Frequently Asked Questions


General

What is FLYBYSCHOOL?
FLYBYSCHOOL is the commercial trademark of Fly Bai S.L: of Spain. Fly Bai is an Approved Training Organization registered with the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority (AESA) with registration number E-166. AESA is member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the license issued is valid in all EASA member countries; UK, Germany, France, etc.
With many years of pilot training expertise, FLYBYSCHOOL provides training of the highest quality to student pilots. FLYBYSCHOOL offers an integrated course which includes CPL, ATPL, ME IR and MCC which combines ground school courses and flying training delivered in accordance with the EASA and AESA requirements.
Where is FLYBYSCHOOL located?
FLYBYSCHOOL main operations base:
Leon
Los Oteros Airfield
24209 Pajares de los Oteros, León
Spain
How can I find out more about training with at FLYBYSCHOOL?
Once you have reviewed all of the information available on this website, we would recommend that you book a visit to our School: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Suitability for Pilot Training

What academic qualifications are required?
Pilot admission testing will be conducted prior to any course commencement. Subjects covered are Personality, English, Mathemathics and Physics.
If Personality test is not passed, no training can be offered.
What are the eyesight requirements?
Requiring correction to your vision is not automatically disbarring from a career as an airline pilot. The requirements are that distant visual acuity, with or without correction, shall be 6/9 or better in each eye separately and binocular visual acuity shall be 6/6 or better. For an initial examination the refractive error shall not exceed +6 diopters. For more information we recommend that you contact an approved Aeromedical Centre (AEMC).
What about color blindness?
Having some form of color blindness does not necessarily prevent you from having a career as an airline pilot, providing you can pass acceptable color perception tests (predominately Red/Green perception). For more information we recommend that you contact an approved Aeromedical Centre (AEMC).
Are there height restrictions?
There are no height limits that will affect you qualifying for a civil professional license. But if you are particularly short or tall, less than 5'2" (157cm) or over 6'6" (200cm), you would be well advised to clarify which aircraft you would fit into and be able to reach all the controls comfortably. This would identify whether your height would limit your career prospects in the future.
How can I find out if I am suitable for pilot training course with FLYBYSCHOOL?
First check to see if you meet our entry criteria listed in our entry requirements. Before you can enroll at FLYBYSCHOOL, you will attend a pilot assessment process. This assessment is designed to assess an applicant's overall suitability for the pilot career. It typically comprises different aptitude tests. The results of this assessment will give you the best indication regarding your suitability for a career as a pilot.
Will the training be different if I am male or female, or if I am an international student?
Everyone that meets the minimum entry criteria may apply. FLYBYSCHOOL maintains equal opportunity standards that prohibit discrimination based on gender, race, religion, age or national origin. With regard to non-EU cadets, being accepted in our course, means you will be able to apply for a student visa. So far, our success record is 100% in obtaining visas for our students.

 

Training

What does it consist of?
The FLYBYSCHOOL Integrated course takes students with little or no previous flying experience, to a Commercial Pilot's License (CPL) with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) referred to as the 'frozen' ATPL. Also included at the end of training is a Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC). From this point, pilots can then be employed as a First Officer with an airline where they will need to obtain the Type Rating on the aircraft they will be flying.
Graduate pilots with a 'frozen' ATPL are free to train onto any aircraft type and to fly for any airline that will accept their EASA license. Most airlines will initially assign new First Officers to "short haul" fleets so they can build experience in the more demanding departure and approach phases of flight. Once an ATPL holder has gained 1,500 hours experience, the ATPL becomes 'unfrozen' and they are then eligible to be considered for promotion to Captains.

 

Finance

How much will flight training cost?
The price of the course is inclusive of VAT, all training, accommodation, meals, landing fees, etc. It does not include transportation to and from point of origin. In order not to incur in additional costs, the student just needs to maintain good progress.
How can I raise the money for training?
FLYBYSCHOOL has agreements with banks and financial institutions that can provide loans. Students on the integrated course would be eligible to apply, but are also recommended to approach their own bank.
    Students from Spain
    • Banco Santander: euribor + 4% Meritxell Rosell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • La Caixa: euribor + 4% Jorge Huerga This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • BBVA: euribor + 4% Aitor Santurtun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Banco Sabadell: Fixed 6.5% Iztiar Salaberri This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Students from Turkey
    • Denizbank: Özlem Çakir This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pilot Job Market

