Cebu Pacific launches “study-now-pay-later” for 240 aspiring pilots’ training in Australia

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This can be your moment, some opportunities come only once, give it a shot! The requirements are simple, open to all college graduate Filipinos, who are proficient in English and holding a Philippine passport valid for at least two years prior to the start of the program, and a P17,000 fee for the screening process.

Now hold that negative thought, because training for pilots is costly with fees ranging from P2,000,000 to P3,800,000 for a 12-month program.

Cebu Pacific Air has just launched a training program for aspiring Filipino pilots to secure requirements for its expanding fleet, and the airline will initially be shouldering traditionally high tuition fees. The program operates as a “study-now-pay-later scheme,” with the graduates expected to serve Cebu Pacific under a separate 10-year training program.

Cebu Pacific is shelling out some $25 million in the next five years for the cadet pilot training program, said Lance Gokongwei, president and CEO of Cebu Pacific.

“Over the next five years, Cebu Pacific will be investing $25 million for the Cadet Pilot Program,” he said in a press conference in Pasay City.

Cebu Pacific said that they will be sending out 240 cadets for training at the Flight Training Adelaide campus in Adelaide, Australia. They will send three batches of aspirants to Australia each year, with 16 cadet-pilots per batch.

Applicants will first be screened online, followed by on-site screening for aptitude tests and core skills.

The 56-week program includes flight theory, integrated flying training, and education course for an aspiring pilot to become a licensed commercial pilot. The first 52 weeks will be in a state-of-the-art academy in Australia.

The cadet-pilots will also train on a flight simulator, and then flight time on an actual aircraft. The last four weeks will be in the Philippines and the cadet pilots will obtain a pilot’s license from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP.)

The chosen, successful ones shall become ‘first officers’ at Cebu Pacific, flying on both international and domestic routes.

“This program will allow us to train homegrown Filipino pilots with best-in-class international standards … Cebu Pacific will shoulder the cost first and expose candidates to one of the best pilot training facilities in the world,” Gokongwei said.

“Through this program, we aim to have continued access to a pool of highly skilled aviators that would support our growth,” he added.

The training program will start early in 2018, with the final list of the first batch to be completed in December 2017. Hurry!