Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.
In Slovenia you can still walk through virgin forest, or watch the grapes ripen on the oldest vine in the world. You can hear tales of bears, and eat forest fruits that you have foraged yourself on a brief walk out of town. Here you can uncover the secrets of the land, and what lies beneath it. Here you are part of nature.
Slovenia has numerous sites of special natural interest, with features of all four main areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Karst and the Pannonian Plain. It also has a wealth of diverse architecture and urban design. You can truly feel at home in Slovenia’s towns.
Slovenia is a land of greenery, which offers great opportunities for activity holidays. Its high-quality accommodation guarantees a comfortable stay. It is perfect for a summer holiday, a winter break or a weekend away.
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. This small green country measures only 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of top athletes, and a wealth of cultural creativity. In Slovenia it is not difficult to compare the value of goods and services, as they are priced in one of the world’s major currencies, the euro.
Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. People hailing from the other former Yugoslav republics make up a significant minority, albeit less than 10% of the total population. The Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities have protected minority status, despite their small size.
The majority of people live in towns and cities, but a significant number live in the countryside. Agriculture accounts for only a small proportion of the workforce, while the majority work in services and manufacturing.
Slovenes are renowned as a diligent, hard-working nation, part of the reason that Slovenia is the wealthiest of the new EU members. They constantly aim to prove themselves and to progress. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. A very good example is the country’s athletes, particularly those involved in extreme sports, from mountaineering and extreme skiing to ultramarathon biking and swimming exploits.
Slovenes are also very thorough in learning foreign languages to make themselves understood. Even primary school students can speak foreign languages. The majority of people can speak good English, while most have a good grasp of German, Croatian and Italian language. A large share of the population can communicate in the languages of the old Yugoslavia, while there are many fluent Italian speakers in the areas bordering Italy.
AIRSPACE and AIRPORTS
Training is provided in the heart of EU, with exceptionally dense environment and options for the optimal flight training, from the Alps, to Mediteranean sea. All airports in the vicinity are also used by our flight school for an extended Pilot training. The training location represents ideal environment for the student, as he learns precision visual and instrumental navigation in different types of airspaces and landmarks.
In Slovenia there are three international, major airports. They are equipped with different types of equipment, preparing the student pilot to get familiar with all of these types, that he can meet later in hid actual job position as a co-pilot or captain. All the airports have precision (ILS) and non-precision aids (VOR-DME, NDB-Locator, etc.) approach systems available for high quality IR (instrument rating) training.
The majority of Slovenian largest part of the airspace is categorized as Class E, up to 7.500 ft, which means almost free flying for all visual training flights. The students can choose among 15 different airports, where 13 of them are free of charge for all landings and departures. The airports are paved (having asphalt runways) and grass airfields. The students ose both of them to learn the differences in the landing techniques.
Announcing the flight is a very easy task - all flight plans are being submitted via the internet min. 30 minutes before the flight and there is no other paperwork or approval required by the state, for unlimited flight training and excercising the training syllabus.
The home-base airport of Aviation Career Center is located at Maribor (Edvard Rusjan) International Airport. Maribor Airport, which is close to the A1 and right next to the A4 motorway, is easily accessed by road, train or bus. Other cities near the airport are: Ljubljana (120 km), Graz (77 km) and Zagreb (107 km) away. It is also easily accessible by rail from all directions.
In 2005 the instrument landing system ILS CAT I and the distribution transformer station were renovated, and the airport was later served with scheduled flights by Slovenian Spirit, an arm of Styrian Spirit, which offered scheduled flights to Paris and Salzburg.
The airport's new terminal opened in 2012 with a capacity is at least 600,000 pax/year and in 2013 the old old terminal was also renovated. Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace. The primary purpose of ATC worldwide is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots. air traffic control service provider in Slovenia is the Slovenia Air Navigation Services or SLOVENIA CONTROL, with Single European Sky certification, providing air navigation services that are safe, flexible and of the highest quality in Slovenian airspace. Attaining, guaranteeing and constantly improving the defined safety levels.
Air traffic control (ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace. The primary purpose of ATC worldwide is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots. air traffic control service provider in Slovenia is the Slovenia Air Navigation Services or SLOVENIA CONTROL, with Single European Sky certification, providing air navigation services that are safe, flexible and of the highest quality in Slovenian airspace. Attaining, guaranteeing and constantly improving the defined safety levels.
The students in that kind of environment proceed much more efficient with their learning progress, and get well adopted to the traffic situation and behaviour in such environment, during all flight modules, becoming comptetitive, successful and safe pilots.