Student pilot entry requirements

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Minimum / maximum age

  • 16 years old : minimum age to start the private pilot course (PPL).
  • 17 years old : minimum age to start the airline pilot course (ATPL).
  • 65 years old : maximum age to fly for an airline doing commercial transport of goods (cargo) or passengers.
  • Unlimited : there is no limit of age for private flights.


Medical examination

  • Aero-Medical Center :
    • The first thing to do before you can apply for a pilot course is to visit an Aero-Medical Center. Ask for an initial class 1 examination if you want to work as a professional pilot or fly for an airline as an airline pilot. Ask for an initial class 2 examination if you want to fly as a hobby.
  • Wearing glasses :
    • Do not worry if you wear glasses, it is allowed as long as you can see normally while wearing them.
  • Colour blindness :
    • You can even have a slight degree of colour blindness. This means that if you fail the Ishihara test, you will be asked to recognise the colours used in aviation. For this purpose, the Aero-Medical Center will use the Holmes or Beyne lantern to show you different light colours : white, blue, red, green and amber. The test will be considered as passed as long as you can recognise each colour without hesitation. If you cannot recognise them, you will be granted a class 2 medical certificate which gives the right to get a PPL (Private Pilot Licence) and fly only during day time.

Diploma of secondary education

  • Private pilot course (PPL) : no diploma required.
  • Airline pilot course (ATPL) : you do not need to be an engineer to become a professional pilot. Basic knowledge of math, algebra and physics is enough. However you will need a diploma from general or technical secondary education or equivalent (enseignement secondaire général ou technique / algemeen of technisch secundair onderwijs).

You already own a PPL ? Then you can immediately join the ATPL course! Ask for more information.