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 on the pilot tuition fee in the Philippines for Indian students. Likewise, aspiring pilots worldwide can refer to this post to get an idea of pilot training costs in the Philippines.
The Philippines is famed for having lower pilot training fees, and many Indian students choose to become a pilot there. However, if you don’t know what other costs are associated with pilot training, you may run out of budget in the middle of the program.
What is the pilot tuition fee in the Philippines?
The pilot tuition fee in the Philippines is 50,000 USD, around forty lacs in Indian rupees. The entire cost of the pilot training program can rise to 80 lacs Indian rupees. Since there are many other expenses for students living abroad, the cost of training will increase. Similarly, you have to consider the fees for documentation, Exam Fees, Licensing, Checkride Fees, etc., which I’ll discuss here elaborately.
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?
Thus the cost of pilot training for Indian students is slightly higher than others.
One can fly 180 hours in the Philippines 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 costs are much 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 much 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 50 lacs Indian rupee, which you will pay directly to the flight school you choose.
On the contrary, if you can’t budget 50 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 professional pilots in three years.
If you decide to pay flight school fees as you fly, the course duration depends on your progress toward 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 considerable for an Indian student who enrolls in a flight school. This living cost also reflects in 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 makes up for the pilot training fees.
Is the commercial pilot training cost in the Philippines different for foreigners and locals?
The answer is YES. The price is different because most locals have some privileges that foreigners will not get.
Do you imagine discrimination exists?
The answer is NO. I believe it is expected in any country.
The first and foremost reason why a foreigner has to count more money:
- Because foreigners have to pay for the visa;
- Have to pay for the visa extension;
- And a special study permit in the Philippines.
Did you imagine local students need a special study permit in their own country?
Local students willing to become pilots in the Philippines do not have to fill out any additional documents, unlike a foreigner who has to pay and go through all of these.
Some schools may ask international students to pay for their visa extension and a special study permit.
However, many flight training institutes provide a visa extension fee and special study permit fees for the first year.
Similarly, an alien student must pay for several other documentation and procedures to start flight training in the Philippines.
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How to minimize the pilot course tuition fee in the Philippines?
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Are there any ways to minimize the pilot course cost in the Philippines?
There are few options for international students in the Philippines to reduce the pilot course cost.
The smartest thing to do here in the Philippines as a foreign pilot is not to delay your training.
To reduce the associated cost with the course tuition fees, finish the flight training here as soon as possible.
Do you know why I tell this?
Because if you finish the pilot course sooner, it is better for you.
As I have mentioned earlier:
Flight training institutes only grant payment for visa extensions and special study permits for the first year.
Assuming you are still here and the first year has passed:
Perhaps you are waiting to fly the remaining hours, and the flight school will not take liability for the immigration costs.
Those will be extra costs on your side.
The longer you stay in the Philippines, the more you will spend on accommodation.
Unlike local students, they can stay with their families and continue flight training.
Want to know all the reasons that may delay the flight training course?
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I have discussed all the possible reasons in the link above.
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