Flight Training

Flight Training

The Wings Alliance is a not-for-profit association of the better modular flight schools across Europe.  Your flight training programme will be completed with Wings Alliance member schools. We will provide a monitoring and mentoring service throughout your training. The founding principles of the Wings Alliance are honesty and integrity.

Flight Training with the Wings Alliance

There are some clear advantages of training with the Wings Alliance:


We can provide you with training routes that are dramatically lower in price than typical cadet programmes; typically, £50,000 to £65,000 as opposed to £90,000+.  You can use our budget calculator to see example training budgets; when we help you design your training plan, we will help you construct a detailed budget.

Quality Assurance

Wings Alliance members are all specialists in their particular area of training, and respected in the industry

Employment Focus

All our programmes, whether they are flight training courses aimed at those who are just starting out, or our industry-leading APS-MCC course for pilots just about to join airlines have the same objective; to maximise your chances of securing employment. Thousands of graduates of our member schools are flying in airlines across the world.

Flexibility and Choice

We offer you choices so you can fit your training around your needs.  We have a choice of training routes, all starting with selection and all leading to employment.  So, you can choose part-time, full-time, a vast array of locations; training to suit your priorities, your constraints and your needs.

Training Duration

You can complete your training in as little as a year or train at a more relaxed pace. 

How do we maximise your chance of employment?

All courses are preceded by selection

This way we ensure that this is an appropriate choice for you, and you make an informed decision before committing to significant time and expense. Find out more about the selection process here.

The training is the highest quality

We know the industry; we know what is best practice and we ensure that you receive the training you deserve.

The training programme and course is what the airlines want

Our programmes have been specifically designed to maximise your success in obtaining the outcome you seek as a multi-crew commercial airline pilot.  

After graduation, we’ll help you find employment, prepare for airline selection and won’t give up until you find your first job

We like to be judged by our results. Find out what our graduates say.  

Three courses, one outcome

We have a range of courses to suit all circumstances in a variety of European locations:

  • Flexible course (part or full-time)
  • Full-time packaged programme
  • A BEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies degree

Each is preceeded by selection and all lead to the same destination: your first job as a commercial pilot.

We also offer an industry leading stand-alone APS MCC course.

After your selection, we’ll sit down with you and help you design the training route that meets your needs.

Flexible programme (full or part-time)

One of the great things about modular flight training is its flexibility.

Our flexible programme provides you with the ability to train part or full-time, around your other commitments and at a speed determined by you. Maybe you want to remain working as long as possible, or just living at home? Or perhaps you have a particular overseas destination in mind? Whatever your requirements, we can (probably) accommodate them and at a considerably lower price than a full-time integrated programme. We won’t advise you to do anything that is not feasible, and we’ll steer you away from poor quality training. In terms of time this will be determined by your other commitments both work and personal, but you could complete the training in as little as 12 months if you are prepared to work non-stop or alternatively spread it over several years. For more information, have a look at the flexible programme page.

Full-time programme

If you want a full-time all-encompassing packaged course, this might be the best choice for you.

We use Bartolini Air, a Wings Alliance member in Poland, to deliver the flight training element of this course, while the aviation theory is delivered by Bristol Groundschool in the UK.

Based in Lodz, Poland, Bartolini provide the flying elements of the training. The programme starts with a 4-month course in Poland at the end of which you will be awarded your Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), before you enrol with Bristol Groundschool to study for the Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) theory exams while continuing your training with Bartolini.

The theory is split into three parts, each consisting of 2 months study and a month revision in Poland, then a visit to the UK for a week of pre-exam revision, the exams (conducted by Austro Control), a week of leave then back to Poland for the next phase. When all the exams are complete, you will do a final 3-month flying phase at the end of which you will qualify for a Commercial Pilot’s Licence with a multi-engine Instrument rating (CPL/IR) with Bartolini. The total of your training in Poland will be approximately 16-18 months.

Accommodation in Poland, theory training and testing, all flight training and testing up to the issue of your CPL/IR licence is included in the package.  All  your licence fees are also included as is the final part of your training, the Wings Alliance APS-MCC course, before moving on to your airline. For further information please have a look at the full-time programme page.

Degree Programme

Our newly launched BEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies degree programme is delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. This programme gives you the flexibility to pursue a degree which includes a Private Pilots Licence (PPL), with the option for students to study the Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) theory and practical flight training alongside their degree, enabling you to qualify as a commercial pilot whilst also obtaining a degree. For more information, have a look at this page.


The final part of your training, whichever route you follow, will be the Wings Alliance Airline Pilot Standards MCC course.  This is one of the most important courses you’ll do in your career, bridging the gap between light training aircraft and multi-pilot airliners.  The purpose of the course is to prepare you for airline employment and type rating, and we use it as our final quality assurance step, enabling us to recommend graduates to airlines as the best prospects on the job market.


This is where training with us differs significantly from a ‘standard modular route’. On a day-to-day basis, your flight training will be managed by your chosen flight schools. We receive regular reports on your progress, performance and behaviour, and we will not intervene if things are going according to plan. It is quite usual for students to encounter some minor issues when training; these will be dealt with locally and we will be informed after the event, unless you and the school are unable to agree on a course of action. If the issue becomes more significant, we will support you and participate in the decision-making process.

We will contact you on a regular basis to ensure all is going well and your training is going as planned. You, of course are free to phone or email us about any questions you may have.

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