Our Story


The Cranfield Aviation success story begins in the United Kingdom. The British company Cranfield Aviation Training School was founded at Cranfield Airport in the neighbourhood of the renowned Cranfield University in 2000 and quickly developed itself as a global player in the aviation industry. Due to the strong intake of European students, the move to strategically located Luton took place in 2008, which is perfectly connected to London and benefits from the proximity to several commercial airports. Due to the big demand from German-speaking countries, the decision was made to establish an independent training organisation in Germany. Cranfield Aviation Training School (Deutschland) GmbH was founded in the city of Dortmund at the Technologiezentrum, near to the university and will continue to offer EASA training here after a possible, regardless of the UK company.

EASA Training Programmes


EASA ATPL (A) (H-IR/H-VFR) Theory Course


In order to be able to pilot an aircraft without weight restrictions with multiple crew as the pilot in command, you require an ATPL. So that the ATP Licence can be issued by the aviation authority, a comprehensive flight experience of must be attested (including 1,500 hours of Flight experience, of which at least 500 hours is multi crew flights). Until the presence of the prerequisites, each applicant receives a CPL with ATPL theory credit, which is also known as a frozen ATPL. With this Licence all aircrafts with a weight restriction can be flown, for which the type rating is possessed.


As the pilot in command, aircraft may be flown in the commercial sector that are categorised as single pilot aircrafts. These are usually aeroplanes up to 5.7 tons, which are propeller driven.


To fly helicopters, which are defined by their approval as Multi Pilot Helicopters, as the pilot in command, an ATPL is also needed.

Course of Training


For the training, 14 subjects at EASA ATPL level must be successfully passed. For each module a self-study time of 3 months is envisaged (with 15 hours per week).  For self-study, students are able to use our web-based training (WBT) system or the study guides. Each module is finished with a week of on-site lessons in our training centre in Dortmund. After students have successfully completed the Progress Tests, participated in the on-site lessons and successfully passed the School Exam, then student can go for examination at the competent authority. Examinations can be divided into a maximum of 6 sittings. Each subject can be attempted a maximum of 4 times.


The pass rate for this course has been 100% in recent months. Find more information in our brochure.


On-site Lessons and dates


The dates for the on-site lessons can be found in the menu under EASA Training Programmes/Dates.

Type of Training Offered:

  • Airplane Flight Training
  • Helicopter Flight Training

Contact Details

  • Address: Emil-Figge-Strasse 76, 44227 Dortmund, Dortmund, , 44227 Germany
  • Airport:
  • Phone: 49 (0)231 58699470
  • Email: info@theorieschule.aero
  • URL: Cranfield Aviation Training School