About us

Horizon Swiss Flight Academy is an Approved Training Organisation (CH.ATO.0146) and an approved Maintenance Training and Examination Organisation (CH.147.0018) by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation. All Horizon courses comply with the EASA Part-FCL and EASA Part-147 regulations.

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Partner

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Flugschule Grenchen

Flight school partner

Flugschule Grenchen guides Horizon SFA pilots through their PPL and CPL SEP training.

Flugschule Eichenberger

Flight school partner

The flight school located in Buttwil trains Horizon's pilots during practical PPL and CPL phases on their own airfield in the canton of Aargau. In addition the flight school also Horizon Distance Learning courses for theoretical training.

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Ecoflight

Flight school partner

The flight school located in Mollis trains Horizon's pilots during practical PPL and CPL phases. Moreover it serves as SPHAIR training center. The innovative training concepts provides the first fully electric airplane in the fleet of Horizon SFA partner flight schools.

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Fliegerschule St. Gallen Altenrhein

Flight school partner

Our partner in the Eastern part of Switzerland conducts PPL and CPL practical training with a modern fleet of aircraft.

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Kreutzer Aviation Services

Flight school partner

As SPHAIR flight school Kreutzer Aviation is an excellent choice for all students with SPHAIR experience, because it can fully be accredited towards a PPL.

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Flugschule Fricktal

Flight school partner

The flight school located between Zürich and Basel trains Horizon students during their PPL practical training.

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ZHAW

School partner

Horizon SFA and Zürich University of applied Sciences collaborate closely. The Bachelor program in aviation allows students to obtain a frozen ATPL in combination with the BSc. This opportunity is unique in Switzerland.

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Lufthansa Aviation Training

School partner

Reciprocate use of D-SIM-42 simulators, DA42 aircraft and Airbus 320 family Full Flight Simulors and as been agreed between Lufthansa Aviation Training Switzerland and Horizon Swiss Flight Academy.

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On 15th of June 1979 Horizon Swiss Flight Acadeny was founded in Grenchen/SO with a share capital of CHF 60’000.

In autumn the theoretical trainings for commercial pilots and instrument flying start in Grenchen, St. Margrethen, Emmenbrücken and Nebikon. 13 employees.

40 instructors and 7 twin-engine aircraft are in operation

Decision for the procurement of a Seneca III simulator and two aircraft of the same type. Adaptation of training concepts.

Revolution in instrument flight training. 30 hours are now performed in the simulator. The actual flight program is concentrated on 10 hours with cross-country flights in Europe. A study proves effectivity and efficiency of the new training concept. Examiners confirm its higher training quality.

Start of VFR training and implementation of Piper Archer II aircraft.

FOCA approval for integrated Commercial Pilot and Instrument flight training.

The first VFR simulator is put into service. A new era of pilot training starts.

As one of the first flight academys worldwide, Horizon is certificated according ISO 9001.

Implementation of a new evaluation procedure for pilots: HUPEX (Human Potential Explorer). Stress tolerance and decision quality under pressure can now be identified and assessed

Horizon becomes partner of Lufthansa, KLM and EPAG in the EU project  “Lilienthal-Distant Learning PPL” via internet.

Training adjustment according to the new European standards JAR-FCL (Joint Aviation Requirements-Flight Crew Licencing).

17 February 2000: Horizon is granted the JAR-FCL certificate and becomes an approved Flying Training Organisation (FTO Nr. 110 146), as one of the  first Swiss institutions.

Start for the Distant ATPL Academy DAA. As the first FTO, Horizon offers the entire theoretical ATPL training by means of a Distance Learning Course with an e-learning platform.

Horizon celebrates its 25-year anniversary.

In addition to the Distant ATPL Academy DAA, similar courses for the IR, CPL, CPL/IR, and ATPL Stand Alone are approved by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation.

Horizon’s experience and success with distance learning courses comes to operator’s attention: Elearning and information platforms are created and hosted for Helvetic Aiways, Jet Aviation, and Global Jet Luxembourg.

Horizon announces the introduction of its new training concept with DA42 Twin Star and the D-SIM-42. The simulator is put into service in autumn 2007.

