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April 14, 2021

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37% of all Cascais Airport Movements

In 2020 Sevenair Academy pilot training activity at Cascais Airport represented 37% of all movements more than 2nd and 3rd position combined. We can’t be more proud of what our team does, working hard everyday for all our students to have the best training possible and that’s why we are one of the leading pilot schools in Europe.

Numbers don’t lie, they represent the hard work we do every single day and give us strength to continue and climb higher.

ATPL Pilot Training — Why Begin Now?

This is the time to take a deep breath and reflect about the future. ATPL Pilot Training — Why Begin Now?

Never have unprecedented and unexpected words made so much sense in our lives, and become one of the most frequently used in aviation. We all know that aviation has almost stopped for a while. But we know as well that it will recover with a coordinated approach.

EUROCONTROL Draft Traffic Scenarios - 24 April 2020 (base year 2019)

EUROCONTROL Draft Traffic Scenarios – 24 April 2020 (base year 2019)

Chart Legend: EUROCONTROL has produced two scenarios that illustrate the possible impact of the extent to which “COVID-compliant operational procedures” for airlines and airports are common across all European States. If airlines have to comply with one set of regulations on departure and another set when the flight arrives in another state, then this will be particularly onerous on the industry.

As we can see and listen on several online forums and webinars, no aviation expert will tell you that it is easy to be in the industry today or in the next few years. But a crisis is only a crisis, it will end. Thousands of of aircraft will be crossing the sky again, and who will fly these planes if not pilots?

When should I start my Pilot Training?

Let’s check some numbers first:
Over 90% of global fleet is either parked or stored,
more than 290,000 active pilots worldwide are stuck at home with not much certainty as to when they will fly again.

Swiss International Air Lines aircrafts parked

Swiss International Air Lines aircrafts parked on the tarmac in Zurich. EPA —

For those young aviation enthusiast that live and dream to become a pilot it seems a hard time to take the step with this scenario.

Bug you don’t need to take this decision alone, you must collect all the main key facts that will help you find the answers to the most common questions arriving from all over the world.

#1 There is no ‘yes’, there is no ‘no’.

“It is a difficult time with many ifs and not too much job security. Everyone sees and knows it. However, we all also know that this industry is very dynamic and will return to the growing phase again.” — Pilot Training in the Face of a Crisis: Worth Beginning Now? Aviation Voice

Airlines will continue to hire even if it’s just to replace the pilots who will retire by age. Flight schools will continue to need qualified flight instructors which have been hard to hire in the last couple of years with the growth of sector. So there are still opportunities to take even today.

#2 A U-shaped recovery likely for air travel sector

This means that after the industry falls it will take potentially up to two years to climb back to normal. A sharp V-shaped recovery for the global air sector is unlikely given the severity of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic though a U-shaped recovery with domestic travel returning faster than international is more than probable.

IATA said the worst impact of the pandemic globally will be felt in the second quarter of this year with travel restrictions deepening the impact of recession on demand for travel, which represents 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

In one of the latest updated analysis IATA said the pandemic will see airline passenger revenues drop by US$314bil this year, which is a 55% decline from 2019 figures.

#3 Long-term thinking strategy

Explore every opportunity that out Pilot Training could offer. Your complete course duration is from 18 to 36 months.

Is simple, if you want to become an airline pilot and decide to pick the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) training path, it will take approximately two years to complete the entire training.

According the epidemiological experts, two years it is quite enough for the crisis to fully end, and according to aviation professionals, it is enough for the industry to be more than halfway into pre-crisis levels.

#3 Opportunity graduating in time

When the job market is reviving it might be a decision that will pay off. And do not forget the value of commitment. If you choose aviation in the face of the crisis and remain committed to your choice, this will definitely demonstrate your attitude towards aviation.To sum up, nobody will provide you with a definitive answer. There are many pros and cons, however, do your homework, assess the situation and then make a decision.

