CESDA was the first university training centre for commercial aviation pilots to be established in Spain. It was created in 2001, as a result of impetus from the professional sphere, government bodies and the support of university institutions.
It is managed by the Rego Foundation, a non-profit foundation, which aims to run a centre for innovative aircraft pilot training based on the needs of today's society.
The members of the Rego Foundation's Board of Trustees are:
The strength of all these institutions ensures a high quality training project that is the equal of the leading European aviation training centres.
The Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Aviation Pilot and Air Operations is an official degree course in the European Higher Education Area which was approved in 2010. It trains professional pilots to help them meet the strict demands of the aviation labour market, by obtaining the EASA European Civil Aviation Pilot license with all the necessary categories up to "ATPL Frozen" level.
Obtaining our degree allows our graduates to work for any airline, and also provides access to the public aviation sector, as well as some professions related to the air transport sector that require a public examination process or a license for which an official university degree is essential.
CESDA has a modern fleet of aircraft suitable for the different phases of flight, to provide appropriate instruction for its in-flight training subjects. The training is complemented with FNPT II and MCC flight simulators.
When they have completed their studies, students will have flown a total of 285 flight hours, of which 171 are real flights, 54 hours are in a basic simulator and 60 hours are in a Multi Crew Coordination simulator (MCC).
The agreement with VUELING establishes that in the selection processes of the company, there will be a preferential contract for the graduates of CESDA due to the high quality of the training processes.
The agreement with OSM Aviation - Norwegian states that when Norwegian needs low-experienced pilots it will ask CESDA as a high-quality school to provide graduates.
Those are excellent figures.However, our efforts are focused on improving them, reducing the average time our graduates take to find their first job and helping our pilots to find the best contracts.
Our Careers Department provides support for students graduating from CESDA to help them join the professional world.
This department is responsible for conducting market research, establishing relationships with the various agents in the air industry including government institutions, companies, airlines, professionals, etc., and maintaining constant communication and close links with the community of CESDA graduate pilots.
The Careers Department coordinates the 'CESDA Alumni' professional group, containing commercial pilots who have graduated from the centre, to exchange information and share professional experiences.
All studies forecasting growth in the air transport sector suggest that it will double over the next 20 years. It will be necessary to employ 500,000 new pilots worldwide during this period.
We have shown you the training on the Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Pilot for you to join our University.
On the menu of this page you will find the syllabus, opportunities for financing and grants, how to preregister and register for the Degree course, the means of access and FAQ.
At CESDA, we focus all our efforts on each student being able to develop their full potential and become trained as an excellent commercial pilot.
CESDA's facilities are located on the Reus Aeronautical university campus, with an approximate area of 80,000 m² next to the Reus International Airport.
This airport is extremely safe because of its very long runway, its location far from mountains and obstacles, all the radio aids for instrumental navigation and its international traffic, which helps students to learn how airline aviation operates. The area has its own microclimate, which is highly suitable for regular and continuous practice flights.
Furthermore, the city of Reus, near the campus, is located in a powerful hub of economic and social development, which has an important and very dynamic university environment and a truly enriching cultural life. The excellent transport links for Reus and the surrounding area by land, sea and air have placed the region in an optimum location at the centre of the Mediterranean Corridor.
Students at CESDA have two accommodation options: in flats and student residences. You can find more information here.
At CESDA we have created a culture of respect in all areas: for rules, for punctuality, for uniformity, and above all the utmost respect for the individual development of each person for them to develop their full potential as a future professional pilot.
In addition, as a centre affiliated to the Rovira i Virgili University, CESDA has access to the University's services, such as the virtual loan service for publications across the entire network of university libraries, as well as the inter-library loan service and access to the University's sports service.
CESDA is a higher education centre affiliated to Rovira i Virgili University, which teaches university studies for the Commercial Aviation Pilot and Air Operations Degree. It is based in Reus (Tarragona) and currently has a staff of about 30 people.
CESDA has its own library on campus, and students can also use the library services of the URV..
The CESDA library has a very specific collection of aviation-related books, aircraft manuals and magazines from the sector.
The URV libraries are on the University's campuses in the cities of Reus and Tarragona.
The CESDA teaching staff consists of three different profiles: Research Teaching Staff, Instructing Teaching Staff and Associate Lecturers.
Profiles of academic teaching staff in the 2016-2017 academic year: