How to become a Pilot

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Do you want to fly for pleasure or have a great airline career? We are here to help your dream come true. Follow these 4 steps to become a pilot.
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Your future starts here

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IFA Aviation Training Center aspires to become more than just an aviation academy.
Our goal is to help you develop great skills and competencies. Make your successful aviation career with us!

Step 1 - Would you like to become a pilot?

What license to pursue?

If you have passion and motivation to fly an aircraft, you must choose whether for your own pleasure or to start a career in aviation.
The answer will guide you to the type of license you will need.

Step 2 - Select the right training program

A complete list of training programs may seem confusing at first glance, so we have prepared a simplified table of the available courses at IFA.

It's great if you know which program you want to sign up for, but don't worry if you are not sure. Our staff will guide you through the differences between the programs and help you decide which one best suits your needs.

Step 3 - Selection tests

Selection Process

If you decided on the program to enroll, the next thing to do is complete the school selection tests.
You must book a date to complete the tests.

Evaluation of personal and
behavioural characteristics and competencies

The test is designed to determine certain personality and behavioural characteristics in order to evaluate if Pilot is the right job for you.

Assessment of cognitive abilities

The assessment identifies and determines if you have cognitive abilities and skills that are relevant to a pilot’s job and are key to become a successful pilot.
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Evaluation of English language skills

With the test execution it is possible to assess your ability to read, write, understand and speak English.

Individual interview

A semi-structural interview to assess a candidate’s knowledge of a pilot’s job,
aviation industry and personal motivation.
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Step 4 - Health Check

Medical Certificate

Whether you are about to become a private or a commercial pilot, you will have to undergo a medical examination before the start of your training.
You have to get a Medical Certificate Class 1 or 2 from a medical examiner, approved by the national aviation authority (ANAC). These health examinations are carried out independently by the student in the specified hospitals of Lisbon (UCS) or Oporto (Hospital dos Lusíadas).

Get ready to become a pilot

You are now in conditions to start your pilot training. Let the adventure begin!

How we became what we are today

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IFA Aviation Training Center has over 21 years of experience in providing aviation training services.
It also has more than 9 years of experience in Ab-Initio training.
IFA combines the most modern training tools with specialized employees and instructors.
We are proud of our past and excited about the future.

Why IFA?

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IFA Aviation Training Center is one of the largest aviation training centers in Portugal. Student's progression and goal achievement is our focus. We are one of the few academies in the country with an early flight phase.
Our staff is united by their passion for aviation and want to ensure quality training for you.
At our academy you can start your aviation training with Ab-Initio courses and move on to the Type qualifications on the most flown aircrafts, with our Zero to Type programs.


2 Flight Bases – Cascais and Viseu.


Appropriate aircrafts for every flight phase.

Dedicated Team

An experience and reliable team of Staff, Theory and Flight instructors ready to pass on accumulated knowledge and skills.

Training Programs

Wide range of training options.

How we started

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IFA was founded in 1998 in São Domingos de Rana.

Qualified professionals join forces to create an academy where life-long technical knowledge and experience could be passed on to younger generations. First came the Type Ratings and after Cabin Crew and Cadet training, as a response to market needs and expansion goals.

With large investments in facilities, fleet and flight simulator, a dedicated team of professionals and a wide-range of training offers, IFA is the academy to choose!

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