- Location: Poland and UK (option for some training in Sweden)
- Outstanding value: £54900* for a full ATPL programme including APS MCC and Advanced UPRT
- EASA and/or UK CAA licence options
- Duration: typically 20 months full-time
- Leads to employment
Who is it for?
People who are able to commit full-time flight training, are able to re-locate to our training centres, and are looking for a high-quality managed programme which leads to employment.
The Wings Alliance Managed Programme offers two fantastic advantages: the career boost of a high quality cadet programme with the value of the modular route. The training draws on the expertise of several Wings Alliance partner schools. There are four phases of training:
- Phase 1, Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) with Smart Aviation in Poznan, Poland
- Phase 2, visual flight training with Smart Aviation along-side Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) theory training with theory specialist Bristol Groundschool
- Phase 3, Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR). Options of Smart Aviation, Diamond Flight Academy in Sweden or Stapleford Flight Centre in the UK
- Phase 4, all in the UK: Advanced Upset Prevention Recovery Training (A-UPRT) with the Bristish Aerobatics Academy, Airline Pilots Standard Multi-Crew Cooperation (APS-MCC) with Virtual Aviation, and airline preparation training with Wings Alliance.
Like all Wings Alliance programmes, it starts with Assessment and finishes with Wings Alliance airline preparation training, immediately before your airline type rating and subsequent employment. The aim of the programme is to prepare you for employment as a First Officer.
After successful assessment, we will arrange a for you to visit our partners in Poland. The visit involves an overnight stay and is your chance to meet current students, the staff and have a look around the area before committing to the course.
If you confirm that you wish to go ahead, we will explain to you the financial arrangements and help you work out a traing budget. Once this has been confirmed, we will be able to confirm your training dates.
In more detail:
(1) Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) theory and flight training
The first phase of training takes place in Poland: your PPL course. PPL theory training is relatively straightforward. It is delivered using Bristol Groundschool software and the exams are organised for you. The training will be concurrent with your PPL flight training.
The flight training involves 35 hours dual and 10 hours solo flying in Tecnam P2008 aircraft before your PPL flight test. You should have completed your PPL in about 13 weeks.
(2) Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL) theory training and Visual Flight Training
Although the training will lead ultimately to a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL), you will be ‘pre-qualified’ for an ATPL by skipping the CPL theory and going straight onto ATPL theory. You will be enrolled with Bristol Groundschool to start ATPL theory training as soon as you pass your PPL.
The 13 ATPL subjects are separated into 3 ‘modules’, each of which will take approximately 4 months. You will be given a detailed timetable, breaking each module into weekly activity, both flying and theory training.
You are given a degree of freedom during this phase, to learn in a style that suits you. Some students prefer to do their theory studies in short sessions, others prefer whole days; you’ll work out what suits you.
The examinations are European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ATPL exams set by Urząd Lotnictwa Cywilnego (UWL), the Polish aviation regulator. The exams and all flight training are conducted in English and the exam booking will be organised for you. Alternatively, or in addition, if you are aiming for a UK CAA licence, you may sit your exams with the UK CAA. Currently this involves short trips to the UK.
For the flying, you can book slots with Smart Aviation, subject to availability, to suit you. This means that you can manage for yourself the split between flying and theory studies to suit your ideal learning style.
We will monitor your theoretical knowledge training progress and performance remotely and will get regular progress and performance feedback from Smart Aviation on your flying. If everything is going to plan, we will not intervene, but we are always here to help if you run into any difficulties.
By the time you complete this phase, having passed all 13 theory ATPL examinations, you will need to have logged no less than 157 hours flight time including 100 hours pilot-in-command. You will need to have flown a ‘qualifying cross country’ which is a three-sector flight involving 2 stops and 300 nautical miles between destinations, and hold a night rating.
You will be given a structured syllabus to follow, which involves increasingly stretching tasks, preparing you for the final phase of flight training after your theory exams.
We will allow you a degree of freedom though this three-part phase, so you can study the theory in a style that suits you. There will be an upper and lower limit on the rate you are able to fly, but within that you’ll be able to book slots to suit you. The exception will be the night phase which will need to be planned in to fit Smart Aviation’s resource availability.
