Professional Pilot Training

  • Diamond Cadet —
    The ATPL programme tailored to your needs

    The complete, personalized ab-initio Airline Transport Pilot programme. Learn more below.

The airline pilot’s job requires precision and knowledge, but no exceptional skill or physical fitness. You will only need normal eyesight (with or without glasses) and good general health — and most importantly a strong drive and motivation to aim for the skies! If you have the motivation to become the best of the best, you are the person we are looking for!

The Aeropole Diamond Cadet ab initio ATPL programme is a full training package with everything you need and is tailored to suit you as an individual learner. The training will be tailored to your availability, personal skills, knowledge and experience. We even allow working while studying, to a limited degree. Our professional pilot training is of premium quality with instruction given by experienced professional instructors on modern glass-cockpit Diamond aircraft.

Our professional flight instructors and state-of-the-art fleet ensure a superior training for the best aviators. From your very first training flight our programme will prepare you for the demands of the modern glass cockpit environment. The target duration typically ranges from 15 to 27 months depending on your prior qualifications and the targeted pace that will be agreed upon individually. If you start from scratch without any aviation background or knowledge, 21-24 months is a good target duration. Individual progression varies. The maximum allowed duration is 36 months.

Minimum requirements

Age Minimum 16 years old.

Language skills Good (upper intermediate or better) English skills are required and all candidates are tested. You should be able to use English effectively, but need not be perfect. You can deal with everyday situations in English. You can have long conversations and discussions. You have an extensive vocabulary and if you do not know a word you can find a way of describing it. CEFR level B2; IELTS score 5.5; TOEFL iBT score 80; TOEIC score 650; Cambridge FCE or better is required for international students.

Mathematics Upper secondary school basic syllabus or equivalent is recommended.

Physics Upper secondary school advanced syllabus or equivalent is recommended.

Health and Physical Condition Normal health is enough and determined by the aviation medical doctor. Eyeglasses are allowed, as long as the eyesight is normal when corrected with glasses.

Funding Before taking part on the programme you’ll have to demonstrate that you have arranged a satisfactory funding. Learn more.

Aviation Experience No previous aviation experience is needed. However, if you do have any, the prior experience is taken into account when determining your personal syllabus.

How to apply

We accept students only through applications on this website. The start of the course will be agreed upon with accepted students individually. You will find details on the application process below.

1 Submit the application form
2 Selection of interview candidates
3 The invitations to the next phase sent
4 Interviews and knowledge testing
5 Psychological and aptitude tests and medical examination*
6 Training Agreement signature

*Aptitude testing (550 EUR) will be invoiced prior to testing and is counted towards the package price. Medical examination is not included in programme fee (ca. 1,000 EUR in a typical case).

What the programme includes

Our programme includes all of the pilot education needed to start a Type Rating course for an airline, including the recently added requirement of the Advanced UPRT course. Our price includes the training services: flight lessons, instruction, study material, ground school, maps & charts, and pilot accessories. We even include a personal active noise-cancelling aviation headset for you in your Aeropole flight bag to ensure you the best possible learning environment. We will also help you with the paperwork involved with your licence application. You will need to pay third-party fees on top, such as Civil Aviation Authority’s examination and licence fees, and airport fees. (Accommodation or meals are not included.) Terms and conditions apply.

Financing your studies

Before applying, you should ensure sufficient funding for your studies. For instance, get a favourable decision from your bank or another form of statement of funding or loan guarantees. You are not required to take out the loan, as long as you have confirmed your eligibility to funding before applying. Please contact us to learn more about how to seek out financing for your studies.


After the Diamond Cadet programme you will be qualified to apply for a first officer job at a European airline or you can join our Flight Instructor Course for additional training to be an instructor. Check out here for some examples of where our alumni have been employed after their graduation.

Aeropole’s modern fleet, nice staff, and the ability to learn at your own pace guaranteed an efficient learning environment to me. Aeropole’s teachers take their job seriously and constantly encourage to learn more. I recommend Aeropole to everybody who value a great team spirit and a treatment as an individual!
Peter now flies an ATR-72 at Nordic Regional Airlines Norra
I chose Aeropole because of its modern learning environment, relaxed atmosphere and professsional service. I loved that my wishes, schedules and development ideas were taken into account, and I could advance my studies with my own pace. I really recommend Aeropole as you can influence your own studies, and it’s fun, too!
Tomi got his first job as a flight instructor at Aeropole and now flies a CRJ900 at Cityjet

Programme contents

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Flight instruction 46 hours flying with max 130 h instruction Theoretical studies ca. 75 h self-study, ca. 25 h classroom instruction
PPL Skill Test PPL Theory Examination
Preparing for the ATPL Flight Training Module
Night Flying (NF) 5 h flying at night, 15 h instruction. Visual night flying qualification. ATPL Theory ca. 650 study hours. Approximately 85% self-study and 15 % classroom instruction. All theoretical studies can be done at your own pace. Subjects:
– Flight Procedures
– Aerodynamics and Principles of Flight
– Aircraft instruments
– Navigation
– Meteorology
– Radiotelephony
– Flight Planning
– Aeroplane Performance
– Aeroplane Systems and Structures
– Human Performance
– Air Law
– Knowledge, Skills and Attitude
Aeropole Diamond Cadet Experience Up to 100 flight hours of experience building as a pilot in command. Guided flying missions and optional additional training:
– Hour building in familiar environment from you home base.
– Up to four weeks of stay in our training base abroad.
– International cross-country missions
ATPL Flight Training Module
Basic Instrument Module (BIM) 10 flight hours. Basics of instrument flying. ATPL Theory (continued)
Instrument Rating (IR) 40 flight hours. Instrument flying course:
– applied instrument flying
– cross country on instruments
– instrument flying procedures
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) 15 flight hours of commercial pilot training.
Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) 11 flight hours, 1 day of theory. Flying with a multiengine aircraft, normal and emergency operations. ME piston class rating with associated instrument rating.
CPL, IR and MEP Skill Tests ATPL Theory Examination
Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (A-UPRT) 3 flight hours, 6 hours theory.
– What leads to an aircraft upset
– How to recover an aircraft safely from unusual attitudes
Multi-Crew Co-operation Course (MCC) 20 flight hours, 25 h theory. Crew coordination training. Acting as a pilot in a multi-pilot crew. Jet orientation and basics of airline procedures.

Training locations

The Diamond Cadet programme offers you flexibility what comes to the training location. Aeropole has various training bases with modern facilities around Nothern Europe:

  • Lahti-Vesivehmaa, Finland – mainly for basic training (PPL, NF) and PIC hour building
  • Tampere-Pirkkala, Finland – full range of services
  • Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland – only for theoretical classroom instruction and simulator training
  • Aalborg, Denmark – full range of services
  • Roskilde, Denmark – full range of services

You can choose the option that suits you best! Please note that the third-party costs (such as navigation and landing fees, examination fees) vary from base to base. We are happy to provide you more information about your possibilities–please mention your preferred training location in your application.