often in the range of DKK 25,000 – 50,000 per. month.

Yes, you can. There is a nice grass field in the middle of the island. GreyBird Pilot Academy’s training program includes past Samsø, which like Læsø and Ærø is frequently visited by our students.

It depends a lot on the type of aircraft. The cheapest aircraft types can be rented from around DKK 1,100 per. time incl. fuel. There is no upper limit, but slightly larger 4–6-man travel aircraft – still with propeller and piston engine – typically cost DKK 2,500-3,500 per. hour. If two engines are needed, the price is typically twice as high. At GreyBird Pilot Academy you can rent a very new Tecnam P2002JF for DKK 1,100 per. hour.

Flaps are called landing flaps / landing flaps in Danish and are some large plates that sit at the back of the wing towards the body of the aircraft. Flaps give the aircraft increased buoyancy and greater resistance, which means that you can fly slower. Flaps are therefore used i.e. during takeoff and landing.

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