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28.09.2016: Pilot Training Network Using New Screening Process

Effective immediately, the Pilot Training Network (PTN) will use a new process to screen candidates for ATPL training: Lufthansa’s “Berufsgrunduntersuchung” (BU) will replace the “GAPF test,” the screening carried out by the German Association for Applied Psychological Research (abbreviated GAPF in German).

The BU is carried out by the German Aerospace Center (abbreviated DLR in German) at its Hamburg location and will initially only be offered in German during the transition period. The next date for the BU is November 23, 2016. All those interested can request information about the screening process as well as regarding registration by e-mail.

A successfully completed BU from Austrian Airlines or Condor will also continue to be accepted as a prerequisite for admission to a PTN training course. Those who have passed the GAPF screening will continue to be accepted during the transition period until mid-2017.

Screening processes are necessary to test whether applicants are generally suited to work as airline pilots. On the one hand, the use of these tests creates the basis for a standard level of training. On the other hand, this preselection process saves applicants from wasting money as well as personal disappointment during the later search for a job at an airline. The screenings are successful as shown by the extremely low number of participants who successfully pass the screening and then fail the subsequent training program. And the number of students who quit the training program before completion is below one percent.

04.05.2016: Aegean Airlines relies on recruitment support from Pilot Training Network

In its search for new pilots, Aegean Airlines trusts in the recruitment support from Pilot Training Network (PTN). The background for the new cooperation between the two companies is the continual expansion process of the Greek airline. In order to be able to meet the increasing need for qualified pilots in the future as well, Aegean is thus relying on the experience and expertise of PTN.

As part of a meeting scheduled in March between representatives of both companies, it was decided that Aegean Airlines would initially take on 20 to 24 graduates of PTN. All type ratings are being performed at PTN’s parent company, Lufthansa Flight Training.

On April 19, an info session for PTN graduates took place at PTN’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Representatives of Aegean Airlines and responsible employees of the PTN recruitment support presented the concept to the group of around 50 interested PTN graduates.

The starting dates are already set: the first screening appointments will take place in the beginning of May. A total of 40 PTN graduates will then be tested for suitability for a job in the cockpit of an Aegean passenger aircraft. The first type ratings are already scheduled for mid-June.

Today’s Aegean Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, was founded in 1999. Its headquarters are located in Kifissia and its home airport is Athens International Airport. The fleet of aircraft, currently 61 in total, primarily comprises Airbus A320-type and Bombardier vehicles, and it mainly serves European destinations such as Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, and Vienna in addition to domestic destinations. With almost 1,500 employees, Aegean Airlines is Greece’s largest airline. 

05.04.2016: Meet Pilot Training Network at the ILA CareerCenter in Berlin

The ILA Berlin Air Show is among the world’s largest and most important aviation and aerospace fairs – and the perfect networking platform to get in touch with you professionals. This year, Pilot Training Network will once again be present in the ILA CareerCenter. We warmly invite you to pay us a visit: we will answer all your questions on the fascinating career of an airline pilot and give you detailed information on our airline-oriented training concepts.

Date: June 3–4, 2016
Location: CareerCenter / Hall ILA1, stand 408 / Berlin ExpoCenter Airport
Further information and a map of the area:

We look forward to seeing you in the ILA CareerCenter 2016.

08.10.2014: New cooperation with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences

In collaboration with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, the Pilot Training Network is now offering airline pilot training in conjunction with an aeronautical technology bachelor’s degree. The cooperation agreement was signed in Frankfurt today. This cooperation is the fifth of its kind.

Andreas Dietrich, the Managing Director of the Pilot Training Network, explains the background to the new academic concentration: “Flexibility and versatility are essential for a career in the aviation industry. That’s why we consistently focus on the combination of our ATPL training with industry-specific studies in order to be able to offer potential future pilots even more options for personal career planning. We are very pleased that, with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, we have gained a renowned partner for the implementation of our program.” Prof. Peter Dahmann, the Dean of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, added: “The Aachen University of Applied Sciences is very pleased with this cooperation. Graduates of the dual program will have the best preparation, both for aeronautical activities and for engineering duties.”

The academic training will largely take place in the classrooms of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences. Practical flight training will be conducted in Vero Beach, USA, and at Rostock Airport. Thanks to the dual training form, the length of study is much shorter than with other serial training programs. After just four years, the aviation students will have two professional qualifications and can start a career as either an engineer or a pilot.

The program concludes with a bachelor of engineering (abbreviated as B.Eng.). The course of studies is offered every winter semester. The next course starts in the winter 2015/2016 semester.

September 24, 2014: Turkish Airlines course (THY01) begins in September 2014 with the Boeing 737 type rating.

