Pilot students, who want to train for commercial pilot license, can choose from 2 different training courses. Common to the two courses is, that you finish with almost the same license. The difference between the two courses and licenses is described below.
Integrated Pilot Course - MPL License.
The integrated pilot course for commercial pilots requires that the candidate has passed the schools admission tests and a medical examination.
Students, who have passed the admission tests, can apply for admission to the flight school.
The integrated course will usually have duration of at least 2 years. At the start of the course, it is a condition that the student is able to pay both a deposit and a guarantee or a bank guarantee for the remaining part of the course price, which is approx. 700.000-850.000 Danish kr.
Moreover, it is a condition that one can give all his time to the school. That is, the school can schedule classes for students at all times of the day - all 7 days a week.
Since there is a meeting obligation for the lessons, one cannot have a permanent job and make money for the course, or participate in sport activities with fixed training times.
Students, who have followed the integrated training course, will complete the training with a MPL License (Multi-crew Pilot License), which can later be extended to an ATPL-License.
MPL License, entitles the holder to fly as first officer pilot (co-pilot) on aircrafts certified to operate with 2 pilots (Multi-crew-Airplanes), such as Airbus 320 and Boeing 737, but pilots with MPL License must not fly as a pilot on single-pilot aircrafts, such as Cessna 172, Piper 28 or the slightly larger business jets, such as Embraer Phenom 300 or Cessna Citation.
Modular Pilot Course - "Frozen" ATPL License.
For the modular pilot course, there are usually no admission tests, but students must as a minimum have completed the primary school's 10th grade exam.
The modular course, which usually has duration of at least 1 year, is taken in modules, where part of the course will be as a self-study with task solving at home. Schedules for lessons are agreed with students, and there is not necessarily compulsory attendance for the lessons. The course is flexible. If a student needs a shorter or longer break in the course, it is possible to pause or accelerate the course.
Since the modular course is not full-time education, it is possible to have full or part-time work together with the course. Students, who have followed the modular course, finish the course with a "frozen" ATPL License (Airline Transport Pilot License).
A "frozen" ATPL License, not only entitles the holder the right to fly as first officer pilot/co-pilot on all 2-pilot aircrafts, such as Airbus 320 and Boeing 737, but entitles also the holder to fly as Captain/Pilot in Command of all single-pilot aircrafts, such as Cessna 172, Piper 28 or the slightly larger business jets such as Embraer Phenom 300 or Cessna Citation. When a pilot with a "frozen" ATPL License has obtained 1500 flight hours as a pilot, the License can be changed to an unlimited ATPL License, which entitles the holder to fly as Captain or co-pilot on all types of aircraft - large and small - he or she is rated on. An ATPL License thus gives more rights, immediately after completion of the course, than an MPL License.
There is a relatively large difference between the prices between the two courses. An integrated pilot course often ends with a price of 750.000-850.000 Danish kr. The modular pilot course costs from approx. 450.000 Danish kr., which is paid regularly during the course.
There is a difference between the prices of the various flight schools, but usually the integrated course is considerably more expensive than the modular course.
February 5. 2019.