Airways Aviation Academy - ESMA

ESMA Aviation Academy, Mauguio, France

A multidisciplinary aviation school in Europe


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, Flight Instructor course

International Students


Aircraft fleet

DA 40, DA 40 IFR, DA 42 and DA 42 G1000 single and twin engine aircraft


2 FNPT2 / MCC ALSIM 200, and 2 FNPTII / DA42


French Directorate General for Civil Aviation

Entry Requirements

At least 17 years old, Valid class 1 medical certificate, Proficiency in English language

Airways Aviation Academy - ESMA was established in 1988 and the only multidisciplinary aeronautical school in Europe. In 2004, the academy set forth a cooperation agreement with Airbus and ATR which includes training of 400 Airbus pilots.

Then, in 2008, a joint venture has been established with Vietnam Airlines, and Hainan Airlines and partnership fostered with civil aviation authorities. It is also in 2008 when ESMA became the manager of the largest fleet of DIAMOND aircraft in Europe and the leader in ab initio aeronautical training on the French market.

It is located in Montpellier, France. The location is suitable for flying training due to the mediterranean climate.

Courses offered:

  • Airline Transport Pilot License Integrated Training
  • Airline Transport Pilot License Modular Training
  • Flight Instructor Training
  • Class Rating Instructor Training

Why join Airways Aviation Academy - ESMA?

Training is done in a fleet of DA 40, DA 40 IFR, DA 42 and DA 42 G1000 single and twin engine aircraft, and four (4) Flight simulators including two (2) FNPT2 / MCC ALSIM 200 simulators with 180 ° panoramic visual and two (2) FNPTII / DA42 Mechtronix simulators with 210 ° panoramic visual. 

Moreover, the flight school has twenty-one (21) classrooms equipped with video projection means, briefing and debriefing box,and mechanical and avionics maintenance for its aircraft.

Other educational tools include computer-based training (CBT), Photo cockpit, one (1) FMS Trainer (Airbus A330-340), Operations Room including access to meteorological observations, NOTAMs, flight plan repositories as in any operations room in airline.

Airways Aviation Academy - ESMA offers fully furnished residential accommodation within the campus. Students may opt to look for other options as the school provides a list of residences in close proximity to the school.

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