The curriculum is unique in Europe
for its two entirely different target groups. One target group is pilots who work or have worked in the aviation
sector but do not have the higher education they need for their next career
move. They can take the one-year curriculum, which focuses on the business side of
aviation. “Graduating in one year is a big leap that will allow the pilot to
move forward in aviation and improve their competence,” said Meelis Koovit, the head of the curriculum
and a senior pilot. He added that the nominal volume of the curriculum, 180
academic credits, can be indeed completed in just one year. A professional
pilot’s license (CPL/ATPL) and previous work experience count towards the
volume as these are converted into academic credits. The bonus is the
opportunity to study after work, as learning
is online and attendance is only required to pass the final exam.
The second target group consists of those who want to obtain both a pilot’s license and higher
education. This will take three years
of classroom training at the Aviation Academy. While professional pilots have
previously completed their pilot’s training, it is still ahead for those
starting from scratch.
The commercial air transport pilot
curriculum has a significant part in common with another English-language
curriculum – commercial aviation
management. The two curricula share the International Air Transport
Association (IATA) courses, which the Academy has offered as an IATA-authorised
training organisation since spring 2021.
“The new English-language curricula
of the Aviation Academy will benefit both Estonian aviation and the country as
a whole because the export of high-quality education services will improve our
international reputation and recognition in every sense,” commented Kristo Reinsalu, the head of the Estonian
Aviation Cluster. According to Reinsalu, the more experienced and educated
aviation experts we have, the more vigorously the sector develops.
Admission to the English-language curricula begins on 3 January 2022. The application requirements are
different and can be viewed on the website of the Estonian Aviation Academy at lennuakadeemia.ee/en.