How to become a pilot
Before you start training to be a pilot and in order to be eligible for the professional pilot license, you must be 17 years of age, you must be able to read, write, speak and understand English, to be physically and mentally healthy (Medical Certificate) and to pass the assessment of the Academy.
Getting the Medical Certificate
The student pilot will undergo several routine-based medical examinations. These tests include: blood and urine tests, eye vision and physiological tests. The examinations and evaluations will be conducted by certified aviation Aero-Medical Physicians. You will need to visit the 251 Hellenic Air Force Aeromedical Center (K.A.I.) GR AMC 16001 in order to complete your medical test. The student pilot must book an appointment on Tuesdays or Thursdays, in order to complete the test. The procedure may take up to five (5) hours and the medical certificate is issued on the same day.
Certificate issue: If all standards are met, then the student can proceed to the second stage of the assessment. However, if the required standards are not met, then the process may take longer since the doctors with HCAA’s cooperation will need to investigate the medical results more thoroughly. It is possible that an application for a medical certificate can be denied. In that case, you will be allowed to re-apply after a certain period of time (if, for example, the medical condition is curable and improves).
Validity Period: A class Medical Certificate is valid for at least one (1) year. At least one month prior to its expiration, the student pilot must revalidate his or her medical certificate to a doctor specialized in aviation medicine.
An assessment will take place at the Academy’s Ground School Training Center in Athens, Greece. The assessment is focused on English language knowledge, aptitude skills, general interest, mathematics, physics, and basic psychometrics.
The applicant shall start the assessment with an English language evaluation and a basic pre-entry test, followed by an interview with our Admissions representative. Then the applicant shall complete the Compass test which is designed to give applicants considering a career as an airline pilot an early indication of their potential ability to pilot an aircraft.
Students, who are non-European citizens, must undergo through a visa issuing process before their enrolment.
You will be required to issue a Type D student visa, in order to come to Greece and start your training. Global Aviation provides full assistance to its international students from the beginning of the process till its successful completion.
The student pilot after his/her successful medical test and assessment, can proceed to his/her enrolment in the Academy’s first available class. The Academy has 3 classes per year, every February, June and October.