How much will I earn as a pilot?
There are many variables when starting your career as a professional pilot but, broadly, it greatly depends on the airline you are working for, the type of aircraft you are flying and the region of the world you are flying.
In the European market a rough estimate for a pilot flying for a small regional airline initially could earn €30,000 per year. A first officer working for one of the larger European airlines could earn between €45,000 and €55,000 per year. Some airlines will take back the cost of the initial Type Rating, usually from the first years' salary. Experienced captains flying long-haul aircrafts could earn as much as €150,000 per year. Salaries tend to increase with each year of service with a company.
Does FLYBYSCHOOL provide help to its graduates to secure pilot jobs at the end of training?
FLYBYSCHOOL operates two different type of courses; cadet and self-sponsored. FLYBYSCHOOL is working towards having active cadetship programs although we currently do not offer such programs. Cadet programs are conducted in conjunction with airlines where selection process is conducted by both parties and students are offered a job after successful completion of their training.
On the other hand, self-sponsored students decide to commence their training without any airline process approval, therefore there is no guarantee of a job offer. Being said this, FLYBYSCHOOL will try to facilitate job interviews through our network of contacts to those students that have excelled at their training.
We do have an agreement with VOLOTEA where our students will go for job screening whenever there are job offerings for new pilots. It is not a job guarantee, but it is a step closer to that dream first job.
Do I need a medical certificate before I start?
The simple answer is yes; No medical = No License. The initial medical can be completed at any EASA approved Aeromedical Centre (AeMC) but it is strongly recommended to do it in Spain. Cost of this medical is included in our fees.
For non-EU students, it would be advisable to attend a local medical assessment for a local equivalent of a Class 1 Medical to avoid wasting money before training can commence.

Payment Options

FLYSCHOOL has agreements with banks and financial institutions that can provide loans. Students on the integrated course would be eligible to apply, but are also recommended to approach their own bank.

The payments for the course are as follows:

  • Application fee: €1,000
  • One month prior to start of training: €15,000

Non-EU students will have to pay this amount before issuance of Letter of Acceptance required for VISA application.

  • Monthly installments: payment is due on or before the 5th of each calendar month from start of training: €3,500/month 

Once the application fee has been paid, an assessment will be scheduled. Failure to pass the personality tests of the initial assessment means that you will not be offered to join FLYBYSCHOOL. 700€ will be refunded.

A Class 1 Medical certificate is required prior to start training. Once you have passed your initial assessment, you will be offered to join us in Spain for your Class 1 Medical. If you are not able to obtain it, FLYBYSCHOOL will not be able to offer you training. No further refund will be offered.

FLYBYSCHOOL has agreements with banks and financial institutions that can provide loans. Students on the integrated course would be eligible to apply, but are also recommended to approach their own bank.

Additionally, FLYBYSCHOOL has just launched a funded scheme with very limited places available. Note the cost of training with this scheme will be significantly higher than getting a loan from your bank.

  • Application fee: €300. Admission tests taken online include personality, English, maths and physics. More information about tests can be found here.
  • Once funding has been approved and contract signed: €25,000

For non-EU students this will happen before issuance of Letter of Acceptance required for VISA application.

  • Monthly installments: payment is due on or before the 5th of each calendar month from start of training: €1,110/month for 48 months (4 years). 

To qualify for our funding scheme you must be able to provide sufficient guarantors to secure your installments (but no other collateral will be requested), passing our initial assessment and a valid EASA Class 1 medical. FLYBYSCHOOL reserves its right to reject any funding application without giving any explanation or clarification. No refund will be given.

Other agreements with banks are:

Students from Spain

  • Banco Santander: euribor + 4% Meritxell Rosell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • La Caixa: euribor + 4% Jorge Huerga This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • BBVA: euribor + 4% Aitor Santurtun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Banco Sabadell: Fixed 6.5% Iztiar Salaberri This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Students from Turkey

  • Denizbank: Özlem Çakir This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costs & Inclusions

The price of the course is  € 65,000  which is inclusive of VAT, all training, landing fees, accommodations, meals, and an iPad.

We also offer two alternative options:

  • Without accommodation, meals and shuttle to airport for € 57,300
  • Without accommodation and meals but including shuttle € 59,400
  • Without meals but including accommodation and shuttle € 61,780

Payment terms are:

  • To start application process and take online admission tests € 1,000
  • To receive Letter of Acceptance required to apply for student Visa (or one month before start of training for EU passport holders) € 15,000
  • Monthly installments from start of training (before 5th calendar day of each month)
    • Standard training € 3,500
    • Without accommodation, meals and shuttle € 2,950 
    • Without accommodation, meals but including shuttle € 3,100 
    • Without meals but including accommodation and shuttle € 3,270 

Check our funding options here.

