Patrick Kesseler (Capt. B747)
Head of Training at Luxembourg Flight Training Academy
“Here at LFTA me and my team work for YOU and not for shareholders. Therefore, we can focus on you and provide you the best possible training at a real commercial airport. Welcome to LFTA, proudly located at Luxembourg International Airport, in the very heart of Europe.
Enjoy your training.”
LFTA – An academy based on excellence and passion
Luxembourg Flight Training Academy was founded in 2012. Until today, we are the only Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in Luxembourg providing the entire range of qualifications of fixed wing flight training.
LFTA being a largely voluntary based organisation, is driven by the passion for flying. Our goal is to enable students to successfully climb the aviation career ladder to become dependable professionals. We aim to enable you to successfully apply for your first pilot job; therefore, motivation and perseverance are our primary concerns.
We base our values on being straight forward, professional and competent. We render the most proficient guidance throughout your training. Since no flight school can promise an airline job after successful pilot training and not everyone has the required sufficient skills to become a pilot, be vigilant about promises made: Wasting time, effort and money on unsuccessful pilot training.
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Our Instructors: Passionate Professionals
30 Flight Instructors and 8 Class Rating Instructors are on duty throughout your training. Our Instructors are world class passionate aviators; eager to teach you all about aviation. We assign a suitable instructor; accommodating your level of experience as well as your availability any time of the week.
You only have time to fly on the week-end? We will find you an instructor that does too; training tailored to your every need.
Whether full time airline professionals, retired airline pilots or highly experienced flight instructors; their common calling is to share their passion during the most proficient training.
As Luxembourg is a multilingual country, so are our instructors with language proficiency in Luxembourgish, French, German and English, as well as Icelandic or Portuguese.
Our fleet consists of 12 reliable and well maintained airplanes equipped with PBN capable Garmin avionics:
1 Tecnam P2010 – the latest acquisition to our fleet
(180 HP, IFR, autopilot, Garmin G1000 all glass avionics, constant speed propeller)
2 Cessna 172S
(180 HP, IFR, autopilot, Garmin G1000 all glass avionics)
3 Cessna 172
1 Cessna 182
(235 HP, IFR, autopilot, constant speed propeller)
4 Piper PA28-161
1 Twin engine Piper PA44
(2×180 HP, IFR, autopilot, retractable gear, constant speed propellers)
2 Classrooms, 3 briefing rooms and one FNPT II flight simulator
Our proximity to the airport is beneficial to close relations with airlines such as Cargolux, Luxembourg Air Rescue, Jetfly and Globaljet; strengthening our training quality. Starting pilot training at a busy international airport increases situational awareness and capabilities to cope with heavy commercial and civil air traffic, even when piloting a small single engine aircraft. Our students learn to cooperate closely with air traffic controllers and other pilots early in their pilot training which strengthens awareness and excellent safety-mindeness when confronted with a busy situation on the ground as well as in the air.
Our facilities have ample space and most up-to-date equipment to maintain high training standards. Our classrooms and briefing rooms are equipped with modern technology to support the latest teaching methods and flight planning. We respect and manage all applicable COVID-19 restrictions.
We train in our TRU-Mechtronix Ascent flight simulator (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer Class II – FNPT II), one of the top manufacturers of synthetic flight training devices. This simulator will be used mainly for training towards the instrument rating. Each student will spend about 40 hours in the simulator.
Single engine flight models as well as multi engine flight including turbine engines (Beech 200) models can be simulated.
As an EASA approved Flight Training Organisation (ATO), LFTA provides modular flight training for the following licences and qualifications:
- PPL(A) – Private Pilot Licence
- NIT(A) – Night Qualification
- IR(A) – Instrument Rating
- CBIR(A) – Competency Based Instrument Rating
- EIR(A) – Enroute Instrument Rating
- MEP(A) – Multi Engine Piston Class Rating
- CPL(A) – Commercial Pilot Licence
- ATPL – Air Transport Pilot Licence
- MCC – Multi-Crew Cooperation
- FI(A) – Flight Instructor
- PBN – Performance Based Navigation Course
- Base Training in Accordance with AMC2 ORA.ATO.125
- IRI(A) – Instrument Rating Instructor
- STI(A) – Synthetic Training Instructor
- CRI(A) – Class Rating Instructor
- MCCI – Multi Crew Cooperation Instructor
- Medical certificate class 1 (class 2 for Private Pilot Licence only)
The aeromedical assessment will check your physical health and will determine if you are fit to fly. During this check, you will be assessed on your eyes and ears, your cardiologic fitness and others. Please do not believe that you have to be a super hero to pass this assessment, however a number of values has to be respected.
- Minimum age 17 years (16 years for PPL)
- Goog knowledge of Mathematics and Physics
- Good knowledge of English