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Ab-initio & Modular training

Ab-initio & Modular training There are two ways to pursue your goal of becoming a professional pilot. One way is through modular training, the other is by joining an Ab-initio program.

Modular Training
This is the most common way to train. You start of by obtaining your private pilot license (PPL), move on to an instrument rating (IR) for then to do a commercial pilot license (CPL). It is called modular training as you build up your competence and experience by doing different training modules independent of each other. Some of them require you have a lower module (license) before starting training. Ex. you need your PPL before you do your CPL, but the IR you can take either after your PPL or CPL. Before training to instructor (CFI/FI) you need your CPL and so on.

Ab-initio Training
This way of training is more common with large flight schools in Europe training to the JAA certificate. It is built up as one long course where you get your CPL, IR and multi engine rating all at ones upon completing the course. The Ab-initio courses are intended for full time students only and you donít get certificates as you progress the same way you would in modular training.

The Ab-initio course is preferred by many airlines in Europe as the students have to follow a pre-set progression through the course. If you fall too far behind you drop out and get pushed back classes. This may be noted by some airlines thus limiting your chance of getting a job with them. On the other hand, completing a Ab-initio course may enhance your chances o getting a job.

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