These FAQs only cover questions about the pilot training at SAT from its commencement to its conclusion. If you have any questions about the admission requirements, the application procedure, the assessments, financing your training and/or the terms and conditions of employment at SWISS, these are addressed on the SWISS careers portal, which you will find at http://www.swiss.com/corporate/en/careers/professional-fields/pilots.
If you have any further questions (e.g. of a medical nature, or about the school-leaving qualifications required), please contact our Assessment Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Can I train to become a pilot at SAT without undergoing the SWISS assessment?
You cannot complete an integrated SAT pilot training course without undergoing the SWISS assessment. But in some circumstances you may be able to complete some of our modular courses without doing so.
2. Will I be at an advantage if I already have a Private Pilot Licence?
Not really. You will still have to complete all the theory training. Whether your already-accumulated flight hours can be credited to your practical flying experience will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
3. If I pass the assessment, how soon will my training begin?
Your “pass” will be valid for one year. So you will need to start your SAT pilot training within this period.
4. What additional costs am I likely to incur in the course of my training?
In addition to your personal living costs, you should expect further costs of around CHF 10,000 for expenses such as a laptop, examination fees, a headset, US visa fees, medical examinations, a car parking card and similar.
5. What language is the training conducted in?
All our SAT pilot training courses are conducted in German and, towards the end, partly in English. The training documentation is in English. All the examinations are conducted in English, too.
6. If I’m not a Swiss national, how do I obtain a Swiss residence permit for the duration of my training?
Once you have found your accommodation in Switzerland, you will need to register with the local municipal authority. They will pass your details on to the immigration authorities, and you will receive a residence permit within a few weeks.
7. Will I have to live in the Zurich area for my SAT training?
No. You will just have to make sure that you can attend all the training sessions, which begin at 08:15 and end around 17:40 each day. The place of residence is no longer decisive for the subsidies, provided that it is located in Switzerland or Liechtenstein. Since August 2015, all cantons and the Principality of Liechtenstein engage in the subsidies. For further information here please contact the cantonal education authorities
8. Will any accommodation be provided by SAT in the course of the training?
SAT will provide you with accommodation for your stays in Grenchen and Vero Beach. But we are unable to offer any such facility in Zurich. Many of our students try to find or arrange shared accommodation for their Zurich stays.
9. Can SAT help me find accommodation?
Once you have been accepted for SAT pilot training, you will be given access to our Extranet, on which you can make contact with your future classmates – to look for shared accommodation, for instance. The Extranet often has ads from other students offering accommodation (shared or otherwise), too.
10. Will I be insured against illness and accident during my SAT training?
No. You will have to arrange private sickness and accident insurance yourself.
11. Will I be able to work alongside my training?
Our SAT pilot training is very intensive. You will be training with us for around 40 hours a week; and you’ll also need time at home to process what you have learnt and prepare for your upcoming training sessions.
12. Will I receive any kind of training allowance during my time at SAT?
No, you will not receive an allowance during your training.
13. If I have any questions of a personal nature, who can I contact?
SWISS holds regular information events about our SAT pilot training, at which you will also have the opportunity to talk personally to representatives from SWISS and/or SAT.