Frequently Asked Questions

Here we’ve compiled a list of FlyBy students’ most frequently asked questions, if you can’t find your answer below, feel free to Contact Us.

General Questions

What is FlyBy?

FlyBy is the commercial trademark of Flybai S.L of Spain. Flybai is an Approved Training Organization registered with the Spanish Civil Aviation Authority (AESA) with registration number E-166. AESA is a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the licence 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 ATPL, CPL, ME, IR and MCC which combines ground school courses and flying training delivered in accordance with the EASA and AESA requirements.

Where is FlyBy located?
Based in the heart of Northern Spain, FlyBy Aviation Academy has it’s head offices and Ground School Training Facilities in Leon University School of Engineering and Flight Operations in Burgos International Airport.
How do I get there?
We believe the easiest way to get to León as an international student, is by flying to Madrid Barajas International Airport. From Terminal 4 you can take a bus provided by the Spanish bus company ALSA to León, or you can take the metro to Madrid Chamartin Train Station and get a high speed train provided by RENFE direct to León. The bus can take up to 5 hours whereas the train will get you there in just over 2 hours.
How can I find out more about training with at FlyBy?

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Once you have reviewed all of the information ​we send to you, the information at our website and in speaking with our admissions director, we would recommend that you book a visit to our School.

You can arrange such a trip by contacting us.

What academic qualifications are required?

Pilot admission testing will be conducted prior to any course commencement. Subjects covered are Personality, English, Mathematics 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 FlyBy?

First check to see if you meet our entry criteria listed in our entry requirements. Before you can enroll at FlyBy, 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. FlyBy 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.

What does training consist of?

The FlyBy 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.

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?

FlyBy 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 the United Kingdom

www.ATPLfinance.co.uk

Students from Spain

Banco Santander: Euribor + 4% Meritxell Rosell alma812@agentes.bancosantander.es

La Caixa: Euribor + 4% Jorge Huerga jhuerga@lacaixa.es

BBVA: Euribor + 4% Aitor Santurtun aitor.santurtun@bbva.com

Banco Sabadell: Fixed 6.5% Iztiar Salaberri i.salaberri@bancsabadell.com

Students from Turkey

Denizbank: Özlem Çakir oezlem.cakir(at)denizbank.com

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 FlyBy provide help to its graduates to secure pilot jobs at the end of training?

FlyBy operates two different type of courses; cadet and self-sponsored. FlyBy 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, FlyBy 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.

Can you tell me about your special program for Oman's flag carrier?

The flag carrier from the Sultanate of Oman is growing!

FlyBy has designed a special program taylored to meet their requirements. The course will be 15 months, following the same timeline as the Integrated ATPL Program but adding one additional month of training. More about the Integrated ATPL Program.

The Oman Program has a one month extention for students to have time to retrieve an extra 20 hours of fly time on an SE-VFR in order to comply with their requirements.

Min requirements are to have 200 Total Hours and 100 PIC hours (Pilot In Command). With our training you will not only complete 100 PIC hours but a total of 258 hours including a Multi Crew Cooperation course.

With our training you will gain the EASA Commercial Piloto License (CPL) coupled with Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi Emgine (ME). Additionally you will gain your Airline Transport Pilot License Theory (ATPL theory) and Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC).

What if I already have a private pilot's license (PPL)?

​If you hold the PPL, we will credit you up to 40 flying hours. Follow the chart below to see (prices only valid for applications before 31 May and start of training before August 2019).

What sort of success does you company have with the visa acceptance process?

FlyBy enjoys a 100% success record obtaining Student VISAs. The reason why? Because we follow the regulations to the letter!

Do you offer ICAO English Examinations?

FlyBy is now a registered ICAO English examination centre accredited with its partnership with The English Centre in Mallorca

ICAO ENGLISH TEST
Our ICAO English Test follows EASA regulations and has been issued by the Hungarian Civil Authority. As per our experience and highly professional team we can provide, if the requirements are met, up to ELP6.

The ICAO English test will last 30 minutes approximately and it will consist of three different parts.

PART A: ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTION

PERSONAL INTERVIEW (10 MINUTES)

You are expected to be able to speak about your professional life. The interlocutor will ask you some related questions.

PART B: NO VISUAL CONTACT


AUDIO COMPREHENSION (12/15 MINUTES)

You will listen to two different audio samples (with no visual contact). You will be expected to answer specific questions related to the audio content and you will be asked to talk about what you have understood from the recording. You will hear each recording only once. You will be allowed to take notes. (The English Centre will provide you with pen and paper for that purpose). You will not be allowed to take these notes after the exam.

PART C: ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTION

VOCABULARY, STRUCTURE AND PRONUNCIATION (10 MINUTES)

You will be presented an image or a photograph on the topic of aviation. You will be expected to speak about a specific theme. The interlocutor will ask you several topic related questions. You will have 20 seconds to look at the photograph before you are asked to start.

The test will be recorded on audio or video media for subsequent rating. All notes and recordings are confidential and will be treated according to the applicable law on the Protection of Personal Data.

You can download some test samples here.

REGISTRATION

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How do I get started and apply to your flight school?

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What is An ATP Integrated Course?

