In this article, you will learn about numerous important factors to consider if:
- You intend to pursue a profession as a pilot; and
- You are a Norwegian national.
Is it possible to get financial assistance for pilot training as a Norwegian citizen?
If you are a Norwegian citizen interested in pursuing a career in aviation and beginning pilot training, you are in a better position than citizens of other nations. Lånekassen, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, or Statens lånekasse for utdanning, is a place where you can apply for a loan.
A key point to remember is that the student loan is available to both domestic and international student pilots who aim to study within the European Economic Area (EEA), as long as the educational institution is certified by the Lånekassen.
The allowance includes a one-time payment to cover tuition costs, as well as monthly payments to cover living expenditures such as housing, travel, and other costs.
The final amount received may differ, so please check with Lånekassen to determine if you are eligible at www.lanekassen.no
What is the estimated cost of becoming a pilot?
The cost of pursuing an aviation career varies greatly depending on where the training academy is located.
A premium aviation academy with an integrated ATPL, a modern fleet, and an APS MCC will cost around 965,000 NOK (roughly 95,000 EUR).
Meanwhile, the identical training program at Quality Fly would cost between 60,000 and 70,000 EUR in a recognized academy.
- Lånekassen accepts Quality Fly as a certified training institution, and its ATPL integrated curriculum is completely eligible for the Lånekassen loan.
Why is there such a price difference between becoming a pilot in Norway and becoming a pilot in Spain?
- Wages: One of the main reasons for the substantial pricing differences between the two countries is the level of life and average monthly income. According to statistics, the average pay in Norway is 64,930 EUR per year, while the average wage in Spain is 26,832 EUR per year. In comparison to Spain, this means that labour and services will be more expensive in Norway. As a result, flight training is more expensive.
- Weather: Weather is a crucial influencing aspect; this implies that both the aircraft and instructors can fly more frequently and accumulate more hours within the month, meaning that salaries and amortization costs are split over twice as many hours, resulting in half the cost.
- Taxes: Finally, due to Norway’s high operational costs, airport taxes, and fuel costs, taxes are an essential concern. In contrast, the cost of gasoline in Spain is just slightly higher than that of a regular car.
Which county is best for becoming a pilot?
Selecting the right school is more crucial than selecting a specific nation if you want to become a pilot as a Norwegian or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen.
To put it another way, there are great flight training institutions in a few EU countries. In any case, there are a few things to think about while selecting a country:
- Weather: With an outstanding combination of sunny days and pleasant temperatures, Southern Europe offers the best flying conditions in Europe. Such pleasant weather means greater consistency in your training, which is an important component in achieving the highest level of skill and habit formation, as well as a factor that lowers the training cost. It is crucial to note that the weather in the south of Europe is not uniform, with mountain areas receiving more rain and certain locations experiencing severe heat in the summer. You can use this site to compare the weather in different cities.
- Cost of living: As previously mentioned, the cost of living in nations such as Spain or Italy differs greatly when compared to countries in northern Europe. Due to the general higher cost of living, the training, as well as the cost of living during the training period, will be more expensive.
- Regulation: All European Approved Training Organizations ATOs are required by EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, to undergo annual audits by the national competent authorities. Not all countries, however, demand the same amount of formality. The Spanish AESA has a historical record of high expectations, especially for complex schools that provide ATPL Integrated programs.
- International City: The city’s spirit can be a significant factor. An international city may provide more English-language services as well as a more diversified and dynamic environment in which to spend your leisure time following your training.
Which path to becoming a pilot is the most beneficial: integrated or modular?
- In general, the Integrated route is the preferred option for applicants who have the financial means and time to complete training with fewer constraints.
- Integrated programs are significantly more demanding from a regulatory standpoint, there are fewer schools offering such programs, and they must have a high degree of quality that not all modular schools can deliver, and they are generally smaller.
- Candidates who must combine work and pilot training frequently choose the modular approach. A more in-depth description of the distinctions between modular and integrated ATPL training may be found here.
Which aviation academy is ideal for becoming a pilot?
- Licence: First and foremost, you must decide the license you want to receive. Obtaining a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) license in an Approved Training Organization, EASA ATO, is your best option as a European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, regardless of whether you wish to work as a pilot in Norway, the EU, or other countries. There are many institutions in Europe, and we urge that you thoroughly explore all of your alternatives to find the one that best suits your needs.
- Security: Observe all safety and operating procedures. Take safety into consideration, as not all maintenance facilities adhere to the highest standards. Quality Fly places considerable emphasis on safety, and is one of the few schools in Europe to complete a night flight with a Multi-Engine Piston Aircraft.
- Language: While many institutions provide English training, look for a 100% English institution where all instruction is delivered in English. With a modern glass cockpit, a modern fleet allows for improved learning and habits, as well as increased safety and reliability, and they are more environmentally friendly.
- APS MCC: While an ATPL can be obtained with a standard MCC, the industry is moving toward the APS MCC, which entails a 40-hour course rather than the 20-hour course required by a regular MCC, implying a two-fold increase in time in this part of the training, which is the most important in preparing for an airline.
- Simulators: If you have access to FFS Level D simulators for the APS MCC, it will help you learn more efficiently in the last stages of the course. In their APS MCC portion of the course, the most well-known training programs are progressively using FFS Level D.
- International environment: Being one of many in a multicultural setting is not only more welcoming but also more enriching than being the only foreigner among 90% of local students.
- Level of strictness: Some academies may approve your application if you have the funds. That is NOT a rigorous approach. The pilot training program necessitates a specific foundation and capabilities, and it is critical that these capabilities be professionally examined before you are charged a significant booking cost. Inquire about the percentage of students who passed their tests. Inquire about the percentage of cadets who are employable, which is clearly related to the admittance requirement.
- ICAO syllabus and training quality: PBN, UPRT, KSA 100, Core skills are becoming increasingly frequent as regulatory authorities demand them. However, when visiting possible schools, we recommend you to take the test and inquire about these topics and how they are taught. You’ll get a sense of the school’s level and commitment to providing high-quality education. Strict adherence to the training program, experienced teachers, and a culture that values quality above speed of hour completion are all important variables.
- Additional training or services: Some institutions include extracurricular activities such as tuition reinforcement classes, limitless access to controlled training simulators, career counselling meetings, or even glider training practice. All of these complementing factors might mean the difference between mediocre or terrible training and obtaining your best level of proficiency, including technical and soft abilities, as well as preparation for all aspects of the airline interview.
If you’re set on becoming a pilot as a Norwegian citizen, you might also be interested in learning more about how to choose a flight school. Read our FAQ for more information on requirements, the minimum age to begin, insurance, and other topics. You can contact one of our admission professionals, attend an Open Day, or connect with one of our ambassador students via our live chat if you want to learn more.