During the final phase, the routes become more complex and involve international and unfamiliar destinations that you will probably next visit when flying an airliner. Poznan is an excellent location for this phase, with east access to several European counties. You can easilly travel to Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and perhaps as far as Hungary, Austria and Denmark during your training.
(3) CPL, MEP and IR
When you have completed your ATPL exams and gained enough flight time, you’ll be ready for your combined CPL, multi-engine class rating and instrument rating course. There are three optioon for this phase.
If you are aiming for an EASA licence and remain in Poland, the training includes a week-long IR theory course, 30 hours on the Garmin 950 equipped Tecnam P2006T, 35 hours of FNPTII simulator training, 15 hours CPL training on the Tecnam P2008, all instruction, briefings, landing and approach fees and aircraft rental for the combined flight test. This phase takes approximately 12 weeks.
Alternatively, you may train with the Diamond Flight Academy in Sweden. The phase consists of three modules, ME class rating, CPL and IR. All training in conducted in modern DA-42 aircraft and DA-42 simulators. All instruction, briefings, landing and approach fees and aircraft rental for the combined flight test is included. This phase takes approximately 13 weeks.
If you are planning on a UK licence in addition, you will need to do some familiarisation training in the UK next, followed by a UK IR flight test.
Alternatively, you could do the third option, which is a combined EASA/UK CAA course and tests at Stapleford Flight Centre in the UK. The phase consists of three modules, ME class rating, CPL and IR. You will fly a combination of multi-engine and single-engine aircraft over approximately 13 weeks.
(4) A-UPRT, APS MCC and Airline Preparation Training
The final phase of your training has three modules
- A-UPRT with the British Aerobatic Academy when you will learn and practice the skills necessary to recognise and recover from unusual attitudes and so to avoid loss of control situations developing.
- APS MCC with Virtual Aviation. You will be taught how to operate as a team, flying with Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 airliners.
- Airline Preparation Training with the Wings Alliance. Your journey will start out with us during assessment at our headquarters in Clevedon, UK. Fittingly it will end at the same place where we will debrief you on your performance thought the training, help you prepare for your airline employment applications and training you how to present yourself in the best way during airline selection.
After graduation, we will continue to support you as long as it take for you to gain your first job as an airline pilot.
The total duration and training path will vary somewhat, but this is a typical training plan:
You should log at least the following hours during training:
The base price is £54900* and consists of:
- All syllabus training costs;
- First attempt theory and flight test examination fees;
- Approach and landing fees;
- Wings Alliance student membership fees;
- Accommodation; and
- A training equipment package which will provide you all you need to get going.
* Some of the options (e.g. dual EASA and UK CAA licences) cost more than the base price.
There are other items which you will need to budget for; we will make sure that before you commit, you have a detailed budget including a contingency allowance for unexpected expences, so there are no surprises. During or shorty after your assessment day and before you commit our training advisor will work though the budget with you. These are some of the items you’ll need to consider:
- travel to and between the training centres (we will send you a detailed induction pack which will recommend the best travel options, will tell you where and when to report and will even offer you packing guidance);
- living costs (food, etc);
- additional training and test fees; and
- licence and medical certificate issues fees.
We’re here to help
Talk with one of our training advisors (Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00 UK local time) – +44 (0)1275 345 917
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Email us with any questions – [email protected]
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Frequently asked questions
I have already done some training; can I be credited for my experience?
This programme is designed for candidates with little or no flight experience. However, we can construct a similar package to accommodate the individual needs of more experienced pilots. See our Flexible Programme.
Do I need to do a Class 1 Medical before training?
As you may realise, you need an EASA Class 2 medical for PPL flying and a Class 1 for the CPL. The danger of getting a (cheaper) class 2 for training them the Class 1 just before your CPL course is if you pass the Class 2 but fail the Class 1. This is uncommon but would be a disaster. Therefore, we always recommend that you get a Class 1 before committing to the time and expense of commercial training. If it lapses during your training, it will revert to a class 2 automatically and then you could renew just before your CPL course.
Do I need to be a Wings Alliance student member?
This package included Wings Alliance membership, support and mentoring. A distinguishing feature is that all the training will be organised for you, leaving you to concentrate on learning.
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