In case you want to know more about pilot training you can take a chance and participate on a webinar dedicated to this topic or contact us for more information.

euroAtlantic Set To Become Portugal’s First Boeing 787 Operator

Yesterday aircraft lessor AerCap announced the signing an agreement with ACMI and charter airline euroAtlantic Airways. The agreement covers the lease of two used Boeing 787-8 aircraft, which will be delivered in the spring of 2021. Once delivered, euroAtlantic will be Portugal’s first 787 operator. ACMI stands for aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance – otherwise known as wet leasing.

“We are delighted to support euroAtlantic with two 787-8s, making them the first 787 operator in Portugal. With these new aircraft, euroAtlantic will provide next generation widebody ACMI services to the global market while at the same time enhancing their fleet operations. We wish euroAtlantic every success and we look forward to working with them, together with the Boeing team, as these aircraft deliver.” – Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap.

Portugal’s first 787 operator

While euroAtlantic can claim the title of Portugal’s first 787 operator, this is mostly a technicality due to the airline being registered as a Portuguese company. However, as a wet lease operator, an overwhelming majority of the airline’s operations take place outside of Portugal.

“We are very pleased as euroAtlantic Airways will be the first Portuguese operator of the ultra-modern 787 Dreamliner. The 787’s incredible fuel efficiency and range provide tremendous flexibility for our customers as they profitably operate the airplane on a wide range of route networks and business models such as ACMI’s, Wet Lease or Charter flights.” -Eugénio Fernandes, the CEO of the airline.”


A320 Non Type Rated First Officers Lauda Germany

As one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines, Lauda is recruiting motivated Non-Type Rated First Officers who are looking to progress in their careers in a young and dynamic airline.

Required skills

  • Aircraft model: A320
  • Type required: No
  • Languages: English
  • EASA ATPL or Frozen ATPL (CPL with ATPL subjects);
  • EASA Class 1 flight crew medical certificate;
  • ICAO Level 4 proficiency in English language or higher;
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the EU;
  • The maximum age must be 65 years old;
  • 700 hours of total flying experience;
  • 500 hours flying experience as First Officer on CS25 aircraft;
  • For EASA licence holders the application must be made within 36 months of the most recent relevant Type Rating “Valid Until” date specified in Section XII “Certificate of Revalidation”. i.e. the Rating must not have expired for longer than 3 years at the intended course commencement date.

Other information


  • A growing company and therefore excellent career opportunities;
  • Fixed roster pattern 5/2, 5/3;
  • 35 days annual leave;
  • Attractive and fixed bases across Europe;
  • Reduced price tickets for the entire Lauda route network.


March 9, 2020

09 Mar 2020COVID 19

Covid 19 Coronavirus Sevenair Academy


Our Academy has been permanently monitoring the evolution of the outbreak of the new Coronavirus Covid-19 and we have been following the recommendations issued by the competent national and international entities, namely IATA (International Air Transport Association), the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Center of Disease Prevention and Control as well as the National and Regional Directorate of Health and by the national aeronautical entity (ANAC).


Sevenair Academy had adopted preventive measures‚ to have a more effective response when dealing with students that may present symptoms‚ such as fever‚ acute cough or respiratory problem.

  • Reinforcement of individual protection masks onboard;
  • Prevention kits‚ in addition to the existing first aid kits;
  • Reinforcement of disinfectant units for the adequate hands’ hygiene and disinfection of common work areas.
  • Reinforcement of procedures to be adopted by the instructors/crew members‚ who will act under the instructions issued by the health authorities‚ whenever passengers show signs of illness‚ such as fever‚ acute cough or respiratory problem.


  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds‚ and especially after sneezing or coughing.
  • Cover your nose and mouth (with a tissue or similar and never with your hands) when sneezing or coughing.
  • In case of fever or general malaise‚ the students should consult a doctor before came to Sevenair Academy
  • National Health Line (No. 808 24 24 24 ).


  • Oporto (Porto), Portugal
  • Do you dream of an office at 40,000ft?
  • Do you dream to fly in a company that operates single-use plastic free flights and is sustainably responsible?


