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SAA launches

Pilot Training Program for Indian Students

Location – Slovenia

We are proud to launch a brand new ab-initio pilot training program specially designed to meet the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Indian air carrier’s requirements.

SAA aims to bridge the gap between aspiring commercial pilots and airlines; improve employment opportunities for the pilots whilst offering significant risk reduction and quality guarantees to the recruiting airlines.

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Key Features

  • SAA IDGCA Indian Pilot Training Programs are designed to meet Indian regulatory as well as Indian air carrier’s requirements.
  • You will graduate with EASA and DGCA CPL MEIR licenses.
  • SAA’s placement team will work to find you the perfect role after you complete your pilot training program with SAA.
  • Training Status – Full Time
  • Duration – 18- 20 months
  • Licence offered – EASA CPL.ME.IR and DGCA
  • Experience Required – None
  • Train on the latest generation devices in a world-class training facility.
  • Training Locations – India and Slovenia.

Entry Requirements

  • Indian National or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holder,
  •  eligible to hold a long term Schengen visa for the purpose of the study,
  •  hold, or be eligible to hold, an Indian passport with unrestricted rights to live and work in India and travel worldwide.

Educational Requirements

You must have:

  • Passed 10+2, must have scored at least 50% marks in English, Maths, and Physics at 10+2 level or equivalent educational level from a recognized board or university.
  • Fluent in English.

Medical Requirements

You must hold a current and valid DGCA Class I ( Aviation Medical Certificate and an EASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate before you commence your flight training in Slovenia.

Age Limitations

You must be aged 17-34 years of age.

Language Proficiency

You must be fluent in English – both written and spoken. As a guide, you must be proficient enough to achieve IELTS level 5.5 minimum, or equivalent in English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) test score.

Selection Process

  • Apply online for the IDGCA Indian Pilot Training Program using the online application form below.
  • Your application will be screened, candidates meeting the eligibility requirements will receive an invitation to attend a one-day assessment with SAA in India/ online. During the assessment, you will be required to complete a range of online psychometric and aptitude screening assessments followed by a short interview with an SAA representative.
  • Candidates who are successful through this 1-day selection process with SAA will be invited to join the training course.
  • Selection Fee – EURO 169.

SAA IDGCA Pilot Training Programme Courses

In case you are unable to find a job in India immediately after your training completion, SAA won’t leave you there!!

You can upgrade your training and become a flight instructor at SAA.

SAA Flight Instructor Course Details

  • Training Duration – 4 months.
  • Pilot Training Program to include:
    – All flight training fee: EASA FI(A) rating
    – Ground School: 130 hours with SAA Instructor
    – Flight Training: 33 hours (C172) and skill test
    – Flight Training: 100 hours under supervision as a new FI(A)
    – Training Material
    – Uniform
    – Airport to accommodation transfers during training.
  • Course Fee: EURO 13900

SAA IDGCA Pilot Training Course Outline

The IDGCA Pilot Training Programme is a full-time course that takes approximately 18 – 20 months to complete.


You will complete your IDGCA ground school at an SAA approved training academy in India.

  • Subjects:- Navigation, Metrology, Air Regulations.


  • CPL IR Flight training on the Cessna 172 = 185 hours
  • ME IR Flight training on the Piper Seneca = 20 hours
  • Simulator training = 15 hours (ME IR: 5 hours, CPL IR: 10 hours)

*Based on previous experience the course duration is 18 months (subject to student’s dedication and ability).


In this phase, students will complete DGCA flight license conversion flying at an SAA approved flight training academy in India.

  • Training time C172, Piper Seneca = 10-12 hours
  • Duration = 1 month

Bank Loan for Training at SAA

State Bank of India and other leading banks now offer a loan for pilot training. SAA admission team will assist selected students with academy related documents required by the banks to process the loan amount. For further details, you are advised to contact your local bank.


Portoroz, Slovenia

Private 2 bedroom accommodation in downtown Portoroz. Walking distance to the beach, restaurants, school, etc.
Based on the actual date of arrival to Slovenia, SAA will provide students with different options to choose from. Normal occupancy is 2 students sharing one apartment with each student having his/her own bedroom. Single occupancy is also possible for an additional fee.

View of Portoroz town, Slovenia.

Letter of Support from the Ministry of Economic Development and Tehnology

letter of support

Online Application Form

    *mandatory field


    Educational Qualification

    Marks scored in 10+2 level in below subjects:

    Please upload your marksheet (pdf or jpg) here*:


    Marks scored in Graduation in below subjects:

    Please upload your marksheet (pdf or jpg) here:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Many questions may come to an individual’s mind while considering a flight course and school. Below are a few insights into those questions. For more information please feel free to contact us at commercial@saa-aero.com, +386 40 301 420 – Chief Flight Instructor Luka Gruden.

