Bulgarian Aviation Academy
PPL(A) - Private Pilot License
Private Pilot License (PPL) - is a document certifying the right of a person to be a pilot-in-command of the aircraft for personal use and not for remuneration.
The aim of PPL course is to provide you the ability to be an independent Pilot of a light aircraft. It is also the first step on the way to a professional aviation career. Bulgarian Aviation Academy offers you the theoretical knowledge and practical experience you need for becoming a holder of PPL license. Our training is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and will allow you to fly during the daylight hours in reasonably good weather under the limits of Visual Flight Rules (VFR).
Having PPL, you can take your family and friends for a trip or just relax yourself after a busy week and feel the freedom watching the terrain from the height of bird light.
Minimum age: Students should be over the age of 16 prior to going Solo and be 17 years of age for licence issue.
Medical certificate: Valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical certification.
There are nine exams to be passed:
Aviation Law (AL)*
Aircraft General Knowledge (AGK)
Flight Performance and Planning (FPP)
Human Performance (HP)
Principles of Flight (PoF)*
Operational Procedures (OPS)*
All of the exams are in the multiple-choice format, can be passed in any sequence and require a 75% pass mark.
*AL, PoF, OPS - exams should be passed before flight training could be started.
Under the CAA requirements it is required to complete a minimum of 45 Hours Flight Training including: 10 hours solo and 35 hours dual
After the theoretical exams have been passed successfully and the flight training have been completed, the PPL Skill test with an Authorized CAA Examiner should be passed.
CPL - Commercial Pilot License
We offer you CPL (A) modular course which is another stage of your professional career in aviation. The course will enable you to operate as a private pilot on a single engine airplane and a co-pilot on a single or multi-engine airplane in commercial air transportation and get paid for doing it.
Medical sertificate: valid EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate
Theoretical preparation: Math, Physics, and English knowledge is core for a good preparation. Secondary school performance in the key subjects will be evaluated additionally to the initial testing. Additional test may be organized by the academy for those with low or no evaluation on the key subjects.
Theoretical training ATPL(A) or CPL(A).
25 hours are required to be completed:
15 hours on ME-Aircraft
5 hours on Single Engine Aircraft
5 hours of training on ALSIM ALX simulator
The practical training is conducted by experienced instructors according to standardized procedures of Bulgarian Aviation Academy.
Zero - ATPL(A) frozen
Bulgarian Aviation Academy offers a course from Zero to ATPL (A) for those who have decided to become a pilot and are willing to pursue a career in the field of civil aviation but have no previous flight experience.
The Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest level of aircraft pilot certificate and allows to work as a pilot of a big passenger, cargo or business jet for an airline company is Europe or following an appropriate conversion course to fly worldwide.
minimum age for starting training is 17 (license qualification with age of 21)
valid EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate
English language proficiency: ICAO level 4 (can be obtained during the studies)
Sufficient level of knowledge of Mathematics and Physics
Course consists of stages:
Private pilot license (PPL) - is a first step in the aviation acreer. Holder of PPL can act as a Pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot unless not engaged in commercial flights. PPL module consists of 100 hours of theoretical course and 45 hours of flight time;
Time building. In order to meet requirements of particular modules student should enhance his/her experience and build more flight hours. Time building is usually done after issuing of PPL and requires to build 105 hours;
PPL (A) Night Rating (NR) - allows pilots to fly during night time in Visual Meteorological Conditions.
ATPL (A) Theory which consist of 650 hours of theoretical course
Single engine instrument rating (IR). IR qualification is obtained to be allowed to fly under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR)
Multi Engine Piston qualification (MEP) consists of 7 hours of theoretical course and 6 hours of flight time;
IR/ME - Multi Engine Instrument Rating consists of 55 hours of practical training including at least 15 hours on MEP;
Commercial pilot licence (CPL) - permits the holder to act as the pilot of an airplane for remuneration. CPL module consists of 15 hours of practical training including 5 hours on MEP and 10 on SEP.
During the Zero to ATPL course, the trainee will complete theoretical courses for PPL(A), IR(A), MEP(A) and ATPL 650(A). The full-time theory course as well as the examinations are structured into the following 13 subjects:
Aircraft General Knowledge
Mass and Balance
Human Performance & limitations
The flight training will start with the PPL(A) followed by Night Rating, continues with IR(A) and MEP(A), and finalizes with the CPL(A). At the end of the training, the trainee must have a minimum of 200 total flight hours (including PPL(A) time):
100 hours as pilot-in-command
20 hours (minimum) of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of with full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure
50 hours of instrument training
5 hours of night flying including one cross-country flight and 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings
11 hours on Multi Engine aircraft
5 hours on a complex airplane
Obtaining all above mentioned licenses usually takes aout 2 years of a non stop studies. If you are planning to perform the course as a part time while working full time, you should prepare to spend approximately 3 years.
Tests and Examinations - summary
In summary to qualify for the issue of a ATPL (A) frozen the candidate will need to have passed the following requirements:
Hold a valid EASA 1st Class Medical Certificate
Passed English language proficiency: ICAO level 4
Obtained CPL and IR licence
Passed 14 ATPL theoretical exams
Zero to ATPL(A) frozen includes following modules:
PPL(A): 100 hours of theoretical course and 45 hours of flight time;
ATPL(A): 650 hours of theoretical course;
Hour Building: 74 hours;
VFRN: 5 hours of theoretical course and 5 hours of flight time;
MEP(L): 7 hours of theoretical course and 6 hours of flight time;
IR/ME: 55 hours of practical training including at least 15 hours on MEP;
CPL(A): 15 hours of practical training including 5 hours on MEP and 10 on SEP.
!!! ATPL(A) theoretical course must be accomplished before starting ME/IR and CPL(A) practical training.
ATPL(A) Theory / Distance Learning
With Bulgarian Aviaton Academy you can chase your professional career in aviation to the highest level. If you desire to fly in large passenger and cargo aircraft or other business jet sign up for our modular Airline Transport Pilot training program.
ATPL license is the last step in the training process of a pilot. The license allows you to act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft in any comercial airline company.
The distance learning modular program allows you to choose the right time to begin the ATPL (A) courses. Generally ATPL (A) module course last about 12 months.
During the whole training you will be assisted by the experienced instructors of Bulgarian Aviation Academy.
Minimum age 18 years
Valid PPL private pilot license
Medical certificate: Valid Class 1 medical certificate
In class and distance-learning (e-learning) consist in total of 650 hours of ground training. 130 hours of which you participate in seminars in classes guided by the lecturer. The rest 520 hours students gateher individually at home.
We provide with all the necessary educational material such as ATPL (A) book set. During the distance learning students will be supplied with:
Electronic version of books
Self Assessment and Progress Tests, Re-Tests, Online question bank
Access to the Learning Management System
There are 14 subjects that will be studied during the course and those will be the exams. the end exams will be taken:
Aircraft General Knowledge
Systems/ Power Plant/ Electrics/ Emergency equipment
Mass and Balance
Human Performance and Limitations
Principles of Flight
VFR and IFR Communications
Our instructors will do their best to prepare you professionally and at the highest level - both during the theoretical and practical course.
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