Baltic Aviation Academy everyday receives dozens of emails from people interested in aviation profession and studies. In the interview Indre Sveistryte, head of Ab Initio department, answered the most frequently asked questions, received by the Ab Initio department of Baltic Aviation Academy.
1. How many students are accepted per year?
It is planned to admit around 35 new students.
2. What is the price of studies?
The price depends on the training program. It is formulated for each student individually, taking into account the needs and opportunities of the candidate. To this question we answer personally by email. Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. What is the duration of studies?
The shortest period for obtaining a commercial pilot license (CPL) is 2 years and the private pilot license (PPL) can take only 6 months.
4. How many requests you get per year?
Initial pilot training school throughout the year receives requests from all over the world. 800 students from Lithuania, Russia, Baltic countries, CIS, Middle East, India, Kenya expresses great interest in pilot profession.
5. What are the prospects for graduates?
The initial training program is designated to teach students that they could master required level to carry out the position of the first pilot on multi-pilot aircrafts, to operate single-engine and multi-engine commercial type aircrafts, to continue pursuing career in aviation. Currently the deficit of pilots is prevailing so airlines are already interested in the last year’s students..
6. Where students are usually employed after the completion of studies?
Student who has completed the airline transport pilot license and completes type rating training for the particular aircraft is employed as the second pilot or the first officer depending on the airlines.
7. What are the salaries?
Like in all markets, salaries depend on a country’s living standard and the person’s qualification. In the early stage of career, the co-pilot’s salary generally ranges from 1000 to 2000 Euros. Throughout the years with growing experience the salary rises as well. After working on the commercial flights for 7-10 years, captain’s salary rises to around 5000-6000 Euros. If you are a captain-instructor, you have an opportunity to gain from 10000 Euros.
8. What are the employers’ requirements for aviation personnel?
The main requirement for aviation professional is the experience. Most of the airlines want at least 500 hours for the job as a first-officer. However, the rapid growth in aviation market gives more opportunities for pilots who are novice and have just started their careers. If you want to work in airlines you must fulfill following criteria: hold a valid license, medical certificate and have an English knowledge according to the established standards.
9. Is the pilot profession on demand?
Boeing forecasts a need for 466,650 new pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel to enter the industry over the next 20 years. Aviation business around the world expands intensively. Airlines acquire more aircrafts at the same time facing a problem – a lack of qualified pilots. Many market experts highlight pilot profession as one of the most promising and most sought over the next year. A remarkable increase of the requests received per year was noticed – youth expresses a big interest in aviation. As a result, we have a lot of work for conducting the assessment tests and finding out which ones have “what it takes to be a pilot”.
10. How can I know if I can be a pilot?
The basic factors such as age, physical status and theoretical knowledge of English, Mathematics, etc., are a must, however, pilot competences and personality plays most of the role. We are using the assessment module, conducted from a research with 4 top-performing pilots and 4 first officers. While using profiling methods, soft skills such as thinking and reasoning, behavioral traits and occupational interests are evaluated, what all results in the job match percentage. Personal skills and stress management often determines how do humans behave in the critical situations, what cannot be forgotten in the expanding XXI century aviation.