Integrated Airline Transportation Pilot License (ATPL).
CAE Global Academy Brussels is a JAR-approved Flight Training Organization (FTO) with more than 50 years of experience in professional pilot training.
CAE Global Academy Brussels offers an integrated Airline Transportation Pilot License (ATPL). The program can be completed in approximately 20 months. The training is mainly conducted in Belgium at the Brussels Airport, for a duration of 13 months and at CAE Global Academy Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona, USA for a duration of between 6 and 7 months). During these 20 months, we will constantly be working towards one goal:
Give maximum knowledge and skills to each of our students.
To make you the best pilot you can be.
Selection tests – the CAE Aircrew Selection System (CASS) - are mandatory and organized throughout the year. Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis, in order to be able to get into the class of your choice it is recommended that you book early. All testing is done in English.
We organize three classes yearly, starting in January, May and September of each year.
Our integrated ATPL training program consists of 3 phases:
Phase I - Theoretical training - Brussels Airport - 9 months.
Phase II.1 - Flight training USA - 6 to7 months.
Phase II.2 - Flight training Evora - 2 months.
Phase III - Simulator training - Brussels Airport - 2 months.
The theoretical training prepares students for the official "Airline Pilot" examinations organized by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority. This part is combined with airline observation flights and intensive "Basic Flying Familiarization Course". Although support in Dutch and French is available, the complete training is provided in English.
Every subject is taught by professionals, airline pilots, engineers, physics or aviation master graduates.
The subjects of the courses in order to prepare the students for the final ATPL theoretical examination organized by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authorities are as follows:
- Air law and regulations
- Human Performance and limitations
- Basic principles of flight
- Aircraft general knowledge
- Meteorology and Climatology
- General VFR-IFR navigation and Radio navigation
- Operational procedures
- Aircraft performance, weight and balance, flight planning
Students receive 750 hours of classroom courses including revisions and exams preparations. Every single hour is taught by an instructor with the help of modern didactic tools. Exercise sessions or practical sessions are also organized, for example VFR/IFR communication exercises are done in groups of 5 students, FMS introduction sessions are done in a real FMS trainer.
In order to increase motivation and to facilitate comprehension, the CAE Global Academy Brussels offers the opportunity to perform observation sessions during actual full flight simulator training (A320 or B737) as well as 10 observation flights with Thomas Cook and Jetairfly airlines.
To provide trainees with a general idea of the actual job of an airline pilot life and the airline environment, visits are organized at the following locations/companies
- Airport (pier, airport facilities, old timers)
- Facilities (handling, catering, technics)
- Belgocontrol (tower, CANAC)
- Seneca Engine Shop
Weekly evaluations are preformed to help cadets develop an optimum study rhythm and to prepare them for the ATPL exam. ATPL exams are multiple choice. In order to provide the most efficient preparation for the multiple choice exam, our trainees have access to a JAR question database containing more than 19,000 questions. An individual follow-up is organized by the ground instructors.
ATPL theory examination
The ATPL examination is a national exam organized by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authorities. This exam which consists of14 separate tests is performed in two blocks of one week each and is planned at the end of the nine month theoretical training period.
Thanks to Arizona's fair climate the numerous airports available and the complexity of the airspace, the largest part of the flight instruction is given in Mesa, Arizona, USA at CAE Global Academy Phoenix.
A fleet of modern, well-equipped Diamond aircraft guarantee our students high quality training. After the training in, Mesa (incl. CPL-check), acclimatization flights and IR-ME checks are performed back in Evora to complete the CPL license. The trainee completes his/her training with our Airline Career Preparation Program (ACPP) at the CAE training center in Brussels.
The flight training consists of four stages:
- First stage: Basic training in a single-engine Diamond 20, Piper Archer 20, or Diamond 40, depending on fleet availability
- Progress checks
- The candidate has to opportunity to perform the checks for the FAA Private Pilot License
- Advanced training in a Diamond 40
- Training in a twin-engine Diamond 42
- Instrument flying
- Synthetic trainer FNPTII (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer ) (40 hours)
- Final part of IR training in a Diamond 42
- CPL-IR-ME check
- ACPP course in a B737-300, B737-800(NG) or A320
- 32hrs of full flight simulator
During most of the training flights, one student will act as a pilot flying, a second one as an observer. This actually doubles the amount of hours spent in the aircraft.
During the complete training a special insurance will cover the loss of medical license leading to the reimbursement of the training.
After care program
CAE Global Academy Brussels offers a renewal program to the students (included in the price) to keep their license valid during the two years following the completion of their training. This 'after care program' allows the students to fly the minimum amount of IFR and ME hours to maintain valid the CPL-IR-ME.
Simulator training: ACPP-MCC (Multi-crew Cooperation)
MCC, basic jet flying and airline career preparation all-in-one! We developed our Airline Career Training Program with three objectives in mind:
- Comply with the requirements for a JAR-FCL MCC
- Instruct and train basic jet flying techniques
- Prepare the trainee for the next step in his career: the simulator evaluation session of the selection procedures for a job as First Officer at an airline
The focus of this training is not only on the non-technical aspects (CRM/MCC aspects) but also focuses on developing the student’s flying skills.
This course consists of:
- 70 hours of theoretical knowledge training (classroom briefings, FMS (Flight Management System) training, CPT (Cockpit Procedure Training) and FBS (Fixed Base Simulator) training.
- 22 hours of Full Flight Simulator (FFS) training
- A 3hr40min FFS evaluation session
CRM (Crew Resource Management) debriefing
Our B737-300 simulator is equipped with a digital CRM debriefing camera, the ideal tool to analyze and debrief your performance in a multi-crew environment. The use of such a device is strongly recommended for this type of training. You will see yourself communicate, perform Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) and take decisions.