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How Lufthansa pilot students can finance their training

MUNICH – Lufthansa resumes pilot training with the first course starting in July. Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) has completely revised the training concept at the European Flight Academy (EFA). LAT chief Matthias Spohr wants to meet the needs of the drivers in the group more precisely than before the crisis.

Corona caught the 2020 EFA in the midst of growth: 980 pilots in training had to face the premature end of their training.

During the crisis, LAT converted the training concept into ATPL training, downsized its Bremen location and sold the flight school in Goodyear to United.

Perhaps the most important innovation: the simplified EFA is no longer divided into individual groups for Lufthansa, Eurowings, Austria and Switzerland: graduates will in principle have access to all Lufthansa airlines.

And after the crisis, they definitely need it again. “We will see the need for students again only because of the fluctuations,” said LAT chief Matthias Spohr aero.de on Tuesday. The first course will start in July, by the end of the year “70 to 80 pilot trainees” will have enrolled in the EFA and will begin their training in 2022.

Next year, Spohr intends to use the EFA to advance to a range of 250 to 300 student pilots and, in the long run, to train within a corridor of 150-300 student pilots per year. “The limit is 300 per year,” said the head of LAT. “Our goal isn’t always to keep up with every suggestion.”

After consulting the airlines, the EFA assumes that these figures will cover the needs of the Lufthansa Group over time.

“We cannot promise that every student will find a job in the cockpit immediately after their training,” Spohr said. “But everything has to work in such a way that the campus isn’t full of waiting students.” In the past, this has often led to frustration “on both sides”.

Two financing options

The concept of financing is also new. This is necessary because Lufthansa no longer advances the training costs of 105,000 euros to the ATPL. Spohr used two financial partners instead. “With our partner Albatros, we have found classic student funding,” Spohr said.

Albatros requires guarantees, but finances from 25,000 to 100,000 euros of training costs at fixed interest rates and annuities, all without reimbursement for up to 24 months.

“What’s really new is our education fund,” Spohr said. Here, student pilots must first raise € 30,000 on their own. “The next 75,000 euros will be pre-financed by our partner Brain Capital – without any form of guarantee,” explained Spohr the second concept.

Reimbursement is based solely on subsequent salary – the pilot student returns a fixed portion of his / her subsequent gross income to the provider.

“The current rate is twelve percent over twelve years,” Spohr said. “If I earn a lot I have to pay back a lot, if I earn little or nothing I just have to give back less or nothing”. The repayment is limited to the “doubling of the loan amount”, or to a maximum of € 150,000.

Type-Rating bei Airlines

When in doubt, this may be more expensive than a classic loan, Spohr admitted. The education fund will also make pilot training at the EFA more accessible to candidates who cannot rely on financial support or family security.

There are no additional training costs after being hired by a Lufthansa airline. “Type rating is paid for by all Group airlines,” Spohr said. “We have agreed this with all the airlines.”

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Mail from 15/06/2022 – 07:28

I can only advise against taking this path. LAT always promises a lot before signing a contract, but little will come true. Almost all of their flying students over the past 10 years have already experienced this firsthand. Little Spohr “runs” an extremely dubious business with the ensuing style.
Personally, I think it’s a shame that aero still offers a platform for this type of business. LAT and LH AG regard flight students as a mass, where it is not a problem if something hasn’t come out for a year. This is fatal for young people. Interested parties need to be very aware of this.

Post dated 06/14/2022 – 11:44 pm

The article is about the future of the flight school and funding options and not the former student pilots who are in a legal dispute with the LAT.


Well, I think the fate of the “old” LAT pilot students should be a lesson and a reminder to any potential “new” pilot student – this is how it will go for you if a “tough market environment” occurs again.

As it were, “Abandon all hope that comes in here” …

As written above, alumni are also an important factor in determining the chances of a seat in the LH cockpit after training.

This aspect can hardly be more relevant to the content of an article.

Thank you.

Post dated 06/14/2022 – 11:38 pm

The article is about the future of the flight school and funding options and not the former student pilots who are in a legal dispute with the LAT.

Well, I think the fate of the “old” LAT pilot students should be a lesson and a reminder to any potential “new” pilot student – this is how it will go for you if a “tough market environment” occurs again.

As it were, “Abandon all hope that comes in here” …

As written above, alumni are also an important factor in determining the chances of a seat in the LH cockpit after training.

This aspect can hardly be more relevant to the content of an article.

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