Pilot Training - How it works


In reality flight training is a long multi-layered process starting with very basic handling skills in something like a Piper Warrior or Cessna 152 and gradually moving up towards more complex aircraft such as light twins (Piper Seneca) and eventually multi crew transport aircraft like the Bombardier Q400, Airbus A320 and even Boeing 777.

The process involves many exams, skill tests and periods of experience building throughout a pilot's career: First the PPL followed by a CPL and instrument rating, multi-crew co-operation course, sometimes a jet orientation course and finally a type rating specific to the aircraft or aircraft family the pilot will operate.

On IVAO the progression is broken down into four major steps:

  • Flight Student- for a basic introduction to aviation and the theory required to operate as a pilot
  • Private Pilot - for operations in Single-Eingine aircraft in visual conditions
  • Senior Private Pilot - for operations in Multi-Engine aircraft in instrument conditions (Note: the UK division referres to level as the Instrument Rating)
  • Commercial Pilot - for operations in a commercial enviroment flying multi-pilot transport aircraft

Course system

The United Kingdom division has established a series of courses, one associated with each discipline, which need to be completed in order to attain the rating. The courses provide comprensive theoretical instruction for the applicable rating and can be accessed through our Aviation Training Centre or the Training Material link in the menu on the left.

Practical training for the ratings can be arranged on a one-on-one basis with our flight instructors using the Practical Training link in the menu on the left.

Flying without ratings

All IVAO Pilot ratings are completely optional and there are no restricions for only flying on a Flight Student rating which is automatically assigned to all members who have chosen 'Pilot' in their profile.

Training Location

Practical training can be provided at most UK aerodromes with the exception of EGLL, EGLC, EGKK, EGSS, EGCC, EGBB, EGPH, EGPF. The routes for practical exams are preset and may be found in the course material.

First Steps

Your first step as a new pilot shoud be to complete the introductory course. The introductory course introduces you to many of the concepts that are essential to aviation, and will provide you with a good foundation on which to build further skills and knowledge, specific to each discipline. For details on creating an account, logging in, and completing the introductory course, please refer to our User Guide.

Having completed the introductory course, you are ready to enrol on a rating course. Please see the help for more details on enrolling.

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