Frequently Asked Questions

General

In Europe, as in many other parts of the world, there are several types of pilot licenses, each with its own privileges and requirements. The primary pilot licenses in Europe include:


Private Pilot License (PPL)


The PPL is the most basic pilot license and allows you to fly for non-commercial purposes.
It is a great starting point for those who want to fly recreationally, for personal travel, or as a hobby.
PPL holders cannot be paid for flying, but they can share certain expenses with passengers.



Commercial Pilot License (CPL)


The CPL is for individuals who want to pursue a career in aviation.
It allows you to get paid for flying, typically as a commercial pilot for airlines or charter companies.
To obtain a CPL, you need to accumulate a specified number of flight hours and pass theoretical and practical exams.



Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)


The ATPL is the highest level of pilot certification and is required for captains of large commercial aircraft.
To qualify for an ATPL, you typically need to accumulate a significant number of flight hours and meet specific experience requirements.
ATPL holders have the authority to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) of multi-crew aircraft and can be employed as airline captains.



Instrument Rating (IR)



An instrument rating is an additional qualification that allows pilots to operate aircraft solely by reference to instruments, even when visibility is poor.
It is often pursued by those aiming for a career in commercial aviation and is required for certain types of flying, such as flying for airlines.


Multi-Engine Rating (MEP L)


A multi-engine rating is an endorsement added to your existing pilot license that allows you to operate multi-engine aircraft.
It is often required for commercial pilots and those who wish to fly larger, multi-engine planes.


Type Rating


A type rating is required for specific aircraft types, especially large or complex aircraft.
It is often associated with commercial airline pilots and is typically obtained after getting a CPL or ATPL.
Which license you should pursue depends on your career goals and aspirations. If you want to fly for personal enjoyment or recreation, a PPL may be sufficient. If you aim to work as a professional pilot for airlines or charter companies, you will likely need to pursue a CPL and ultimately an ATPL. Keep in mind that the specific requirements and regulations may vary slightly from one European country to another, so it's important to consult with your local aviation authority or a reputable flight school for guidance on your specific situation.


Modular pilot training is an approach to pilot training that allows individuals to complete their training in a series of separate, self-contained modules or stages. This method is in contrast to an integrated pilot training program, where all training components are conducted as a single, continuous program. Modular training offers flexibility and the ability to complete training at your own pace, which can be appealing to individuals who have other commitments or prefer a more flexible schedule. Here are the key features of modular pilot training:

Staged Training



Modular training is divided into separate stages or modules, each covering specific aspects of pilot training. Common modules include Private Pilot License (PPL), Instrument Rating (IR), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), and others.

Flexibility



Students can choose the order in which they complete modules and can often take breaks between modules to accommodate work or personal commitments.

Customisation



Modular training allows students to tailor their training path to meet their specific goals. For example, someone aspiring to become a commercial airline pilot might focus on modules relevant to that career path.

Financial Flexibility



Since modular training is completed in stages, students can budget for each module individually, potentially making it more financially manageable.

Training Options



Modules can be completed at different flight schools or training organizations, giving students the flexibility to choose the most suitable training providers for each phase.

Individual Progression



Students progress at their own pace. Some individuals may complete training quickly, while others may take longer to accumulate the required flight hours and ratings.

Prerequisites



Some modules may have prerequisites; for example, you typically need a PPL before pursuing an IR or CPL.

Modular pilot training can be a viable option for individuals with varying career goals and availability. However, it's important to note that the modular approach may require more self-guidance in terms of planning and coordinating training modules. Additionally, it's essential to ensure that the training modules you complete align with the specific pilot licenses and ratings you ultimately wish to obtain, as requirements may vary by region and aviation authority.

To find detailed information about the eligibility requirements for pilot training, including the pre-entry requirements for each specific course, we recommend visiting the respective course pages on our website. The pre-requisite information can typically be found in the "Pre-Entry Requirements" tab on each course's dedicated page. Here's a brief overview:
Private Pilot License (PPL): The PPL is usually the starting point for aspiring pilots, and detailed eligibility requirements can be found in the "Pre-requisites" section on the PPL course page.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL): If you're interested in pursuing a CPL, you can explore the "Pre-requisites" tab on the CPL course page for specific entry requirements.
Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL): To understand the eligibility criteria for obtaining an ATPL, please refer to the "Pre-entry Requirements" section on the ATPL course page.
For a comprehensive understanding of the prerequisites and eligibility criteria for each course, we encourage you to navigate to the individual course pages on our website. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our admissions team, who will be happy to provide you with detailed information tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Yes, we offer comprehensive pilot training programs that include both ground school and flight training components. Our programs are designed to provide aspiring pilots with a well-rounded education and hands-on experience to help them achieve their aviation goals.
Ground School



Our ground school curriculum covers the theoretical aspects of aviation, including subjects such as aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology, aviation regulations, and more. Ground school is an essential part of pilot training and prepares students for the written exams required for pilot certification.
Flight Training



In addition to ground school, our programs include practical flight training with experienced flight instructors. During flight training, students gain valuable hands-on experience in the cockpit, learning flight maneuvers, navigation techniques, emergency procedures, and the skills necessary to become a safe and proficient pilot.
Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to pursue a successful career in aviation or to fulfill their personal aviation aspirations. If you have specific questions about our programs or would like to learn more about the training options we offer, please don't hesitate to contact our admissions team. We're here to assist you in your journey toward becoming a pilot.

