Pakistan has a small number of Flight Schools, a large number of students go abroad to do their Flight Training
Passed Higher Secondary School, be over the age of 18 and passed the Doctor's Examination (Class 1 Medical)
One of the main questions Aviationfly.com receives is how to become a Pilot in Pakistan. Pakistan, a country with 200 million people, currently has less than 10 Airlines with only very few aircraft. As the country continues to grow, the existing airlines will order more aircraft, more airlines will start up, and foreign airlines will have a preference for more Pakistani Pilots in order to fly to Pakistan Airports. Aviationfly.com wants to provide you with more information on how to become a Pilot in Pakistan and has created the Guide below! If you want to become a Pilot, the right time to start your pilot training is now!
Step by Step Guide on How to become a Pilot in Pakistan
Step 1. Research
The first step on how to become a pilot in Pakistan is to research the different options you have to become a Pilot. Start of by researching online thru Google, Aviationfly.com, YouTube, Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority website, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. There are a number of options of how to become a pilot in Pakistan, you can do your pilot training with a flight training school in Pakistan or abroad or join the Pakistan Air Force to get your Pilot License. Each one of these options has its advantages and disadvantages and will be explained in more detail below. You can also click the yellow CONTACT US button to send Aviationfly.com a message to get answers to your questions.
- Different Pilot Training Options
- Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in Pakistan or abroad (if you want to learn more about the options of doing your flight training abroad in countries such as the United States which is very popular for Pakistanis, please send us a message). There are less than 10 Pilot Schools in Pakistan and to get your Commercial Pilot License in Pakistan takes approximately 2 to 3 years and you should have a budget of more than US$60,000 - includes Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating.
- 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). Based on our knowledge there is currently no Cadet program being offered by an airline in Pakistan.
- Join the Military (Pakistan Air Force): Get your flight training sponsored by joining the Military - you will have to stay with the Military for 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 when you can receive a Student Pilot License and the retirement age for airline pilots actively flying is 67 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 then go to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and have your self assessed by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME).
- Educational requirement: It is important to note at this point that while you can get a Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, and Commercial Pilot License with a High School degree, working for one of the large airlines requires a College 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.
- Private Pilot License (PPL): This license will allow you to fly solo or fly passengers or cargo but without receiving any money for it.
- Commercial Pilot License (CPL): License will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot.
- 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.
It is important to know that becoming a pilot does require a certain budget - the minimum is around approx. US$50,000 and higher depending on the country you do your training, the school you pick, and a number of other factors. Aviationfly.com through its database knows of the best deals and packages, so if you are interested click the yellow CONTACT US button and Aviationfly.com will send you the information.
Step 4. Career Options
- Airline Pilot for the large airlines or smaller regional ones
- Corporate or Business Aviation Pilot
- Cargo Pilot
- Charter / Air Taxi Pilot
- Flight Instructor
- Medical / Air Ambulance Pilots
- Agricultural Pilot and many more options
As an Airline Captain you will earn around PKR 180,000 per month plus benefits (US$ 1,100)!
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?
- Visit your shortlist of flight schools - speak to the instructors and management teams to learn about the training, safety policies, history and graduates of the flight school. To find all the options available to you visit this page by clicking here.