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Here, we have provided answers for the most frequently asked questions. Perhaps our compilation can help you with some useful answers. If not, feel free to call us at
+49 (0)69 696-96290, or send us an e-mail: info[at]intercockpit[dot]com


At what age can I begin my training to become a commercial airline pilot, and what is the maximum age limit?

EASA Part-FCL* requires trainees to be at least 17 years of age at the beginning of training and 18 years of age at the time of the check flight.

The average age of InterCockpit students is 25. Of course, as in any other industry, the chances of finding a job decrease with increasing age.

*European Aviation Safety Agency / Flight Crew Licensing

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How long does the continuous InterCockpit training program to become a commercial pilot last?

The training program is approx. 18 to 20 months long in total. This covers 45 weeks of theoretical study, 30 weeks of practical flight training in Vero Beach/U.S.A. and Rostock-Laage, and 1 week MCC (Multi-Crew Cooperation).

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Why is the flight school located in Frankfurt?

Frankfurt has numerous advantages as a location for the commercial pilot training: InterCockpit students benefit from the proximity of one of the world’s most significant aviation hubs, and training takes place in the same aviation environment in which the new generation of pilots will begin their careers a few months later. As the flight school belongs to Pilot Training Network, a 100 percent subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training, our students are able to take advantage of all Lufthansa service mock-ups, emergency simulators, and full-flight simulators during their training. 

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Why is the practical flight training held in Vero Beach and Rostock-Laage?

Within the context of the dual flight base concept, the two flight bases in Vero Beach and Rostock-Laage offer ideal infrastructural and aeronautical conditions. Airspace structures at both locations are optimal. Vero Beach features excellent climatic conditions needed for visual flight training – throughout the year. Our flight base in Rostock-Laage is located right on the airport premises giving flight students an authentic feel for aviation. In addition, several other airports are also located in the close vicinity that can be approached within the IFR Training programme.

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Do I need any special clothing or equipment for the training program?

Our students not only wear a uniform, but they must also be uniformly equipped with a laptop. During the course, the personal laptop (no Apple Macintosh) enables problem-free communication within the course as well as access to the Pilot Training Network Intranet where students can download updates, duty rosters, and other information anywhere and anytime.

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Am I likely to find a job after completing my training?

In a long-term view, the forecasts of aircraft manufacturers and airline operators predict a sustained vigorous expansion of global aviation. The special feature of the InterCockpit concept is the cooperation with the participating airlines. You have much better opportunities for a permanent job after completing the training at InterCockpit than with other flight schools.

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Can InterCockpit guarantee that I will be hired by an airline?

No, we cannot guarantee that you will be hired by an airline. However, through our comprehensive placement network we have developed great relationships with numerous European airlines. Our training concept and our effective Career Support also offer you much better prospects for gaining a full-time position than other flight schools.

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What can I earn as a qualified co-pilot after training?

Salaries for co-pilots vary widely from one airline to the next. Initial salaries in Europe are currently between 1,800 and 4,000 EUR per month before taxes and deductions. Depending on the airline, there may be varying allowances for overtime, stopovers, and expenses for overnights away for home bases.

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What happens if an illness or accident disqualifies me from flight operations for medical reasons?

In many ways, cockpit work is a very special job. This also means that the risk of being classed as unfit for service is considerably higher than in other professions.

In case of flight disability, a medical officer decides whether you receive a government disability pension and to which extent you must continue to work. He also stipulates which types of work you can still be expected to perform - your training or previous position plays no role at all. Government disability tends to be less than generous.

Only a limited number of specialized insurers are prepared to cover the special risk involved in licence loss situations caused by illness or accident.

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Is there any type of special insurance available guarding against disqualification for medical reasons?

Albatros Versicherungsdienste GmbH, a member of the Lufthansa Group, offers comprehensive insurance coverage for the financial consequences of disqualification through illness or accident. You can take out such a policy with reduced premiums to cover your course of training. In the case of being classed as unfit for service, the insurer pays the chosen monthly incapacity annuity with which you can cover the current costs of a training finance plan.

Further information is available directly from:

Albatros Versicherungsdienste GmbH
Andreas Kern
Tel.: +49 (0) 69 696-92379
andreas.kern[at]albatros.de

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Will I have any other expenses in addition to the fees for the training program?

The training package includes all costs for flying lessons, theoretical training, all training materials, a uniform, a flight case, a navigation computer, a logbook, maps, an accident insurance, as well as all take-off, landing, and flight safety fees.

Along with the living expenses, the following are not included:

- Fees of the federal aviation office for registration, testing, and licensing:
  approx. 1,500 EUR
- VFR RT License and IFR RT License: 183 Euro
- Language proficiency test: approx. 90 EUR
- Visa for Vero Beach, Florida (USA): 600 EUR
- USA Travel Package (ticket FRA-MIA/MCO-FRA and airport transfer MIA/MCO – VRB): approx. 700 EUR

Accommodations in Vero Beach and Rostock-Laage:

- Vero Beach: $18.50 per night
- Rostock-Laage: 240 EUR per month (including Internet)

For more information, just call us, visit one of our Infodays, or register for an individual consultation.

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Can I apply for a student grant once the training has begun?

Yes, InterCockpit is a recognized private institution for further education (approved by the Ministry for Arts and Sciences of the Federal State of Hesse). Therefore, student grants may be applied for in accordance with appropriate German legislation (BAföG Gesetz Art. 2 Sec. 2 BAföG).

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When can I start training at InterCockpit, and approximately how many participants will be in the course?

A new training program begins every two months at InterCockpit. The next course start dates are also shown here. The number of participants in each course is limited to 17 – 20 persons.

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How can I get more information?

If you have any further questions, please call our Hotline at +49 (0) 69 696-96290. Our team is there to assist you in any way they can. Send us an e-mail or get your own impression of InterCockpit by visiting us during one of our frequent Infodays in Frankfurt.

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