Orbifly in a nutshell...

Orbifly was founded in Switzerland in 1999 and is known as the pioneer in FAA IR training in Europe.
Now based in France, she has become a dual EASA & FAA entity led by a dedicated team of instructors who love to fly in the US as well as in Europe.

Our main goal : Safety of flights.
Our second goal : Pleasure of flight !

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  Who is Orbifly ?

Homepage & News

The Orbiteam

The Orbi-birds fleet

Our Calendar

  News & sweet Memories

Orbifly on Facebook

The Orbidays

The Orbiflyers Team on the 100/24

Our Partners



  Ground School

3-day FAA IR Ground School

2-day FAA CPL Ground School

Online Virtual Class

Ground School Calendar


  Flight Training

FAA IR Flight Training

FAA CPL Flight Training

EASA to FAA conversions

Combined FAA+EASA Trainings


  Other Trainings

Preventive maintenance for Pilots

Flight Review & IPC

Let's fly in the US!

High altitude, Complex, Tailwheel...


  Orbifly EASA ATO

Orbifly is now EASA ATO number FR.ATO.0291.

No, we are not giving up on FAA training ! We want to offer you the best of both worlds: combined training, conversions, and a broad expertise in licensing.
Our EASA training courses therefore retain the American-style pragmatism that has made our success!


  Our EASA Trainings

IR(A) Competency Based

Multiengine Class Rating (MEP)


Night Rating


  Other EASA Trainings

EASA/FAA Conversions and combined trainings

La Môle (St Tropez) Competency Check

SET Class Ratings (PA46, TBM, PC12)

Advanced training & Refresh



  Partnership with Oysterair

Orbifly has developed a partnership with Oysterair, an English ATO specialized in advanced training on high performance aeroplanes.

We can offer EASA SET training, which can be combined with FAA endorsements providing you with both EASA and FAA qualifications.

You did not take the EASA ATPL written exams?
We can also offer you the HPA course. This Ground course will allow you to enter the world of EASA high performance single pilot airplanes.


  High Performance Trainings


PA46 Flight Training

TBM Flight Training

PC12 Flight Training



  Our Expertise

Expertise & Technical inspections

Trustee for your N-Reg aircraft

Lawyer & Legal advice

Ferry flights


  Free Services

Met'Map weather online

Free Seminars

Our Newsletter



  Orbifly Member Access

This access is free and open still 2006 to all Orbifly FAA students and former FAA students.

It provides access to a great number of tools and ressources (Orbi-logbook, memos, videos, useful links and documents...).
Check also our Met'Map weather chart here (free).

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  Orbifly ATO Access

This access is free to all Orbifly EASA students and Orbifly ATO instructors.

It provides access to your EASA trainings in progress and to a great number of useful ressources for your training.
If you hold an Orbiflyer member access, some functionalities will be linked between both accounts.


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  Our Bases

Avignon main training base (LFMV)

Cannes secondary site (LFMD)

Le Touquet secondary site (LFAT)

Your home'training base ! (HOME)

  Contact us

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By telephone : +33 4 89 37 4000
Mon-Fri, 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00

By mail at the head office :
441 av Marcel Pagnol
06210 Mandelieu, FRANCE

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FAA IR Flight Training

After having passed the FAA IR written test, you have 24 calendar months to pass the practical exam.

There are 3 possibilities for your flight training :

    1) "FULL EUROPE" training : The full training is done in Europe with an FAA instructor, and a Flight Examiner comes from the US for the final examination. This option was closed since September the 11th, but was re-opened. It depends upon the World's political context.

    2) "FULL US" training : Take a break in the US for some weeks, train and pass the final examination (variable duration, expect 2 or 3 weeks for intense training).

    3) "Mixed" training : Train in Europe with your favourite FAA instructor, then pass the examination in the US (after some adaptation training).

We will be glad to assist you in either the "FULL EUROPE" option or the "Mixed training" option.

  Since 9/11, it is mandatory to register any INSTRUMENT, MEP or INITIAL practical training with the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) prior to begin the flight training.
This can be done online (we will guide you through the process).

Orbifly is registered with TSA. This allows us to provide our trainings to non-US citizens and out of the US territories.

Once you have registered and been granted permission to initiate the training, you can fly !

Flight Training with Orbifly

As for the Ground Training, Orbifly has developped an intensive Flight Training for the Instrument Rating, that can be entirely done in Europe.

The training is organized in Phases :

- PHASE 1 (5 days) : Initial training : back to the IMC basis !
- PHASE 2 (5 days) : Advanced IFR training
- PHASE FINISH-UP (if needed) : Advanced IFR training
- PHASE CHECK (3 days) : Checkride prep + checkride

The Phase 3 will depend upon your prior experience, your prior training logged, and also your possible personal training with a Safety Pilot.

Between phases, you are given "home trainings" that can be done under the hood. That simulated IMC training with a safety pilot can even be flown on non-US-registrated airplane (under VFR conditions only).

When you subscribe with us, your training is planned step-by-step from the first flight to the end of your training. This allows you to have a global view on your cursus.

Our intensive trainings can be organized at one of our bases, or in some cases, upon request, they can take place on your homeplace. You want to know the schedule ? Check our Agenda !

And what about the flight test ?

For the flight test, you have two options available :

    - Take the test in Europe, with a designated examiner

    - Or take the test in the US, after a familiarisation training

  • Option 1 : Take your test in Europe

  • There is only one FAA examiner designated for Europe. This means you can take your test on your own airplane, in the European skies.

    You will have to take your appointment yourself, directly with the examiner, as this has to be done independently from the flight training provider, once you are endorsed as ready by your instructor.

    You will also pay the examiner fee directly to the examiner.
    As an indication, the prices observed (including examiner fee + expenses) were from 1495 GBP to 1890 GBP for one IR test in France (Oct 2019 and Feb 2020), and 2665 GBP for two flight tests in France (Feb 2020), so approximately just under 2000 EUR for one test and 3000 EUR for two tests.
    We cannot commit to the price that will be charged by the examiner for the test.

    Once your appointment has been made for a flight test on the airfield agreed between you and the examiner, we can accompany you for 2 to 3 days of final preparation on site prior to your exam.

  • Option 2 : Take your test in the US

  • This interesting alternative will allow you to discover what it is to fly in the USA. You will complete your training in Europe, then fly away for a short stay in the USA, accompanied by one of our instructors.

    At the end of a familiarization training on the locally-rented airplane (generally 4 to 5 days, according to your needs), you will be able to pass your flight test... and you will have discovered at the same time a brand new aeronautical world!

    We organize these discovery/finish-up stays in partnership with flight schools located in the US, where we can rent airplanes and find the most interesting conditions possible for you.

    Any further questions ? Check our FAQ or contact us !

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