SmartLynx Cadet Program Pathway

SmartLynx is the European Union’s leading ACMI* and full charter provider on Airbus 320 aircraft.

Selected cadets will complete an Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training course at BAA Training and will proceed with type rating course with SmartLynx.

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

Do you see yourself in the First Officer seat in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 aircraft?

ACMI* – Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance lease

SmartLynx Cadet Program Pathway

SmartLynx is the European Union’s leading ACMI* and full charter provider on Airbus 320 aircraft.

Selected cadets will complete an Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training course at BAA Training and will proceed with type rating course with SmartLynx.

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

Do you see yourself in the First Officer seat in the cockpit of the Airbus A320 aircraft?

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.

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.

Students share their thoughts

Students share their thoughts

Minimum Entry Requirements

Age

Over 18 years old

Residency

Unrestricted right to live and work in the European Union

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

Physical status

Valid EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate

Education

Secondary or higher

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. English test

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

7. Structural Interview

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

8. 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.

9. Candidate‘s final interview with the airline

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

Cadet Pilot Assessment Process

What to expect during the Cadet Pilot assessment process? BAA Training student Dusan Pavlovic will tell you all about it: preselection process, Profile XT and Compass tests, interview and much more.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Age

Over 18 years old

Education

Secondary or higher

Residency

Unrestricted right to live and work in the European Union

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. English test

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

7. Structural Interview

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

8. 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.

9. Candidate‘s final interview with the airline

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

Cadet Pilot Assessment Process

What to expect during the Cadet Pilot assessment process? BAA Training student Dusan Pavlovic will tell you all about it: preselection process, Profile XT and Compass tests, interview and much more.

Course content

Course content

THEORETICAL TRAINING

Theoretical part consists of 14 subjects (801 hours with exams) 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
  • VFR/IFR communications
NTS TRAINING

BAA Training introduces a new non-technical module in theoretical training – Pilot career development through NTS (Non-Technical Skills). This module is designed for students to develop skills and competences important for a successful pilot career: leadership, co-operation, teamwork, communication and other.

 

NTS training is prepared according to a new requirement from EASA to implement a new training course Area 100 KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). This course will be mandatory for every training provider from 2022. BAA Training becomes one of the first training providers to add NTS training into its training syllabus – an extended training program is available from spring 2019.

BAA Training introduces a new non-technical module in theoretical training – Pilot career development through NTS (Non-Technical Skills). This module is designed for students to develop skills and competences important for a successful pilot career: leadership, co-operation, teamwork, communication and other.

 

NTS training is prepared according to a new requirement from EASA to implement a new training course Area 100 KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). This course will be mandatory for every training provider from 2022. BAA Training becomes one of the first training providers to add NTS training into its training syllabus – an extended training program is available from spring 2019.

Course duration: 37 hours

Course Duration: 37 hours

I PART. GROUPII PART. PROFESSIONIII PART. CAREER
1st meeting reviewAviation Business Trends & Pilot ProfessionATPL Theory revision before job interview
COMPETENCES to develop:Search and Selection process in the Airline & Introducing Airline CompaniesADVANCED Compass test
1. Co-operation2nd group meetingJob Interview Training (group training) 1
2. Leadership & Managerial Skills and teamworkJob Interview Training (group training) 2
3. Problem Solving & Decision MakingSession in the FFS
4. Workload Management & Situational Awareness3rd final meeting
Individual consultations

 I PART. GROUP

  • 1st meeting review

Competences to develop:

  • Co-operation
  • Leadership & Managerial Skills and teamwork
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Workload Management & Situational Awareness

 

II PART. PROFESSION

  • Aviation Business Trends & Pilot Profession
  • Search and Selection process in the Airline & Introducing Airline Companies
  • 2nd group meeting

 

III PART. CAREER

  • ATPL Theory revision before job interview
  • ADVANCED Compass test
  • Job Interview Training (group training) 1
  • Job Interview Training (group training) 2
  • Session in the FFS
  • 3rd final meeting
  • Individual consultations
FLIGHT TRAINING

Flight training consists of 200 hours including Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer, single-engine and multi-engine aircraft.

