One huge advantage of training with EFT is our affiliation and partnership with the Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, which allows our graduates to extend their training through the F1 Visa Programme and stay on as a flight Instructor, up to 18 months, to develop the skills they have learned during their initial training. This work experience is known as OPT (Optional Practical Training).
Employment for foreign nationals is NOT legally available unless it is done through an Accredited College programme, and as such EFT is in a uniquely enviable position as being the ONLY EASA Approved School in the USA able to offer this tremendous option to its graduates.
The remarkable thing about this option is that our interns can earn, and have historically earned, typically up to 30-40% of their training costs back in income during their OPT.
Although there are additional training costs involved in adding the FAA CPL and FAA and EASA Instructor qualifications this is far outweighed by the benefits of being able to earn a salary whilst teaching as a flight instructor and the extra 1300 hours or so in you logbook! In fact all our APP Internship graduates in the past 5 years
have left with over 1,500 hours!
Airline Pilot Programme
This course is a must for anyone who feels they want that extra experience before applying for their airline job, or of course, anyone that wants to follow a career as a professional instructor rather than being an airline pilot.
What we have seen historically is a great deal of maturing through this phase. The transformation from the 250 hour, often slightly under confident pilot with average skills to someone who emerges with tremendously developed skills is remarkable to see and the process is satisfying and fulfilling for everyone involved. The significant increase in experience produces a confident and all round better airman.
We believe it is an exceptionally good opportunity for everyone and therefore set a high qualification standard, only allowing those who are very motivated and have a demonstrated an above average performance and professional attitude throughout to continue all the way to instruct with us.
What do you need to join?
Internship joins EFT with zero or little flight experience and leave as highly qualified, experienced and professional pilots ready to directly join an airline. As a cadet, you will be working on a day-to-day basis with instructors unrivalled in experience and professionalism, and become accustomed to the procedures and standards that provide the basis for safe, efficient and customer-focused airline operations.
To provide a solid foundation for this training, a number of requirements must be met to ensure that your own training will be successful.
EFT’s minimum entrance requirements
for the Airline Pilot Programme™ are:
ICAO Level 5 English certificate – If you do not have this APP will start four weeks earlier than published. For English training and examination prices contact These requirement does not apply to citizens of the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand who were born, raised, educated and worked in these countries.
Educated to high-school level i.e. A-Level, International Baccalaureate, Abitur, or equivalent standard and evaluated for equivalency by an agency listed at
Be at least 17 years of age at the time of commencement of training.
Ability to obtain EASA and FAA Class 1 medical. (visit the CAA website for more information on medical requirements caa.co.uk/medicals)
Aptitude for numerical thinking and mental arithmetic.
High personal standards, commitment and dedication to professional flight training.
No history of criminal convictions, including driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Being prepared to spend extended periods of time away from home, and to work and live in the USA.
Ability to work and study long hours, comparable to a university degree.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Financial means to secure continuous flight and ground training over a period of 24 months in accordance with the payment schedule.
Excellent hand/eye coordination and motor skills.
As an Airline Pilot Program cadet, you are instructing full-time amongst seasoned aviation professionals to eventually become one yourself. Your performance, aptitude and attitude are reviewed continuously while enrolled in the APP™ to protect your interests as well as EFT’s.
Why do we review performance?
Being enrolled on the APP™ constitutes a significant investment in terms of time and money. Although we do not run an initial selection programme as other schools do, it is essential that procedures are in place to protect the APP™ student’s investment and EFT’s high standards.
A review takes place while students train for the first module of the APP™ (including the Private Pilots Licence and associated training). If, as part of this review process, EFT’s senior instructors in consultation with the Head of Training determine that continuation of a student’s training may be unfruitful or be likely to suffer significant delays due to the student’s performance, we may at our discretion disenroll that student from the programme. Students may then choose to continue modular training, which eventually leads to the same qualifications as the Airline Pilot Programme™. However, these students are then not entitled to work for EFT as an intern flight instructor. Alternatively, students may enrol with another school to continue training. However, a compulsory disenrollment from the APP™ programme should certainly prompt students to review their progress and suitability for the career of an airline pilot. A decision to disenrol a student would also be made to protect EFT’s interests, specifically with regard to maintaining its high standards.
A period as intern flight instructor is an integral part of the Airline Pilot Programme™, and at that stage, cadets are the forefront of EFT’s customer relations and instructional professionalism. If we determine that a student may be unable to achieve the standards of captaincy or interpersonal skills required for this position, such students cannot be offered a position as intern flight instructor. However, the sole factor determining whether a position will be offered are the individual’s attributes and performance during training.
Even if you are disenrolled after a performance review during module 1, you will still leave EFT with a completed EASA Private Pilot’s Licence. The review process serves only the purpose of quality assurance, is therefore in the interests of both parties, and not for EFT’s financial gain.
1. Complete the course in no more than 120% of syllabus hours and time frame.
2. Pass each exam within 2 attempts.
3. Pass every theory exam above 80%.
4. Pass weekly progress reviews covering areas such as punctuality and presentation.
The minimum requirements to achieve during training are :
Instructing isn’t for everyone and we want to ensure that the high quality training EFT offers can continue as you begin to train the next generation.
On average around 10-20% of our total Airline Pilot Programme (Fast Track and Internship) are enrolled on the internship programme. Of these 70% will meet the graduation requirements and be selected to become the next generation of EFT instructors.
If you are selected for the internship you would switch to the F1 visa after your last ATPL theory exam is successfully completed. This will involve a trip home to apply for a new visa. If you are not selected you will continue on the Fast Track programme as detailed in the paragraphs above.
European Flight Training started in 1999 as an aviation school offering EASA Flight Training in Florida and has developed into one of the most prestigious aviation flight schools in the United States.
European Flight Training offers, through its parent company Aviator College, an Aviation Degree Program which has specific emphasis on the pilot training aspects needed to meet the requirements of the commercial airline pilot industry.
EFT is one of the few flight schools in the USA to offer approved training for the European pilot’s license, zero through ATPL, at its approved EASA ATO number 0008.
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