All other conditions remain the same.

Items included in our all-inclusive tariff:

  • Accommodation for 14 months on a single bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment at University dormitories. Address:

Residence Emilio Hurtado

Av Emilio Hurtado, S / N

24007 León, Spain

+34 987 22 88 56

  • Meals for 14 months: 3 meals per day, 7 days per week.
  • Shuttle service between dormitories and airfield for 12 months (no flying during first 2 months). Dormitories are walking distance from University.
  • Study material from Bristol Ground School or similar (12 month subscription).
  • iPad
  • Ground exam fees at SENASA in Madrid (1 try per subject).
  • Flight skill tests (2 tests total).
  • Trip to SENASA including accommodation and meals for the exams (2 trips).
  • Headsets (1 set).
  • Initial Class 1 Medical.
  • Aeronautical Charts
    • Access to AIP charts from AENA
    • AENA 1:500.000 from León
    • Ministry of Defense 1:1.000.000 East and West
    • Ministry of Defense 1:2.000.000 IFR España
  • Flight Manual
  • Computer CR3
  • Log Book
  • Maneuvers Manual
  • Uniform
    • 2 trousers
    • 3 shirts
    • 2 ties
    • 1 jersey
  • Basic Health Insurance required for the Spanish ID for foreigners (14 months).

All material must be returned upon completion of the training. If the material is damaged, the student will be charged with the cost of replacement plus 10% for admin costs.

Application

To start the admsission process with FLYSCHOOL you need to follow this process.

  1. Send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information: copy of your passport, admission form (you can find it here) and payment confirmation of the initial payment (€1,000 for standard students or €300 for students applying for funding scheme). You can find here our bank account details. 
  1. Take admission tests. Within 24 hours you will receive the license code and link to take our admission tests online. Tests include personality, English, maths and physics. In the event of not passing personality, no training could be offered (students that did not apply for funding will receive refund of €700). More information about our admission tests can be found here.
  1. Sign contract. Students requiring a Student Visa (€15,000) or have succesfully applied for our funding cheme (€25,000), next payment will be due at this moment.
  1. Start Training. Typically, students will arrive to Madrid for their Class 1 medical a couple of days before the start of training for their Class 1 medical. They need to arrive to the medical center CIMA located here, no later than 8:00 am with the copy of your appointment and proof of payment submitted by FLYBYSCHOOL to you. You must take the tests on an empty stomach (12 hours) with clean hair and they will take urine and blood samples for drugs and alcohol. Medical will usually be completed around 1:30 pm and you may proceed to Leon on that same day (high speed train tickets can be bought at Renfe Make sure you buy the high speed train for shorter comute).

Integrated ATPL

Key Characteristics:

EASA license

Small Class Sizes

Airline Focused training from day 1

Integrated Ground and Flight Training

Airline Fundamentals Training taught by highly experienced pilots

All training completed in Spain

Competency Based MCC Training delivered on FNTP II MCC Simulators

ATPL phases

Course Structure:

  1. Foundation: Months 1 - 2
    Ground School is delivered by experienced pilots on a 5 days per week, 5 hours per day. All training is conducted in English. The first foundation stage will be a theory-only period covering all ground theory required to complete all flight missions.
  2. ATPL Theory and Visual Flight Training: Months 3 - 8
    All 14 EASA ATPL subjects will be taught now. This stage is the most depanding since you will start your flights at the same time as taking your theory lessons. Demanding school exams must be passed before you are allowed to take the official exams before the Civil Aviation Authority. Upon completion, official exams at the Spanish Civil Aviation authority will be taken. Approximately two months after starting this stage, you will take the first Solo flight. Intensive cross-country training is conducted in this stage.
  3. Completing Visual Flight Rating (VFR): Months 9 - 11
    Official exams before the Civil Aviation Authority are taken at the same time as completing VFR flights.
  4. Instruments Flight Rating (IFR): Months 11 - 13
    Flight training gets even more demanding; intensive IFR training is conducted, both in SPIC and dual flights. This stage cannot commence until all ATPL subjects have been passed.
  5. Multi-Engine and Multi Crew Cooperation: Month 14
    Multi Engine training is conducted in faster and more complex airplanes and then final skill tests. This phase also covers MCC competency based training on certified Simulators.

 Hours flown per stage are:

 Hours Flown

ATPL Application Form  Contact

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