Our world is in motion.


Frankfurt am Main, February 2, 2017
The recruiting activities of Lufthansa Aviation Training Pilot Academy (LAT PA, formerly PTN) are currently in full swing, with the popular Hungarian airline Wizz Air joining the ranks of LAT PA’s strategic partners. After a successful audit of the flight school, LAT PA graduates went through a selection process in mid-January 2017 at Wizz Air in Budapest. Two crews were selected and will begin their Airbus A320 type rating in April.

With over 500 routes and 27 airports, Wizz Air is one of the largest low-cost airlines active in Central and Eastern Europe. The company has over 3,000 employees. Wizz Air has a young Airbus fleet, with over 70 different A320-series aircraft currently in operation. In addition, the company has ordered 110 A321neo aircraft equipped with the latest technology.

Frankfurt am Main, January 26, 2017

After WOW air hired a total of five crews in 2016, Lufthansa Aviation Training Pilot Academy (LAT PA, formerly PTN) once again successfully placed numerous graduates with the Icelandic airline. After an assessment held early January in Frankfurt, a total of ten LAT PA graduates were selected by WOW air as future pilots for the airline. The crews will now begin their Airbus A320 type ratings in February at Lufthansa Aviation Training in Frankfurt. We wish them all the best!

Frankfurt am Main, December 20, 2016
The flight schools of the Lufthansa Group in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States are combining their activities under the European Flight Academy (EFA) umbrella.

EFA will offer standardized pilot training of consistently high quality at competitive prices. Training is carried out at the existing flight schools Lufthansa Flight Training Pilot School (VFS) Bremen, Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), Pilot Training Network (PTN), and Swiss Aviation Training (SAT).

For the time being, new training courses in Germany will only begin at PTN, which will also take over training for a portion of the pilots of the Lufthansa Group from now on. For this purpose, the selection process, training course, and the qualification system of PTN will be adapted to that of the Lufthansa Group. New training courses at VFS Bremen can be resumed once, in particular, the collective bargaining terms have been settled.

From now on, graduates of the EFA flight schools will receive an airline license that meets the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL). With this license, they benefit from added flexibility in shaping their future career, because ATPL certification is recognized and does not require a preliminary decision regarding at which airline the career path will continue. In order to ensure high-quality training with optimal economic efficiency, EFA is also investing in the modernization and expansion of its current fleet of training aircraft as well as modern training methods.

"With growing airline fleets, the global demand for well-trained crews also increases," says Rainer Hiltebrand, designated CEO of Lufthansa Aviation Training. "At the European Flight Academy, airlines will continue to be able to meet their need for pilots - reliably and flexibly - from a pool of highly qualified pilots-to-be."

Frankfurt am Main, December 19, 2016
From now on, Dutch airline Transavia will rely more heavily on new pilots from the Pilot Training Network (PTN) for the operation of its airplanes. The two companies have now agreed on terms for a corresponding partnership agreement.

Following the positive audit in summer of 2016, PTN was selected as a preferred supplier for the new Transavia hub airport in Munich, where the airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737s. The first selection processes took place in December 2016 and the contracts of future Transavia pilots have now been signed. Type ratings are slated to begin on February 28, 2017.

Transavia is a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM, a member of the Air France-KLM Group. The Dutch airline has its own individual market presence and primarily offers flights to European destinations with a focus on the Mediterranean region. Each year, Transavia brings approximately ten million passengers to their destination; the fleet consists of 56 Boeing 737s, most of which are 737-800 models. Hubs are located at airports in Amsterdam, Paris, and, since December 1, 2016, also Munich.

Frankfurt am Main, September 28, 2016
Effective immediately, the Pilot Training Network (PTN) will use a new process to screen candidates for ATPL training: The “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.

Frankfurt am Main, July 27, 2016
We proudly present: our future WOW air pilots during their second day of their Airbus A320 emergency type rating and first aid initial training at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center (LFTC) in Frankfurt.

After finishing this training three of five crews will directly start their A320 type rating at the LFTC. The other two crews, having already completed their type ratings, will continue with their line training in Reykjavik.

