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Ever thought of flying and doing this for the rest of your life? Being a pilot is both an exciting and a challenging career. You’ve probably read the stories of the expensive flight training, years of instructing followed by long working hours.

This course will teach you the basics of airplane flight manoeuvres and procedures. You’ll also learn how to use instruments in the aircraft so you can cover vast distances and still end up in the exact destination!
In order to fly, you’ll need to secure your license. Pilot licenses include the Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) for those who hold the position of captain in large aircrafts.

Subject Focus



University :

Air law
Human Physiology
Operational Procedure
Weight and balance


Academic requirements for Piloting studies in Malaysia

  • 5 SPM credits, 3 of which must be English, Mathematics and any Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or General Science).
  • Medical : Pass First class Drug Control Authority for Commercial Pilot License

Academic requirements for Piloting studies overseas

  • High school graduate
  • Able to read, write and speak in English
  • Pass at least Band 5.5 for IELTS


Demand for Pilots
Asia Pacific is the world’s fastest-growing aviation market brought on by rapid fleet modernisation and growth in air travel across the region. This market however could face an acute shortage of pilots and aircraft technicians in the next decade. According to plane maker Boeing, Asia Pacific would need some 185,600 new pilots and 243,500 new technicians through 2030. Southeast Asia will require 51,500 pilots and 67,400 technicians, accounting for 28 percent of all Asia Pacific demand based on the number of aeroplanes ordered.

Airlines in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines have placed orders for hundreds of planes over the past year, said Boeing. In Malaysia, air travel is becoming a very crucial driver of the country’s tourism. After the recession, the local aviation industry is expected to pick up from this year onwards. This is made evident by the 10 new airlines LCCT KLIA 2 will be hosting this May 2013.


  • Flight Instructor: Teaches students to fly; Demonstrates and explains the basic principles of flight, aerial navigation, weather factors and flying regulations; Observes solo flights and determines each students’ readiness to take examinations for licensed ratings
  • Airline Captain: Ultimately and legally responsible for its operation and safety during flight; Operates the aircraft for the specific flight and flight conditions
  • Payload Specialist: Specialises in specific payloads such as commercial or scientific flights; Conducts intensive research
  • Co-pilot / First Officer: Assists the captain by monitoring the flight instruments, handling radio communications, watching for air traffic, and taking over the flight controls when directed by the captain


Co-pilots have an annual salary of 72,000 to 110,000 whereas second officers/ cadet pilots earn RM48,000 with annual increment. This programme is offered at the following institutions:

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