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First solo flights by Douwe, Nick and Niels

First solo flights by Douwe, Nick and Niels Student piloot op schouders van twee andere studenten

“The first time solo is an experience you will never forget. It is the first and perhaps most valuable milestone in your career as a pilot.” We can’t put it any better than our own pilot in training Douwe Brandt. At EPST, we see the first solo as a moment to cherish. That’s why we are glad to have our pilots in training sharing their stories. This time it was the turn of Nick Wester, Niels Nowee and, as mentioned before, Douwe Brandt. All three fly at Aero Locarno in Switzerland. How did they experience their first solo flight between […]

Wing Award Ceremony 2024

Photo by Arjan Broek  Friday, January 26th marked an important moment for 49 graduatedEPST students: they received their Wing during the traditional Wing ceremony.The festive conclusion to their intensive training took place in the CarltonPresident Hotel in Utrecht. After the students and friends and family had trickled intothe ceremony hall, EPST director Eric Duijkers took the floor. In his shortwelcoming speech, he took the visitors on the journey that the EPST pilots tookduring their studies: a journey with ups and downs, takeoffs and landings, milestonesand obstacles. Then, one by one, the students were called to the stage fora new milestone. […]

What does EASA do in aviation?

What does EASA do in aviation?

Anyone who does anything in aviation will have to deal with the EASA. This gigantic organization is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year – a great opportunity to see what this agency is involved in. What does that abbreviation stand for? And what does an Airbus A380 have to do with the EASA? What does the abbreviation EASA stand for? It stands for European Union Aviation Safety Agency. That’s a mouthful, and a very solid question for a pilot pub quiz. But that doesn’t tell you much, so let’s delve into the matter and see which processes in aviation the […]

First Solo for Jurgen, Tom and Oscar

First Solo for Jurgen, Tom and Oscar

In recent weeks, 3 more EPST members have been able to get their traditional wet suits after flying all alone for the first time. The first solo is a wonderful moment that you celebrate with your fellow students when you are back on the ground. Most EPST pilots still consider this the best moment of their studies. We look back with Jurgen, Tom and Oscar. Jurgen Simons: “Those memories will stay with you for the rest of your life” The day will probably be etched in his memory forever: August 10, 2023. “After several attempts that could not take place […]

First solo flights for Sven, Pepijn and Kaan

The first solo flight is one of the major highlights in flight training. Many pilots still consider this their most beautiful moment, and for good reason: your dream comes true when you are all alone in the air for the first time. You land the aircraft safely on the ground and then the afterglow begins. EPST students Sven, Pepijn and Kaan take you along in their stories about this important milestone. Sven Cozijn: ‘Like taking your driving test’ Sven anxiously boarded the Cessna 172S in Norway for a check flight. “Before you’re cleared for your first solo, you first have […]

What is a pilot’s life like? Ryanair pilot Diede van Dijk tells his story

What is a pilot’s life like? Ryanair pilot Diede van Dijk tells his story Piloot in de cockpit uit het raampje

¡Buenas! Have you ever wondered what a pilot’s life is like? Ryanair pilot Diede van Dijk takes you from his tropical hometown on his sunny journey as a pilot. He made his first meters as an EPST student in Greece and after graduating he settled on Palma de Mallorca, where he sits in the cockpit of the Boeing 737. What do his days under the Spanish sun look like? Read more! Introducing Diede Diede started his training at EPST in August 2019 and learned to fly at Global Aviation in Megara, Greece. “Living there and learning to fly was very […]

The different types of flight training: which training to follow if you want to become a commercial pilot?

The different types of flight training: which training to follow if you want to become a commercial pilot? Twee piloten in een cockpit

Most pilots have been dreaming of flying an airplane since they were little. How about you? If you want to turn that dream into a reality, you will have to follow flight training. But which flight training courses are out there, and which of those matches your dream? In this blog we dive in on the different types of flight training. Which course you choose depends on the certificate you want to obtain. Do you want to become a commercial pilot? Then you need an ATPL training. Are you not looking for a job as a pilot? You can also […]

First solos for EPST students Guus, Florian and Luc

First solos for EPST students Guus, Florian and Luc Verkeersvlieger opleiding bij EPST

An important milestone for EPST’ers Luc Visser, Florian Wever and Guus Schrameijer: they were allowed to fly solo for the first time. They all got green light from their instructor and landed their plane safely. Once on the ground, they shared their euphoria with fellow EPST students, who were waiting for them with a large bucket of soapy water to wet the solo pilot. With the first stripe on their suits, the three pilots look back on this unforgettable moment. How did they experience their first solo? Luc Visser: “As a little boy I already watched videos of students going […]

Klaar voor selectie pilotenopleiding? Wij geven 5 belangrijke tips!

Klaar voor selectie pilotenopleiding? Wij geven 5 belangrijke tips! Geschiktheidselectie pilotenopleiding EPST

Geschiktheidsselectie pilotenopleiding EPST Ben jij uit het juiste hout gesneden om piloot te worden? Een carrière in de cockpit is niet voor iedereen weggelegd: als je piloot wil worden, moet je namelijk wel wat kunnen. Daarom hoort een selectieprocedure bij een vliegopleiding zoals taart bij een verjaardag. Tijdens de selectie laat je zien, waarom jij het in je hebt om piloot te worden. De selectieprocedure van EPST bestaat uit 3 fases. Maak jij genoeg indruk in fase 1? Dan word je uitgenodigd om de tests van fase 2 en 3 te doen. Fase 1: COMPASS test, English Aviation, persoonlijkheidstest (CPP) […]

Large Wing ceremony after 3 years of absence

Large Wing ceremony after 3 years of absence ESPT Winguitkering

Two ceremonies in a new venue On January 13 and 20, EPST was finally able to issue wings again. The ceremony took place in 2 groups, because after 3 years of COVID restrictions, a staggering number of 73 graduates received their wings. For the first time, the President Carlton Hotel in Utrecht was host to the ceremony, where the hall at EPST used to serve as a stage. In the crowded reception hall, many former EPST students were able to catch up before being invited into the hall at 3 pm for the official graduation programme. Presentation with ‘unflattering material’ […]