5 Things to Know Before Taking Virtual Pilot Training

2021-10-14

In the modern world, where an increasing number of industries, including aviation, start appreciating the power of technology, studying pilot theory online becomes possible and even advisable. However, before signing up for a virtual training course, make sure you know what exactly is in it, how the process will look, and what credit it will give you. In other words, make sure you don’t “follow the trend” but put your preferred learning style and expectations to the forefront instead. Below please find some food for thought regarding training via the BAA Virtual environment that’ll become available from February 2022.

It is EASA standard pilot training.

You will find dozens of online ground school training packages on the Internet, but keep in mind, they’re all not the same. Some training providers only offer access to self-study materials or an online modular theory training course. In contrast, BAA Training’s students can enroll in EASA standard virtual online programs of full value – ATPL Integrated, ATPL Modular Theory and PPL. Our professional instructors will deliver training in real-time, and students will also have a possibility to drop them a question after class via a tailored form in the system. In parallel, they will possess interactive e-books that they’ll be able to use during, before and after the virtual sessions with instructors.

It is a more beneficial solution financially.

Since you will study pilot theory from home or wherever you want, it will reduce your spending considerably. Avoiding traveling and accommodation expenses is one of the key benefits of learning virtually that makes it so attractive. Nevertheless, please consider that you will still be required to fly to Lithuania to take your Authority examination.

It fits in perfectly with your routine and schedule.

You can definitely fit in virtual training with your own routine and schedule of working, socializing and having fun as per usual. It becomes possible because virtual classroom sessions will take 4 hours per day instead of 8 hours in a traditional classroom. On the other hand, if so-called “campus life” is one of your own most forward-looking experiences, virtual training is hardly an option for you.

It is more flexible and interactive.

The whole learning process becomes more interactive through the virtual platform because of the digital system’s capabilities. You will be assigned lectures, see your schedules, receive examinations and alerts, connect with peers, have group assignments, and more. In addition, you can get back to the material covered during the lecture unlimited times and listen to classroom recordings, which is not feasible while learning face-to-face. On top of the above, you will have access to self-practice and exam preparation questions. If you better concentrate in a regular classroom than when on the other side of the screen, you’d better decide in favor of face-to-face learning.

It requires self-discipline and determination.

Although the thought that you can study from home is very comforting, you should still be aware it’s formal classes, so your setting and outlook have to correspond. For example, during your school examination via BAA Virtual, the software will monitor how focused you are, whether you turn your eyes from the screen for long, and if anybody is approaching you or moving in the background. In essence, you should treat the whole learning and examination process as a crucial milestone with no place for cheating or procrastinating. It might be a bit trickier to do so at home than in a designated classroom, but it all depends on your individual learning style and motivation.

What do our students think of virtual training?

Our students who have done distance learning with us via zoom provide very positive feedback, regardless of the absence of a specially tailored digital tool back then.

“The virtual classes at BAA Training were a 10 out of 10 for me. The best thing about it was that I could continue working alongside virtual studies. The sessions were like 3-4 times per week, 4 hours per day, so I enjoyed it a lot. We were a small group of 5 people, and I felt very comfortable. There was a team spirit during the whole course, and I became a better team player. In my opinion, virtual pilot training is the future and the best way to combine your working life with your first steps in aviation,” Josef Ahmed, a student at BAA Training.

The other student, Davids Davis Geikins, thinks the following: “I think virtual learning has many advantages over classroom-based training, and it has even made me think about planning my further aviation training. It allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home, stay closer to your friends and family if that is the barrier that holds you. You can also work or study while doing your virtual training, which is very convenient. The financial aspect of the training is a massive benefit as well. In general, EASA market virtual training is more cost-effective in two main ways: the cost of the course is relatively lower, and you avoid spending on living in a different country/city for x amount of time.

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No matter if you decide to study in our academy or stay in your location and join classes virtually – rest assured you will be prepared appropriately for your Authority examination and the flight phase in Spain. The question is whether you want to “fit in the studies” with your day-to-day life or embark on the journey physically, meet your peers and take the chance to experience a new culture living in a foreign country.