  • Age: 21 years old;
  • Height: above 1,60 m (Women) and 1,70 m (Men);
  • Fluent in English and preferably another language;
  • High School diploma (Portuguese 12º Year);
  • Good swimming skills;
  • Medically Fit (good physical and mental health).


  • Nonsmokers and no corrective glasses or contact lenses;
  • Availability for long periods abroad;
  • Well-groomed with impeccable manners;
  • Responsible, mature and team orientated;
  • Friendly personality, costumer oriented with willingness to serve;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Cabin Crew Attestation, issued by our partner MACF – Aviation Training and Consultants.

If you wish to apply please submit your CV, face and full body photos until the 13TH OF MARCH. Candidates with experience also need to submit Cabin Crew Attestation and Medical Report.


Piloting - Not Only for Men

Women have been flying powered aircraft since 1908; prior to 1970, however, most were restricted to working privately or in support roles in the aviation industry.

Global percentage of female pilots is still very low. According to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP), commercial female pilots make only ~5% of total commercial pilots globally.

Growing tendency of female students in aviation

The relationship between gender and technology is ever changing and the figures from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) speak a clear language of that. There is a growing tendency of future women pilots, as the percentage of female students significantly differs from the number of flying female pilots in the industry.

Our academy already has 12% of pilot female students. In the USA, while women make only 5,12% of the whole USA commercial pilots, student female pilots amount to 12,02% amongst all pilot students.

The growing number of future women pilots is also seen across different European countries. ISWAP states that the percentage of women in the cockpit is around 5% worldwide. While France, Sweden and Finland exceeds the average with having from 7,5% to 12,00% of female student pilots.

Women pilots’ percentage in India is twice that of global average.

According to the latest statistics, the percentage of women airline pilots in the world stands around 5.4%. In India, percentage of women pilots currently is 12.4 %.

India employs a total of 8,797 pilots of which 1,092 are women and 385 of these are female captains, according to the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

Sources: and The International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

Sevenair Academy opts for a New Alsim ALX simulator

Portuguese aviation trainers Sevenair Academy have purchased an Alsim ALX.

The Alsim ALX provides single engine piston, twin engine piston up and twin jets (generic B737/A320). It has ATPL, CPL/MCC and APS MCC approval in compliance with all current regulatory standards.

“Having operated an ALSIM AL200 simulator for the last 10 years with the great results… we have decided to buy an Alsim ALX,” said Alexandre Alves, Chief Commercial Officer of Sevenair Academy.

“The technology integration, the user-friendly systems and layout and the very strong sales and after-sales support from Alsim convinced us.”

Sevenair Academy is part of Sevenair Group which is the largest general aviation organisation in Portugal. Operating for over 30 years, it holds EASA ATO and Part 147 approvals.

The company has bought 14 new airplanes in the last three years to expand its fleet to 23.

“Adding an ALX flight simulator will enable the school to provide high-quality courses to their students,” said Nicolas de Lassus, Alsim’s Sales Account Manager.


Global 6000 Non Type Rated First Officers VistaJet Sevenair Academy

VistaJet, the first and only global aviation company, continues to gain substantial market share around the world. Their impressive growth has created new opportunities for First Officers to join the team in Europe.

Required skills

  • Aircraft model: Global 6000
  • Type required: No
  • Languages: English
  • 2000 hours of total flying experience;
  • EASA ATPL or Frozen ATPL (CPL with ATPL subjects);
  • EASA Class 1 flight crew medical certificate;
  • ICAO Level 6 proficiency in English language;
  • The unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.

Desired skills

  • Valid Global 6000 Type Rating.

Other information

Required Documents(applications will not be processed unless all documents are submitted):
  1. Current Curriculum Vitae in English (incl. three references);
  2. Flight Hours Breakdown (Total Time, Jet/Turbine, PIC, Time on Type);
  3. Copy of PART FCL License;
  4. Copy of PBN License;
  5. Copy of Medical;
  6. Copy of Passport (valid EEC passport).