At Royal Flight Center, we offer training on a range of modern and well-maintained aircraft to provide you with a diverse and comprehensive training experience. Currently, we primarily operate Tecnam P2008 and Grob G115 aircraft for our initial flight training programs.

Aircraft Types



Tecnam P2008

The Tecnam P208 is a reliable and popular trainer known for its stability and ease of operation, making it an excellent choice for student pilots during their early training stages.

Grob G115

The Grob G115 is another versatile training aircraft with a strong reputation for flight training. Its performance characteristics are well-suited for helping students develop their piloting skills.

Choosing Your Aircraft



While we primarily use these aircraft types for initial training, we understand that each student may have unique preferences or goals. While the choice of aircraft for your training may depend on factors such as availability and the specific program you're enrolled in, we strive to accommodate your preferences whenever possible. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and effective learning experience tailored to your needs and objectives.

If you have a specific aircraft preference or if you'd like more information about the aircraft used in our training programs, please feel free to reach out to our admissions team. We're here to assist you in making the best choices for your flight training journey and helping you achieve your aviation goals.

Yes, our flight instructors are highly certified and experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing you with top-quality flight training. Here's some information about our instructors:

Certification


All of our flight instructors hold valid and up-to-date certifications by EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency. These certifications confirm that they have met the rigorous training and testing requirements necessary to become Flight Instructors.

Experience


Our flight instructors have a wealth of experience in the aviation industry. They have logged numerous flight hours and have undergone extensive training to not only meet the requirements for FI certification but also to gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach and mentor aspiring pilots.

Ongoing Professional Development


Our instructors are committed to their own professional development and stay current with the latest aviation trends, regulations, and teaching methodologies. They regularly participate in continuing education to ensure they provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant training.

We take pride in our team of experienced and certified instructors who are dedicated to your success as a pilot. Their guidance, expertise, and commitment to safety and excellence are fundamental to our flight training programs. If you have any specific questions about our instructors or would like more details about their qualifications, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your flight training journey.

Future of Aviation

Big players like Boeing and Airbus are well aware of the exciting challenges the industry faces. They've been keeping an eye on the pilot shortage issue and have even forecasted the growing demand for pilots in their market studies. Why? Because they're committed to ensuring there are enough skilled pilots to operate the fantastic aircraft they make. To tackle this pilot shortage, the aviation industry, along with government agencies and training institutions, is working hard to inspire and train more individuals to become pilots. This means we're streamlining pilot training, offering some fantastic financial incentives, and getting rid of those pesky regulatory barriers. Why is this so important? Because it's vital for the aviation world to keep addressing this issue. It ensures the smooth and safe operation of our ever-growing fleet of aircraft, meeting the surging demand for air travel worldwide. Together, we're making the skies safer and more accessible than ever. Now, let's talk about the earning potential for airline pilots. It's exciting! Whether you're starting out fresh or climbing the ladder, there's a world of opportunities. New pilots may begin with more modest salaries, but as they gain experience and log flight hours, their earning potential takes flight. And if you're aiming for the stars, becoming a captain or flying those long-haul international routes usually means even higher salaries. Your aviation career is ready for takeoff!

Medical Certificate

Pilot medical certificates are issued based on the regulations and standards set forth by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA oversees aviation safety and regulations for EU member states, including the issuance of pilot medical certificates. Here are some key points regarding pilot medical certificates in the EU:


Classes of Medical Certificates


EASA issues three classes of medical certificates, which are Class 1, Class 2, and LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot License) medical certificates.



Class 1 Medical Certificate

Required for airline transport pilots (ATPL) and commercial pilots (CPL).
The most comprehensive medical examination, including vision, hearing, cardiovascular, and psychological assessments.
Validity: Typically, it is valid for 12 months for applicants under the age of 40 and 6 months for those aged 40 and over.


Class 2 Medical Certificate

Required for private pilots (PPL) and recreational pilots.
A less comprehensive medical examination compared to Class 1.
Validity: Generally, it is valid for 60 months for applicants under the age of 40 and 24 months for those aged 40 and over.


LAPL Medical Certificate

Required for LAPL holders, which is a simplified form of a private pilot's license for recreational flying.
LAPL medical certificates have similar requirements to Class 2 certificates but may have some variations depending on the specific LAPL privileges.

If you hold a CPL or an ATPL, your licence will only be valid if you hold a Class 1 EASA medical certificate. You also need a Class1  EASA medical certificate in order to train for a CPL or an ATPL. ​

Only one EASA medical certificate can be held at any  time.   You may undergo a medical certificate evaluation at our Centre even if you hold a licence from any EASA member state.