​An airline transport pilot license or ATP/ATPL integrated course is the fastest way for a person to achieve the goal of becoming a ​commercial airline pilot qualified to work with any of the major passenger carriers in the European Union. You can start this training knowing nothing about being an airline pilot with no flight experience and then be taken systematically through each requirement including theoretical sessions, completing flight training hours, up and through exams. With our accelerated curriculum you can go from zero to airline pilot in only 14 months at one low tuition fee of 69,300 Euros with no hidden costs.

The great advantage of such a program is that it allows one to rapidly achieve their dream of becoming a pilot. Many people who decide to become a commercial pilot choose a step wise modular approach, taking courses individually to accumulate their requirements over time. This might seem like a more economical idea at first; however, it takes longer time and many pilots find they never get around to completing all the requirements. It is also highly inefficient as their can be unnecessary overlap in your training, particularly if you are receiving training serially from different schools.

Perhaps most importantly, major airlines are currently favoring students who have completed an ATP integrated training. So not only does taking the ATPL integrated track get you to your goal of a license sooner, it also increases the probability that you receive a good position with an airline after you graduate.​

Course

How much is the course?
Our Integrated ATPL course is €69,300 all inclusive. If you would like the option without accommodation, meals and transportation the price is €61,600. If you would like the option without accommodation and meals but including transportation the price is €63,700. And if you would like the option without meals but including accommodation and transportation then the price is €66,080.
What is included in the course?
  • Accommodation for 14 months; a single bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment at University dormitories
  • Meals: 3 meals per day, 7 days per week
  • Shuttle service between dormitories and airfield for 12 months (no flying during first 2 months)
  • Study material from Bristol Ground School or similar (12 month subscription)
  • iPad
  • Ground exam fees for ATPL exams in León (1 try per subject)
  • Flight skill tests (2 tests total)
  • Headset
  • 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
  • Flight Data Computer (CR3)
  • Log Book
  • Manoeuvres Manual
  • Uniform: 2 trousers, 3 shirts, 2 ties, 1 jersey.
What is your course structure?
In the first two months you are introduced to the ATPL subjects in our Foundation stage of the course. After completing this phase all 14 ATPL subjects will be taught in depth. You will have classes 5 days a week for 6 months. Flying also begins now: you will take the first Solo flight and intensive cross-country training is conducted. This is the most demanding stage in the course since you will start your flights at the same time as taking your theory lessons. Difficult 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. Once all 14 ATPL exams are passed flight training gets even more demanding; intensive IFR training is conducted, both in SPIC and dual flights. And finally, multi engine training is conducted in faster and more complex airplanes working towards the final skill tests. This phase also covers MCC competency based training on certified simulators.
What happens if I take longer than the 14 months?
If for some reason your training takes longer than 14 months you will need to pay any additional costs incurred by you. You do not need to pay €3,700/month for every month you are here extra, only whatever is necessary for accommodation and food. You will be required to pay an extra €150 for the transportation to and from the airfield.
What can I fly when I graduate?

The EASA Integrated course takes students with little or no flying experience to a Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (ME-IR) referred to as the ‘frozen’ ATPL. The course also includes a Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC) course.

Graduate pilots with a ‘frozen’ ATPL are free to fly for any airline that will accept the most respected license in the industry: European EASA. Students will need to train for a specific Type Rating on the aircraft the airline operates. 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 Captain.

What kind of planes do you fly?

We have modern fleet of planes and have just added several new vehicles to our fleet.  Three of the models we use are the Tecnam P2002JF, the Tecnam P2006T,  and the Piper PA28.  You can learn more by clicking the button below.

What kind of Simulators do you use?

We ​also have a modern inventory of simulators.  Three of the models we use are the ​Boeing 737 NG800, the Beechcraft Baron, and the Cessna 172.  You can learn more by clicking the button below.

Life in León

What is your accommodation like?
Students who choose to include accommodation in their course will be provided with a standard single bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment at the university dormitories. You have your own privacy but will share common areas such as the lounge, kitchen and bathroom. If you decide to opt out of the accommodation, there are many places for students to rent in the city of León, and we will do our best to help.
Is there WIFI available?
Free WIFI is available not only throughout the entire campus but also in the dormitories.
What is it like to live in Leon?

FlyBy is conveniently located in León, Spain, on a superb airfield with ground school training facilities at the University with access to 3 simulators: Boeing 737 NG800, Beechcraft Baron and Cessna 172. Leon is conveniently connected with major European cities through highways, high speed trains or direct flights (Barcelona, Madrid, London, Paris, etc.)

FlyBy also offers an all-inclusive tariff; no need to worry about accommodation, meals, etc. The cadet only needs to focus on maintaining good progress not to incur in additional expenses.

Life in Burgos

Is there WIFI available?
Free WIFI is available not only throughout the entire campus but also in the dormitories.
How do we get to the airfield for our flights?
We provide a private shuttle bus to take you to and from the university to the airfield. The morning bus departs the university at 07:15 (09:00 at weekends), the afternoon bus departs the university at 13:15 and leaves the airfield at 15:00, and the evening bus leaves the airfield at 18:15

Entry Requirements

What are your entry requirements?
  • Be at least 17 years of age to apply (18 to commence training).
  • Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 medical without restrictions.
  • To pass our admission tests which include Personality, English, Mathematics and Physics.
  • It is recommended to have completed secondary or high school education.
  • You must meet ICAO English Level 4 standards.
What is included in the admission test?

The admission tests include Aptitude, Personality, English, Mathematics and Physics. Read our assessment guide for more information.

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