The first course for Turkish Airlines students training to be commercial pilots at Pilot Training Network has been completed successfully and the next training phase – the type rating – begins in September 2014. The two-month training course on a Boeing 737NG will be run by Lufthansa Flight Training, Berlin.

In April 2013 the first 24 student pilots from Turkish Airlines started their training at Pilot Training Network. Another four courses have commenced since then, paving the way for this Turkish airline to pursue further growth. Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe. It is based in Istanbul and commenced operations 78 years ago with five aircraft. Today the fleet is made up of a total of 180 passenger and freight aircraft.

July 07, 2014: Cooperation with Edelweiss Air continues to reach new heights

The Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss Air and Pilot Training Network have been cooperating since August 2013. During this time, Edelweiss Air has taken on seven graduates from the flying school. The first five young pilots have already successfully completed their type rating and have been flying with the airline ever since.

In view of this successful start, Edelweiss Air has announced that it will continue to draw on the recruitment support provided by Pilot Training Network in future.

Christoph Zogg, captain and chief operating officer at Edelweiss Air, offers a positive summary of the current arrangement: “There are a number of licensed pilots and flying school graduates on the employment market at present, making the task of selecting the right candidates a difficult one for the airlines. Thanks to the good cooperation with PTN we have managed to attract and select seven well-qualified young pilots for our company.”

Karsten El-Nemr, managing director of Pilot Training Network GmbH, is also highly satisfied with the way the cooperation arrangement has worked out thus far: “We are proud of the fact that it has been possible to integrate so many flying students into Edelweiss Air flight operations after less than a year. Accordingly, we have been able to meet around 70 percent of the airline’s recruitment needs. Edelweiss Air is a renowned airline with high standards. The fact that all graduates passed the selection process with a very good rating makes it clear that our pilot training is optimally geared toward real conditions in flight operations.”

Six of the recruited pilots can be seen in the picture with representatives from Edelweiss Air. First officer Daniel Backes has just returned from a round-trip to Tenerife and is delighted with the cooperation between the two companies: “The cooperation between the two companies made it possible for me to get started in the cockpit even during testing times. I am really happy to have the opportunity to fly for such a renowned airline.”

With around 1.3 million passengers, Edelweiss Air – established in 1995 – is Switzerland’s leading leisure airline. Destinations include Vancouver, Phuket, Cape Town, the Canary Islands, the Maldives, and the Balearic Islands. As an affiliate of Swiss International Air Lines, Edelweiss Air was integrated into the Lufthansa Group in 2008. The fleet comprises five Airbus A320, two A330, and another A330 aircraft, which is operated on behalf of SWISS on a wet lease basis.

From left: Urs Fiechter (Captain, Head of Training), the graduates Sharoun Motaleb, Stephan Karch, Arne Scheske, Niklas Kleber, Sascha Müller, Daniel Backes (not present: Philipp Keitel ), Fritz Messerli (Captain, Head of Flight Operations)

February 11, 2014: PTN graduates start work at Edelweiss Air

Edelweiss Air, which is cooperating with Pilot Training Network (PTN), has hired the first students to graduate from the program as First Officers. Two PTN graduates already signed contracts with Edelweiss Air back in November 2013, and immediately afterward they both started their type rating for Airbus A320.

The Swiss airline announced its need for ready-entry pilots last summer during a visit to Frankfurt-based PTN. Edelweiss Air wanted to fill this need with the help of the recruitment support department at PTN.

In February 2014, another type-rating course was filled exclusively with PTN graduates by Edelweiss Air. All graduates had previously completed the six-step selection process conducted by Swiss Aviation Training AG. Additional courses will follow, with a total of up to 16 First Officers needed by Edelweiss Air in 2014.

“I would like to thank PTN for its professional support and a good working relationship,” said Captain Christoph Zogg, Head of Flight Operations at Edelweiss Air. “I look forward to having the graduates of Pilot Training Network on our team shortly, and I hope they enjoy this great new career.”

Karsten El-Nemr, Managing Director of the Pilot Training Network GmbH, was likewise thoroughly positive in his assessment: “By cooperating with Edelweiss Air, we are able to offer our flight school students another attractive job option that will give them the opportunity to work in the cockpit of a well-known airline.”

Founded in 1995, Edelweiss Air has around 1.3 million passengers and is one of the leading airlines in Switzerland. Its destinations include Vancouver, Phuket, Mauritius and Cape Town as well as the Canary Islands, the Maldives and the Balearic Islands. The airline was made a part of the Lufthansa Group in 2008 and is an affiliate of Swiss International Air Lines. The Edelweiss fleet includes four Airbus A320s (with a fifth scheduled to be introduced in April) and two A330s as well as another A330 in the service of SWISS that is operated under a wet lease.

