The Integrated Pilot Education
The Commercial Pilot Education
At GreyBird Pilot Academy, we offer one of the best integrated pilot educations in Europe – it is a complete full-time education, and after 22-24 months, you become a commercial pilot with a CPL (Commercial Pilot License). The educational program is designed to ensure that GreyBird Pilot Academy’s students are the cream of the crop and have the best qualifications to get a job after graduation.
At GreyBird Pilot Academy, we work hard to ensure that you become mature enough to enter the industry to which you get access with your pilot education and your CPL. Among other things, we work with the operational manuals alpha and bravo – OM(A) and OM(B) – that are similar to the ones you will use in your future employment. When you start your education as a commercial pilot at GreyBird, you will get an iPad. This iPad belongs to you, and you will naturally keep it when you graduate. At GreyBird, the iPad is an important work tool with which to access your teaching materials and the computer-based training (CBT). An increasing number of airlines use an electronic flight bag (EFB), which is why you have to get used to a digital worklife.
Our ATPL theoretical training has been planned carefully, and in addition to our own material, we use material from CAE/Oxford Aviation Academy. Furthermore, we use an online question bank which lets you practice with unique and relevant exam questions.
During your pilot education at GreyBird Pilot Academy, you will meet instructors who are also active pilots in different airlines. They will give you unique insights into the industry – insights that you can use in your future career as a commercial pilot.
At GreyBird Pilot Academy, you will get your flying lessons in new and state-of-the-art airplanes, and GreyBird students get as many as 205 hours of flying lessons of which 62 hours are flown in our Tecnam P2006T Twin airplane – that is, our multi-engine airplane. The Twin airplane is equipped with the latest Garmin 950 glass cockpit which offers a perfect cross scan and thus prepares you for the entrance exam for airline pilot jobs. At GreyBird Pilot Academy, we use an FTD-1 simulator (FTD = Flight Training Device) for the “Enhanced Multi-Crew Cooperation to Airline Pilot Standards course” (APS MCC) . The APS MCC course consists of 40 hours in a simulator in the last phase of the education. This will prepare you to fly large airplanes and become part of a crew. This may reduce the time you will spend on applying for a job after graduation.
An International Education
GreyBird Pilot Academy gives students the opportunity to fly internationally as part of their education. In addition to flights to neighboring countries, the education program also gives you an opportunity to go to Southern Europe and fly in Spanish airspace.
During the winter, GreyBird moves part of its Scandinavian flight operation to Spain. There are many reasons why we do this. The weather conditions are better, which means fewer cancellations and continuous learning. Furthermore, the culture is different, and as a pilot student, you will learn about the challenges that come with being based in another country. The shopkeeper in the local store is called Esclat, and the people you meet in the streets do not necessarily speak English. In addition, the terrain in the area is different, which adds a whole new dimension to flying. In addition, the students get a chance to bond, and there are no distractions – “just” a lot of flying, classmates and – usually – nice weather.
Your education and the journey to your CPL is well-structured and planned down to the last detail. When you have completed your entire education as a commercial pilot and get your CPL, you have completed a course that will make you directly qualified to work as an airline pilot. In addition, you will be able to work as a pilot in the General Aviation industry in which you fly, for instance, business jets.
The Education Phases
GreyBird Pilot Academy’s education has been split up into six flying phases. Each flying phase is supplemented by simultaneous theoretical classroom training. After phase four, you will get your CPL. The theoretical training takes place in the classroom where the students and the instructor work closely together, and there is plenty of time for questions and review exercises. Below, you will find detailed information about each individual phase.
Phase 1: Get to Know the Airplanes
Phase 2: Solo and Navigation
Phase 3: Night Flights
During phase three, you will also have to learn a vast amount of theory. The theoretical part is called ATPL theory and is part of the Air Transport Pilot License. The theoretical part of this phase includes 750 hours of theory training and covers areas such as meteorology, general knowledge on jet planes and aerodynamics. In this part of the pilot education, we use the teaching materials from Oxford Aviation Academy.
Phase 4: Fly, Fly, Fly!
Your SPIC trips will take you to destinations in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and Poland (SPIC = Student Pilot in Command). You will also learn how to handle engine failure, engine fire, sick passengers and a lot more. Approximately one third of the flying hours must be flown as SPIC trips. On SPIC trips, you fly as a captain, and you are trained to make decisions on your own. In this phase, you will also get the opportunity to spend some time abroad during the winter season.
Phase four is concluded with two practical flight tests. The first test is MEIR (Multi-Engine Instrument Rating) which, upon completion, will give you the privileges to fly a multi-engine airplane with instruments. The other test is a CPL (Commercial Pilot License). The CPL will give you the right to fly commercial flights. Phase four takes approx. 8-12 months to complete.
Phase 5: UPRT – Upset, Prevention and Recovery Training
In this phase, the UPRT course includes theoretical classroom training as well as three hours of practical flying lessons. During the practical training of this phase, you will learn how to handle airplanes during abnormal situations and airplane positions – for instance, training g-forces, flying upside down, airplane spin recovery, etc. As is to be expected, one of our experienced acrobatics instructors will be supervising students during this part of the education, ensuring safe high-quality training.
Phase 6: Cooperation and Retraining
After phase 6, you graduate as a commercial pilot! We have designed the perfect commercial pilot education – an education with CPL and APS MCC, directly qualifying you to go get a job after graduation.
You can read more about the school and the design of the education in this brochure.