Smartlynx Cadet Programme Pathway

The Cadet Programme with SmartLynx Airlines, the European Union’s leading ACMI* and full charter provider on Airbus 320 aircraft, is open for the admission to join the next group!

SmartLynx Cadet Programme students will do EASA ATPL integrated training programme and will acquire a Commercial Pilot Licence. Time needed to obtain ATPL Integrated pilot’s licence ranges between 20 to 25 months.

Cadet Programme is a great opportunity for individuals with no previous flying experience. The chance like this not only allows to get a Commercial Pilot Licence but also provides you with a letter of undertaking.

Great things come to those who don’t wait. Do you see yourself as a First Officer in the cockpit of A320 aircraft? Book your assessment and get ready to start the training!

ACMI* – Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance lease

About SmartLynx Airlines

SmartLynx Airlines is a charter and ACMI operator headquartered in Riga, Latvia. The company holds Latvian and Estonian Air Operator Certificates. SmartLynx Airlines has been operating on the market for over 25 years.

The fleet consists of 14 Airbus A320 aircraft and two Airbus 321 aircraft flying across Europe, Asia and Africa.

SmartLynx flight crew members represent more than 17 nationalities and speak multiple languages.

The average experience of captains is above 5300 block hours and first officers more than 1900 block hours.

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 SmartLynx 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.

Let's talk!

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Happy Customers

Being a part of BAA Training is a great experience! I appreciate the quality of the instructors and facilities. Also it is so good to be sure that I can always count on the help of the staff. Moreover, I like the way the airline is checking our progression which is quite promising for the future. They truly care about their cadets!

Arthur Biberian ,
SmartLynx Cadet

Regarding the training programme with BAA Training I'm really happy about the idea to have our flying season in the summer right after the theory course and before the other theory course in autumn starts. It allows us to have a "break" and flying reminds us why we are doing the training. Even though the theory is the hard part of a pilot training, I still really liked to do it at BAA Training, mainly because our ground instructors did their best to make the theory easier by being really patient and available whenever we need them.

Marvin Germaini,
Wizz Air Cadet

Wizz Air Cadet training programme is prepared by professionals and adjusted to let us start our job of dream as fast as possible. The schedule is tight but this is necessary to complete the training within the given time. The instructors are experienced people with passion for flying. The way they share their knowledge with us made our way of becoming professional pilots much easier

Łukasz Laskowski,
Wizz Air Cadet