January 17, 2014: Flight dispatchers – TUIfly becomes training partner of PTN

In future, Pilot Training Network (PTN) will work together with the TUI Group Operation Centre on the premises of the Hannover-Langenhagen-based airline TUIfly as part of the training of flight dispatchers. The TUI Group Operation Centre will take over the practical section of training to become a licensed flight dispatcher. The practical phase, lasting around 12 weeks, follows six months of theory training with PTN.

The aim of the practical training is to convey all the functions and activities that are typical for the job profile. The TUI Group Operation Centre will follow a novel training concept in the process: as of mid-2014, simulated operation center surroundings, where students will find the same working conditions as in the adjacent TUI Group Operation Centre, will be set up in Langenhagen especially for the practical training. In 14-day blocks, flight planning, weather analyses, and fuel and loading calculations will be practiced there using realistic example cases. This is followed by a 14-day phase in live TUI Group air traffic alongside an experienced trainer. Training continues to alternate between simulation and live operation in two-week blocks until the practical exam, and thus allows the trainees to promptly utilize in practice the abilities they have learned in detail in the simulated surroundings. At the end of the practical training, the students face an oral-practical exam, and once they pass they will receive their flight dispatcher license from the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA).

The first three PTN students began their practical phase in Hannover-Langenhagen on January 2, 2014, having successfully completed the theory training at PTN in Frankfurt in the second half of 2013.

“We are delighted to be able to work together with Pilot Training Network GmbH and to expand the training area in the TUI Group Operation Centre in the process,” said Thorsten Lehr, Duty Manager & Chief of Training. Bernhard Chwalek, Manager of Training & Reporting, added, “This area is an essential element of the future direction for the TUI Group Operation Centre.”

“The TUI Group Operation Centre has years of experience in the practical training of flight dispatchers. We are convinced that our students in Hannover-Langenhagen will benefit from this wealth of experience and will find the perfect conditions for high-quality practical training,” explained Sebastian Sämann, Product Manager at Pilot Training Network GmbH.

December 18, 2013: PTN presents itself at numerous European trade fairs in 2014

Pilot Training Network will be represented at numerous European training and aviation trade fairs in 2014. In Cologne, Dublin, London, Friedrichshafen, Berlin, and Graz, we will be offering personal consultations to anyone seeking a career in the cockpit. Get comprehensive, first-hand information about our ATPL training (ab initio): what are the requirements? What does the training involve? What does our Recruitment Support offer? Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The events are:

Einstieg Köln
Koelnmesse, Cologne
February 07–08,  2014, 11:00 to 16:00
Numerous universities and companies from a variety of sectors present themselves at this degree and training course trade fair.
More information:

Professional Flight Training Exhibition
Dublin, March 22, 2014
London, April 12, 2014
Numerous universities and companies from a variety of sectors present themselves at these degree and training course trade fairs.
More information:

AERO Friedrichshafen
Friedrichshafen, Bodensee
April 11, 2014
AERO is Europe‘s largest and most important trade show for general aviation. More than 600 international exhibitors from 30 countries will present their latest products and innovations.
More information:

ILA Berlin Air Show
Berlin, ExpoCenter Airport
May 23–24, 2014
ILA Berlin Air Show represents the market place and meeting platform for the global aerospace industry, all suppliers and service providers as well as all international clients.
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Aviation Day
Graz, Office Park III, Vienna Airport
May 24, 2014, 10:00 to 18:00
The Aviation Day offers you the opportunity to learn about airlines, flight training organizations and other companies in the aviation sector.
More information:

Do you want to register? Simply fill out our contact form and tell us which trade fair you would like to attend, on which day and at what time. We will then get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

December 13, 2013: Business jet operator presents itself to the PTN trainee pilots

Pilot Training Network is crossing over to the world of business aviation: the German business carrier Air Independence has given a presentation at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center. Dr.-Ing. Winthir Brunnbauer, Accountable Manager at Air Independence GmbH, described the daily working life as a pilot of a business jet operator to around 90 graduates and provided an interesting insight into the advantages and special characteristics of the sector.

The job of pilot in the business aviation sector is challenging and extremely varied. It involves a large amount of responsibility for the aircraft and the operational processes and requires spontaneity and flexibility. Copilots have a good chance of progressing to become captains in a relatively short time period. In contrast to other airlines, the work is also characterized by direct contact with clients, and last, but not least, there are lots of opportunities to discover foreign countries.

Air Independence primarily operates business charter flights from Munich Airport. Alongside jet owners, the clients of the airline, founded in 1999, mainly include what are known as business aviation brokers, who use services offered by various business carriers in order to offer flexible flight plans to their end customers. The aircraft fleet comprises Bombardier Challenger 604 and Beechcraft Kingair 350i planes.