The examination will be carried out by our doctors specialising in aviation medicine. If you are aware of any personal or family medical history it would be prudent to mention this at the time of booking your medical and we can then advise whether you will need to bring along additional information/reports to the examination.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you must bring your most recent optician's prescription along to the examination.
The Cyprus Aeromedical Centre will be able to help with any additional assessments you may need to make before your appointment.

Before the examination you will need to complete the medical certificate application form. This is a signed declaration containing the following.

  • Facts about your medical history
  • Whether you have had a medical examination before, by whom and the result
  • Whether you have ever been assessed as unfit or had a medical certificate suspended or revoked.


The initial Class 1 Medical Certificate examination is thorough taking up to 5 hours to complete

The examination will include the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical Examination
  • Psychological assessment and Psychometrics
  • Eyesight and Ophthalmological exam
  • ENT exam and Audiogram
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Lung function test
  • Hemoglobin blood test
  • Lipids blood test
  • Urine Test
  • Alcohol and drug screening


For more details regarding the examination, please contact Cyprus Aeromedical Centre. Tel.: +35722368900 / email: info@aeromedicalcentre.com / www.cyprusaeromedicalcentre.com


A Medical Certificate may be issued on the same day as the examination, if all the standards are met and all necessary documents are presented.


However, if the required standards are not met, or further investigations are necessary before a decision on medical certification is possible, then issuing of the certificate may take longer.

The examination will be carried out by our doctors specialising in aviation medicine. If you are aware of any personal or family medical history it would be prudent to mention this at the time of booking your medical and we can then advise whether you will need to bring along additional information/reports to the examination.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you must bring your most recent optician's prescription along to the examination.


The Cyprus Aeromedical Centre will be able to help with any additional assessments you may need to make before your appointment.


EASA Initial Class 2  Medical Certificate, including routine eyesight testing, on-site ECG and audiogram, as well as spirometry haemoglobin and cholesterol testing as required. 

If you hold a PPL licence, your licence will only be valid if you hold an EASA Class 2 Medical Certificate.

​ What to expect at your medical examination for  Initial Class 2 Medical Certificate



The Initial Class 2  medical certificate is thorough, taking 30min to 1hr and includes some or all of the following:

  • Review of your medical history including family history, results of any previous examinations and whether you have ever been classed unfit or had a certificate suspended or revoked
  • Physical examination
  • Eyesight check
  • Conversational hearing test and Audiogram (for Instrument Rating)
  • Urine test for blood, sugars and protein
  • Periodic resting Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Haemoglobin test (every examination)
  • Cholesterol blood tests (at age 40 or if clinically indicated)
  • Lung function test (if clinically indicated).


For more details regarding the examination, please contact Cyprus Aeromedical Centre. Tel.: +35722368900 / email: info@aeromedicalcentre.com / www.cyprusaeromedicalcentre.com


A Medical Certificate may be issued on the same day as the examination, if all the standards are met and all necessary documents are presented.


However, if the required standards are not met, or further investigations are necessary before a decision on medical certification is possible, then issuing of the certificate may take longer.

EASA Class 1 revalidation / renewal medicals including routine eyesight testing, on-site ECG and audiogram, as well as spirometry haemoglobin and cholesterol testing as required.  ​

What to expect at your medical examination for revalidation/ renewal of class 1 Medical

Duration 30min to 1hr and include some or all of the following:

  • Review of your medical history including family history, results of any previous examinations and whether you have ever been classed unfit or had a certificate suspended or revoked
  • Physical examination
  • Eyesight check
  • Conversational hearing test and periodic audiogram
  • Urine test for blood, sugars and protein
  • Periodic resting Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Haemoglobin test (every examination)
  • Cholesterol blood tests (at age 40 or if clinically indicated)
  • Lung function test (if clinically indicated).


EASA Class 2 Medical Revalidation/ Renewal includes routine eyesight testing, on-site ECG and audiogram, as well as spirometry haemoglobin and cholesterol testing as required.

What to expect at your medical examination for revalidation/ renewal  class 2

The Class 2 medical revalidation takes between 30min to 1hrs and include some or all of the following:

  • Review of your medical history including family history, results of any previous examinations and whether you have ever been classed unfit or had a certificate suspended or revoked
  • Physical examination
  • Eyesight check
  • Conversational hearing test
  • Periodic audiogram (for instrument rating only)
  • Urine test for blood, sugars and protein
  • Periodic resting Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Haemoglobin test (every examination)
  • Cholesterol blood tests (at age 40 or if clinically indicated)
  • Lung function test (if clinically indicated).


 The Cyprus Aeromedical Centre is housed at the University of Nicosia Medical Centre.
Tel.: +357 22368900
Address: Markou Drakou 8, Egkomi 2409, Nicosia Cyprus
Email: info@aeromedicalcentre.com

www.cyprusaeromedicalcentre.com


Dr Phivos Christophides


p.christophides@cyprusaeromedicalcentre.com

Tel.:+357 22 429580

Mob.:+357 99 463363


Dr George Athanasiou



g.athanasiou@cyprusaeromedicalcentre.com

Tel.:+357 22368900

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