How to become a Pilot in Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan has only 1 flight school

Entry Requirements

At least 17 years old, High School Graduate, Proficiency in English Language, Pass Medical Examination

With its population of over 18 million, Kazakhstan has five (5) scheduled airlines and around ten (10) charter airlines.

One of the questions we received is How to become a Pilot in Kazakhstan. Hence, we've created this Step by Step Guide to assist aspiring pilots from the country.


Step by Step Guide on How to become a Pilot in Kazakhstan


Step 1. Research

Research the different options you have to become a Pilot in Kazakhstan. Start of by researching online thru, Google, YouTube, Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. The more research you do initially, the more you will know all your options and the process of how to become a pilot in Kazakhstan.

  • Different Pilot Training Options
    • Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in Kazakhstan or abroad) or you may also take your flight training in abroad. If you are interested to take your flight training abroad, please send us a message.)
    • Aviation related College Degree Program: This allows you to combine a college degree with flight training.
    • Airline Cadet Pilot Program: These are flight training programs which include guaranteed employment with the airline upon successful graduation (and some of these programs are sponsored by the airline).
    • Join the Military (Kazakhstan Air Defense Forces): Get your flight training sponsored by joining the Military - you will have to stay with the Military for around 12 years after completing your training before you are allowed to apply to commercial airlines.


Step 2. Basic Requirements

  • Age: The minimum age to start your pilot training is 17 years old and that is when you can receive a Student Pilot License (SPL) and the retirement age for airline pilots actively flying is 65 years old.
  • Medical Certificate: In order to start your pilot training, you will need to secure a Medical Certificate - in order to get this, it is best to speak with the Flight School you want to start with and they will help arrange it for you.
  • Educational requirement: It is important to note at this point that you can get a Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, and Commercial Pilot License with a Secondary School Degree.
  • English Proficiency: The language of Aviation internationally is English and it is recommended to meet a Level 4 English standard before receiving your Commercial Pilot License - if you are looking to improve your English, you can send us a message and we will give you tips on what courses to take.


Step 3. Training Stages

  • Student Pilot License (SPL): Allows you to start your flight training - To get a Kazakhstan Student Pilot Certificate, you should be at least 17 years old and be able to speak, understand, read, and write in English language at the minimum required level by the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan. 
  • Private Pilot License (PPL): This license will allow you to fly solo or fly passengers or cargo but without receiving any money for it. To get a Kazakhstan Private Pilot License you must be over 17 years old, have a Student Pilot License, Valid Class II Medical Certificate, and be able to pass the ground school exam and flight check ride (exam flight) of the Federal Air Transport Agency.

Minimum flight experience requirement by the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan  to obtain a Kazakhstan Private Pilot License is at least 45 hours of training according to the approved program during the flight as a pilot, including at least 5 hours of flight is a flight on a certified simulator, including, not less than:

  • The 25-hour flight with the pilot-instructor on the aircraft with dual control, where stand-alone flight readiness checks will be conducted;
  • 3-hour instrument flight, including 180 turns in the horizontal plane;
  • under the guidance of a pilot instructor in accordance with the requested qualification mark, 10 hours of private flights, including 5 hours of private flights in general, with a flight length of at least 270 km landing at a complete stop at two different aerodromes that are not aerodromes flight.
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL): License will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot.

To get a Kazakhstan Commercial Pilot License you must be over 18 years old, Valid Class I Medical Certificate, and meet the following minimum flight time requirement:

  • At least 200 hours of flight, including 150 hours of air traffic control training course as a pilot of the aircraft according to the approved program 50 hours of flight, including at least 10 hours of flight is a flight on the simulator;
  • 100 hours as SEC or if the candidate is approved in a certified IEC 70 hours of training as a SEC under the program, including 50. The route, including one flight on the route with a duration of at least 540 km Performing flights on the runway during this flight landings at two different aerodromes that are not with performance;
  • 10 hours were requested under the guidance of a pilot instructor with dual control instrument flight on type aircraft;
  • 5 hours of night flight, including at least 3 hours of dual control Flight with the pilot-instructor on a route of at least 50 km including five flights and as a SEC, including a flight of at least 1 hour perform five landings.
  • Instrument Rating: Being Instrument Rated means that you can fly the aircraft in any weather condition (example low or zero visibility) using just the instruments.
  • Multi-Engine Rating: License which allows you to fly multi-engine aircraft.
  • Line Pilot License: Is the highest level of Aircraft Pilot Certificate that allows you to act as pilot in command on scheduled air carriers.

To get a Line Pilot License you must be over 21 years old, have a Commercial Pilot License, Valid Class I Medical certificate, and meet the following minimum flight time requirement which is at least 1,500 hours of flight as a pilot, which is included in the total flight.This includes:

  • Flight time on a certified simulator does not exceed 100 hours, including at least 25 hours of basic flight on a procedural simulator or instruments may fly on a training simulator;
  • 500 hours under control as SEC or 250 hours either as SEC or this at least 70 hours of time as SEC, and the required additional flight time as a controlled SEC;
  • 200 hours, flight time, including at least 100 hours as a controlled SEC;
  • 75 hours, instrument flight, including instrument flight time of ground training does not exceed 30 hours;
  • 100 hours, night flights as SEC or co-pilot;

If you have any questions so far, please do send us a message or check out all the Flight Schools in Kazakhstan.


Step 4. Career Options

  • Airline Pilot for the large airlines or smaller regional ones
  • Corporate or Business Aviation Pilot
  • Cargo Pilot
  • Charter / Air Taxi Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Medical / Air Ambulance Pilots
  • Agricultural Pilot and many more options

As an Airline Pilot you will earn around US$15,700 per month plus benefits (6 083 588 KZTB)!



Tips for picking a Flight School

  • Decide on your pilot goals - what are your long-term aspirations in aviation? Do you want to become a pilot in your free time (Private Pilot License)? Do you want to fly in General Aviation (Commercial Pilot License)? Do you want to become an airline pilot (airline program)? If you want to become an airline pilot which airlines are hiring? What aircraft are the airlines receiving over the next few years? Which flight schools do the airlines usually hire from? These are critical questions you should list and get answers to when asking yourself "how will I become a Pilot".
  • Determine how much you can afford to spend - different schools have different costs (due to location, number of students, aircraft type and a number of other factors), find out the reasons for the price difference. Do programs have financial assistance/loan programs? Might a part time program work for you?
  • How much free time do you have - different schools have different training schedules with some offering flexibility while others want the cadets to train full time and on campus (note that delaying flight training usually increases your training cost).
  • What equipment does the flight school use - this is important from a training but even more importantly from a safety aspect. Take into consideration as well the equipment preference of airlines which will want new pilots to have trained on certain equipment. Find out what the difference is between training aircraft (both from a training and cost perspective). Aircraft age does not always relate to safety, this is dependent on the aircraft maintenance - ask the flight school in detail about their aircraft maintenance department? Safety features of the aircraft?