Small Planet Airlines cadet programme pathway

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have an office up in the sky? Small Planet Airlines, one of the fastest growing independent leisure airlines in Europe holding Air Operator Certificates in Germany, Poland and Lithuania, is looking for talents to join the professional team of pilots!

This career programme delivered in cooperation with BAA Training opens the door to individuals with no previous flying experience to begin their way to a First Officer’s seat in the Airbus A320 or A321 aircraft.

When you complete the course, you will hold a Commercial Pilot‘s Licence and get an opportunity to sign a job contract with Small Planet Airlines.

Catch the next wave of career in aviation! Because WHY NOT?

About Small Planet Airlines

Small Planet Airlines is one of the fastest growing independent leisure charter airlines in Europe with operations in Europe, MENA and Asia regions. The company started its operations in 2009 and since then has grown its fleet from 3 to 22 aircraft. As of 2016, the airline is an Airbus-only carrier. Small Planet Airlines is oriented towards their personnel growth. The airline provides opportunities for the crew to develop their professional skills and competences and pursue their career in aviation.

The fleet consists of 18 airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A321 aircraft.

The average age of the aircraft is 13 years.

Therefore Small Planet Airlines upgrades 11-14% of its First Officers to Captains every year.

Minimum entry requirements


Over 18 years old


Secondary or higher

Physical status

Valid EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate

Theoretical preparation

Knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, and English is of key importance. During the assessment, the school and exam grades of these disciplines are evaluated additionally. A special skill assessment can be organised by the academy for those having low or no grades from their secondary school

Personal competence and aptitude

All candidates must go through special tests and interviews developed by the selection commission of the BAA Training and Small Planet Airlines for social competence and aptitude assessment

Steps of the preselection process:


Contact us

Please fill out the form below in order to get your personal manager at BAA Training who will guide you through the whole preselection process.


Initial discussion on terms, conditions and answers to possible Qs

You will be reached by email or phone to discuss your needs and terms of application. At this stage, the personal manager will answer all of your questions.


Document screening and schedule of the assessment date

After you provide a scanned copy of your passport valid to travel abroad and educational documents you are ready to set the date of the assessment.


Personality assessment (Profile XT)

The test examines three key personality areas and evaluates individual fit for the position you are applying for in accordance with them.


Aptitude assessment (Compass)

Compass includes: hand-eye-foot coordination, eye-hand coordination, spatial orientation, multi-task management, mental calculations, short term memory, and tech-test.


English test

Your English knowledge is tested as all of your training will be conducted in the aviation language – English.


Structural Interview

A structural interview is conducted face to face and compared with the results from the previously mentioned tests.


Suitable candidate is presented to the airline

If a student‘s profile match with airline‘s requirements, he is presented to the airline for the final decision.


Candidate‘s final interview with the airline

The airline invites suitable candidates for the final interview. It involves group tasks and a personal interview.

Course content


Theoretical part consists of 14 subjects (790 hours) to be completed in 6-8 months.

  • Air law
  • Communication
  • Operating procedures
  • Mass and balance
  • Instrumentation
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Flight planning
  • Performance
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Human performance
  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft operation manual
  • MCC

Flight training consists of 215 hours including Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer, single-engine, multi-engine aircraft, and a Full Flight Simulator.

  • 150 hours – single-engine aircraft
  • 13 hours – multi-engine aircraft
  • 37 hours – FNPT II (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer)
  • 15 hours FFS (Full Flight Simulator)

*Flight training sessions lasts from April till October.


 BAA Training fleet consists of Cesna 172S, nine Tecnam P2002JF and two Tecnam P2006T. Find out more about our fleet

  • Air law
  • Communication
  • Operating procedures
  • Mass and balance
  • Instrumentation
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Flight planning
  • Performance
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Human performance
  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft operation manual

You will be provided with all the material needed for your successful training at BAA Training.

  • ATP(A) CBT (Bristol ATP theory software)
  • BAA bag
  • Vol.5 Radio Navigation book
  • NM-2 ruler
  • PP-1 protractor
  • CB-3 knee board
  • CRP-5
  • Tailor-made uniform
  • Polo shirts for flight season
  • Vol. 1 Flying training book
  • Logbook

The theoretical part of your training is conducted at the headquarters of the academy in Vilnius, Lithuania. Take a 360 tour.

For the long term accommodation, we offer LOOP hotel. The newly built contemporary design hotel located next to the BAA Training premises is a guarantee of a comfortable stay 1 kilometer away from the International Vilnius Airport and 3 kilometers away from the city centre.

The hotel offers modern single and double rooms for BAA Training students who will have an accesses to fully furnished kitchen and the private lounge zone. The hotel offers all the amenities including the restaurant, self-service laundry & ironing room, a gym room and many more.

The practical training will be held at one of our aerodromes. You could find more information about the aerodromes here.

It is your choice to either stay in Vilnius and commute to the aerodrome every day or temporarily to move to the other city. BAA Training could also offer several partner hotels in convenient locations and at good prices there.

The story of Jitka, a Captain of Airbus A320 at Small Planet Airlines

Jitka shares the story about her passion for aviation and experience as a Captain.

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