The AIS Airlines Cadet Pilot Programme will provide training in leading you to your first airline job at AIS Airlines. This will be either on the Boeing 737 or Jetstream 32 aircraft. The training duration will be approximately 24 months.

Succesful applicants will be offered a conditional offer of employement prior starting training.

Choosing this program will offer several advantages such as partial financial assistance by AIS Airlines in order to fund the training cost, A JOC course on the Boeing 737 level D simulator and the possibility to include accommodation during your training.

Please note that in order to qualify for our Cadet Pilot Programme, the applicant will need to have the right to work and live in the EU.


Theoretical knowledge training – classroom based

The AIS Airlines Cadet Pilot Programme will start with a 8-month theoretical training where you will complete the following subjects:

  • Airlaw
  • Operational procedures
  • IFR communications
  • VFR communications
  • Principles of flight
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Airframe, systems & powerplants & electrics
  • Meteorology
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Mass & balance
  • Instruments
  • Flightplanning & monitoring
  • Performance

These theoretical subjects will be covered in series of four blocks. Each with a duration of 2 months. All subjects are taught from Monday through Friday from 08:30 am until 17:00 pm at our training facility in Lelystad Airport.


Practical flight training


The practical training starts with a foundation training on Single Engine Piston (SEP) aircraft and once this is completed you will progress to the commercial and instrument training. The duration of training will be approximately 14 months and is divided as follow:

Phase 1                VFR till first solo TB-9
Phase 2                VFR navigation TB-9
Phase 3                VFR navigation exam TB-9
Phase 4                SEP simulator/actual IFR TB-10/FNPTII
MEP simulator IFR FNPTII
MEP actual IFR Cessna T303
Phase 5                MCC cursus Cessna Citation Jet FNPTII and JOC on Boeing 737
Phase 6                Type rating B737 or BAe J32

Upon completing phase 6 you will progress to your base training stage and thereafter start your line training with AIS Airlines. The line training will finish once you have passed the line check and from that moment you will be a fully qualified First Officer for AIS Airlines.

Entry Criteria

Before commencing your flight training at AIS Flight Academy you will need to meet the following requirements:

Admission criteria

  • Age from 17 years
  • Successfully completed secondary education or pre-university education with mathematics, physics and English.

Foreign diploma

If you are in the possession of a foreign diploma, you can contact the Dutch institute called ‘Informatiecentrum Diploma Waardering’ (Information Centre for the Recognition of diploma’s). Upon request they can provide you with the Dutch equivalent of your diploma.

Medical criteria

Anyone wishing to obtain his/her commercial flight license will need to obtain a medical class I. AIS Flight Academy works closely with Aeglia (www.aeglia.nl) located at Lelystad Airport.


Students undergoing the AIS Airlines Pilot Cadet Programme will be entitled to participate with the AIS Airlines finance program. The airline will partially finance the course price and the student will be required to fund the remaining part of the course price.

The course price for this programme is €132.500,- all included.

AIS Flight Academy has a partnership with an external party called Flight Finance (http://flightfinance.nl/) specialized in financing our pilot training programs. On our AIS pilot roadshow we will provide detailed information about the AIS Airline finance program.