Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is Cadet Pilot Program?

The program takes beginner or novice candidates with little to no flying experience and qualifies them to become qualified airline pilots.

Who is qualified to apply?

All candidates must have proof of Filipino citizenship, be between 18 - 35 years old, have a minimum of a high school education.

Are there any preferred educational requirements?

Beyond completing high school, applicants are not required to have completed any higher education or advanced technical training.

How long is the program?

Training takes place over the course of 91 weeks, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Is a job guaranteed upon graduation?

Successful graduates earn their pilot licence and are guaranteed support in job placement. Successful graduates are required to pay back the training costs via salary deduction only after they secured their employment.

If you can’t secure a seat flying on an airline with our expertise help, forget the bill. It’s on us.

What is my career progression?

The purpose of this program is to train cadets to become first officers and eventually captains. We provide a career placement road map for every cadet, beginning from the day they join, to the day they are released as a first officer.

Pilot Training Questions

What licence will cadets receive after graduation?

Cadets will receive the EASA ATPL 'frozen' licence with a type rating for a specific Aircraft type (e.g. A320 or B737). This allows you to operate as a first officer within an airline company.

In some cases, your EASA licence will have to be converted to a third country licence after completion of the program. Some licensing details are subject to the requirements of specific future employers.

Which training organisation carries out the training?

We cooperate with only carefully selected flight training organisations with a proven history of high-quality training.

Our main partner partners are Blue Sky Aviation Academy, DSA a.s. and Czech Aviation Training Centre. All of our partners are well-recognised and EASA-approved training organisations that has produced pilots currently flying with major airlines like Ryanair, Malaysia Airlines, Wizz Air, SmartLynx Airlines, Emirates and many others.

Will previous training count towards the program?

This is an ab Initio program, meaning all candidates start from the beginning. However, student pilots who have previously completed applicable units of competency at other EASA Registered Training Organisations may receive a credit transfer for those units.

Do applicants need to have a Class 1 medical licence?

No candidate is required to disclose their personal medical history as part of the selection process. Medical check in order to obtain Class 1 medical licence is usually done in the place of training before the training starts, and in coordination with us.

Where does the training take place?

Pilot training takes place in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, a member of the European Union. Prague is known as a perfect location for international students, where you will not only start your career as an airline pilot but also enjoy life as a student.

When does the training course start?

Candidates admitted into our program are given their choice of preferred start dates. Usually, there are approximately five different start days throughout the calendar year. These are the dates offered to candidates pending availability.

After a candidate is selected for the program, he or she has one year to commence their training course. This deadline can be extended for a maximum of two years.

Note: If the candidate is a university student, they will be permitted to finish their studies.

Do I have to sign a training bond?

You will sign a training agreement which will require you to pay back the amount for the training program by salary deductions. The total amount deducted from your salary depends on the airline that employs you. This amount is normally around 20% of your future basic salary.

Note: Reimbursement payments commence only when a graduate has secured employment with an airline.

Assessment & Selection Questions

What can I expect during the assessment process?

The first stage is to pass the application screening. We will then compile a shortlist of candidates we would like to see more of.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake online testing. This consists of two stages. The first is free for all candidates, the second is only for those who successfully pass the first stage. These stages have been designed to determine your technical and non-technical proficiencies, and include behavioural/situational assessments.

Passing the online assessments phase gives you admittance to our main selection day. This is held in your home country (Manila in 2024), and consists of an evaluation in a group session, along with a 30-minute one-on-one interview discussing your competencies.

What is the duration of the selection process?

From application to acceptance, the selection process happens in several stages over the course of approximately four months.

At which place will the selection process be held?

While the first stages of the application process are carried out through our online testing platform, candidates who successfully pass these initial evaluations will be invited to Manila for the next stage of the selection.

Who selects the candidates?

Each qualifying candidate is chosen by a selection committee composed of professionals from relevant fields including human resources and psychology, along with pilots, flight trainers (instructors), and other aviation professionals.

Are there any assessment fees?

Shortlisted applicants who reach the second stage of the assessment process will pay $300 application fee that covers the advanced screening and psychometric testing in preparation for final admissions interview.

How many pilot cadets will we recruit?

Our unique sponsorship opens the door to a lucrative, rewarding career for the most motivated and talented people. Depending on the available slots in our training partner organisations, we target to train around 100 pilot cadets over a 5 year period.

Other Questions

Do pilot cadets receive a stipend?

A monthly stipend is part of the sponsorship scheme and is meant to cover food and other basic personal living costs.

Is accommodation provided during the training?

Yes! We provide air tickets, accommodation, and EU student visa processing for every cadet as part of our sponsorship scheme.

Do I need a valid passport?

Yes. While our training programme and sponsorships cover essentials like housing and transportation, you will need to obtain the required documentation to travel internationally. Passports must be valid for a minimum of two years.

Candidates who do not have a passport at the moment of application will need a valid passport before the start of the course.

Do pilot cadets require a visa?

Yes. The process of applying for and obtaining a long-term visa can be long and complicated, but we will support you throughout.

We have built up relationships with the embassies and departments involved and can help you to get approved quickly and with a minimum of difficulty.

How do future cadets get to the place of training?

Transportation (air tickets) is covered by our sponsorhip scheme.

Do cadets stay for the whole duration of the course?

Cadets can travel on their days off during the program. VISAs provided to cadets allow them to travel around the EU or visit their home country.

Who will pay for my medical insurance during training?

Medical insurance is covered by our sponsorship scheme.

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