The pilot training cost in the Philippines is inexpensive for local students. However, for an Indian student, the entire program fee can be pricey.
Let’s discuss how the pilot training cost differs for different nationalities in the Philippines.
This post focuses more on the cost of pilot training in the Philippines for Indian students. Likewise, worldwide aspiring pilots can refer to this post to get an idea of pilot training fees in the Philippines.
The Philippines is famed for having lower pilot training fees, and many Indian students choose to become a pilot there.
Some facts must be addressed as well to understand the entire cost of becoming a pilot:
- How much does it cost to become a pilot in the Philippines?;
- Is the Philippines cheap for pilot training?;
- Is the Philippines good for pilot training?
How much is the pilot training cost in the Philippines?
The commercial pilot training cost ranges from 50,000 USD to 80,000 USD depending on the flight school and the pilot training program you select. Indian students must budget at least 40 lacs INR for the professional pilot program fees. According to DGCA, Indian pilots training abroad must accumulate 220 hours of actual flight time to be recognized as commercial pilots.
Thus the cost of pilot training for Indian students is slightly higher than others.
In the Philippines, one can fly 180 hours to apply for a commercial pilot license. To be eligible for a commercial pilot license, Indians must acquire 220 hours.
Flying forty hours extra means Indian students often require a tailored program resulting in higher flight school fees.
Being associated with aviation in the Philippines since 2011, I learned plenty about flight schools and how they deceive students into promoting their flight schools.
Many flight schools initially promote low fees for pilot training, and later, students notice the fees are a lot higher. Sometimes, they are even higher than the flight school fees in the USA.
It’s already too late by the time aspiring pilots realize they are paying a lot more than expected.
Most Indian students coming to my blog are looking forward to obtaining a commercial pilot license to work in an airline.
If you intend to make a living by flying for an airline, you must initially invest at least 40 lacs Indian rupee that you will pay directly to the flight school you choose.
On the contrary, if you can’t budget the total sum of 40 Lacs INR upfront, you can pay the flight school fees over the years.
It would take years for you to become a pilot in that scenario. Typically Indian students in the Philippines begin working as a professional pilot in three years.
If you decide to pay flight school fees as you fly, then the course duration depends on how you progress towards your goals.
There are multiple steps to becoming a professional pilot. The steps include:
- Private pilot license;
- Commercial pilot license;
- Instrument rating;
- Certified flight instructor license.
I won’t discuss the steps to becoming a pilot in this post, but I will give you an idea. I will put it this way.
To become a professional pilot, you must acquire all these four licenses, and the accumulation of hours to obtain these licenses will total over 220 hours. Hence the professional pilot training course fees are expensive.
40 Lacs Indian rupee is sufficient to pay fees for all four licenses for Indian students in the Philippines.
Is the Philippines cheap for pilot training?
I have already discussed the flight school fees in the Philippines for Indian students. It may seem like a cheaper option for many.
However, I didn’t include the accommodation cost in that 40 Lacs Indian rupees.
The cost of living in the Philippines for Indian students can be high. Compared to North American countries, the living price is cheaper in the Philippines.
The problem arises when the pilot training course in the Philippines takes longer than expected. It’s anticipated that flight schools in the Philippines will fail to keep their promise.
The flight schools in the Philippines promise that international students can finish their professional pilot training in 16 months.
The reality is the opposite. For an international student to become a commercial pilot takes around three years.
Naturally, if an Indian student lives in a foreign country has to count extra money to sustain a living and finish the flight school course.
So, the cost of living is also a considerable amount if an Indian student chooses to enroll in a flight school. This living cost also reflects on the budget for Indian students.
A student pilot in the USA can complete the entire professional pilot program in 12 to 18 months. Though the course fee might differ in the USA from the Philippines, the reduced living cost ultimately makes up for the pilot training fees.