Karsten El-Nemr, Managing Director of Pilot Training Network GmbH, emphasized the positive effects for the trainees of the upcoming cooperation: “Business carriers like Air Independence offer young pilots an interesting and attractive alternative to scheduled airlines. The requirements are extremely varied, every job is different – in business aviation the pilot is also always the manager on board. We are delighted that Air Independence is interested in taking on Pilot Training Network graduates.”

September 30, 2013: PTN and Embry-Riddle offer a joint training program

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide (ERAU) has entered into a cooperation agreement with Pilot Training Network. The cooperation gives our flying students an attractive way of combining ab initio pilot training with an international university degree in the area of aviation.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. Besides being based in the US in Daytona Beach (Florida) and Prescott (Arizona), Embry-Riddle also has a worldwide campus with more than 150 locations on three continents – including Berlin. The course focuses on aeronautical science, aviation business and management, and other subject areas specific to the world of aviation.

Thanks to the perfectly balanced mix of teaching content and flying training, students are given outstanding opportunities to launch a career in the aviation industry later on. The training program lasts a total of three years. The degree course begins in Berlin and continues during the pilot training. The theoretical flight training takes place at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center in Frankfurt, while the flight phases are taken in Vero Beach (USA) and Rostock. Students graduate with the academic title “Bachelor of Science” (or BSc for short). Furthermore, after completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, graduates from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are also given the opportunity to study for a PhD.

“We are proud that Embry-Riddle has chosen us to be its European flying school partner,” declared Holger Hoffmann, managing director of Pilot Training Network. “With this cooperation, we are also giving non-German speakers the opportunity to study alongside their pilot training. These days, a degree is often required before you can take up a post as captain, as is the case at Turkish Airlines, for example.”

At the trade fair in Istanbul, Embry-Riddle and Pilot Training Network appeared together for the first time and informed interested visitors about the how the training program works, as well as the opportunities and prospects it offers.

August 21, 2013: PTN trains pilots as part of a support program by the Nigerian Government

Pilot Training Network and the Nigerian government have signed an agreement for the training of pilots. In addition to training by Pilot Training Network, the training package also includes the subsequent jet orientation courses and type ratings, run by Lufthansa Flight Training.
The pilot training is taking place as part of a support program provided by the Nigerian government to inhabitants of the Niger Delta. The aim of the program is to help poorer population groups receive a good level of vocational education. A further intention is to strengthen the region by passing on well-founded expertise in strategically relevant sectors of the economy (along with aviation, these include shipping and oil production, among others).

An initial conversion course is planned for 22 pilots who already have a commercial pilot license (CPL) from a South African flight school. The training course will last around 14 months, beginning in October 2013. In addition, an ab initio course for a further 20 students is planned for the first quarter of 2014. 

August 13, 2013: New cooperation with Wasserkuppe Flying School

Wasserkuppe Flying School, one of Germany’s biggest gliding and motor gliding schools, is the latest cooperation partner of Pilot Training Network.
There is a tradition that dates back more than 100 years at Wasserkuppe Flying School. It is situated in the place where gliding was “invented” – the “Wasserkuppe” plateau among the Rhön Mountains in the state of Hessen, also known as the “Mountain of Flyers.”  Students began their initial flight attempts on the tree-less summit in Hessen in 1911 and perfected the art of flying without an engine. Nowadays, Wasserkuppe Flying School offers a comprehensive range of services, from basic professional training in gliders, UL, and motorized aircraft to CVFR, cloud, or aerobatic training.
Wasserkuppe Flying School informs its students about the options available at Pilot Training Network and sends those interested in training to become a professional pilot to Frankfurt for personal advisory talks. Furthermore, Pilot Training Network is also able to showcase itself at Wasserkuppe Flying School events. In return, Wasserkuppe Flying School gets the opportunity to carry out marketing activities at the location of the Lufthansa Flight Training subsidiary. In addition, Pilot Training Network can use the trailer of Wasserkuppe Flying School’s state-of-the-art glider, the Schleicher ASG 29, as advertising space for their logo and company slogan.
“Glider training serves as a springboard for a professional pilot career for many glider flyers. In turn, many professional pilots are also keen glider pilots, which means that both partners benefit equally from the cooperation,” explained Karsten El-Nemr, managing director of Pilot Training Network. Managing director Holger Hoffmann, himself an active B747 captain, added:  “With this cooperation, we want to encourage young people at an early stage to turn their fascinating hobby into a career. In Wasserkuppe Flying School, we have found a partner that conducts its glider training in a professional manner that resembles the way in which we train our pilots.”

