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Joint EASA/FAA Professional Airplane Pilot Program

Become a Global Pilot with Dual EASA and FAA Certification

The Joint EASA/FAA Professional Pilot Program includes all courses in our FAA Professional Pilot Program (including the Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings), the EASA Commercial (CPL), EASA Multi-Engine Piston Instrument Rating (ME IR), as well as full credit towards EASA Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL) Theory. Our students have the option of two pathways in this program, one that includes the flight instructor courses and one that does not. To provide maximum flexibility the student can decide for either pathway during the FAA commercial training. A graduate from this program will be ready to fly commercially in the U.S. and will need only to complete the Multi-Crew Cooperation training (MCC) and the respective type-rating to fly line-service in Europe and all other EASA license-accepting countries worldwide.

Program Courses

FAA Private Pilot

Your Private Pilot Certificate lets you fly airplane for fun and recreation—giving rides to friends and family or flying for your own transport. It’s the first step toward building the skills needed for your Commercial Pilot Certificate. You’ll be in the cockpit from day one, getting hands-on experience.

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FAA Instrument

The Instrument Rating is an essential part of the airplane training program, as it prepares you to fly in conditions that require reliance on your cockpit instruments only. Regardless of whether you fly in actual instrument conditions, the Instrument Rating will give you the tools and knowledge you need for a safe career.

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FAA Commercial Pilot

Build on the skills you learned in previous training and gain confidence in the aircraft so that you will be prepared to carry passengers and get a job flying as a professional pilot. Whether your goal is to fly a Boeing 747, a Cessna Citation or a cargo plane, you need a Commercial Pilot Certificate to fly for hire.

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CFI TRACK ONLY: FAA Certified Flight Instructor

A Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating is required for a pilot to instruct other pilots—often the first step in a pilot’s career and a great way to gain flight hours. You can build up your own experience and credentials while sharing your passion for flying with other aspiring pilots.

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CFI TRACK ONLY: FAA CFI Instrument

This course combines the techniques developed in the prior CFI course with the knowledge and experience you learned in the Instrument training to ensure you’re ready to instruct students on how to fly safely in conditions of low visibility, relying only on their instruments.

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CFI TRACK ONLY: FAA Multi-Engine Instructor

The Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) Course allows you to gain the experience and training necessary to instruct private and commercial pilots in a multi-engine airplane.

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EASA Theory

You’ll complete your EASA Theory coursework as ground training at the same time you’re completing the FAA ratings listed above. You’ll study 13 EASA-specific subjects in preparation for EASA Knowledge Exams, including aircraft general knowledge, flight planning, navigation, communication, and much more.

EASA Commercial Pilot MEP ATPL(A) Credits

This course builds on the skills gained in the FAA Commercial course listed above, but focuses on the additional skills you’ll need for EASA’s Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) requirements, including the procedures and maneuvers that apply in multi-engine airplane during normal and engine-out operations.

EASA Instrument ME

This course builds on the skills you acquired in your FAA Instrument rating, with a focus on meeting EASA requirements for flying in instrument conditions — relying only on in-cockpit instrumentation — in a multi-engine aircraft. As with other EASA courses, it will be tailored to closing the knowledge and skill gaps between your FAA rating and the EASA requirements.

Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) and Upset Prevention & Recovery (UPRT) Training

You have the option of completing your MCC training with HAA or with the provider of your choice; the training focuses on the skills needed to operate a multi-crew aircraft, including leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. The UPRT portion of the training focuses on the skills needed to prevent aircraft upsets and recover from them successfully.