Keilir Aviation Academy and the Icelandic Flight School merge to become market-leader in the Nordic region
The Icelandic Flight School and Keilir Aviation Academy have joined forces, creating the new Iceland Aviation Academy.
Since its foundation in 1998, The Icelandic Flight School has trained more than 2,000 students on their ATPL programme. Meanwhile, over the course of its 10-year history, Keilir Aviation Academy has produced more than 400 pilot graduates.
This means that the two academies combined have seen the graduation of an average of more than 70 ATPL-trained pilots per year over the last 20 years, and the numbers have been steadily increasing.
Note: All ATPL theory exams started in Iceland after August 2020 are mandatory under the new EASA ATPL syllabus. Download the ATPL Podcast mobile app to prepare yourself. Both iOS and Android versions are available.
Flight training takes place in Keflavík and Hafnarfjörður, both towns in the south-west of Iceland, with cadets gaining experience from Keflavik Airport, the largest airport in Iceland and the country’s principal hub for international travel, and Reykjavik Airport, which serves the country’s capital.
On 12 June 2020, the school hosted the largest graduation of ATPL cadets in the history of the country when 78 students were awarded their qualifications.
Iceland’s open skies attract international students
Students from all over the world travel to Iceland to complete their ATPL studies, thanks to the country’s “open sky” policy. This means that flight training can take place freely over the country’s skies with no restrictions.
The country’s terrain and scenic views are an added attraction for students contemplating where to train.
Photo: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland
The academy offers tuition for pilots in both a private and professional capacity, including for those who have limited or no previous flying experience. It is an approved aviation training organisation and works according to Europe’s EASA regulations. This means that students are awarded EASA licences on graduation, enabling them to start their careers as pilots in the UK and Europe.