August 07, 2013: PTN presents itself at trade fairs in Istanbul, Milan, and Munich

Pilot Training Network will be represented at three important European training and aviation trade fairs in fall of 2013. In Istanbul, Milan, and Munich, we will be offering personal consultations to anyone seeking a career in the cockpit. Get comprehensive, first-hand information about our ATPL training (ab initio): what are the requirements? What does the training involve? What does our Recruitment Support offer? Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The events are:

IFTE (International Flight Training Show)
Istanbul (Turkey), September 27–28, 2013
The IFTE offers you the opportunity to learn about flight training organizations (FTOs) and other companies in the aviation sector.
More information:

Professional Flight Training Exhibition
Milan, November 16, 2013
This trade fair in the heart of Milan brings the leading flight training companies, aviation academies and airlines from all over Europe together under one roof.

Einstieg München
MOC Ordercenter München (Munich), October 11–12, 2013
Numerous universities and companies from a variety of sectors present themselves at this degree and training course trade fair.
More information:

Do you want to register? Simply fill out our contact form and tell us which trade fair you would like to attend, on which day and at what time. We will then get back in touch with you as soon as possible. 

June 18, 2013: Second training course for Turkish Airlines trainee pilots starts July 3

Pilot Training Network has been training the first 24 of a total of 100 fledgling pilots for Turkish Airlines since April 2013. Since then, the THY 1 course group has completed the first theory phase with above-average scores. The Turkish Airlines trainees are currently completing VFR training at Vero Beach on the coast of Florida (USA). The second course will begin on July 3, 2013.

In addition to the 15-month basic training and subsequent two-month training phase with type ratings on Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 NG aircraft, the training package for the Turkish Airlines trainee pilots also includes numerous service benefits, from board and accommodation to transport. 

June 04, 2013: PTN is cooperating now with Aircrew Training Center (ATC)

In cooperation with European airlines like FARNAIR and SkyWork Airlines, the Dutch company ATC provides an integrated pilot-training program with a job guarantee. In doing so, ATC only allocates the number of training places that partner airlines are able to guarantee as first-officer positions subsequent to training.

ATC will initially take on the role of assessing potential candidates before sending the selected students to Pilot Training Network in Frankfurt for ATPL training. This is followed by an airline preparation course at ATC in the Netherlands and the type rating course for the aircraft in which the student will ultimately fly.

“The overall concept from ATC is impressive, and we are delighted to be able to give the ATC students the ideal start to their pilot careers with our high standards of training,” declared Holger Hoffmann, managing director of Pilot Training Network GmbH.
“Our airline partners place a great deal of trust in us by giving us the responsibility of selecting and training their ready-entry pilots,” said Captain Kees Schmitz, ATC managing director. “That is why we need a flying school like PTN as our partner: because we can expect them to provide first-class and very well-structured ATPL training.”

“The increasing interest in our ATPL training course from non-EU nationals is a good sign. When it comes to the high quality of our training and our reliability, word quickly gets around,” added Karsten El-Nemr, also a managing director of Pilot Training Network GmbH. “Furthermore, we are enhancing our product portfolio with another highly attractive option for our students.”

This year, ATC is able to place eight students in first-officer posts at cooperating airlines. In order to be able to adhere to the career entry date in 2015, as discussed with the airlines, interested individuals must begin the training program this year.

It has not yet been possible to fill all eight training places. Interested individuals from Germany are also very welcome to apply for the integrated pilot-training program from ATC and will find further information at

March 15, 2013: Pilot Training Network to train young pilots for Turkish Airlines

From April 2013, Pilot Training Network will train one hundred young pilot cadets for Turkish Airlines. In addition to 15 months of basic training, the package includes a type rating on the Airbus A320 or the Boeing 737NG. This will take a further two months, and will be conducted by Lufthansa Flight Training. Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and is one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe.

The first training course will start in April. The theoretical training will be held in Frankfurt, while the flight instruction phases will take place in Vero Beach, Florida and in Rostock-Laage. The agreement with Turkish Airlines also includes a number of additional services. “We have put together an all-round carefree package for our customers, which includes board and lodging, transport and other services,” reports PTN Managing Director Holger Hoffmann. “That will enable the cadets to concentrate fully on their training.”

The proximity to the Lufthansa Group played a decisive role in winning over such a big corporate customer as Turkish Airlines. “Thanks to our close cooperation with Lufthansa Flight Training, we can offer our customers an optimally coordinated package comprising ab initio training and type rating from one source,” explains Karsten El-Nemr, a member of the PTN Management Board.

Above all, quality was a key consideration in selecting the training company, as Captain Sedat Şekerci, Post Holder Training at Turkish Airlines, stresses: “Pilot Training Network maintains high training standards and thus meets our expectations in terms of providing high-quality training for our pilots.”

February 22, 2012: Head of Training Matthias Groppe speaks at WATS 2012

Between 17th and 19th April 2012, the WATS (World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow) is to take place in Orlando/Florida for the 15th time. Matthias Groppe, the Head of Training of Pilot Training Network GmbH, is to address international experts from the field of aviation as a speaker. The subject of his talk is: "Influencing student progress monitoring in a distributed training environment via the training record design".

