In two years to the commercial pilot license: Condor Ab Initio program starts

January 31, 2023 - In two years to the Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) including a type rating: To make this possible for prospective pilots, Germany's most popular leisure airline is offering pilot training in cooperation with the TFC Käufer flight school in Essen for the seventh time as part of the Condor Ab-Initio Program (CAP).

In recent months, a total of 12 applicants have been offered a training position. During the two-year training, which started yesterday, a theoretical and practical phase awaits them. In addition, the training includes type rating, i.e., type training, in this case for the Airbus A320 aircraft type.

Condor and the flight school TFC Käufer are focusing on CO2 reduction: for the first time, an electric aircraft and a corresponding virtual reality simulator will be used as part of the training. Photovoltaic systems on the roof of the flight school building will also cover the simulator's electricity requirements. In total, 70 percent of the training will be conducted on electric aircraft. Photovoltaic systems on the roof of the flight school will also cover the simulator's power requirements. The Velis Electro electric aircraft from the manufacturer Pipistrel that will be used is the first electrically powered aircraft licensed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for training operations.

"We are looking forward to once again giving highly motivated talents the opportunity to find their way into the cockpit. Together with the flight school TFC Käufer as a reliable partner, we have put together an ecologically innovative program with a clear commitment to new technologies", says Christian Schmitt, COO and Accountable Manager of Condor.

"We are proud to be able to offer commercial pilot training according to the latest standards after a two-year project phase. The complex training on simulators enables us to train young pilots directly and already within their future environment, which in turn contributes to the fact that even during the training the everyday life of the commercial pilot is always present," says Christian Käufer, managing director of the flight school TFC Käufer.

The MPL commercial pilot license was introduced by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2006 and has been officially established by the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA) since 2009. In addition to the Ab-Initio program, Condor also offers pilots who hold a valid commercial pilot license an entry-level position as a First Officer (ready entry). Application documents for this position can be submitted at

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