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About SmartLynx Training Centre

About SmartLynx Training Centre

25 active and experienced pilots as instructors in our Training Centre

About SmartLynx Training Centre

14 000 average flight hours of the instructors

About SmartLynx Training Centre

80-90 new students each year from all over the world

About SmartLynx Training Centre

1 400+ flight and cabin crew team in 2023

About SmartLynx Training Centre

SmartLynx Training Centre is one of the most recognized approved training organizations (ATO) in the Baltic States that offers airline pilot training by providing type rating courses for Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320 series. It is a well-known training center, acknowledged by aviation professionals worldwide.

SmartLynx Training Centre offers the most comprehensive, applied ground training available today.

SmartLynx Training Centre welcomes 80-90 students each year from all over the world. The majority of graduates get the opportunity to build a pilot career with SmartLynx Airlines. In the past 5 years, 96% of all graduates received the opportunity to build a pilot career with SmartLynx Airlines.

Aviation Training Services

B737 MAX Type Rating Course

SmartLynx B737 MAX Type Rating course covers Ground Course (9 days in the virtual classroom followed by 1 day of testing in the classroom), Cockpit System Simulator (FTD/OTD), Full Flight Simulator (FFS), Skill Test, and B737 MAX Base Training (6 Touch and Go + 1 Full stop) with an option to do ZFTT session for experienced pilots. Ground training is delivered as distance learning, followed by simulator training in one of

our facilities, and completed with the Base Training from SmartLynx base airports. Completion of the full course takes around 6 weeks.

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A320 Type Rating Course

The aim of the course is to train pilots with different backgrounds and previous experience to safely operate A320 family aircraft.

After successful completion of the A320 type rating course and skill test, pilots are A320 family type rated. The course is performed on a basic version of an A320 aircraft which covers the A320 family

(A318 / A319 / A320 / A321). This allows pilots to get a single Type Rating to fly all the versions of the same aircraft series, if they performed the relevant familiarization course.

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Cabin Crew Training Instructor Courses

SmartLynx Cabin Crew Training Instructor Courses are a combination of theoretical and practical education delivered by our highly experienced  Instructor Team.

Courses can be organized for an individual or a group, as single or multiple courses, and the location is customized to the client's needs.

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A320 Licence Renewal and Revalidation

SmartLynx Training Centre offers the possibility of renewal and/or revalidation of the Airbus A320 type rating.

Our highly experienced examiners are available in several European locations and will carry out the program according to your needs, whether it is a revalidation or renewal. Course duration and price depend on the license expiration date. 

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Type Rating Instructor Course

The TRI(A) training course is designed to develop safety awareness throughout by teaching the knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to the role of the TRI and is designed to give adequate training to the

applicant in theoretical knowledge instruction, flight instruction, and FSTD instruction to instruct for the A320 type rating. The course gives particular emphasis to the role of the individual in relation to the importance of human factors in the man-machine environment and the role of CRM. Particular attention is given to the applicant's maturity and judgment, including an understanding of adults, their behavioral attitudes, and variable levels of learning ability.

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  • Systematic approach to instruction

    We provide a defined instruction system to achieve training objectives, determined by task analysis.

    Methods and means necessary to implement the instruction system were selected for their qualities and adaptability to the objectives.

  • Learning by doing

    We consider practical exercises in each training phase to be highly significant. Practical training is provided as soon as possible to ensure retention of theoretical knowledge and crew members' training on their respective tasks in the cockpit environment.


  • Training to proficiency

    At the end of the training program, each crew member will be capable of carrying out his tasks safely and efficiently, in accordance with the training objectives.

  • Implementation of new methods according to regulations

    Methods used are following the latest trends in aviation training and implementing rules, as well as regulations required by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. The Crew Resource Management is integrated into technical training through CRM topics studied during the course.