At the WATS, representatives of the global aviation training industry  – airlines, training providers, technology companies and many more – come together every year to discuss future training methods in aviation, and to exchange experiences. This year, the WATS has the slogan "Optimising Human Performance in Aviation Training and Operations".

August 01, 2011: Ten years Pilot Training Network

Last weekend the Lufthansa Flight Training subsidiary had reason to celebrate. The 10th anniversary of the Pilot Training Network was fittingly celebrated at the Rostock Training Location together with numerous guests on 30 July.

Pilot Training Network GmbH (PTN) came into being on 25 July 2001. The flying school was founded as a subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training ten years ago to train commercial pilots for the free airline market. With its headquarters at Frankfurt Airport and a training location in Zadar, Croatia for the practical flight training, the flying school began with nine students under the brand name InterCockpit. Over the years the number of students and staff has risen. In April 2008 PTN received a growth spurt through the foundation of the FlightCrew Academy. Alongside InterCockput, a second flying school was founded under the auspices of PTN as a flying school for Lufthansa CityLine and Germanwings. The record of 150 students was broken.

In 2009 a milestone in the company’s history followed with a comprehensive restructuring of practical flight training. PTN gained Flight Safety International as a partner and competed the visual flight phase at the Municipal Airport in Vero Beach, Florida. In April 2010 the German Flight Base was opened at Rostock-Laage Airport and the whole operation including maintenance was relocated from Zadar to the Baltic Sea.

Last Saturday a party took place in the Maintenance Hangar to celebrate the 10th year of the flying school. As a thank you and in recognition of the always good cooperation between military and civil aviation at Rostock Airport, this occasion was used to name the new training aircraft after the fighter squadron based there, “JG 73 Steinhoff”. The naming ceremony was carried out by base commander Lieutenant-Colonel Markus Krammel and his wife with the wishes “Have a good flight and many happy landings!”

The invited guests included the shareholder of the Pilot Training Network and Managing Director of Lufthansa Flight Training, Ludwig Merkel, who began with a look back on the ten years of the company’s history. Together with Holger Hoffmann, Managing Director of PTN, Alexander Heeg, Commercial Manager and Deputy Managing Director and Head of Training Christian Wendt, he reviewed the past ten years. The guests were able to serve themselves to an extensive buffet and enjoy a pleasant evening with cocktails and music. The highpoint was a birthday cake and a fireworks display.

Happy Birthday, PTN!

July 29, 2011: InterCockpit at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition in Milan

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, InterCockpit will be making an appearance in Milan at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition – the prominent series of events for anyone planning a career as an airline pilot. The industry fair at the four-star Michelangelo Hotel in the city center brings together Europe’s leading flight training organizations, aviation academies, and airlines under one roof.

Our InterCockpit booth offers you an opportunity to meet us for an individual consultation. Our booth will be offering comprehensive information on all aspects of our ATPL training – from career support to dedicated flight training at our facilities in Vero Beach (Florida) and Rostock-Laage.

August 04, 2010: Lufthansa Italia is the Latest InterCockpit Network Partner

Effectively immediately, InterCockpit now has another strong network partner: Lufthansa Italia. For the future, the Italian Lufthansa subsidiary has decided to recruit their First Officer material by giving preference to the ranks of InterCockpit graduates. Lufthansa Italia began operations in February 2009, and currently flies out of Milan-Malpensa to four Italian and eight European destinations. The LH Italia fleet comprises seven Airbus A319 aircraft. It is expected that the airline will continuously expand both its route network and fleet over the coming years. A further expansion of the airline’s operations to include international destinations is also conceivable.

Thanks to the collaboration with InterCockpit, the airline will benefit from the employment of graduates with optimum qualifications for cockpit duties with European airlines. At the same time, this offers “ready entries” – graduates from InterCockpit – a seamless transition into a professional career as First Officers with Lufthansa Italia.

June 24, 2010: Airplane launching ceremony in Rostock-Laage

On the 19th of June, the Pilot Training Network GmbH celebrated the first summer festival on the new flight base in the Rostock-Laage airport. The occasion was also used to launch three of the training aircrafts, who received the names, “Landkreis Güstrow”, “Hansestadt Rostock” and “Laage.”

The launchings were carried out by the guests of honor, Lutz da Cumba, District Administrator of Güstrow, Roland Methling, Mayor of Hansestadt Rostock and Dr. Uwe Heinze, Mayor of Laage, along with their spouses. The planes, which are of the Diamond DA40 and Piper PA-44 models, were launched ceremoniously, according to tradition. Finally, with wishes for “Good flights and many happy landings!” the planes were returned to the training course service.

