France is abundant with flight schools equipped with the latest facilities for pilot training
At least 17 years old, High School Graduate, Able to write, read, and speak in English Language, Pass Medical Examination
With its population of over 66 million, France has over ten (10) airlines including its flag carrier - Air France. The country is abundant with flight schools equipped with the latest facilities for pilot training.
France is known for its picturesque infrastructures and romantic cities. Paris, capital city of France, is home to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, Versailles Palace, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Panthéon, and the Seine to name a few. Due to its famous tourists spots which attracts people from all over the world, aviation industry in France continues to bring beneficial effects, especially with the revenue, and employment generating over a million jobs.
One of the main questions we received is How to become a Pilot in France. Hence, we've created the below Step by Step Guide to assist aspiring pilots from France.
Step by Step Guide on How to become a Pilot in France
Step 1. Research
Research the different options you have to become a Pilot in France. Start of by researching online thru Aviationfly.com, Google, YouTube, French Civil Aviation Authority, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. The more research you do initially, the more you will know all your options and the process of how to become a pilot in France.
- Different Pilot Training Options
- Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in France or abroad (if you want to learn more about the options of doing your flight training, please send us a message).
- Aviation related College Degree Program: This allows you to combine a college degree with flight training.
- Airline Cadet Pilot Program: These are flight training programs which include guaranteed employment with the airline upon successful graduation (and some of these programs are sponsored by the airline).
- Join the Military (French Air Force): Get your flight training sponsored by joining the Military - you will have to stay with the Military for around 12 years after completing your training before you are allowed to apply to commercial airlines.
Step 2. Basic Requirements
- Age: The minimum age to start your pilot training is 17 years old when you can receive a Student Pilot License and the retirement age for airline pilots actively flying is 65 years old.
- Medical Certificate: In order to start your pilot training, you will need to secure a Medical Certificate - in order to get this, it is best to speak with the Flight School you want to start with and they will help arrange it for you.
- Educational requirement: It is important to note at this point that you can get a Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, and Commercial Pilot License, with a High School Degree.
- English Proficiency: The language of Aviation internationally is English and it is recommended to meet a Level 4 English standard before receiving your Commercial Pilot License - if you are looking to improve your English, you can send us a message and we will give you tips on what courses to take.
Step 3. Training Stages
- Student Pilot License (SPL): Allows you to start your flight training.
- Private Pilot License (PPL): This license will allow you to fly solo or fly passengers or cargo but without receiving any money for it.
- Commercial Pilot License (CPL): License will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot.
- Instrument Rating: Being Instrument Rated means that you can fly the aircraft in any weather condition (example low or zero visibility) using just the instruments.
- Multi-Engine Rating: License which allows you to fly multi-engine aircraft.
If you have any questions so far, please do send us a message or check out all the Flight Schools in France.
Step 4. Career Options
- Airline Pilot for the large airlines or smaller regional ones
- Corporate or Business Aviation Pilot
- Cargo Pilot
- Charter / Air Taxi Pilot
- Flight Instructor
- Medical / Air Ambulance Pilots
- Agricultural Pilot and many more options
As an Airline Captain you will earn around 88,600EUR or US$104,685 per month inclusive of benefits!
Tips for picking a Flight School
- Decide on your pilot goals - what are your long-term aspirations in aviation? Do you want to become a pilot in your free time (Private Pilot License)? Do you want to fly in General Aviation (Commercial Pilot License)? Do you want to become an airline pilot (airline program)? If you want to become an airline pilot which airlines are hiring? What aircraft are the airlines receiving over the next few years? Which flight schools do the airlines usually hire from? These are critical questions you should list and get answers to when asking yourself "how will I become a Pilot".
- Determine how much you can afford to spend - different schools have different costs (due to location, number of students, aircraft type and a number of other factors), find out the reasons for the price difference. Do programs have financial assistance/loan programs? Might a part time program work for you?
- How much free time do you have - different schools have different training schedules with some offering flexibility while others want the cadets to train full time and on campus (note that delaying flight training usually increases your training cost).
- What equipment does the flight school use - this is important from a training but even more importantly from a safety aspect. Take into consideration as well the equipment preference of airlines which will want new pilots to have trained on certain equipment. Find out what the difference is between training aircraft (both from a training and cost perspective). Aircraft age does not always relate to safety, this is dependent on the aircraft maintenance - ask the flight school in detail about their aircraft maintenance department? Safety features of the aircraft?
- Visit your shortlist of flight schools - speak to the instructors and management teams to learn about the training, safety policies, history and graduates of the flight school. To find all the options available to you visit this page by clicking here.