AIS Flight Academy Cadet Pilot Programme

AIS Flight Academy, based at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands are offering a route to become a commercial pilot in 22 months. The training is in the form of an integrated course, using their TB9 and TB10 aircraft, and on successful completion, a job offer for their Jetstream 31 or Boeing 737 aircraft will be offered.

Course Overview
Course Structure
Application Requirements
Selection Procedure

Course Overview:

The Cadet Pilot Programme is a training programme to become a commercial pilot completed in approximately 22 months. After successfully completing the training, students will obtain a Frozen ATPL licence, this enables the students to start their career with AIS Airlines. The training programme consists of the following four phases:

  • Theoretical training
  • Practical training
  • Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) Course
  • Type rating B737 or BAe Jetstream 32

The training is divided into a theoretical and practical phase. The ATPL theoretical training is completed in 8 months and the practical training is completed in 14 months. Once you complete the theoretical phase with sufficient result you will receive an offer of employment and continue with your practical training and become a first officer for AIS Airlines or Eastern Airways (UK).

Course Structure:

ATPL Theory:

The following subjects, will be covered during your training:

  • Airlaw
  • Operational procedures
  • IFR communications
  • VFR communications
  • Principles of flight
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Airframe, systems & powerplants & electrics
  • Meteorology
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Mass & balance
  • Instruments
  • Flightplanning & monitoring
  • Performance

These theoretical subjects will be covered every two months in a series of four blocks in total. This results in a total of 750 hours of classroom lectures. The pass mark for the theoretical part of the training is 75%. Not obtaining the pass mark will result in termination from course and if you have a student visa, IND will be informed of not making satisfactory progress.

All subjects are taught from Monday through to Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm at AIS’s facility in Lelystad. The objectives covered in the classroom fully comply with the EASA demands for the European ATPL.On a monthly base, you will be tested in of our simulator. An instructor will examine the flying progression each month. This will be done during the theoretical phase.

According to Part-FCL, all theoretical exams must be completed within 18 months. AIS Flight Academy will prepare you to complete all theoretical exams within 8 months.

Practical Flight Training

In the first part of the training, students learn to fly visually by starting their training on the Socata TB-9 Tampico, a single engine piston fully equipped for training Visual Flight Rules (VFR). After approximately 45 hours of flight time, students will finalise the second phase. After passing this exam, students are allowed to bring passengers along on their recreational flights. After 72 hours of flight time, the VFR phase is completed, and students start the Instrument Flight Rules phase (IFR). The IFR phase takes place on the Socata TB-10 Tobago, an aircraft fully equipped with the necessary navigation aids.

To familiarise students with severe weather conditions, a portion of this phase is done on our simulators. In the end of the IFR phase, students complete the Instrument rating exam. In the next phase, students learn to fly multi engine aircraft. For this purpose, AIS Flight Academy has a Cessna T303 Crusader. Students complete their training with a Multi Crew Cooperation on a Cessna Citation Bravo Jet. All phases should be completed with an overall score of ‘standard’.

An overview of the practical part:

Phase 1 VFR first solo (TB-9) 15 hours
Phase 2 VFR navigate (TB-9) 29 hours
Phase 3 VFR navigate & PPL exam (TB-9) 46 hours
Phase 4 SEP simulator/actual IFR (TB-10/FNPTII)
MEP simulator IFR (FNPTII)
MEP actual IFR (Cessna T303)
72 hours
17 hours
15 hours
Phase 5 MCC cursus Cessna Citation Jet (FNPTII) 15 hours
Total Time 206:00 hours

Multi-Crew Cooperation Course

To fully complete the commercial pilot training, students are required to complete the Multi Crew Cooperation Course (MCC). AIS Flight Academy is fully equipped to instruct this course and train their students in their modern Cessna Citation Jet FNPT II simulators.

Application Requirements:

Before one can be admitted for this programme at AIS Flight Academy, the following school level and medical criteria must be met:

School Level

  • Minimum age is 17 years.
  • Minimum HAVO/ MBO4 diploma with mathematics, physics, and English language completed. Starting your grading during your final year is possible.

International Students

An international student who applies for admission at AIS Flight Academy must demonstrate the required preparatory education, sufficient language skills, and diplomas required for admission to enrol to become a commercial pilot.