Since April this year, both the FlightCrew Academy and the InterCockpit flight schools, united under the Pilot Training Network, completed the practical portion of the airline pilot TPL-training at Rostock-Laage. On the new flight base, the junior pilots learn instrument flying. Rostock-Laage is the largest commercial airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommen. Civilian flights use about 60 hectares of the 1000 hectare area, the rest being used by Military Fighter Wing 73 of the German Federal Armed Forces’ Air Force.

June 16, 2010: Pilot Training Network at the ILA

On the 11th and 12th of June, the Pilot Training Network (PTN) presented itself along with both of its flight schools at the ILA 2010 at the Berlin Schönefeld airport. The summer temperatures gave numerous interested parties the opportunity to inform themselves about possible pilot training with the InterCockpit and FlightCrew Academy. While the “Patrouille Suisse” national team, among others, delivered an impressive Eurofighter flight show in the sky above the airport, a lively discussion about the positive future prospects as a pilot was held on the ground.

The interest in training to become an airline pilot is high, and PTN was able to bring several interested people one step closer to their dream by providing detailed information about the unique training concept. At the FlightCrew Academy, the flight students are purposefully trained for a place in the cockpits of Lufthansa City Line or Germanwings. A large network of European airlines awaits the InterCockpit graduates, allowing them to step directly from their education into their careers.

April 28, 2010: Pilot Training Network at the Rhein-Main Careers Fair in Frankfurt

Pilot Training Network will be making an appearance at this year’s Rhein-Main Careers Fair with their flight schools InterCockpit and FlightCrew Academy. Our team will be available for one-to-one discussions with anyone interested in our airline-oriented pilot training.

Date: May 27 – 29
Location: Frankfurt, An der Hauptwache, stand 74/75a
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Visit our stand at the fair – we’re looking forward to meeting you.

September 21, 2009: New dual flight base concept starting in 2010

Pilot Training Network has developed a new practical training concept for the FlightCrew Academy and InterCockpit flight schools. The dual flight base concept will start in 2010: The two flight phases of the ATPL Training for potential airline pilots will then be completed in Rostock-Laage and Vero Beach (U.S.A.).

The decision of the company is a response to the growing number of flight students entailing at the same time an increased demand on the infrastructure, operations and administration of the locations. With the flight bases in Vero Beach and Rostock-Laage, Pilot Training Network creates optimal parameters for aeronautical training: The two locations offer excellent infrastructural and geographic conditions.

Flight Phase I of the ATPL Training is held in Vero Beach (Florida): the VFR Training. The flight base is located right on the premises of the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Short distances, excellently equipped classrooms, and a modern training fleet guarantee an effective and first-class level of training. And the ideal climatic conditions ensure optimal flight conditions.

Flight students then complete Flight Phase II of the ATPL Training in Rostock-Laage: the IFR Training. The Rostock Airport offers perfect operational conditions and gives an authentic feel for aviation: The modern infrastructure is tailored to the needs of international airlines, and communicates a realistic idea of the pilot profession. The equipment of the training center for theoretical and simulator training is also optimally fitted to the processes of the Pilot Training Network flight schools. In addition four other airports are located in the close vicinity of Rostock-Laage and can be approached within the IFR Training programme. This location offers a further interesting aspect: Eurofighter pilots are also trained in Rostock-Laage.

Both locations not only ensure ideal operational conditions but also a high recreational value. Both places are very attractive locations on the coast – scoring Rostock again: The sand beach of Warnemünde, miles long, and a wide range of aquatic sports offer optimal possibilities for a relaxed or active recovery from everyday training.

May 19, 2009: InterCockpit will be presenting itself at the World Air Games 2009 in Turin

The premier air sport exhibition of the world will open its gates from 6 to 14 June. This year, the spectacular World Air Games will be hosted by the City of Turin. One “World Air Games Champion” for each of the ten disciplines will be awarded at Torino Aeritalia Airport, the Main Venue for all events and competitions.

In the context of this famous international air sport event, the InterCockpit team offers individual consultations to all those who are pursuing a career in the cockpit. Visit us at our stand and find out firsthand about aptitude requirements, progression of training, career opportunities, and financing solutions. We are looking forward to seeing you.

May 19 2009: InterCockpit attending the Vocational Training Exhibition Rhein-Main

Quality is by far the most important criterion for a successful start into a promising future. For this reason, InterCockpit will present its unique airline pilot training program on the occasion of the 16th edition of the Vocational Education and Training Exhibition Rhein-Main to be held in Frankfurt am Main. This year’s exhibition will take place from 25th to 27th June, 2009 on the grounds of “Börsenplatz”, “Hauptwache”, “Schillerstrasse”, as well as in the Ludwig-Erhard-Hall of the IHK (Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Interested young people have the possibility to experience the special InterCockpit concept up close during these exhibition days. Based on the close cooperation with renowned European airlines, the first-class training conditions at four different locations, and an effective job placement program offer flight students an optimal way to start a career as an airline pilot. We will answer all questions about this fascinating profession and will provide detailed information on our high-grade, airline-oriented training concept. Interested people will know more about the aptitude requirements, training costs and attractive financing solutions during our individual consultations. Visit us at our Stand No. 92 „An der Hauptwache“ from 25 to 27 June. We are looking forward to meeting you.

