Orbifly in a nutshell...

Orbifly is an EASA ATO that was founded in Switzerland in 1999 and is known as the pioneer in FAA IR training in Europe.
Now based in France and offering EASA, FAA and UK CAA services, she has become a multinational 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 ?

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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



  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

Basic IR (BIR)

Multiengine Class Rating (MEP)

Night Rating


  Other EASA Trainings

CB-IR(A) Ground School

La Môle (St Tropez) Competency Check

SET Class Ratings (PA46, TBM, PC12)




  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...


  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... and even UK ratings if needed.

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



  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)

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  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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PA46 Flight Training

The baseline course consists of online theory training and 8 hours flight training, on either the turbine or the piston version. We can deliver standalone EASA or FAA courses, or integrate both so you get dual qualified.

Pre-Entry Requirements

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​ ​To start your training with us, you have to : ​
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  • Hold at least an EASA, FAA or ICAO PPL(A)
  • Have at least 200 hours total pilot experience (minimum 70 hours PIC for the EASA course)
  • EASA course only (and turbine version only) :
    - Hold the High Performance Aeroplane Knowledge Course or
    - Have passed the EASA ATPL(A) examinations; or
    - Hold an ICAO ATPL(A) or CPL(A)/IR with theoretical knowledge credit for ATPL(A) ​
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Credits For Previous Experience

​ ​The approved course of training may be modified to account for previous experience on similar aircraft types (any other aircraft classed as a ​Single Pilot High Performance Aeroplane [SP HPA] with one or more turboprop or turbojet engines).

Flight & Theoretical Knowledge Training

The PA46 training syllabus contains a total of: ​
  • 16 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
    (14 hrs of online self study & 2 hrs of instructor led wash-up);
  • Theoretical Knowledge Exam (100 questions, conducted in-house);
  • Minimum of 8 hours of flight training in the PA46; and
  • Licence Skill Test with an examiner in the PA46 aircraft (EASA course only)


The training takes approximately 5 days to complete including briefings and test preparation.
The first two days are completed via our online learning management system which means you can complete the majority of your theoretical knowledge training at home.
When you arrive for your flight training we will first complete a 3 hour brush up session which will include the theoretical knowledge exam prior to starting your flight training. ​

ICAO Conversions

If you are a current PA46 pilot operating on the basis of an ICAO licence (e.g. FAA), we can assist you in gaining an EASA licence and PA46 SET Class Rating.
The training package for an ICAO conversion includes all of the mandatory training items conducted in the full course. There is no minimum flight training requirements, however, most candidates complete approximately 4 hours flight training prior to completing the Class Rating Skill Test with an examiner.
The course takes approximately 2 full days to complete.

Differences Training

​We can deliver differences training between all models of the PA46.


  Orbifly has developed a partnership with Oysterair, a UK-based ATO, and has become an Oysterair secondary base for High Performance courses and trainings.
Oysterair has a sharp experience in advanced turbine trainings, and we are happy to share this experience with our customers.

Trainings can take place on the Orbifly homebase, or on an Oysterair base in the UK.

The Orbifly team can provide the whole PA46 practical training, on your own airplane if you wish, or on a partner airplane.
It can even start from your homebase !

So, are you in love with the PA46 ? Ready to start !

Contact us !

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