How to become a Pilot in Venezuela

Venezuela

Venezuela has around 15 flight schools

Entry Requirements

At least 17 years old, High School Graduate, Proficiency in Spanish and English Language, Class II Medical Certificate

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

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

 

Step 1. Research

Research the different options you have to become a Pilot in Venezuela. Start of by researching online through Aviationfly.com, Google, YouTube, Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC), 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 Venezuela.

  • Different Pilot Training Options
    • Flight School: Take your flight training with a Flight School in Venezuela 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 (Bolivarian Military Aviation): 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.
  • Spanish Proficiency: Read, speak, understand and write in Spanish language at the minimum required level by the Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC).

 

Step 3. Training Stages

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

(i) at least 17 years old;

(ii) Valid Class II Medical Certificate;

(iii) be enrolled in an Aeronautical Training Center certified by the Aeronautical Authority.

  • 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:

(i) at least 18 years old;

(ii) holder of Student Pilot License

(iii) possess a Class II Medical Certificate;

(iv) have approved a Private Aircraft Pilot course, theoretical and flight practical in a certified Aeronautical Training Center by the Aeronautical Authority, within twelve (12) months preceding the date of the request;

(v) have completed at least forty (40) flight hours according to the programmatic content approved by the Aeronautical Authority.

  • 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:

(i) at least 18 years old;

(ii) holder of Private Pilot License or Student Pilot License;

(iii) have approved a theoretical and practical Commercial Pilot course of flight in an Aeronautical Training Center certified by the Aeronautical Authority within the twelve (12) months preceding the application, in which you must have completed at least one hundred fifty (150) hours of instructional flight, depending on content program approved by the Aeronautical Authority;

(iv) for recognition of flight time, having completed as minimum two hundred (200) flight hours, of which at least one hundred (100) hours must be as pilot-in-command and also pass a Theoretical-practical Commercial Pilot course, which contemplates how minimum twenty (20) hours of instructional flight in a Training Center Instruction certified by the Aeronautical Authority;

(v) additionally, it must comply with the requirements for the obtaining the special Instrumental Flight rating;

(vi) possess a current Class I medical certificate;

(vii) have approved the theoretical and practical evaluation applied by the Aeronautical Authority or by whom it delegates.

  • 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 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 an Airline Pilot License,  you must be:

(i) at least 21 years old;

(ii) possess a valid Class I Medical Certificate;

(iii) Currently in possession of a Commercial Pilot License;

(iv) have approved a theoretical Airline Transportation course, in an Aeronautical Training Center certified by the Authority Aeronautics, within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of application. The Airlines certified by the Authority Aeronautics, they will be able to dictate this course to the Pilots that are part of your organization, as long as they have it approved in your Training manual;

(v) have a minimum experience of one thousand five hundred (1,500) hours of flight in the airplane category, of which five hundred (500) hours they must be like pilot in command. In the case of First Officers of the Airline, who do not meet five hundred (500) hours, as pilot in command, the five hundred (500) hours will be recognized under supervision as long as they are carried out and approved in the training manual of the company where you are applying for promotion. Likewise, of the one thousand five hundred (1,500) total flight hours, to least three hundred (300) hours must be in Aircraft that require co-pilot.

(vi) have approved the theoretical and practical evaluation applied by the Aeronautical Authority in a multi-engine aircraft, which requires co-pilot or a flight simulator authorized by the Authority Aeronautics.

If you have any questions so far, please do send us a message on the yellow TALK TO US button.

 

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?