  • If you hold a foreign diploma, please contact Informatiecentrum Diploma Waardering (IDW) to obtain a certificate of the Dutch equivalent of your diploma. Phone 079-3217930. Please note that it is compulsory that your previous education took place in the English language.
  • A minimum of an academic IETLS test with an overall band score of at least 6.0 (six) for the B and M level is required
  • TOEFL internet based (80), paper-based 550 and computer based 213.
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

The validity of IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge ESOL test may not exceed 1 year.

Code of Conduct international student higher education

Institution of higher education are not obligated to comply with the Code of Conduct. If the institution do decide to comply, it will be supervised by the National Commission Code of Conduct whether the institution is acting upon the Code of Conduct with due care towards international students. For this reason, AIS Flight Academy has signed and implemented the Code of Conduct. Furthermore, it is also a requirement by the Dutch government that the signing of the Code of Conduct by the higher education institution is a precondition for granting residence permit to non-nationals of the EU/EEA or Switzerland to study at the level of higher education. As an international student it is also possible to file a complaint at the National Commission Code of Conduct. The code of conduct will be provided along this information brochure or alternative you can visit

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Medical Criteria

Each pilot and student pilot must be medically tested. The initial medical aviation exam lasts half a day and the costs are approximately €340. The medical tests can be done at the Aviation Medical Centre ( Telephone: +31 (0)20-304 3290. For discount, ask for the AIS Flight Academy conditions.

Other important requirements besides general good health are:

  • Height: minimum 157.5 cm and maximum 203 cm
  • Some color blindness restrictions.
  • One may have an optical diffusion between -6 and +6

Selection Procedure:

When one completes the minimum admission requirements, there will be an assessment procedure to examine one’s capability to enter the education as well as an assessment for the applicant’s flight skills.

Living and Working Abroad

AIS examine if the student is capable of learning the theoretical and practical part of the education in a relative short time. The education is very intense and this intensity will be noticeable in the student’s private and social life. As an airline pilot, there is a possibility that one will often be in another country. Even moving to another country might be required if the student gets hired by a foreign carrier. With AIS’s initial assessment, they will examine the applicant’s points of view on these subjects to make sure this step is the right choice for them.

Management skills

In recent years, “human factors” has become of great importance for airlines. The job description of a pilot has recently moved from a purely technical job to more of a management position. Airlines search for management skills in a first officer and therefore this is one of the skills searched for during the initial assessment.


The grading consists of 4 phases:

Phase 1: Grading at AIS Flight Academy

This grading happens at AIS’s facility in Lelystad. The candidate will be assessed on several written tests and exams. The goal of this part of the assessment is to create a profile of the candidate. Besides mathematics, physics, and English proficiency, the applicant will be tested on processing information, spatial orientation, and will be given an IQ-test.

Phase 2: Flight Assessment

After completing phase 1 and phase 2 with positive results, the candidate will be invited for a flight assessment. This will consist of 1 hour of flying in a FNPT II simulator. During this assessment, the candidate will be examined on their talent for flying.

Phase 3: Personal Interview

During the personal interview, the results of the initial tests will be discussed with the applicant. Further in the interview the applicant’s personality, motivation, and ambition to become a commercial aviator will be reviewed.

Phase 4: Medical Aviation Examination

During this phase, doctors will examine the applicant’s health, fitness, and their ability to operate an aircraft

The costs for this assessment is €195 (excluding medical examination).

Admission/ Education Starting Date

After successful completion of the above phases, the student can start with the pilot training.


The basic fee for the theoretical ATPL training cost €9.500,-. After passing the first phase with sufficient result you will receive an offer of employment as a first officer at AIS Airlines and only then you will carry on with the second phase of the training.

The fees of the second phase is €123.000,-

This fees includes:

  • All study books and materials
  • Pilot cadet uniform
  • Aviation headset
  • 750 hours classroom education and lectures
  • All examination fees
  • Flight hours on the TB-9 and TB-10 for VFR and IFR training
  • Flight hours on the FNPT II simulators
  • Flight hours on the Cessna 303 Crusader for the Multi Engine rating
  • All landing fees
  • Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) course on the Cessna Citation Jet FNPT II Simulator
  • Type rating B737 or BAe Jetstream 32

Travel expenses to the facility and the costs of living and housing during your  training are not included.

To become a commercial pilot one needs to make a significant investment. Banks and other financial providers are keen on taking minimum risks when providing a loan; therefore they require a statement of competency from AIS Flight Academy before providing the student with a loan.

*Prices subject to change

Find out more about this programme and apply now…

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