A320 Type Rating Course Content

Ground Course

Includes:
  • Computer Based Training (CBT) with instructor
  • System review
  • Procedures
  • Performance
  • Weight and Balance
  • Tests
Duration:

9 days in virtual classroom followed by 1 day testing in classroom

Cockpit System Simulator with FTD

Includes:
  • ECAM trainer
  • FMGS trainer
  • Cockpit trainer
  • Normal and abnormal operations
  • Task sharing
Duration:

12 hours

Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

Briefing/Debriefing
Duration

10 sessions / 40 hours

Skill Test

FFS
Duration

1 session / 5 hours

A320 Base Training or ZFTT session

6 Touch and Go + 1 full stop

or

ZFTT session for experienced pilots
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B737 MAX Type Rating

Ground Course

Includes:
  • Computer Based Training (CBT) with the instructor
  • System review
  • Procedures
  • Performance
  • Weight and Balance
  • Tests
Duration:

9 days in virtual classroom followed by 1 day testing in classroom

Cockpit System Simulator with FTD or OTD

Includes:
  • ECAM trainer
  • FMGS trainer
  • Cockpit trainer
  • Normal and abnormal operations
  • Task sharing
Duration:

12 hours

Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

Briefing/Debriefing
Duration

10 sessions / 40 hours

Skill Test

FFS
Duration

1 session / 5 hours

B737 MAX Base Training or ZFTT session

6 Touch and Go + 1 full stop

or

ZFTT session for experienced pilots

Pre-requirements

Pre-requirements

Older than 18 years

Pre-requirements

Valid multi-engine Instrumental Rating (A)

Pre-requirements

Advanced UPRT certificate

Pre-requirements

Class EASA 1 medical certificate

Pre-requirements

ICAO level 4 knowledge of English language*

*The English language level has to be in pilot license or additional certificate of English proficiency level issued by authority where pilot passed the examination or by authority issued pilot license.
Pre-requirements

EASA ATPL(A) or CPL(A) and theoretical knowledge equal to requirements for the issue of ATPL(A)

Pre-requirements

Hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of MCC course if applying for the issue of the first type rating for the multi-pilot airplane type

Pre-requirements

70 hours as pilot-in-command of airplanes

Pre-requirements

500 hours or 100 route sectors experience on Multi-pilot aircraft types if applying for Type Rating with ZFTT option

*The English language level has to be in pilot license or additional certificate of English proficiency level issued by authority where pilot passed the examination or by authority issued pilot license.
*The English language level has to be in pilot license or additional certificate of English proficiency level issued by authority where pilot passed the examination or by authority issued pilot license.

Upcoming Dates

July 16th A320 Type Rating
September 10th A320 Type Rating
October 8th B737 MAX Type Rating
October 15th A320 Type Rating

To find out more, fly through our Training Centre's booklet.

And if needed, feel free to contact our team to discuss your training period options. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to complete the course?

The average duration of our course is six weeks. Our Type Rating course is intense but leaves sufficient time for self-study and rest.

If I join the course with a friend, would I get a discount?

Yes, if you join our Type Rating Course together with a friend, each of you will get a 1500 EUR discount.

Will SmartLynx ATO arrange travel and accommodation during the course?

Travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the student. They are not included in the course price. Most of our students decide to share living costs by renting together.

Can non-EU citizens apply for the Type Rating course?

The current company policy only allows candidates with EASA-approved licenses and Class 1 Medical to enroll in the course. Please note that it is a student's responsibility to maintain a valid permit to study/work and live in the EU. Applicants from the UK can be considered.

What is the cost of the Type Rating course?

36 500 EUR + 600 EUR pre-assessment fee (pre-assessment fee is non-refundable). The pre-assessment consists of an online psychological assessment and interviews with a psychological specialist and the SmartLynx Airlines assessment team.

