Many may have dreamed of becoming a commercial pilot when they are younger as they see airplanes fly by their houses. If you are one of them and you had not let go of that dream yet, there is still a good chance to be a pilot because Philippines offers the cheapest education to be one.
Many Philippine aviation schools and flight schools are accepting foreign trainees for various pilot trainings and courses, but they might need to supply immigration requirements to have a student visa.
To get the license to be a Commercial Pilot, you must be of legal age (at least 18 years old), have a Private Pilot Certificate and 1st Class Medical Certificate, and be English proficient. Also you must pass the Aviation Training Office (ATO) Knowledge (General) Test and ATO Practical and Oral Examination Flight Test.
Commercial pilot training in the country is cheaper compared to others and offers more hours of flights to benefits the pilot trainees and give them a chance to practice and have more experience when flying aircrafts. The Philippines aviation and pilot license are s recognized by countries part of in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Philippines Commercial pilot training courses have two main courses which are flight and ground sources, the grounds has 110 hours of classes about medical and human factors, flight instrument system and environment, aircraft aerodynamics, flight computer, advanced weight and balance, advanced conventional and turbine power plant, emergency procedures, advanced civil air regulations and licensing, advanced meteorology, weather forecasts and reports, air traffic control and communication procedure, advanced radio navigation, advanced air navigation and cross country flight planning.
During the training, trainees must comply with 110 hours of flight training with additional 40 hours of Private Pilot Course as required by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and ATO. Some schools offer a six months course program while others let you have your own schedule and finish in just two months.
Aside from the experience of flying, and getting into lots of places, as a commercial pilot, you could be a flight instructor, charter plane pilot of a pilot of a cargo plane. As of now, the First pilot officer could have as much as P177,000 of monthly salary while the Captain can have P274,000 monthly plus with benefits and allowance.