    Rule number 1: Start your training during the crisis.
    You will get a better price for your training and you will be ready with the license in your hand when the recovery begins.
    Flight training is not something that can be rushed or done in a short time. If you start your training now you will have a license in your hand in 20-24 months from now.
    Aviation has always had its ups and downs. Looking back 20 years we already conquered 2 crises in aviation. Firstly the 9/11 in 2001 and then in 2008 the financial crisis. After every crisis, the aviation sector not only recovered but bounced back and became even stronger.

    Rule number 2: Trust your country.
    Currently, India is the world’s leader with a growth rate of 18.6% RPK (revenue passenger kilometer) per year which is three times higher than the world average of 6.5% (source: https://www.investindia.gov.in/sector/aviation).

    Rule number 3: The passengers are returning to the skies.
    Our CEO and VP operations Capt. Blaz Berdnik and Capt. Jaro Koritnik both have experience in South East Asia and Europe. The fact is (regardless of IATA predictions) that the passengers on domestic routes in countries like Vietnam, China, Japan, and also India are returning to the skies 2-4 months after the cancellation of harsh lockdown measures in the respective countries. We have witnessed it first hand. The same will happen on international routes once the borders are open again.

    Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Civil Aviation that oversees all issues regarding airworthiness and licensing of personnel in India. It is the authority to issue licenses to pilots and has many other roles to oversee the issues and effective functioning of air transportation in India. To learn more about DGCA, visit www.dgca.nic.in


    • 40 hours of flight time
    • 20 hours dual, including 3 hours cross-country
    • 3 hours night, including:
    • 1 cross-country flight over 100 NM
    • 10 Take Offs & Landings to full stops
    • 3 hours instrument
    •  3 hours of test prep. (within 60 days of flight test)
    • 10 hours solo
    • 5 hours solo cross-country
    •  1 150 NM solo cross-country flight (full stop)
    •  3 points, one being at least 50 NM
    • 3 takeoffs & landings with full stops at an airport with an operating control tower


    • 50 hours of cross-country PIC (at least 10 hours in airplanes)
    • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time, including:
    • 15 hours of dual time
    • 3 hours instrument test prep. written
    • 1 IFR cross country of at least 250NM with 3 different approaches


    • 200 hours of flight time
    • 100 hours in a powered aircraft (at least 50 hours in airplanes)
    • 100 hours of PIC time which include:
    • 50 hours in airplanes
    • 50 hours of cross-country time (at least 10 hours in airplanes)
    • 20 hours of training which include:
    •  10 hours of instrument training (at least 5 hours in either single or multi)
    • 10 hours complex
    • 1 2-hour day VFR cross-country of more than 100 NM
    • 1 2-hour night VFR cross-country of more than 100 NM
    • 3 hours of test prep. (within 60 days of flight test)
    •  10 hours solo
    • 1 cross-country flight of no less than 300 NM
    •  1 leg of at least 250 NM from the departure point
    • 5 hours of night VFR flight
    • 10 takeoffs & landings at an airport with operating control tower

    SAA Flexi CPL ME IR includes all mandatory DGCA and EASA training and accommodation. However, it is flexible and does not include extra items such as medical exam fees, licensing fees, overseas health insurance fee, and does not cover additional training (if required). Basic UPRT is included in the price.

    SAA Performance Protection course includes all mandatory DGCA and EASA training and accommodation. It includes all medical exam fees, licensing and other fees, and also additional training (if required). Performance protection covers the following amount of additional training:

    1. Flight training: Additional training of up to 5 hours after failed skill test and 2nd skill test attempt included, applies to all phases.
    2. Ground examination: Second sitting for up to 7 CAA CPL exams included (out of 14).

    Basic AND Advanced UPRT is included in the price.

    SAA has been in the aviation and training industry for over 25 years.

    The flight instructors at SAA have all been trained to the highest EASA standards. We have a mix of instructors from all around the globe.
    We have experienced pilots as members of our staff with years of practice and thousands of hours of flying know-how.

    SAA operates a fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft. To comply with DGCA requirements you will be trained on a single-engine Cessna fleet and multi-engine Piper Seneca.

    Yes. Every year we have a limited number of instructor positions available for our best graduates. New instructors will be earning a salary from the 1st hour as a certified flight instructor.

    18 months subject to a student’s dedication and ability.

    A lot of our graduates are today flying for airlines, charter companies, and corporations throughout the world. Our dedicated placement team will assist you in finding your dream role in the aviation industry.

    By Air via the following airports:

    • Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia (LJU) – 1 hour from the school by car.
    •  Zagreb Airport, Croatia (ZAG) – 1 hour 30 minutes from the school by car.
    • Venice Airport, Italy (VCE) – 2 hours from the school by car.

    SAA team will meet you at the airport and take you to Portoroz by car. Portoroz is well connected with other cities by high-speed roads and highways.

    Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts, and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.

    It is an exciting destination for aviation learners, also rated as No 1 Holiday destination for 2021 by US renowned travel agency – Condé Nast: https://youtu.be/CLQ8h7HeG7c