The Horizon concept now also takes place in the helicopter field: FOCA-approved courses are offered for the levels PPL and CPL, according to JAR-FCL 2.

Relocation to Kloten and inauguration of the Hangar 56 Simulation Center. 

The DA42 Twin Star "HB-LUK" joins the Horizon fleet.

Horizon celebrates its 30-year anniversary

Training for Operators complements the Horizon course offers.

The Horizon SFA training concept is expanded with the bases East (St. Gallen), Central (Buttwil) and North (Fricktal).

Horizon is certified as Approved Training Organisation ATO according to EASA standards.

Horizon is granted approval as Flight School, according to ISO 29990:2010 and agrees in a partnership agreement with Flugschule Grenchen for practical training PPL-CPL and theory CPL-IR-ATPL.

Our D-SIM-42 Twin Star is now certified for Multi Crew Cooperation Courses as the first FNPT II of its kind.

Horizon ELC (E-Learning Campus) go-live as new distance learing plattform. 

Approval granted by Swiss FOCA to provide Type Ratings for Airbus A320 family. 

Cooperation between Horizon and the ZHAW for a dual study course BSc. and frozen ATPL.

Horizon enters cooperation with Ecoflight and Kreutzer Aviation for practical flight training PPL-CPL. 

Dipl. Pilot HF Education is now offered by Horizon. 

Horizon receives Part 147 Approval for type training on Embraer 170/190 and is directly chosen by Air Astana for the Embraer 190 B1/B2 type training.

First A320 type rating has commenced for Germania Switzerland.

Horizon Stories

Horizon Stories

Confidence is the best foundation for every training. With the confidence and mouth-to-mouth propaganda of former students, Horizon could establish itself as the major flight training organisation in Switzerland.

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Sandra Meisser
First Officer - Helvetic Airways

"I was able to realize my childhood dream and enjoy now every minute above the clouds in this fascinating and exciting environment. Horizon SFA helped me to achieve this goal. Next to my job as First Officer it is my pleasure to work as a freelance theoretical knowledge instructor for Horizon."

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Michael Frohofer
Commander - Helvetic Airways

"While working as a teacher the Horizon Distance Learning Concept allowed me to fulfill my dream of becoming an airline pilot. Now I fly the Fokker 100 as Commander for Helvetic Airways."

Yannick Fernandes
First Officer - easyJet Switzerland

"I could successfully manage my career start, also with Horizon's support. I can now enjoy Europe in an exciting environment. The profession airline pilot is an everyday challenge. I am aware of my responsibility and I constantly try to improve myself."

Leonardo Iacovazzo
First Officer - Emirates

"My first job led me to Helvetic Airways, after my training with Horizon. Now, another dream came true: First Officer with Emirates on A380-800. I gladly accept this new challenge on long-haul routes to see the world."

Latest News

easyJet Switzerland Pre-Screening

easyJet Switzerland has conducted the first pre-screening assessment of Horizon SFA Classic students. We are delighted to announce that six student pilots have successfully passed the assessment and thus will be provided with a letter of intent, which guarantees them a preferred employment upon successful completion of the frozen ATPL. 

Flight School Network

Horizon Swiss Flight Academy has constatly increased it's partner flight school network across Switzerland. Currently we work together with six flight schools for single engine piston training. Recently the network has been expanded with Kreutzer Aviation Services in Altenrhein and Ecoflight in Mollis. All flight schools are already preparing Horizon SFA Classic students for reaching their goal of becoming airline pilots.

Maintenance Training and Examination Organisation Approval Certificate

Horizon Swiss Flight Academy is very proud to having received the official Maintenance Training and Examination Organisation Approval Certificate, issued by the Swiss FOCA. Horizon SFA is certified for the entire Embraer E-Jet family. The first courses will start in March 2018 at our premises in Zürich-Kloten. We will offer courses for A, B1, B2 und C licence categories.

Contact

Contact us

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CH-8302 Kloten
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Tel +41 (0) 44 862 07 07

info@horizon-sfa.com

47.4475044, 8.6028817

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