Pilot course requirements in the Philippines.

pilot course requirements philippines

The requirements to enroll in a flight school is not as complicated as you may think. It is quite the opposite of what most people think.

In this post, I will discuss what are the difficulties and why most people are confused about the requirements.

Because the maximum number of students interested to become a pilot in the Philippines consults with people who are not pilots in real life.

If you are not a pilot you will genuinely have the least idea of this industry.

Perhaps no idea at all of how to become a pilot and what are the actual requirements.

Let me give you a heads up. The most important thing today to become a pilot is money along with other basic requirements.

Why do I say money?

Because to acquire your commercial pilot license you have to fly actual hours by renting an aircraft.

And not only the aircraft you have to pay for a certified flight instructor too.

NOW

If you have the money to spend, you must not waste time and enroll in a flight school.

Because the age required to get your commercial pilot license is only 18 years old.

So why wait?

Being 18 years old and willing to pay the money for the flight training is enough to get your first pilot license.

Well to start your flight training in the Philippines, you have to have at least a high degree.

YES, you do not need a bachelor’s degree to start your flight training.

NOW

The real question must be why do you want to become a pilot?

I believe you want to work in an airline in the future. Well, some airlines may ask for you to have a bachelor’s degree before hiring you.

But most of them will want to check your knowledge about aviation.

Because at the end of the day you will be flying an airplane and your expertise along with your knowledge will help you to conduct safe flights with hundreds of passengers on board.

So one main requirement for becoming a pilot must be working hard and study adequately.

Below I have shared the requirements according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

General Requirements:

  • At least 17 years of age;
  • At least a high school graduate;
  • Not color blind;
  • Physically and Mentally fit;
  • NBI Clearance for both foreign and local students.

Once you meet the general requirements a trainee pilot can apply for a student pilot license.

Getting a student pilot license is your very fast step.

What is a student pilot license?

A student pilot license is what the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will issue for you and you must carry that with you every time you are conducting a flight.

You will have to keep the student pilot license with you until you reach your first forty hours of flight time and apply for your private pilot license.

Once you pass all the private pilot knowledge test and the check ride you will be issued a private pilot license.

However, until then, you must carry your student pilot license at all times aboard the training flight.

Private Pilot License Requirements:

  • Student pilot license;
  • 2nd class medical certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines;
  • NTC License (Radio Telephony);
  • English language proficiency certificate with a minimum score of 4;
  • At least 40 hours flight logbook time, Minimum 20 hours of dual and 20 hours as the PIC;
  • Passed the ATO knowledge test;
  • Passed the ATO practical flight test conducted by a check pilot.

Commercial Pilot License Requirements:

  • Private pilot license;
  • A valid 1st class medical certificate;
  • NTC license (Radio Telephony);
  • English language proficiency certificate with a minimum score of 4;
  • Minimum of 150 hours total flight time logged
  • Passed the ATO knowledge test;
  • Passed the ATO practical flight test conducted by a Check Pilot.

6 Replies to “Pilot course requirements in the Philippines.

    1. Well if you have completed your 12th grade then it is the prime time for you to apply for flight training. For more details send us an email using this contact form here.

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  1. Hello. I’m a University student from Sacramento, California. I’m planning on joining a flight school after university. I already have an FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate. My application for a 1st Class Medical Certificate was deferred because of my right eye. If I can pass a Medical Flight Test I can get a waiver or SODA. Is a waiver or SODA issued by the FAA valid in the Philippines? I plan to move to the Philippines when I get my American CPL to fly for Cebu Pacific.

    1. I will suggest this:
      Instead of getting your CPL from the USA, go to the Philippines and get your CPL there.
      The procedures will be a lot less complicated. You will not have to worry about FAA issued Soda or any waiver.
      Go to the Philippines and get your medical certificate from there and continue CPL.
      Step 1: Get your PPL from the USA.
      Step 2: Get your Instrument rating from the USA.
      Step 3: Go to the Philippines and convert your license there.
      Step 4: Get your CPL in the Philippines.
      Step 5: Build enough flying hours in the Philippines to get an airline job.
      The steps I mentioned above are viable if you are willing to work in Cebu Pacific, as you have said.
      Let us know your decision here. We might aid you with some more information to accomplish your goal.

  2. Thank you for your answer. I actually had a few more questions. The reason my 1st Class Medical application was deferred is that I have a condition known as “Amblyopia” AKA “Lazy Eye”. My uncorrected vision is 20/30. I wear glasses and my left eye is correctable to 20/20 but my right eye is stuck at 20/40 due to lazy eye. Is it still possible for me to get a 1st Class Medical Certificate from the Philippines? My second question is about getting my CPL. Will I be able to get into an airline with a CPL? Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t the major airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines require ATP licenses with a minimum of 1500 hours? The reason why I want to fly with Cebu Pacific is that I heard that you can join Cebu Pacific with a CPL instead of an ATPL and with only 500 hours instead of 1500 hours. Again thank you for your help. I’ve been trying to get all the information I can from the CAAP but their website doesn’t really have any helpful information regarding specific topics like medical conditions.

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