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International Flight Academy

IFA is an international flight academy with two bases of operation: Cascais and Viseu. These two bases guarantee national North/South coverage and reduces the school’s dependence on a single airport infrastructure.

At IFA we are committed to making your dreams come true. As aviation specialists, we have trained thousands of pilots and cabin crews in the past 24 years, which are presently flying in several airlines around Europe, Asia and Africa.

IFA has its own in-house maintenance conducted by IFA Industries (Part 145) which belongs to the IFA Group. Having our own in-house maintenance means total control over the quality of mechanical interventions and greater fleet readiness for instruction.

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We are proud of our past and excited about the future.

Approach to training – 3 step comprehensive training
3 Steps Comprehensive Training, means we believe in an inclusive and complete training where the student pilot starts flying with conventional instruments & airplanes, and progressively moves towards more complex machines and avionics that prepare him/her for an airline. Our goal is to forge our students for all kinds of professional challenges.

EASA certified training center
As a fully accredited flight academy from EASA, we have built our name and reputation for over 24 years.

Thousands of pilots and cabin crews accredited
IFA provides qualified training for airlines across the world.

Our Fleet

IFA provides the most up to date training equipment to students and instructors.

IFA is the official distributor and service center in Portugal for the Pipistrel Aircraft, which gives our students access to the most advanced training aircraft available, the Pipistrel SW121.

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Pipistrel SW121

Glass cockpit

Digital auto pilot – Garmin model GFC500

Variable pitch

Basic instruments

Advanced UPRT (equipped with parachute)

Spins approved by EASA

G3X avionics

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Cessna 152

Analog gauges

2 seater

Solo flights

VFR for PPL and ATPL

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Cessna 172

Glass cockpit

Digital auto pilot – Garmin model GFC500

4 seater

Instrument rating

PBN

GNSS

G5 avionics

FADEC technology

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Liberty-XL2

Anologic gauges

2 seater

Instrument rating

GNSS

G430 avionics

FADEC technology

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Grumman GA7

Anologic gauges

4 seater

Instrument rating

PBN

GNSS

G430 avionics

AlSim : IFA's aircraft simulator

Our Flight Simulator

At IFA we are commited to pushing the boundaries of educational quality. By this premise we have a state of the art FNPT-II simulator, the ALX by Alsim simulators.

This ground based training device opens a massive variety of capabilities, certifications and airplane types to our instruction portfolio.

It is capable of IR, MCC, MPL and PBN training. Being configurable it can range from a classic instrument aircraft to a glass cockpit, and various types of aircrafts including engine, twin engine or airline (Airbus 320).

Cascais airport runway with IFA's aircrafs

Our Bases

IFA has two bases in Portugal. Our first base is located in the Aerodrome of Cascais, near capital city Lisbon. Our second base is located in the Aerodrome of Viseu, covering the northern region of Portugal. Both bases provide similar training conditions, for theoretical studies, exams preparation and flying hours. Additionally, in both bases the theoretical and practical classes occur in the same location. This is essential for the pedagogical quality of the course, and beneficial to our students: they can start the flight phase as soon as possible simultanously with the theory, in order to apply their theoretical knowledge in flight.
Map of Portugal showing IFA's bases
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Our Flight Simulator

At IFA we are commited to push the boundaries of educational quality and diversity. By this premise we added a state of the art FNPT-II simulator, the ALX by Alsim simulators.

This ground based training device opens a massive variety of capabilities, certifications and airplane types to our instruction portfolio.

Because it is a modular based instruction device, our students can fly aircraft types ranging from a small single piston engine aircraft all the way to a Medium Jet category aircraft.

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Our Bases

IFA has two academies in Portugal.

Our first base is located in Aeródromo de Cascais, near capital city Lisbon.

Our second base is located in Aeródromo de Viseu, covering the northern region of Portugal.

Both academies provide similar training conditions, for theoretical studies, exams preparation and flying hours.

Map of Portugal showing IFA's bases