Airline Pilot Training Courses

Commercial piloting is an exciting world. For men and women who yearn to work in “the most beautiful office in the world”: the cockpit of a modern airplane... It’s an area that offers many opportunities as international, public and private air traffic is constantly on the increase. Yet it is also a very exacting field that requires rigour and technical mastery, one in which only the most qualified and stick-to-itive will one day see their dream come true...

Cannes Aviation, integrated ATP 2013-2014 session

To start one’s career as a commercial or airline pilot, you must get the CPL[A] licence and the IRME (IFR multi-engine) rating issued by a European Union member state. It is the only licence that enables one to work as an airline first officer or co-pilot on an aircraft of over 5.7 tons in EUROPE and many other regions of the world.

2 course paths available:

Course 1 : The ATP [A] integrated “ab initio” training

Since 2009, the school is proposing this 2-year curriculum, entirely in English, via its Cannes Aviation Academy stream.

The purpose of the ATP[A] integrated course is to train commercial pilots “ab initio” and bring them up to the skills level required to be first officers or co pilots on multi-pilot, multi-engine airplanes in commercial air transport service.

Cannes Aviation, integrated ATP 2013-2014 session in front of a da42
Cannes Aviation stripes commercial pilot

The instruction is highlighted with issuance of following JAA/EASA aeronautical titles:

  • Airline Pilot theory certificate (14 certificates altogether)
  • CPL[A] Commercial Pilot Licence
  • IRME[A] and MEP(t) ratings for instrument flight on multi-engine aircraft
  • MCC multi-pilot working certificate
  • Aeronautical English Certificate (FCL 055)


Classes start in September and January each year. Each year’s graduating class has 15 students at the most, which ensures high-quality instruction. Student entrance is based on written application and selection tests. Also open to PPL pilots who can shorten their curriculum and thus gain a saving on fees.

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

As part of Cannes Aviation’s ATP integrated cursus since 2014, this course is mandatory as per the European regulatory AirCrew ruling as to control the following issues;

Cannes Aviation, integrated ATP EXTRA200

• “flight at critically low air speeds, recognition of recovery from incipient and full stalls, spin avoidance”
• “unusual attitudes and simulated engine failure”

For such UPRT Cannes Aviation Academy uses one brand new single engine, 2 tamdem seats, Extra 200 of its fleet allowing to take on unusual situations such as spin recovery, big slope bend or also dynamic stall.
Equipped with carbon central grider, you could test out load factor up to +/-8g.
Furthermore the UPRT training requirements, the Extra 200 will allow you to understand many key aspects of Flight Mechanics.

Course 2 : ATP [A] modular training

For pilots (beginners or PPL holders) who have to take their course in phases due to financial constraints or professional or family demands.


The modular curriculum has 3 basic modules:


1) Preparation for the CPL:

Cannes Aviation, instructor  pilot and student  pilot take-off on Diamond da42
Cannes Aviation, students pilot preparing flight

This preparatory training is for certified private pilots holding a PPL-SEP (or MEP) who want to enrol for a CPL-IRME course but who must first increase their flight hours and/or improve their skills (maturing phase).
Based on acquiring blocks of hours (20 to 50 hrs. or more, with a minimum of 20), this training involves a tailor-made, one-to-one solo flight instruction programme with a few flights on dual flight time.
Meanwhile, you can also round out your theory skills with ground courses.


  • You must have a valid Class I or II medical certificate
  • You must hold a PPL(A) and a valid SEP or MEP licence.
  • You must have passed a training course in the DA40 VFR and/or DA40 EFIS differences.

2) ATPL theory:

Cannes Aviation, ground course books

To obtain the 14 Airline Pilot theory certificates in 10 to 12 months.
On-site training in English.
ATPL theory is a prerequisite before moving onto the CPL-MEP & IRME course. To be admitted to the ATPL theory course, you must hold a PPL licence and pass selection tests.

3) CPL-MEP & IRME training:

da42, night flight

This module takes you through the most important step toward obtaining your twin-engine IFR rating tagged on to your commercial pilot licence.
The instruction leads to obtaining the following JAA/EASA titles:

  • Commercial Pilot Licence CPL[A]
  • IRME[A] and MEP(t) ratings for instrument flight on multi-engine aircraft


  • You must have a valid Class I medical certificate
  • You must hold a CPL(A)+IR(A) or ATPL(A) theory certificate.
  • You must hold a PPL(A) private pilot licence.
  • You must hold a valid Single Engine Piston (SEP) rating.
  • You must have at least 172 flight hrs. including:
    - At least 100 flight hours as pilot in command.
    - At least 50 hrs. of cross-country flight.
    - A flight of at least 300 NM with 3 complete landings.
    - 5 hours of Night Flight.
  • Past the Diamond Star DA40 evaluation test (approximately 1 hr. 30 min).