The Portuguese Air Force Academy (PoAFA) was created on 27 January 1978 to enable the Portuguese Air Force to prepare its own commissioned officers. PoAFA facilities are attached to Air Base 1, at Granja do Marquês, north of Sintra. The first course at PoAFA started on February 1st, 1978, only with air force pilots students.

The Aeronautical Engineering, Airfield Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aeronautical Administration course started later, in 1991. In the same year, PoAFA started Bachelor degrees to allow personnel from the ranks under short-term contract and NCOs to become commissioned officers.

The Aeronautical Studies Centre was established in 2006, with the mission to provide complementary training courses for military personnel. The Centre is currently responsible for the Basic Command Course (Captain promotion course) and the Chief Master Sergeant Promotion Course.

As a public military higher education institution, AFA takes part in several national and international scientific research projects, in cooperation with several public and private organisations, through the Air Force Academy Research Centre.


  Major Gen.
  Paulo José Reis MATEUS


Born in Coimbra on March 1, 1964, Major-General Paulo José Reis Mateus joined the Portuguese Air Force Academy in 1982, where he completed the Military Pilot Course in 1987, as a First Lieutenant.

After attending the Complementary Helicopters Course in Alouette-III, he started his operational activity in 1988 as a helicopter pilot in 552 Squadron, in which he performed multiple roles, namely, flight safety officer, pilot instructor and head of the Standardization and Academic Assessment Section.

In 1994, following the Complementary Course on Multi-Engine Aircraft, he was seconded to 401 Squadron. Assigned to reconnaissance and maritime surveillance missions, he was awarded his Pilot Commander qualification for CASA 100 and CASA 300 aircraft. He also served as Head of Operational Planning, as well as the Liaison Officer for the Scientific Community, having, by that time, published several articles on the subject of maritime surveillance and the prevention of pollution.

As a Major, in 1996, he was seconded to the Air Force Academy, where he held different responsibilities in the academic planning area, in addition to duties as a teacher and instructor pilot.

In 2000, he served as 401 Squadron Leader. In 2002, as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was appointed Wing Operations Commander at Air Base Nº 1, Sintra.

He returned to the Air Force Academy in 2004 and assumed the position of Student Corps Commander. Simultaneously, he was the Officer in charge of tutorship arrangements for Portuguese pilot students attending practical training in the USA, and the Commissioner for the implementation of the Pilot Course in the Mozambique Military Academy, Nampula.

Promoted to Colonel in 2007, he was Portuguese Defense Attaché to France, Belgium and Luxembourg in the period 2007-2010.

Returning to Portugal in October 2010, he served on the Air Force General Staff as Head of the Resources Division. Afterwards, from 2011 to 2013, he was assigned as Air Base Nº 5 Commander.

Between 2013-2014 he completed the Flag Officers’ Course. After that he was the Deputy Personnel Director.

Following that, he attended the Senior Course 126 at the NATO Defense College (NDC), Rome. From August 2015 to October 2016, he was assigned Portuguese Senior National Representative and Faculty Adviser at the NDC.

Promoted to Brigadier-General in October 2016 returned to Portugal as Director of Air Operations at the Air Command.

Throughout his career, Major-General Paulo Mateus has totaled more than 3500 flight hours in different types of aircraft, ranging from gliders and helicopters to fixed wing planes.

He holds several national awards and decorations, as well as the National Order of Merit, Officers Class, awarded by the President of the French Republic.

Major-General Paulo Mateus is married to Ana Paula Mateus and has two daughters.


The Portuguese Air Force Academy (PoAFA) is both a military unit and a higher education establishment which mission is to provide education and training to the future Portuguese Air Force commissioned officers. Providing a kind of instruction which is unique in Portugal, the AFA currently offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees focussed on academic education, military and sports training and aeronautical knowledge and culture.

The Masters’ degrees provided at AFA – namely, Air Force Pilot; Aeronautical Engineering; Airfield Engineering; Aeronautical Administration, and Medicine – are officially recognised as university degrees. Besides scientific curricular units, all degrees include 60 ECTS on military subjects, as well as military and sport training, which are extracurricular activities.

Air Force Pilot Students do all their education at PoAFA and Portuguese Air Force Squads. Pilots’ master degree is a five and a half years course, including one year piloting course. In the first four years, pilot students fly about 45 hours on the aircraft DHC-1 Chipmunk. After the masters’ thesis, on the last year, pilots students fly the aircraft Aerospatiale Epsilon TB-30 during elementary and basic training..

Engineering and administration students, apart from the course units taught at PoAFA, also attend course units at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon) and Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG, Lisbon), respectively. They spent the first three years at the PoAFA, where. After the third year, they go to our civilian universities partners to finish the bachelor degree and ingress in the master degree.

Medicine students do all their scientific education at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.

The undergraduate degrees are essentially training programmes for technical officers who are under short-term contract to the Air Force and want to become commissioned officers.

PoAFA also offers a post-graduation on Aeronautical Medicine, available for military and civilian medical doctors.



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     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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