February 06, 2009: InterCockpit at Lake Constance – attending the AERO 2009

We will be presenting our airline-orientated concept for pilot training at the AERO 2009 in Friedrichshafen from April 2nd to April 5th. Within the context of this important international trade show for general aviation, the InterCockpit team offers individual consultations to all those who are pursuing a career in the cockpit. Visit us at our stand 541 in hall A4 and find out firsthand about aptitude requirements, progression of training, career opportunities, and financing solutions. Please find here the registration form for an individual consultation. We look forward to seeing you.

January 25, 2008: Germanwings joins the InterCockpit Airline Network

The success story of our Airline Network continues with Germanwings the latest important partner to join. This means, that there are now 10 well known airlines in the network. These airlines are Lufthansa CityLine, Air Berlin, Contact Air, Eurowings, Augsburg Airways, Croatia Airlines, Sun Express, Freebird Airlines, Fly Niki and now Germanwings.

The airlines can expect extremely well trained junior pilots, who can be integrated seamlessly into flight operations. But it is our students who reap the biggest benefit of the network as they have excellent job perspectives. Because they get to know during their training what is required later on in the airline operation, they get well prepared for their upcoming duties.

The direct contacts within the airline network assist with job finding and the network partners hold regular presentations at our headquarters which allow our students to apply with them directly and without any detours.

Germanwings and InterCockpit have already been partners in the field of type rating training and due to the fact, that more and more InterCockpit graduates join the airline after having passed the DLR test, our flight school has been carefully audited by Germanwings. This has lead to the decision to intensify the co-operation with InterCockpit by joining the InterCockpit Airline Network. We cordially welcome our new partner!

October 01, 2007: The demand for training with InterCockpit is unprecedented

The most recent feedback of our airline partners supports the principals of InterCockpit: the quality of the training is by far the most important criteria for a successful start in a brilliant career as professional pilot. Our high quality training concept has been approved by our partner airlines and is based on their requirements and demands. Moreover we are delighted about the fact, that more and more future pilots share this opinion and take advantage of our offer to start their training with InterCockpit. For that reason all our ATPL-courses this year are complete and the requests for the first course next year, beginning on the 11th of February 2008, are already numerous. Due to the fact that the demand of our partner airlines, and also the free international market, is huger than ever, we will present ourselves personally on the 6th of October in the Unterfrankenhalle in Aschaffenburg at the information and apprenticeship fair “Berufswegekompass 2007”. Additionally, we will be present on the 27th of October in the congress centre in Oberhausen at the fair “Startschuss Abi 2007”. At both events, competent InterCockpit experts will be available from 9 am to 3 pm for detailed information on how to start from the very beginning in one of the most fascinating professions. We look forward to welcoming you there!

August 21, 2007: InterCockpit graduates are flying 737 with Aegean Airlines

Our close relationship with our partner airlines makes it possible: as part of our Job Engine program, InterCockpit has placed successful graduates on Boeing 737-300s/-400s with the Greek Aegean Airlines. Aegean Airlines is one of the major players on the Greek airline market, is an official partner of Lufthansa and has been awarded “airline of the year 2004/2005” due to its outstanding quality and performance. The special thing about the job entry of our graduates: we are able to guarantee the performance of our students through our screening process and high quality standards for ab-initio as well as the type rating training. For that reason all InterCockpit graduates received permanent contracts without having to undergo any kind of company assessments. Additionally they receive a guaranteed fixed monthly salary and free accommodation, base training for their type rating and additionally at the end of their commitment in a scenic location at the Mediterranean Sea, a free differences course on Boeing 737-800! With this additional qualification plus several hundred hours flight experience they will gain valuable experience to further their careers.

June 06, 2007: Airline visits at InterCockpit continue

Cheap flying in conjunction with highest quality standards – this is the demand of the German low cost carrier Germanwings on itself and its employees. This means for the cockpit crews: high quality standards are required and practised at Germanwings, an airline facing ongoing expansion. For the further growth of the fleet – currently 27 Airbus of the types A319 and A320 – the company is looking for first officers who have attended high quality training. For this reason the airline introduces itself to the students of InterCockpit. Our students will be informed about the interesting career options of Germanwings and will be able to establish first contacts. With this presentation the visits of major airlines at InterCockpit continue. In May Air Berlin and Ryanair have already been our guests.

This is what flight training looks like.

Pictures of everyday training.