The course price includes the following:

  • All training course materials
  • 9 days in virtual classroom followed by 2 days of in-person classes and 1 day of testing
  • A320/ B737 Cockpit systems simulator (3 sessions / 12 hours)
  • A320/ B737 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) (10 sessions/ 40 hours)
  • A320/ B737 Skill Test (1 session / 5 hours)
  • A320/ B737 Base Training (6 Touch and Go + 1 Full Stop or ZFTT (Zero Flight Time Training) session)


How does this course differ from Type Rating courses other flight schools offer?

SmartLynx Training Center has over ten years of experience in pilot training and a record of over 400 skilled graduates. Our training is conducted by current airline pilots, ensuring that students benefit from up-to-date knowledge, procedures, and insights gained from professionals with extensive flying experience. At SmartLynx Training Center, we are committed to equipping pilots with the skills and expertise required for a successful aviation career.

Is the insurance included in the price?

It is the student's responsibility to arrange insurance.

Can I work for SmartLynx after finishing the A320 or B737 MAX Type Rating course at SmartLynx Training Center?

Yes! Graduates who have completed the Type Rating course without any disqualifying criteria are considered for employment at SmartLynx Airlines, and successful Pre-Assessments help to ensure that students have all the necessary skills to succeed in the Type Rating.

Where are the Type Rating Courses held?

The first part of the training (Ground School) is done online in a virtual classroom. Afterward, trainees travel to Barcelona, Spain, to complete all necessary tests and continue with simulator training. Base Training location can vary, but usually, training circuits are done in RIX or TLL.

Should the course price be paid in one payment, or can it be done in installments?

The course fee is paid by the schedule and divided into four payments. Three of these are to be paid before the course starts, and the last one - during the actual course period.


Can I pay for the Type Rating after the course from my salary?

Currently, the option to pay for the Type Rating after the course from your salary is not available.

Graduates About Us

Sam Westedt
Sam Westedt

Dear Readers,

My name is Sam Westedt and I have successfully finished my type rating course with Smartlynx Training Centre.

Following many recommendations, I applied & got accepted to Smartlynx training centre A320 type rating course. The entire course took around 7 weeks.

The Smartlynx Training centre is highly professional and has guided me and the rest of the students into passing their training. Thanks to the personnel at Smartlynx, the training went smoothly & as planned despite the problems which the pandemic brings.

At first glance the amount of knowledge that had to be learned was overwhelming, but with the help of the instructors respected knowledge & high willingness to help their students was a key part of guiding our type rating group into success.

I am eager to start a new chapter, learn more about this beautiful airplane, and start my line training in the near future.


All the best,

Sam

Marco Cuscunà
Marco Cuscunà

I always wished to be a pilot, since I was 5. I was fashioned from those giants flying into the sky. Since I can remember I walk with my nose up towards the sky, looking for some aircraft, dreaming to be a First Officer or a Captain.

In 2017 I started flight school and after two years got my CPL license flying on dv20, 40,42 and Cessna 152. At the beginning of 2020, I tried to join the SmartLynx programme for the first type rating of my career, then unfortunately we got COVID 19. In 2021 Smartlynx contacted me back. My performance was satisfactory and I passed the selection process.

March 2021 is when my A320 Type Rating started.

Smartlynx gave me the opportunity to join the airlines' world. I find the environment extremely professional and prepared.  Special thanks go to my Simulator Instructor, Igors Palicevs,  who leads me to the type rating certification.

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  • Expertise

    Each of the instructors is handpicked for their dedication, passion, knowledge and flight experience

  • Facilities

    Learn in an environment with the most modern and up-to-date computer training aids, procedural simulators and full flight simulators

  • Design of our program

    Each procedure of full flight simulator session is targeting different aspect of flying an Airbus

  • Human interaction above all

    Despite our enthusiastic use of modern technologies, we strongly believe in human interaction – there is always a dedicated instructor ready to help during our computer-based training

  • Core philosophy

    Equip graduates with the aviation and commercial knowledge needed for today's professional environment. Their achievements are our best recommendation.

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