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FAQs: New BAA Training Cadet Program

As the aviation industry embarks on the recovery path, the timing was just right for BAA Training to launch a new and the first cadet program of its own with an airline pilot job guarantee! We invite everyone with little or no previous flying experience to learn more about the BAA Training Cadet Program and its tremendous extra benefit – employment as a First Officer at a European airline just after the training. Do you want to dig a little bit deeper? Continue reading.

What is special about the new BAA Training Cadet Program?

It was designed with a clear purpose to ensure a student is employed as a pilot at a commercial airline after they complete all training stages successfully.

A regular cadet receives a letter of intent from one particular airline known in advance, which cannot be perceived as a 100% employment guarantee. In contrast, with this new BAA Training Cadet Program, the chances of getting hired are maximized because we present a high-performing graduate’s candidacy to a number of our airline partners, respected European airlines, with open vacancies at that precise point in time. To make all the processes smooth-running, we assign a personal career coach to each pilot-to-be to support the studying progress of that student and be accountable for their consecutive employment.

Also, our students get a unique opportunity to use VR headsets during the MCC stage. With a virtual environment and head-mounted display, pilots can familiarize themselves with new instruments, buttons and procedures and learn the cockpit controls and different scenarios they might face while flying. This technology provides a highly realistic virtual environment and revolutionizes aviation training.

What are the entry requirements?

To enroll, you have to be at least 18 years old, have a secondary or higher education, obtain an EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate and be eligible to work in EASA countries legally.

All candidates have to take special tests and interviews developed by the selection committee of BAA Training for social competence and aptitude assessment. Knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and English is of crucial importance to pass.

What is the structure of the program?

It is an all-inclusive program that is composed of ATPL Integrated (theory and flight training), Type Rating (full flight simulator training) + Base Training (one-day training when you fly a large airliner like Boeing or Airbus to illustrate your fitness to be a pilot) and an airline job interview.

Is this job guarantee provided for every student enrolled in the program?

This job guarantee is offered for students whose academic record matches the predefined standard. It is common and understandable that airlines are interested in hiring only highly competent and professional pilots due to safety and other concerns.

What kind of studying performance do I have to achieve to be offered a job?

A student has to take no more than two CAA exam attempts per subject/check during ATPL ground and flight school. Type Rating theory final exam result and the practical part will be of importance combined with a required pass rate of psychological evaluation during Base Training. Last but not least, you are expected to present yourself well during the interview with an airline.

In a very improbable scenario, when BAA Training fails to execute its responsibility to offer actual employment, it will provide financial compensation to a student or a free-of-charge FI training course.

Where will I study?

You will do the ATPL Integrated ground school in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, which is just next to the BAA Training simulator training centre and a few bus stops from the buzz of the beautiful old town. The second option is to do it in Spain, in the same location as our flight base – at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport. Alternatively, you can complete the theoretical part completely online from the comfort of your home or other preferred location via a virtual classroom, which offers dynamic learning possibilities, access to instructor-led lectures, schedules, notifications for upcoming classes or exams, in-class group or peer-to-peer conversations, group assignments, etc.

You will travel to Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain for your flight training. It is a convenient location with developed infrastructure and a climate suitable for training year-round!

Which airline will I join after the training?

We are obliged to offer you employment at a few of our airline partners in Europe if you demonstrate the predetermined training progress during the course. Due to confidentiality reasons, we cannot disclose the names of the companies at the moment.

However, all of them are strong and prospering operators ramping up their recruitment plans and considering new aircraft orders in the future. The list of airline members of this cadet program might increase in months to come.

What about the salary and working conditions at an airline?

You will be able to discuss questions related to the working conditions and remuneration during the airline interview with your potential employer.

What does it cost to join?

The cost of this all-in-one training program with a job guarantee is 86 000 euros.

Do you offer any discount for PPL licence holders?

If you have a valid PPL licence, you are entitled to a 2760 euros discount and a reduction of your VFR flight training to 12 hours. However, we can specify the final conditions only after carefully evaluating your documents and previous flight experience. We will do it after the achieved pass rate of the BAA Training assessment.

If you feel you have more questions or would like us to tell you about this program more explicitly, do not hesitate to contact us by filling the “get in touch” form at the bottom of the BAA Training Cadet Program page. Imagine how many pilot graduates have to wait patiently until their resume reaches the right persons who will not necessarily reach out to them. You have a chance to play it smart. If you do, why not?

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