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The Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Aviation Pilot and Air Operations is designed to train professional pilots of the highest quality with the utmost employability.

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The training you obtain on the Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Pilot will enable you to become a highly trained professional, ready to meet the challenges of modern commercial aviation and take your career to the levels you want. You set the limits.

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Airline companies place increasing value on university training for pilots


The syllabus contains the following subjects:

Course 0

Course 0 is a preparatory course in mathematics and physics, prior to starting commercial pilot training at CESDA (in September). It is aimed at new students who do not come from a science or technology background.

First year

First Term

Second Term

Second year


  • Flight Instruction I

First Term

  • Light Single-Engine Aircraft Performance
  • Introduction to Flight Planning
  • Operational Procedures I
  • Engines
  • Principles of Flight II
  • Applied Meteorology

Second term

  • IFR Communications
  • Advanced Aircraft Instruments
  • Strategic Management of Air Transport Companies
  • Aviation Psicology and Human Factors
  • Introduction to Air Law
  • Radio Navigation
Third year


  • Advanced systems and electricity
  • Flight Instruction II

First Term

  • Automatic and Electronic Instruments
  • Advanced Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures II
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Flight Planning

Second Term

  • Airline Marketing
  • Air Navigation Legislation
  • Principles of Flight III
  • Complex Aircraft Performances
  • Cockpit Psychology and Human Performance
Fourth year


  • Flight Instruction III
  • Bachelor's Degree Final Project

First Term

  • Airliner systems and operations I
  • Accident Investigation
  • Operations Manual
  • Airliner systems and operations II

Second Term

  • Airport Management

Electives to be chosen by the student

  • Aeronautical English
  • Geography
  • Telematics Networks
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars I
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars II

CESDA-7 ImageIn addition, these are some of the sections that you will have to take and pass:


These are other courses and exams you will have to do:

13 theoretical exams

These are 13 exams of the FCL subjects that are carried out in Madrid or Barcelona. You will do them between 3rd and 4th year.

CPL Exam

You will be tested in real flight with an external examiner and must demonstrate the basic skills to obtain your commercial pilot license.

Instrumental rating exam

In this real flight exam, you will pass an instrument flight exam, with an external examiner.

Single Engine Exam

This real flight exam consists of demonstrating that you fly single-engine airplanes well, and it will be with an external examiner.

MCC Course

This is one of the most important courses to prepare you as an airline pilot, MCC means multi crew course, and it prepares you to know how to work as a team between the pilot and the co-pilot in airplane cabins with two crew members. CESDA's MCC course is one of the best in Europe, with a simulator duration twice as long as most schools, and on an Airbus A320 simulator. In addition, it contains a much more complete theoretical phase than the average. The instructors are Vueling and Iberia pilots. You will enjoy and learn.

UPRT Course

This Upset Prevention and Recovery Training course is mandatory to obtain the license and is included in the degree registration. It trains you to learn to avoid entering situations of loss of control of the aircraft and learn to get out of them if they occur. Very specific hours of flight are carried out in which the plane is placed in unwanted situations and the maneuvers are learned to regain control.

PBN Course

This DA42 theoretical and simulator course is also mandatory and included in the degree registration. It trains you in the new satellite air navigation processes.

ICAO English exam


If you have arrived here you will be prepared to work as a pilot. The graduation ceremony is very special, where we invite family members and celebrate the graduation of the class.

License issuance

Now, with this license granted, you will be able to apply for calls from airline companies.

Issuance of the degree title

This title accredits all the work you have done, all the learning you have incorporated, and your training as a highly professional Commercial Pilot trained at CESDA. It is a title that you have earned and it is for life.

Submit to airline call

Very good, you have already passed our degree, the next step is to apply for the calls that different companies open in search of new professionals.

At CESDA we will help and advise you on whatever you need, and remember that we have a special agreement with Vueling, in which our students start with the advantage of meeting the requirements that this company requires when hiring. In addition, the CESDA Professional Integration department can also help you open other doors, and you will have greater options the better you have demonstrated your commitment and results throughout your degree at CESDA.

Perform type rating

Once you have been admitted to one of the companies, you will have to undergo a new training for the planes you will fly.

This course consists of learning to be a co-pilot of a complex commercial aircraft, such as an A320 or a B737 typically, and once passed you will be able to work in the cockpit and pilot one of the planes of your dreams.

Work as a co-pilot

Congratulations, you are now in the cockpit as co-pilot. Now begins a period of flight hours to train you to, one day, be a flight commander and be the person most responsible for the plane.

Objetives of the Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Aviation Pilot and Air Operations

The Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Pilot falls within the Engineering and Architecture Knowledge Area. For this reason, the structure of competences ensures that you acquire the basic engineering skills necessary to work properly as a professional pilot in the field of civil aviation and aviation management.

The main objectives are:

  • To obtain a broad and accurate knowledge for a professional career in areas related to operating aircraft in flight, as well as other activities in the area of flight operations for an airline.
  • To obtain the appropriate training so that you can accept tasks of responsibility in organisations linked to the air transport sector throughout your career.
  • To obtain sufficient basic training to continue Spanish or international master's degree and doctoral studies.
  • Competences
The main competences are:
  • Have a safe and efficient command of the operation of aircraft in flight, based on the knowledge and study of all the laws, regulations, recommended practices and procedures governing the operation of aircraft, communications and management of data in flight, and aviation systems and instruments.
  • Be able to reason and assess the economic activity of an organisation linked to the air transport sector.
  • Understand and apply the concepts and principles of physics involved in flight dynamics, their efficiency and stability, and understand atmospheric phenomena and their effects on aircraft.
  • Learn the knowledge and uses related to information and communication technologies, and those related to air operations in particular.
  • Develop the abstract thinking and logical reasoning required to solve complex situations effectively in the field of civil aviation and air operations.
  • Interpret geographic information systems, extracting the spatial situation required to carry out the correct navigation in each flight situation.
  • Understand and identify the factors that may affect the normal functioning of the human body during flight, promoting the maintenance of health and safety while in flight.
  • Apply knowledge of the psychological factors involved in aviation, while being aware of human limitations and acting accordingly, optimising efficiency and safety in flight.
  • Plan and structure the aeronautical information available according to the different phases of flight, and carry out flights safely and efficiently in aircraft safety in various land and air operating conditions.
  • Have a command of intermediate level technical English in the field of aviation. In the language tests stipulated by the JAR 1200, this requirement is equivalent to a level comparable to the First Certificate.
  • Develop the ability to integrate and project the various specific technical knowledge and skills acquired in the bachelor's thesis and the professional skills in the instruction received.
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