How to become a Pilot in Uruguay

Uruguay

Uruguay has around 10 flight schools and 5 aero clubs

Entry Requirements

At least 16 years old, High School Graduate, Able to write, read, and speak in Spanish and English Language, Pass Medical Examination

One of the many questions we received is How to become a Pilot in Uruguay. Hence, we've created this below Step by Step Guide to assist aspiring pilots wanting to do their pilot training in Uruguay.

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

 

Step 1. Research

Research the different options you have to become a Pilot in Uruguay. Start of by researching online through Aviationfly.com, Google, YouTube, Dirección Nacional de Aviación Civil e Infrastructura Aeronáutica (DINACIA), 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 Uruguay.

  • Different Pilot Training Options
    • Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in Uruguay or 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 (Uruguayan Air Force): 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 16 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.
  • Spanish Proficiency: Read, speak, understand and write in Spanish language at the minimum required level by the Dirección Nacional de Aviación Civil e Infrastructura Aeronáutica (DINACIA).

 

Step 3. Training Stages

  • Student Pilot License (SPL): Allows you to start your flight training. To get a Student Pilot Certificate, you should be:

(a) at least 16 years old;

(b) Valid Class II Medical Certificate.

(c) be pursuing studies corresponding to middle or secondary education.

  • 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 Private Pilot License, you must be:

(a) at least 17 years old;

(b) holder of Student Pilot License

(c) possess a Class II Medical Certificate;

(d) read, speak and understand the official language of the State that issues the license (i.e. Spanish);

(e) demonstrate proficiency in speaking and understanding the English language;

(f) have completed high school or equivalent;

(g) must log at least a total of forty (40) hours of instruction and solo flight, which must include at least:

(i) Twenty (20) hours of instruction in dual command;

(ii) ten (10) hours of flight only during the day in the airplane appropriate for the class rating to be obtained, including five (5) hours of cross country flight;

(iii) a cross-country flight of a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) nautical miles [two hundred seventy (270) km] during which two (2) landings will have been made complete at two (2) different aerodromes;

(iv) the flight instruction received in a training device for simulation of flight, approved by the AAC, is acceptable up to a maximum of five (5) hours;

(v) Three hours of night flight instruction, including reserved, and ten (10) takeoffs and ten (10) landings, each landing will involve one flight traffic pattern at an airfield.

  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL): License will allow you to earn from flying and be a paid professional pilot. To get a Commercial Pilot License, you must be:

(a) at least 18 years old;

(b) possess a current Class I medical certificate;

(c) read, speak and understand the official language of the State that issues the license (i.e. Spanish);

(d) demonstrate proficiency in speaking and understanding the English language;

(e) have completed high school or its equivalent;

(f) have a valid Class 1 aeronautical medical certificate;

(g) must log a total of at least two hundred (200) flight hours as an airplane pilot. If the applicant has accumulated these hours in an instruction course recognized, the total required is one hundred and fifty (150) flight hours. The total of Flight time as a pilot must include at least:

(i) One hundred (100) hours of time as pilot in command or seventy (70) in the case of a recognized course of instruction has been followed;

(ii) twenty (20) hours of cross country flight as pilot-in-command, including one flight of crossing of a minimum of five hundred forty (540) kms [three hundred (300) nautical miles], during which it will have made complete landings in two (2) different aerodromes; (iii) ten (10) hours of instrument flight instruction, of which a maximum five (5) hours may be time on an instructional device to flight simulation; (iv) so that the powers of the license can be exercised at night, five (5) hours of night flight comprising five (5) take-offs and five (5) landings as pilot in command.
  • 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.
  • Airline Transport Pilot License (PTLA): Is the highest level of Aircraft Pilot Certificate that allows you to act as pilot in command on scheduled air carriers. To get an Airline Transport Pilot License, you must be:

(a) at least 21 years old;

(b) possess a valid Class I Medical Certificate;

(c)read, speak and understand the official language of the State that issues the license (i.e. Spanish);

(d) demonstrate proficiency in speaking and understanding the English language;

(e) have completed high school or equivalent;

(f) must log a total of at least one thousand five hundred (1,500) flight hours as an airplane pilot, which include:

(i) Five hundred (500) hours as pilot in command under supervision or two hundred fifty (250) flight hours either as pilot in command, or a minimum of seventy (70) hours as pilot-in-command plus additional flight time required as pilot at the command under supervision;

(ii) two hundred (200) cross country flight hours, of which a minimum of one hundred (100) hours as pilot-in-command under supervision; (iii) one hundred (100) hours of night flight time, as pilot in command or co-pilot; (iv) seventy-five (75) hours of instrument flight time of which a maximum thirty (30) hours can be performed on an instructional device to flight simulation.

 

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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

 

 

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?