Pilot Training Network wishes all of you good luck in your trainings!

Frankfurt am Main, June 22, 2016
After helping 24 graduates of the Pilot Training Network (PTN) obtain positions at Aegean Airlines, PTN Recruitment Support has now registered its next success: Iceland’s leading airline WOW air will be hiring up to 11 PTN graduates.

An initial meeting was held in Reykjavik in late March so PTN Recruitment Support could introduce itself to WOW air management representatives.

From May 23 to 24, representatives of WOW air visited PTN’s head office in Frankfurt am Main for the selection process. A shortlist of PTN graduates had already been drawn up in advance. The future WOW air pilots will undergo type rating training (A320) for WOW air with Lufthansa Flight Training in late June. After that they will go straight to Reykjavik for line training.

The airline WOW air was founded in 2012 and is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. The WOW air fleet comprises four Airbus A320s that fly from Iceland to numerous European destinations and an Airbus A321 for long-haul flights to North America. In the future, the A321 will be joined on the long-haul routes by three A330-300s.

Frankfurt am Main, June 16, 2016
After passing the Aegean screening appointments in the beginning of May a total of 24 PTN graduates will start their type ratings in June/July at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center in Frankfurt. Aegean welcomed the first half of their 24 aspiring pilots on a welcome day which took place last week and the second half (see the attached photo) on the Welcome Day yesterday in Frankfurt.
PTN wishes all PTN graduates good luck during their type ratings!

Frankfurt am Main, May 4, 2016
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. 

Frankfurt, 5 April 2016
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 at the ILA CareerCenter 2016.

Frankfurt am Main, June 1, 2015
With Flight Instructor Training (FI(A)rp), Pilot Training Network is expanding its product portfolio with an additional attractive training offering. With the nine-week advanced-education course, pilots who already have a CPL(A) can build a second career in aviation.

As an attractive additional qualification, the course offers better entry opportunities for graduates without a piloting job. In addition, the course is ideally compatible with your professional life because of the comparatively short training duration of nine weeks. The training offers an ideal development opportunity, particularly for pilots who want to be promoted within an airline to SFI (synthetic flight instructor) or TRI (type rating instructor). Becoming an authorized flight instructor enables both training courses to be shortened.

In order to begin the training, a commercial pilot license (CPL(A)), instrument rating (IR), and EASA medical class 1 are required. The course is conducted in English. The theoretical phase of the training takes place in Frankfurt and the flight phase takes place in Rostock-Laage. The costs of the training in the amount of EUR 7,900 are completely tax deductible. Graduates of the Pilot Training Network also benefit from a special discount.

You can find all the facts and additional details about flight instructor training here.

Frankfurt am Main, October 8, 2014
In collaboration with the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, 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 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.

Frankfurt am Main, September 24, 2014
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.

Frankfurt am Main, July 7, 2014
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)

Frankfurt, February 11, 2014
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 o 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.

Frankfurt am Main, January 15, 2014
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.

Frankfurt am Main, January 2, 2014
Matthias Lehmann (36) is the new head of training at Pilot Training Network effective immediately.

After he had successfully graduated in Economics from the Berufsakademie Mannheim in 2000, he applied for the Lufthansa ab initio program and started his professional pilot training in March 2001 in Bremen and Phoenix, Arizona. Due to an economic downturn, Lufthansa was not hiring pilots by the time Matthias had earned his ATP license in 2003. Consequently, he started working for Lufthansa Cargo in a project aimed at optimizing ground processes. After only a few months he was seconded to Zadar to work for PTN where he assisted and deputized for the CFI and head of operations. During this time, Matthias also obtained his instructor rating. In 2004, he changed positions internally and became Chief Ground Instructor in Frankfurt.

In late 2004, Lufthansa started hiring pilots again and Matthias was trained by Lufthansa to become First Officer on the A320. He then flew for Condor Berlin and was also sent on a four months detachment to Germanwings. On a part-time basis, Matthias worked for Interpersonal in Hamburg from 2006 to 2011, selecting ab initio students and ready entry pilots for several international airlines. In 2007 he became FO on MD11 for Lufthansa Cargo where he advanced to Senior First Officer. This position involves standing in for the Captain during cruise flight. From 2009 to 2011, Matthias also worked as Assistant to the executive board member for Product and Sales in LCAG.

