I am a 25 year old UK citizen looking to pursue my dream to train and become an airline pilot.
I have looked at Oxford Aviation and CTC Wings in the UK. However due to the costs involved in their ATPL courses, the current European climate for jobs is at the end and my goal is to live and work in Asia, I am now looking further afield to the Flight Schools in Asia as well.
Having done some research, All Asia Aviation based in the Philippines was recommended to me. Whilst the course seems slightly different to an integrated ATPL i.e. All Asia Aviation seem to train you through a modular approach - PPL, CPL, MER, IR Rating as compared to OAA where you begin with 6 Months ATPL exams and ground school, then go on and do the flight training. The end result/ qualification seem the same and I would still need a type rating to progress with an airline.
I also believe that I’d have to take my ATPL exams, are they a huge step up from the CPL exams?
My thoughts are that whilst training in Asia I am at the centre of Asia's Aviation growth so may find openings and placements with Asian Airlines at the end of my training.
Do you think this is quite plausible or are Asian Airlines only recruiting their own citizens through their own flight training programmes?
Is there also any Asian flight schools you recommend and do you find that students who follow training course such as the one set by All Asia Aviation hinders their progress for securing an Airline position due to this?
I hope you can share your knowledge and opinions on this.
While it is true that opportunity to be an airline pilot is better in Asia than in UK, it may also be problematic for you after your ATPL to secure a job in this part of the world. As you already know, most Asian airlines prefer to take in their own citizens except for a few ones (that set very high standards for foreigners to get in)
However I know of an Iranian that finally got a job after his flying training in Malaysia. He had to work very hard (he told me), took any flying jobs that came along, especially in Indonesia where he was flying the propellers planes.
Now he is being trained on the wide body Airbus A330, something he probably never dream off!
You can read from my website that I have recommended many Malaysian pilot wannabes to do their training in Malaysia rather than overseas due to conversion issues. See article below here
As far as I know, the flying schools in Malaysia train their pilots up to CPL(equivalent to frozen ATPL). The frozen ATPL (CPL) will be unfrozen as soon as they have logged 1500 hours. See my article here So there is no further exams to upgrade to ATPL.
I am unfamiliar with All Asia Aviation courses and their syllabus and cannot offer any useful opinion on their courses offered.
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