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Airline Ready Program

The Airline Ready Pilot Program will take you from little or no flying experience to having all required EASA licenses and ratings needed to work as a commercial pilot for European airlines within 20 months.


Course description

The Airline Ready Integrated Pilot Program is an airline-orientated training program giving the student an exciting balance between academic studies and operational flight experience in an airline-orientated training environment.

Our Airline Ready pilot program is designed by experienced pilots with a background in Pilot Selection and Training from major airlines and fully incorporates competency-based training and assessment principles throughout, with a key focus on developing the required pilot core competencies to meet set industry standards in our enrolled cadets.

Furthermore, to ensure a fully Airline Orientated training experience for our students, all our students are equipped with individual Electronic Flight Bags (EFP), Ipad Mini's – with the Boeing Foreflight Platform, including an integrated Flight Planning and Mass & Balance Tool, Navigation Charts, and our electronic eBooks for the ATPL theory from PadPilot.

When you graduate from the Integrated Pilot Program you will have the following certificates and ratings:

  • EASA CPL(A) | Commercial Pilot License, Airplane with:
    • Instrument Rating (IR) / Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) Rating
  • ATPL(A) | Airline Transport Pilot License Theoretical examinations
  • APS/MCC | Airline Pilot Standard - Multi-Crew Cooperation Course

Pre-entry requirements

Before you can apply

  1. Be 18 years of age
  2. Completed High School / Upper Secondary School / Vocational Education
  3. Pass a Pilot Aptitude Test (online admission test, read more
  4. Be able to successfully pass the initial EASA Medical Class 1 examination (read more)

All candidates will be enrolled in the digital pre-study refresher course in Mathematics and Physics. The courses are created for you to make sure that you are all warmed up for the studies and to give you the best conditions for a flying start at OSM Aviation Academy.

Academic studies

During the program, you will attend classroom-led instructions in 14 subjects divided into two semesters. In addition, you will learn about the core pilot competencies, Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) through computer-based training (CBT), instructor-led briefings, self-studies, and flight training.

At OSM Aviation Academy we utilize modern digital training aids and equipment, and for the ATPL theory, we use e-books developed by PadPilot.

Phase 1

  1. Principles of Flight (POF)
  2. General Navigation (GNAV)
  3. Meteorology (MET)
  4. Airframes, Powerplants, and Systems (ASP)
  5. Air Law (ALW)
  6. Communications (COM) - IFR and VFR

Phase 2

  1. Performance (PER)
  2. Radio Navigation (RNAV)
  3. Flight Planning and Monitoring (FPM)
  4. Instrumentation (INS)
  5. Operational Procedures (OPP)
  6. Human Performance and limitations (HPL)
  7. Mass and Balance (M&B)


Flight training

Phase 1 & 2 (C172 Glass Cockpit)

In the first stages of flight training, you will be conducting all your flights in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC), flying by the use of outside reference and a map. In the early stages, the main focus will be on mastering the four fundamentals of flying (climbs, descents, turns, and flying straight-and-level). As you progress you will start learning how to land the aircraft and become proficient enough to do your first solo flight.

Phase 3 (C172 Glass Cockpit)

The following stages will further increase your skills in navigation and more complex maneuvers. You begin to fly further away from your home base and become increasingly confident in handling the aircraft.

Phase 4 (C172/DA42 & B737NG Sim)

In phase 4 you will start practicing what is known as instrument flying. This means that you will fly in and above the clouds, or with a view-limiting device that only allows you to see the inside of your cockpit. The goal of this stage is to enable you to fly the same way airliners operate, following "roads in the skies", pre-defined routes used for flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

Towards the final stages of your flight training, you will upgrade to a twin-engine complex aircraft. As soon as you master the basics in this aircraft much of the training focuses on handling different abnormal procedures and emergencies. You will be trained in flying with only one of the two engines operating and become even more proficient with problem-solving in demanding situations.

Phase 5 (B737NG SIM)

At the very end of your initial training, it is time for the Airline Pilot Standard (APS) | Multi-Crew Cooperation course. In this stage, you will work side-by-side with one of your classmates. Working as a team and solving complex training scenarios is one of the favorite parts of the training for many students.

Advanced UPRT

The Upset Prevention and Recovery Training at OSM Aviation Academy includes the practical and theoretical training required for pilots to become UPRT approved.
UPRT is a requirement from EASA for commercial pilots.

Type Rating and Operator Conversion Course*

*Subject to successful assessment by partner airline, crew demand (B737 and B787).

Course timeline


Cost and financing

Cost of education

The Airline Ready Pilot Program costs 975 000 NOK/SEK and the payments are divided into four installments at the start of each semester. An application fee of 25 000 NOK/SEK will be invoiced together with your contract which must be paid in order to secure your spot.

Financing for Norwegian citizens

As a Norwegian citizen, you can apply for low-interest student loans through Lånekassen once you are enrolled in an integrated flight training education at OSM Aviation Academy in Arendal, Norway. The total student loans from Lånekassen are up to 1 145 196 NOK.

Read more about financing for Norwegian citizens here.

Financing for Swedish citizens

For Swedish citizens, you can apply for a student loan through CSN. All of our integrated programs, and some of the modular courses, are CSN approved and if you have no former loans with CSN you can be eligible for up to 554 020 SEK in student loans and grants. 274 100 SEK of this amount can be used to pay the course fee, while the remainder is administered in monthly installments to cover living expenses such as accommodation, food, etc.

Read more about financing for Swedish citizens here.

Financing for foreign students

As a foreign student, we recommend you to contact your domestic student loan provider for an individual assessment to see if you are eligible for student funding.

Can you get student loans from Lånekassen or CSN?

Students enrolled in one of our integrated flight training programs in Norway or Sweden can be eligible to apply for student funding. Please note that special requirements apply to non-Norwegian/Swedish students.

You can read more about how to be eligible for student loans through Lånekassen or CSN on their website:


Upcoming start dates

Arendal, Norway

22 August 2022
20 February 2023

The final day to apply is one month before the course start date. We recommend sending in your application as soon as possible to secure your spot for the course start you want to attend. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, & Arendal, Norway

13 June 2022
3 October 2022

The final day to apply is two months before the course start date. We recommend sending in your application as soon as possible to secure your spot for the course start you want to attend. 

Västerås, Sweden

23 January 2023

OBS! The course start in January is for Swedish citizens only.

The final day to apply is one month before the course start date. We recommend sending in your application as soon as possible to secure your spot for the course start you want to attend. 

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