Professional Pilot BSc

Information about the Program

The outcome and training requirements of the program are set out in Regulation No. 18/2016 (VIII. 5.) by the Ministry of Human Resources (EMMI) (hereinafter referred to as: KKK). The training programs of University of Debrecen includes the regulations of KKK and its effectively implemented, annually updated and corrected curriculum and schedule kept by Department of Air- and Road Vehicles at Faculty of Engineering.

Name of undergraduate program Professional Pilot Undergraduate Program
Level BSc
Mode of attendance Full-time
Field, branch Engineering
Program length 7 semesters
Credits total 210 credits
Qualification Professional Pilot
Program coordinator Géza Husi PhD, associate professor
Specialization available -
(for students who started between 2018/19 - 2020/21)
3 weeks after the 2nd semester
4 weeks after the 4th semester
5 weeks after the 6th semester
(for students who started after 2021/22)
5 weeks after the 2nd semester
5 weeks after the 4th semester
5 weeks after the 6th semester
(for students who started after 2022/23)
8 weeks after the 2nd semester
8 weeks after the 4th semester
8 weeks after the 6th semester

The aim of the program is to train professional pilots who are familiar with air transportation, suitable for fulfilling the professional pilot’s job at firms, organizations operating aircrafts. Also, they are suitable for carrying out tasks related to air operation, ground handling, quality assurance, organizing and solving the transportation of cargo. They have completed the requirements of the Airline Transport Pilot, Aircraft (ATPA) integrated program. The degree offers the opportunity to advance to master’s level study.

Professional competences to be acquired

a) knowledge

He/She knows

  • and applies aviation English defined for professional pilot training according to EU Act 1178/2011 (03/11/2011).
  • the conceptual system, the most essential relations and theories relating to his/her professional field.
  • the main problem-solving and learning methods of the main theories in the field of aviation.
  • the risk of fire and accidents and the scope of their prevention and avoidance.
  • the international and domestic organizations of aviation, the regulations (ICAO Annex, the regulations of the European Union, EASA standards).
  • the factors that influences aviation safety, the basics of Safety Management System (SMS).

b) skills

He/She is able to

  • fly an aircraft in civil aviation by using his/her personal competences (responsibility, exactitude, stamina, stress tolerance, visual-spatial ability, movement coordination, manual skills, psychomotor functions, communication skills, divided attention, decisiveness).
  • fly an aircraft in civil aviation by using his/her social competences (interpersonal skills, management skills, conflict resolution skills, teamwork, and cooperation).
  • fly an aircraft in civil aviation by using his/her competences in methods [analytic thinking, self-control (self-checking skills), problem-solving, troubleshooting, situation awareness, thinking in systems, seeing the essence (understanding), decisiveness, prioritising].
  • pass the theoretical and practical exams of ATP(A) integrated training.
  • identify routine problems related to his/her profession, explore and describe the theoretical and practical background to solve them (with the practical application of standard procedures).
  • understand literature and documentations written in English.
  •  carry out engineering tasks related to air operation and control.
  • complete first mate tasks after type training on multi-crew aeroplanes.
  • manage flights as an instrument-rated commercial pilot (with Commercial Pilot Licence/Instrument Rating, CPL/IR) in accordance with aviation regulations and rules in air.
  • plan a flight and make the required navigation and performance calculation.
  • create and submit a flight plan. - operate airframes, engines, instruments and their systems in accordance with the instructions of Aircraft Flight Manual, recognize and handle hazards.
  • operate the flight deck radio equipment and the radio-navigation system.
  • navigate visually according to his/her individual limits under Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) on the basis of his/her geographical knowledge, map reading skills, visual and terrain objects identification skills and his/her proficiency.
  • navigate with on-board instruments according to his/her individual limits under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (VMC) on the basis of his/her radio-navigation knowledge and proficiency.
  • apply the rules of radiotelephony in English.
  • analyse, assess meteorological situations and take all the necessary measures. - interpret meteorological messages, charts and reports, consider them by flight planning and during flight.
  • obey aviation safety rules.
  • hold a management position in a department (for e.g. flight operations, ground operations, flight safety, or compliance manager) after further training and considerable amount of practice.
  • endure the monotony of work to complete practical tasks.

c) attitude


  • aims for continuous self-development in the field of aviation, which is in accordance with his/her professional endeavours.
  • aims to solve problems and make leadership decisions relying on the opinions of his/her inferiors and in cooperation with them.
  • shares his/her experience with his/her co-workers to promote his/her development.

d) his/her autonomy and responsibility


  • supervises the work of personnel he/she is in charge of according to the instructions of his/her superior, monitors the operation of machines and facilities.
  • evaluates the effectiveness, efficiency and security of his/her inferiors’ work.
  • monitors the development of his/her co-workers and promotes their professional development.
  • monitors the changes of law, technique, technology and administration in his/her professional field.
Last update: 2023. 10. 16. 15:11