How long does it take to become a pilot in the Philippines?

Last Updated on 01/29/2020 by FilipiKnow

There’s no definite answer since it will all depend on several factors. You have to consider the kind of pilot that you want to become, your current educational attainment, and your financial situation or the number of flight hours that you can afford per week.

Assuming you want to be an airline pilot (as most aspiring pilots do), having a bachelor’s degree will speed up the process since most airlines include having a degree in their list of requirements for pilot recruits.

After earning a college degree, you need to get a Student Pilot License (SPL). During the validity period of your SPL, you need to get 50 flight hours before you can get your Private Pilot License (PPL). You then need to get 250 flight hours during the validity of your PPL if you want to acquire a Commercial Pilot License (CPL).

Finally, you’ll need to earn 1,500 flight hours during the validity of your CPL if you want to get the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), the highest pilot license.

Take note that the flight hours required for ATPL are not cumulative. This means you’ll start from zero flight hours again after getting the CPL; the flight hours you earned prior to CPL will not be counted. 

It may take you several months to become a Private Pilot. If you want to be a Commercial Pilot, it will take you 3-4 years. To get the highest pilot license and become an Airline Transport Pilot, you’ll have to study and fly for a total of 5-6 years.

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