  • 149 hours – single-engine aircraft
  • 11 hours – multi-engine aircraft
  • 40 hours – FNPT II (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer)

*Flight training sessions take place all year round.

 

 BAA Training fleet consists of of four Cesna 172S, eleven Tecnam P2002JF, two Tecnam P2006T, one Cabri G-2. Find out more about our fleet here.

MCC TRAINING

MCC Training consists of 25 hours theoretical training and 15 hours of flight training at Full Flight Simulator (without motion system).

CAA EXAMINATION
  • 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
  • VFR/IFR communications
INCLUDED

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 e-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 e-book
  • Logbook
INVESTMENT & FUNDING

Included:

  • All the material needed for your successful training
  • Flight training and airport fees
  • Tailor-made uniform and polo shirts for the flight season

 

Not included:

  • Assessment procedure
  • Medical examination for EASA Class 1 Medical. Read more about the procedure here. Please note, that it may be cheaper to have your medical examination in Lithuania as a fee for it is 296,60 € for men and 308,78 € for women (the same procedure in the UK would cost approximately 660 €*)
  • Living expenses and accommodation (you can compare prices in Vilnius and your own city here)
  • CAA exams (a fee for one exam at Lithuanian CAA is 30 €*, while it costs 76 €* in the UK)
  • Issuing of professional licence at Lithuanian CAA costs 166 €* (while it costs 285 €* in the UK)

*Please note that the price is subject to change.

 

Funding

There are several options for students to get a partial or full funding for flight training. It is either a bank loan or different funding institutions in various countries. Find out more.

Please note that BAA Training does not provide financial support.

WHERE WILL YOU TRAIN AND LIVE

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

„QS Best Student Cities 2018″ placed Vilnius among TOP 100 best cities in the world for international students. According to the ranking indicators, the capital of Lithuania has a fairly low cost of living compared to other European capitals.

Vilnius - Lithuania

The city of Vilnius perfectly combines high-quality studies with unforgettable entertainment and comfortable living for a reasonable cost. Living in Vilnius can pose a unique experience for every student interested in discovering a new culture and travelling around. You can find plenty of hangout spots there such as wonderful historical places, cosy cafes, local markets, a variety of restaurants and nightclubs. Being in the heart of Europe, it is pretty easy to travel around, as you can easily reach even the furthermost cities in a few hours. Also, Vilnius has an easy access to nature within walking distance.

For the long term accommodation we offer LOOP hotel. The newly-built hotel of contemporary design, located next to the BAA Training premises, will provide you with a comfortable stay. LOOP hotel is located 1 kilometre away from the International Vilnius Airport and 3 kilometres away from the city centre.

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

If you have your practical training at Kaunas flight base, you can choose between staying in Vilnius and commuting to the aerodrome every day or temporarily moving to Kaunas. BAA Training could offer several partner hotels in Kaunas at affordable prices.

If you have your practical training at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain, BAA Training will also provide you with all the necessary information needed for staying there.

Lleida-Alguaire Airport is 150 km away from Barcelona’s city centre and you could easily reach the city by using public transport or by renting a car. BAA Training will inform you about transportation prices and accommodation possibilities. The academy has a number of partner hotels and apartments to stay in the area or you can choose one by yourself.

In Lleida, the famous Spanish sunshine is what you get here free of charge. Besides, food and culture are the main things you also need to enjoy in Spain. Lleida offers a wide variety of landscapes from the high Pyrenees mountains to national parks. In addition, Lleida is rich in its monumental heritage – historical churches and museums. You could also visit plenty of local pubs, cafes and restaurants to taste local dishes and drinks or to hang out with friends.

With Spain’s warm climate and outdoor lifestyle, you may find yourself spending much of your free time sitting at cafés, enjoying the sun, or exploring the cultural monuments.

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Happy Customers

BAA Training indeed could offer everything I was looking for: a competitive price, beautiful aircraft to fly, job security as a First Officer with SmartLynx at the end of my training, and young, competent, open and always helpful staff and the Management.

Patrizio Pochetti,
SmartLynx Cadet

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 program 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 program 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


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