The very best instructors at a Cutting-edge training center

Elbit Systems’ Pilot Training Center (PTC) offers a variety of services, qualifications and training programs, suited to military and para-military air crews, in a facility that provides advanced training aids and flight training assets, including advanced full motion tactical simulators.

Offering modular programs that can be tailored to customers’ specific requirements, the PTC provides synthetic training for Mi-8/17 and Mi-24 military and para-military pilots.

The standard pilot qualification training program takes 18 months and includes screening, ground school and practical training on fixed and rotary-wing aircrafts. 

Pilot Qualification

Stages Drawing


The PTC screening process is conducted by flight instructors and psychologists, specifically trained to evaluate the cognitive, motoric, spatial and multitasking capabilities of candidates.

The screening process includes two stages:

Stage 1 – Ground screening
In this stage candidates are screened and tested for general capabilities required for optimal performance.

Stage 2 – Air screening
In this stage candidates are screened for airmanship qualities.
Candidates (cadets) who have successfully passed the screening will proceed to ground school training.


Elementary training

The elementary semester lasts six months (including the screening process), and includes theoretical and practical training on the Zlin 242L fixed-wing aircraft.

This semester includes:

  • Theoretical knowledge based on Oxford Aviation School methodologies.
  • Training for elementary flying skills. Cadets will learn how to fly, take-off and land, air-navigation, air-communication, emergency procedures, basic instruments and night flights.
Training assets - Zlin 242-L
Helicopter training

Basic training

The basic semester of the pilot qualification course lasts six month and covers:

  • Studies of more complex aviation topics, including classes in advanced military avionics and armament.
  • Basic helicopter flying skills (take-offs, landings, traffic circuits, air-navigation, basic instruments and more) in day and night with visual conditions, flying turbine engine helicopters – Bell 206 BIII.

At the end of basic training, cadets will have learned the necessary helicopter flying skills and will be capable of performing their solo flights.

Advanced training

During the advanced semester (which lasts six months), cadets fly more intensively and perform various simulated flying missions, including tactical-terrain following flights, formation and NVG flights and landings on high mountains.

Advanced training is a mission-oriented semester in which each cadet has the opportunity to practice and conduct class briefings and de-briefings, mission planning and preparation. This includes planning the mission, preparing flight plans, allocating tasks, briefing and de-briefing the team.

At the successful conclusion of this semester, cadets receive wings and become qualified pilots of the Bell 206,possessing knowledge and flying skills for transition to any modern military rotary-wing platform.

Advanced Training
Ground School at PTC Aviation Academy

Ground School

A central element of flight instruction is Elbit Systems’ PTC ground school, which was designed in every way to help the most highly motivated cadets achieve their highest intellectual and creative potential, seamlessly integrating theory and flying.

The ground school includes:

  • JAA PPL based study
  • Oxford Aviation study materials
  • Advanced avionics and armament classes
  • Academic classes and self-study
  • PTC instructors plus external professors and specialists.


Elbit Systems’ PTC enhances pilot cadets’ knowledge.
Built on the ethos and values of self-learning,
it is the ideal environment
for encouraging personal achievement.

Simulator training

Cutting-edge campus with advanced full motion and full mission trainers


The PTC has two connected advanced full motion tactical simulators (Mi-8/17 and Mi-24), which are ideal for emergency, crew management and mission training. The simulators are equipped with advanced avionics including MMS (Mission Management System) and HMS (Helmet Mounted System), providing an optimal training environment. 

Several training packages are available for Mi-8/17 and Mi-24 helicopter pilots:

  • Refresher (standard procedures)
  • Emergency procedures
  • IFR
  • NVG
  • Crew management and mission training
The Mi-24 and Mi-17 Simulator

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