Do you want to become a pilot?
Whether you want to learn to fly small airplanes for fun or you plan to become a commercial pilot at an airline, the first step of your pilot career is the Private Pilot Licence (PPL). For most people, this will be their suitable licence. However, if you want to fly large passenger or cargo jets, you need to obtain the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and, after a certain amount of flying hours behind the controls of a large jet, the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).
This section focuses on the Private Pilot Licence. For more information about subsequent licences and trainings offered in Luxembourg (ME, IR, CPL, ATPL, FI), please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) can be fully obtained in Luxembourg at 3 different flying schools (Aerosport, Aviasport II (classroom), Luxembourg Flight Training Academy (Distance learning)).
To start the theoretical training you need to be at least 15 years old, 16 years to start the flying lessons and 17 years to participate on the final Flying Skill test. The PPL course includes 120 theoretical hours which are distributed over 9 different subjects.
Mass & Balance
Principles of flight
Flight planning and Performance
Aircraft General Knowledge
Previous knowledge in aviation is not required for these theoretical classes. A good command of English, basic technical understanding and interest/motivation are of advantage nevertheless. A Class 2 Medical Certificate is required to commence with flying lessons.
The practical training may start in parallel with the theoretical course and must include at least 45 hours which are partially flown with an instructor and at least 15 hours need to be completed “Solo” without an instructor.
After the training period is completed a skill test with an examiner must be flown to complete the training.
Theoretical classes usually start around fall every year for the classroom offerings and lessons are usually held twice a week in the evening for 6 months. After the theoretical classes finish in spring, the students will have to pass theoretical exams at the Direction de l'Aviation Civile, organised every few months. The minimum pass threshold is 75% for all subjects. Pass rates of the theoretical exames are usually high, and failed exams can be repeated.
Flight training can be done in parallel to the theoretical classes already, however, later stages of the flight training curriculum require the succesful pass of the theoretical exams.
Having achieved your PPL you may now fly Single Engine Piston Aeroplanes (SEP(A)) across all Europe and beyond. It is the licence that most of our club members hold.
Where can I start?
There are 3 flying clubs located Luxembourg International Airport offering PPL classes. Please find below the links to those 3 flight schools. They all offer flight training but have different types of training offers(classroom studies, distance learning, English or French), so you can choose your favourite training offer.
Luxembourg Flight Training Academy (LFTA)
Aviasport II asbl