In 2011 he has joined PTN a second time and worked as Flight Instructor, Deputy CFI and Chief Flight Instructor. Matthias is 36 years old, married and has one daughter.

Frankfurt am Main, December 19, 2013
PTN is reacting to the aviation market’s need for excellently trained flight dispatchers and is running a dedicated course for people wishing to train to become licensed flight dispatchers from 2014.
Flight dispatchers are important partners on the ground for pilots, and are permitted to perform flight preparation and support the responsible pilot from the ground during the flight. The training includes fields such as flight planning and monitoring, meteorology, air law, air traffic and flight safety guidelines, general navigation and radio navigation, study of loads and balance points, technology, study of aircraft and jet engines, aerodynamics and aircraft performance, and data transfer and communication processes. 

Flight dispatchers are often confronted with a very broad range of problems when handling flights, so they need a great deal of qualitative expertise. One of the main tasks for flight dispatchers in today’s modern airline traffic centers is to ensure that an airline operates its flights as economically as possible. In this process, flight dispatchers have a direct influence on the efficient implementation of air traffic in the creation of flight plans and fuel calculations. In addition, they take on elements of the work of cockpit crews, so that they can focus on ensuring a safe flight. This gives expertly trained flight dispatchers an integral role as partners for cockpit crews on the ground in airline traffic centers.
The training course to become a licensed flight dispatcher at Pilot Training Network lasts around ten months. The six-month theory part – which covers around 70 percent of the theoretical knowledge of an ATPL pilot – is taught at one of the Lufthansa Flight Training Center locations in Germany; the subsequent practical phase is completed in a flight operations center of a cooperating German aviation company.
Training to become a flight dispatcher is an excellent alternative way of embarking upon a successful career in the fascinating world of aviation. You can find information on the training course leading to a license and details on the application process here.

Frankfurt am Main, December 18, 2013

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Frankfurt, December 13, 2013
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.”

Frankfurt am Main
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 global 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.

You can find more information on "ATPL & Aeronautics" here >

Frankfurt am Main, September 3, 2013
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.

Frankfurt am Main, August 13, 2013
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.”

Frankfurt am Main, June 18, 2013
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. 

Frankfurt am Main, June 7, 2013
In cooperation with European airlines like FARNAIR and SkyWork Airlines, 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

Frankfurt, 15 March 2013
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.”

Frankfurt, 22 February 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".

Frankfurt, 2 February 2012
There are now new entry requirements for the ATPL training course at FlightCrew Academy. A positive 'Berufsgrunduntersuchung' (BU), an aptitude test carried out on behalf of Lufthansa by the German aerospace centre (DLR), is now sufficient in order to apply for one of our training courses.

The overall performance as assessed by the DLR is nonetheless essential for admission to the training courses. As such, the DLR data has to be released in conjunction with the application in order to be able to evaluate the performance.

In addition to the BU, school examinations and a medical that assesses an individual's suitability to fly are essential requirements of any application.

Frankfurt, 20 December 2011
FlightCrew Academy now offers an ATPL training course that is more strongly geared towards the processes of the cooperating airlines: Lufthansa CityLine and Germanwings are enriching the courses with numerous new measures designed to prepare student pilots specifically for their career as airline pilots – measures that are not usually a feature of the training.

The exclusive range of measures offered by the airlines include an evaluation flight with a training captain, participation in full-flight simulator training and a so-called Streckenerfahrungsflug, giving student pilots the chance to experience a complete flight route in the cockpit. What’s more, experienced pilots support students as part of a mentoring system, and airline talks provide an insight into a day in the life of a pilot. In addition, regular training checks carried out by selection captains of both airlines ensure the consistent focus on airline processes.

Also new are the DLR coaching sessions, in which potential shortcomings of the student pilots are analysed and the necessary training measures are defined.