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Professional Pilot Program

Scandinavian Aviation Academy
18 months
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate

Program description

Scandinavian Aviation AcademyThe Professional Pilot Program at Scandinavian Aviation Academy is a comprehensive program taking students from their first hour of flight to full commercial licenses and ratings in only 18 months. Once completed, students are able to work for any airline within the European Union, and many other countries.

Scandinavian Aviation Academy also offers additional training such as Flight Instructor Courses and Type Rating programs on airliners such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus 320, making graduating students highly attractive to the airlines.

The majority of the basic training is performed at Scandinavian Aviation Academy's flight school in San Diego, USA. The location's reliable climate and busy airspace is great for a flight training school.

Students perform the JAA-ATPL exams in the US via the internet and finalize instrument and multi-engine flying and perform a check ride for authorities in Sweden.

The program has been divided into three phases:

  • 6 weeks home study
  • 12 months flight and theory training in San Diego
  • 5 months final flight training and MCC-course in Sweden

Initial Theory:

Initial studies help students understand the systems and procedures they will face when the flight training begins. For the entire period of training, Scandinavian Aviation Academy students have access to the school's DLS, Distance Learning System, allowing communication with teachers and class mates, test-taking, study practice questions and much more.

Initially, students study a computer-based theory introduction package at home, comprising:

  • Basic mathematics and physics
  • Private Pilot Flight Theory

ATPL Theory: The initial theory introduces students to the ATPL theory that will commence in San Diego.

The theoretical knowledge required to earn a commercial pilot license is extensive. The studies are divided into:

  • Instructor led tutoring
  • CBT (Computer-Based Training) studies
  • Home studies

The theory lessons are mixed with the flight training which makes training more integrated. Students can practice theory skills during flights. This unique concept is very appreciated by the students.


Scandinavian Aviation Academy's well-equipped Cessna 172 aircraft brings students their first real flying experiences. With time students learn to handle the aircraft in more advanced maneuvers and to fly further away from home base. Initially, students fly single engine aircraft, progressing into the school's multiengine Beechcraft 76 Duchess.

To improve handling skills, a six-hour aerobatics course is included in the Professional Pilot Program at Scandinavian Aviation Academy. Together with an instructor students perform advanced flying maneuvers such as loops, rolls and wingovers.

Instrument flying and multi engine procedures are some of the most important things to practice. This part of training is done in Scandinavian Aviation Academy's new Flight & Navigation Procedures Trainer, FNPT II. The simulator allows practice of demanding situations in a safe and educational environment.

The Multi Crew Co-operation (MCC) course is designed to teach students how to work in a multi pilot environment. This course is completed in a Full Flight Jet Simulator, at Scandinavian Aviation Academy's co-operating TRTO Oxford Aviation Academy (formerly SAS Flight Academy) at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm.

Admission requirements

Scandinavian Aviation AcademyBefore applying for the Professional Pilot Program at Scandinavian Aviation Academy, students need to complete the following:

  • Passed psychological approved Aptitude Test
  • Passing Grades in Mathematics, Physics and English
  • Medical Class 1 Examination
  • Apply for a Student Permit by the Swedish CAA

When the above is completed, students are ready to apply to the Professional Pilot Program by sending in the following documents:

  • Application for admission form
  • Copy of Aptitude Test Diploma
  • Grade Documents from prior studies
  • Copy of Medical Class 1 Certificate
  • Copy of Student Permit

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About this institute

Scandinavian Aviation Academy

Scandinavian Aviation Academy

Scandinavian Aviation Academy (SAA) was founded in 1963 as "Bromma flygskola" in Stockholm, Sweden. Many pilots have completed their pilot training at the flight school over the years, including military pilots, civilian air transport pilots, and pilots trained for Scandinavian...

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Scandinavian Aviation Academy

Hässlögatan 20
721 31 västerås

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