The Alpha Airline Pilot Program (AAPP) – our flagship product — is a full-time training course designed to take a cadet ab initio, which means ‘from the beginning’ in Latin. Affectionately called the “Zero to Hero” program by our cadets, the AAPP takes aspiring applicants through all of the professional pilot qualifications to fly with an airline. Unlike the other standard Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating courses that are offered by most schools in the Philippines, the AAPP already includes a full type rating on the Airbus A320, the most widely used commercial aircraft in the Asia Pacific region.


Training is completed at the academy in Clark, Philippines.


The Alpha Airline Pilot Program is typically completed in 15 months.


AAG’s Alpha Airline Pilot Program is divided into four key phases:


Basic Ground School

3 Weeks



  Basic Flight Training

40 Hours


  Basic Simulator Training

5 Hours



During the first phase, students are required to master the basic principles of flight. 3 weeks are spent learning key principles and theoretical frameworks through various published materials and the comprehensive lessons provided by our team of highly-qualified instructors. Cadets are also required to complete 40 hours of basic training in the Cessna 172 SP and 5 hours in the simulator. The first phase culminates in a skill test to obtain a Private Pilot’s License.


Advanced Ground School

11 Weeks


Advanced Flight Training

140 Hours


Advanced Simulator Training

5 Hours



In the second phase of the training, cadets are required to spend another 11 weeks learning advanced theoretical knowledge on flight. Additionally, cadets are required to spend 140 hours in the Cessna 172 glass cockpit and 5 hours in the simulator learning advanced cross country flying. Once completed, cadets take another skill test to obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License, allowing the individual to fly for remuneration.


Instrument Flight Training

20 Hours Aircraft


Instrument Flight Training

20 Hours





In the third phase of the training, cadets will learn how to fly solely using the displays found on the cockpit, allowing them to navigate at night and during unfavorable weather conditions. 20 hours will be spent training on the Cessna 172’s glass cockpit and another 20 will be used to train using the simulator. Once completed, cadets are required to take one of the most challenging tests in the program: the Instrument Rating.


Multi-crew Cooperation

32 Hours


Integrated Procedures Training

40 Hours



56 Hours


  CBT & Ground School

10 Days



The final phase of the AAPP focuses on learning how to fly a jet aircraft. Although the basic concepts remain the same, the transition from light aircraft to a modern commercial jet is quite challenging. Given this, AAG provides a comprehensive system of knowledge and firsthand experience in order to make sure that cadets easily adjust to the demands of their future careers as airline pilots. Here are the components of this final training phase:

1. Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC):
This short course is designed to teach cadets how to work as a pair – as pilot and co-pilot. During this training, cadets learn to communicate, collaborate, divide work load, crosscheck processes and ensure safety during normal flight operations and emergency conditions.

2. Jet Orientation Training (JOT):
This short course puts a vital emphasis on the difference between flying propeller-driven aircrafts and piloting jets. Considerable training sessions will also be devoted to improving aeronautical proficiency.

3. Type Rating and Line Oriented Flight Training (TR/LOFT):
The final component of the First Officer Transition phase focuses on the Airbus A320. During this course, cadets are required to use the A320 procedures trainer and the full motion A320 simulator for 56 hours. This course also requires cadets to attend additional classroom sessions and complete more computer-based training so that they may further optimize their skills. Completion of this course will culminate in a skill test for the A320. Once passed, the cadet is prepared to join an airline as a First Officer.


Alpha Aviation Group Philippines offers student assistance for students who require financial support through our Study Now | Pay Later program. To find out more, please download our guide and requirement list.

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AAG also offer a flexible payment arrangement for students wishing to enroll. Please contact us to find out more.


AAG ensures that all enroled cadets have the necessary aptitude and capability to complete the program of their choosing. Before being accepted, we require all applicants to go through our carefully designed and thorough selection process. Aspiring cadets must:

  • Have an undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a CAAP Class 1 Medical Certificate

Aspiring cadets are required to prepare any submit the following documents to the Alpha Aviation Group (AAG):

  • Resume
  • Birth Certificate
  • College Transcript of Records
  • Passport
  • 3 Passport Size Photos
  • Application Fee

Once the requirements have been verified by AAG, aspiring cadets will be scheduled for the following pre-entry selection tests:

  • Computer-based selection Test – ADAPT Pilot Aptitude System
  • Interview with AAG’s Pilot Selection Panel

The final review process takes a minimum of 1 week. Once the assessment is finished, we will personally contact the cadet to finalize the selection process. To enroll or find out more information on the APP, please contact us.