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This year, LAT has pooled its flight training schools under the brand European Flight Academy (EFA) and trains future pilots in Germany, Switzerland and the USA – for both cockpit positions within Lufthansa Group Airlines as well as other airlines.
Having passed both the basic skills assessment positively as well as the Lufthansa Group qualification are the prerequisites for becoming a pilot flying for a Lufthansa Group Airline. Until the end of this year, no charges apply for the statutory aptitude test. Usually, this test costs 357 euros. The two-year training also becomes less ex-pensive: Instead of 100,000 euros, future pilots now invest 80,000 euros for their training for the time being. This payment is due at a later stage: The amount of training costs is deferred and will be paid in installments to the future employer.
Future pilots can complete and finish their 24-months-long training in Europe and North America with the so-called Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). It is a recog-nized qualification that does not require any preliminary decision about a specific air-line to continue the individual career path as a pilot with. There is an increasing demand for working up in the air: “We have noticed steadily growing demand for pilots“, said Rainer Hiltebrand, CEO of Lufthansa Aviation Training.