PILOT TRAINING FAQ

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions or Training Pilot FAQ about our courses, simulators, requirements, permits, examinations and etc., contact us for more information

Requirements

What medical requirements are needed to obtain a pilot licence?

The minimum requirements are to be at least 17 years of age and to pass a simple Class 1 medical examination in the case of opting for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL A)

For a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) you must also be 17 years of age but only require a Class 2 medical examination.

At One Air we will give you the necessary information in order to obtain these certificates.

Do I need any special physical preparation?

No. Contrary to some expectations, flying isn’t necessarily physically strenuous. In fact, in the United States, people of all ages and characteristics enjoy the wonderful world of flying.

Can I fly If I don’t have perfect vision?

Yes, flying with certain conditions is permitted.

How do I keep my medical certificate valid?

You must do a medical examination in an AESA recognised medical centre.

Do I need to speak English?

Depending on the course chosen, it could be a requirement.

What are the requirements for entry into the school?

In addition to the corresponding medical certificate if you opt for the commercial pilot course you must have A-level equivalency or take an entrance exam. At One Air we will provide information and preparation for you to pass satisfactorily. If you want to be a private pilot the only requirements are to be eager to learn and have fun in the exciting world of aviation.

How do I maintain my pilot licence?

By doing the corresponding flight revalidations.

Common Doubts

When can I start flying?

Almost from the start of the course, after completing some theory classes and the basic simulator phase.

How long will it take me to finish the course?

The amount of time required will vary depending on the course chosen

What type of exams are there?

There are theory exam at the school and official exams at AESA. Additionally there are in flight tests called ‘skill tests’.

Is learning to fly difficult?

No. Right from the start you will be flying under the instruction and supervision of one of instructors and before you know it you will have gained your ‘wings’.

Is flying safe?

A well maintained aircraft under the control of a qualified and prudent pilot is one of the safest forms of transport. At One Air we have the latest aircraft equipped with advanced technology and maintain the highest standards of maintenance.

Is there a certain number of hours that have to be flown before I can do my first solo flight?

No. Your instructor will allow you to do your first solo flight once you have learned to carry out certain manoeuvres. Safe take-offs and landings and maintaining positive control of the aircraft are some of the prior requirements

Can I fly anywhere I want to?

Effectively yes, although there are certain restricted zones.

Are the pilot exams very difficult?

No. Like with any exam, you have to study. In One Air we provide all the material necessary to successfully complete your exams. The theory exams are multiple choice format and the practical exams are conducted in flight.

When do the courses start?

It depends on the type of course. Some begin immediately and others require the student to have finished prior courses.

Ratings

What is a rating?

A rating is an authorisation that allows you to fly a certain type of aircraft or fly under certain meteorological conditions (Instrument Rating). There are also ratings for carrying out certain types of work.

What is an instrument rating?

An instruments rating permits flights in non-visual conditions in an aircraft equipped and certified for instrument flight.

What is a Multi-Engine (ME) rating?

The Multi-Engine rating enables the pilot to fly aircraft with more than one engine.

The Best Flying Schools?

What is the most important thing to take into consideration when choosing a flying school?

There are several important considerations but primarily the team involved, the age and type of the fleet and the ground based facilites e.g. simulators and learning aids. It is also important to take into account the airport environment as training offered at an international airport like Málaga will always be much more complete than at any other location. Finally there is the climate conditions, as training flights are made under favourable weather conditions, an area with better weather conditions will enable you to complete your flight hours more quickly.

Is it better to do a CPL+ATPL course in a modular or integrated format?

In the modular course each phase that you complete doesn’t need to be repeated. In the integrated course you finish everything or you don’t have any type of licence. In the USA 90% of pilots obtain their licences through modular courses. Additionally in our training you will complete 200 hours of actual flight, an essential requirement when it comes to interviews with airlines.

What is MCC, where is the best place to do it?

MCC stands for Multi-Crew Cooperation. It’s best to do this course in a type-specific simulator designed for popular aircraft (A320/B737). In addition, with us you will do the MCC course in a real full motion Category D simulator used by airlines.

Is the age of the fleet of aircraft important?

Yes. In One Air you will only fly new aircraft equipped with the latest technology.

Where is it best to do an instrument (IFR) course?

Without a doubt in an ILS equipped airport and if it’s 24h even better. Aerodromes like Cuatro Vientos in Madrid are visual so the types of operations are limited. In Málaga, however, you will enjoy flying under instrument flight rules from a 24h international airport.

What is a flight simulator and which one is better?

As the word suggests a flight simulator emulates the conditions of flight. In One Air before beginning to fly you will do an orientation course in our simulator. This later allows you to take full advantage of your time in the air. At One Air we have one of the best Advanced simulators  available, and the first of its type in Spain, the FNPT II ALSIM X.

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