Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL(A))Training Program is an intensive training programme, aimed to help students with little or no previous flying experience to move to cockpits of commercial airliners sooner. The course is aimed to help students to gain a 'frozen ATPL' licence in the shortest time possible. License obtained after the completion of the course: CPL(A)/IR, ME (ATPL Frozen). At the end of the course students acquire professional skills to operate as co-pilots on multi-pilot and multi-engine airplanes in commercial air transport.
“It is interesting to get in touch with other cultures and languages as our group consists of people of various nationalities. Instructors are very patient and willing to help you out with different problems that occur when understanding the material. I would definitely recommend BAA to others. Due to my experience here I am deeply convinced that it is the best value of your investment”, ATPL integrated student Stephan van Leeuwen from the Netherlands.
Student Entry Requirements:
Knowledge of mathematics, English and physics is of key importance. During the assessment the school and exam grades of disciplines are evaluated additionally. A special skills assessment can be organized by the academy for those having low or no grades from their secondary school.
Emotional and social competence
All candidates must go through special tests and interviews developed by the selection commission of the Baltic Aviation Academy for social competence assessment.
Basic flight training is conducted in Aleksotаs aerodrome in Kaunas, located 100 km from the BAA training centre.
Flights in Hours:
- 87 hours – visual flight (VFR); - 95 hours – instrument flight (IFR); - 5 hours – night visual flight (NVFR); - 13 hours – multi-engine flight (MEP). - (5 hours of IFR flight included)
Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (MCC):
The MCC course helps to develop all the important team building skills so that every candidate is able to work in a multi-crew environment. Students are supposed to complete a total of 20 hours of ground training and 15 hours in the FFS or FNPT II.
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, NOW HE’S HERE
Baltic Aviation Academy is happy to be able to write about the students, who join the academy from the very first steps in the aviation world and then grows and matures into the professional pilots. Lukas Vabolis story started at Baltic Aviation Academy’s Ab Initio school and followed up with the type rating training and line training which was also provided by Baltic Aviation Academy.
Lukas Vabolis started cultivating on his interest in aviation during the sophomore year in highschool. The vivid and adventurous story that his dad, who had a chance to stay in the pilot’s cockpit during the full flight, told him was the best encouragement to excite Lukas to pursue the career in aviation and leave the planned education in history studies behind.
Lithuania’s native, Lukas searched for the aviation academy close to home to pursue his ATPL Integrated license at Ab-Initio school. “I wanted to stay in Lithuania, or as close as possible, so I found out about Baltic Aviation Academy online. At that point there was not much decision making, because I just wanted to be a pilot. Studying was very difficult, it’s not any easier right now, but it seemed like a very difficult time at the moment.” Lukas appreciates the time spent at Baltic Aviation Academy and admits that it has provided him with a number of useful life, classroom and practical lessons. “I think Baltic Aviation Academy has amazing instructors: the depth of their knowledge and practical examples has made the studies that much more invaluable for the young pilot-to-be.”
Once Lukas was done with his ATPL Integrated studies, he went on to receive his first type rating on Boeing 737 Classic at Baltic Aviation Academy. “I would describe myself as a very curious and knowledge-seeking person: I believe that it is better to start from the smaller airplane and build your way up with the experience and better industry observation. I did some research about the pilot demand in Europe and Asia and picked Boeing 737 Classic for the vast opportunities that it can offer. And I definitely have ambitions and desire to get additional type ratings, but at the moment, my plan is to start building time in order to get more experience and become a lot more appealing to the employers.”
Baltic Aviation Academy has become Lukas home base as he is now finishing up his Boeing 737 type rating training and will continue the line training with one of the Baltic Aviation Academy’s partner airlines. As for now, he wishes that successful completion of the line training, which he was offered through Baltic Aviation Academy, will help him land the first officer job and hopefully take him on to his favored Europe – Asia route.
“Flying is a good feeling: the pleasure of the trip and the adventure. Learning about new cultures, meeting and working with new people, seeing the world from up above is something I will never be able to let go, therefore I am grateful and very excited to be so close to fulfilling my very own dream.”
DESTINATION - CAPTAIN
What is it like to hear airport noises even before you are born? For Neil Limbachia that gave a start for his passion and career.
As Neil describes himself, he is a detail oriented person who is outgoing and enjoys meeting new people. Neil used that detail-oriented trait when spending 6 months researching type rating training schools. According to Neil, 6 months is a relatively short time to spend researching something that will eventually be shaping up your career. The top criteria that weighted Neil’s decision were how well is the training centre being valued in a region, former student reviews, and well known airline pilot recommendations.
Neil’s mom and dad have always worked at the airport, which, not surprisingly, sparked his interest and passion in aviation from the early childhood. Neil first got a chance to do a test flight when he was 13. Then followed his general curiosity of how aircraft operates from both mechanical and business point of view, and how these two segments interact to create this massive advanced service for humanity. This curiosity led Neil to Oxford Aviation School where he received his initial pilot training, and almost two years later, joined Baltic Aviation Academy to further up his career with an Airbus A320 type rating training.
Neil’s decision to pick Airbus A320 was influenced by the market demand and the aircraft itself. “Airbus market is big in Europe and I wanted to stay here, so it was a relatively easy decision. I found Airbus to be a very nice aircraft to fly. It is very automated, yet once you start learning it, every step leads to a further understanding of other systems and everything is tied up in a coherent fashion which makes it pleasant to fly” said Neil when asked about his reasons for choosing Airbus A320 as his type rating training.
The time spent at Baltic Aviation Academy Neil remembers as very productive because of the amount of the manuals and system procedures that he had to learn in such a short time. However, the instructor at the academy was exceeding all Neil’s expectations. “I really liked his teaching style, knowledge and professionalism. It seemed like he knew everything. Instructor was able to use student’s positive attributes to improve their negative ones and thus advance us in our learning further on every single day.”
Neil is most excited about flying a highly technological aircraft and being a part of a huge international company which gave him an opportunity to learn and grow with it. Neil is not hiding his dream and plans to become a captain one day, and most importantly, get an opportunity to become a training-captain which will give him a chance to pass on everything he has learned throughout his career and help others reach the skies, just like he did.