Bulgarian Air Force Academy

The Bulgarian Air Force Academy (BAFA) is committed to providing high-quality academic aviation education to cadets and civilian students and assisting them to earn their bachelor, master or doctoral degree. Theory and practice go hand in hand in all military and civilian specialties. The mission of BAFA is to educate and inspire cadets to become agile and capable leaders of knowledge, character and discipline; to teach young people to respect the state and its allies, to strive for integrity, dignity, and courage, following the example of our ancestors; to train future officers to defend the national interests, to adhere to the European values and strengthen the international peace and stability. BAFA also aims to contribute to the improvement of the interoperability between EU countries and to promote the European security and defence culture.

Main objectives of the university are:

  • Educating cadets towards earning bachelor’s degree;
  • Educating civilian students towards bachelor’s and master’s degree;
  • Supervising Phd students;
  • Training of active duty officers in post graduate courses;
  • NCO training and target qualification courses;


  Rector (Commander)
  Brig. Gen.



2016 - 2017 “G.S.Rakovski” Military Academy – Sofia, Master’s Degree in Strategic Management of Defence and the Armed Forces

2014 “Military Leadership” qualification course

2013 Strategic course at “National Security and Defence” College

2012 “Flight Controller” qualification course - Bulgaria

2009 Language course, Bulgaria

2004 – 2006 “G.S.Rakovski” Military Academy – Sofia, Master’s Degree in „Organization and Management of Air Force Tactical Formations “

2004 “St. st. Cyril and Methodius“ University of Veliko Turnovo, Master’s Degree in “Accounting and Control”

1989 - 1995 “Georgi Benkovski” Air Force Academy, Master’s Degree - Pilot

Military carrer

01.01.2020 - Commandant of “Georgi Benkovski” Air Force Academy

2017 – 2019 Chief of “Aviation” Sector at “Operations” Department, Air Force HQ

2016 - 2017 Bulgarian General-Staff Academy – Master’s Degree in Strategic Management of Defence and the Armed Forces

2015 – 2016 Commander of Training Aviation Group – Dolna Mitropoliya

2012 – 2015 Deputy Commander of Training Aviation Group – Dolna Mitropoliya

2009 – 2012 Chief of “Flight Training” Centre, 52090 - Dolna Mitropoliya

2008 – 2009 Chief of “Flight Training” Centre and Flight Simulator Complex at “Flight Training” Centre, Dolna Mitropoliya

2007 – 2008 Commander of Flight Training Squadron – Dolna Mitropoliya

2006 – 2007 Chief of Staff of Flight Training Squadron – Dolna Mitropoliya

2004 – 2006 “G.S. Rakovski” National Defence College, Sofia

2003 – 2004 Navigation Officer of Flight Training Squadron, 24870 – Kamenets

2001 - 2003 Deputy Commander – Instructor of Training Section, 24870 – Kamenets

1999 - 2001 Deputy Commander of Independent Combat-Training Section, 32050- Добрич

1997 - 1999 Senior Pilot, 32050 - Dobrich

1995 - 1997 Junior Pilot, 32050 - Dobrich


Academic Departments

  • Aeronautics and Aircraft Engines
  • Command and Control of Military Tactical Units and Aircraft Armament
  • Electronics, Communications and Navigation systems
  • Electro engineering and Computer Science
  • Natural sciences and Humanities

In order to carry out its mission to train and educate officers and NCOs for the Bulgarian Air Force, the Aviation Faculty has set itself these main objectives:

  • To provide high quality professional aviation education;
  • To provide a strong foundation, technical knowledge and skills in multiple areas of aeronautical and piloting studies;
  • To educate and inspire both military students (cadets) and civilian students to become flexible and capable leaders of knowledge, skills, character, and discipline;
  • To teach young people to respect the state, to strive for integrity, dignity, and courage, following the example of our ancestors;
  • To train future officers to defend the national interests and strengthen international peace and stability.

Upon graduation, students earn a Bachelor of Science of the following Civil Specialties:

  • Aircraft Flight Operation;
  • Aeronautics;
  • Electronics in Aviation
  • Automation, Information and Control Engineering

The military students’ (cadets) training is governed by a unified curriculum for the acquisition of two Bachelor of Science degrees one in the Civil Specialties and another in the Military Specialty with the following Military Specializations:

  • Pilot;
  • Air Traffic Control;
  • Aircraft Radio Electronic Systems
  • Navigation, Communication and Information Systems
  • Aircraft Automatic Systems
  • Aircraft Armament
  • Aircraft Engines
  • Procurement and Logistics in Aviation



  • Sv. Sv. Kiril I Metodii St.
  • Dolna Mitropolia
  • Phone numbers, Email

  • Tel. +359 64 837 217
  • Fax. +359 64 837 217
  • Mail:

  • Web Page

  •  Images from Academy

     Commandant’s Conference

    In 1993 the European Air Chiefs Conference (EURAC) was established with the main objective finding new methods of study and co-operation among European Air Forces – within and out of NATO. In this context a considerable importance has been given for a common vision in the ways of education and formation of future officers

    Consequently the European Air Force Academies (EUAFA) Commanders’ Conference has been established as a forum of experts in order to exchange information, co-operate and identify areas of common interest to carry out activities, with the largest possible participation of all the member nations, in the field of officer education and training.

    EUAFA mission is to encourage mutual education through the sharing of information on officer training by promoting academic and military exchanges concerning cadet and instructor training.

    The (EUAFA) Commandants’ Conference comprises of the Commandants of the Air Force Academies of the following European countries:


    The members of the conference annually elect a Chairman, who is responsible for the preparation of the meetings and who acts as Point of Contact (POC) for all members.

    The Chairman, who is appointed for one year for the period between two Commandants’ Conferences, is the Commandant (or his representative) of the Academy that is designated to host the conference at the end of his term.

    Experts’ Working Group

    In order to find common elements within the syllabi of the EUAFAs a Working Group was established in 1998. The ultimate goal was to identify portions of the individual training and education programs that might be suitable for common training and/or mutual exchanges

    The EUAFA Working Group is responsible for the following tasks: view the member nations syllabi and focus on common fields within which to provide a basis for future co-operation in training and cadet exchanges; gather, update and disseminate the Databank (available at the website, and updated by the appropriate Working Group member) containing:

    • An overview of educational systems.
    • The structure organisational diagram of each participating country.
    • The educational syllabus of each academy.
    • The pilot education, training and timeframes in each academy.

    In order to achieve a better understanding regarding main areas of training in each country’s officer training syllabus and from which common areas of interest could be found:

    • Discuss and prepare agenda items for the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
    • Present the findings of the Working Group Meeting including proposals for future activities to the following EUAFA Commandants’ Conference
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