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New APP and FOP cadets post with the AAGP and AICAT management and training teams during the induction ceremony at the AAG Simulator Training Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – Another batch of eight (8) cadets were inducted to the AAG Airline Pilot Program (APP), while another cadet was also inducted to the AAG First Officer Preparation (FOP) Program on 22 November 2022. This is the 6th intake for the two flagship training programs since January 2022. Two (2) more intakes are scheduled for January 2023 and March 2023.

In his remarks, Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia Pacific) reaffirmed the Group’s commitment to develop the most competent first officers for the airline industry. “This is why we employ a cadet assessment tool to measure applicant attributes prior to admission. Your profiles serve as guide for our instructors in coaching and mentoring as you go though your training. This is also why we have adopted ICAO’s CBTA (Competency Based Training and Assessment) philosophy across all training modules and phases to better prepare you for a life and career in the airlines,” Magdangal underscored.

“The key to a successful pilot training is partnership and communication between cadets and instructors. You need to be very open with your instructors, not letting any lesson pass without understanding the principles behind every exercise,” Magdangal added.

Justin Kenneth Sazon (Safety Officer) provides safety briefing for the new APP and FOP cadets at the AICAT Ground School in San Fernando Airport, La Union, Philippines

The APP dubbed as the “Zero to Hero” program covers CPL-IR-ATPL Theory-A320 Type Rating while the FOP covers CPL-IR. The CPL-IR phase is delivered by the AAG International Center for Aviation Training (AICAT) stationed in San Fernando Airport, La Union while the A320 Type Rating phase is conducted at the AAG Philippines (AAGP) Simulator Training Center in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. AICAT operates the largest fleet of basic flight trainer aircraft in the country (32 Cessna C172 and one Tecnam P2006T multi-engine) while AAGP also operates the largest and most-advanced fleet of simulator training devices in the country (three FFS, four FBS, one IPT). (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – Five veteran airline pilots were inducted to the AAGP Synthetic Flight Instructor Course (SFIC) on 09 November 2022 at the AAG Simulator Training Center, bringing to more than 70 the number of SFIs trained since the course was rolled out in 2016.

The latest version of AAG’s SFIC introduced a couple of years ago can be considered revolutionary – one among the numerous training programs and courses which went through careful study and enhancement by the AAG Training Solutions Development and Review Committees (TSDRC).

Experienced pilots wanting to level-up their game as aviation professionals will find AAGP’s SFIC as a most suitable training solution.

On top of the hard skills necessary to develop trainees’ competencies as instructors, the current SFIC provides additional focus on the learning process, teaching and feedback techniques in classroom (including distance/blended learning modality), simulator and real aircraft environments.

The SFIC does not only include review lessons on Airbus operational philosophy and aircraft systems. More importantly, the course covers lessons on teaching and learning, Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA), Human Factors for Instructors, and CRM for Instructors.

Perhaps the most game-changing component of the course are the Role Playing Workshop and the 16 hours of Role Playing Sessions during which the competency of trainee-instructors in developing or applying appropriate instructional techniques are tested using a simulated A320 Type Rating Transition Course session scenario. (AAG Corporate Affairs)

Flight simulators or flight training devices are vital tools for individuals who are training to become pilots. They mimic different flight sensations and conditions that pilots will most likely encounter. They then use these augmented simulations to practice instrument skills and challenging maneuvers.

A lot of flight schools use simulator training as part of their training programs. They typically have training facilities where simulators are housed. These flight simulators look like full-size cockpits, which are mounted on hydraulic actuators. During the training, flight instructors observe their students’ application of flight controls as well as the effects on the aircraft system.

To further understand the value of flight simulators, here are some other important points on how these tools contribute to training competent pilots.

They Are Safe

One of the main advantages of flight simulators is that they provide the safest way for pilots to train. Even if students practice flying with a certified flight instructor, they’ll be safer when on the ground than they are thousands of feet in the air. With this in mind, simulators allow students to learn and experiment with different aircraft controls and flight methods safely. They don’t need to worry about damaging the aircraft or making detrimental mistakes, which may risk their lives.

Cadets aren’t the only ones who can benefit from using a flight simulator. Even more seasoned pilots can use the simulator to improve their flying skills safely and become more proficient in unique flying situations before experiencing them in real life.

They Provide Real-Life Training Experience

AAG Flight Simulators

Simulators can provide students with a realistic learning environment. Many flight simulators are mounted on hydraulics that mimics startling and unexpected movement inside the cockpit. This provides students the opportunity to practice the diagnostic and troubleshooting process in life-like situations. So even if a student has few training hours on an actual aircraft, they are familiar with the common process they’ll likely encounter once they’re flying.

Pilots Experience Various Weather Conditions

Simulator training gives pilots a way to experience flying in different weather conditions at any time. The pilots won’t just get exposed to flying in local weather, they can also get familiarized with flying methods in other conditions like blizzards.

Also, the simulator can recreate any weather conditions over different terrains. So, students can practice the appropriate flying and landing techniques whether there’s rain, wind, or snow. Additionally, flight simulators can be a learning alternative in case an aerial lesson is grounded. Students can continue with their lessons and can stay on track with their learning progress.

They Prepare Pilots for In-Flight Emergencies

Pilots need to be prepared for anything, including emergencies. Since flight simulators can recreate various scenarios, they can provide a learning environment with similar in-air failures and risky circumstances without the real danger. These scenarios can include engine problems, electrical malfunctions, and maneuver mistakes.

While the proper procedures for these situations are already outlined in their flight manuals, students are given a first-person point of view of how to handle these emergencies in flight simulators. During the simulation, students can practice identifying, assessing, and responding to urgent situations. They also learn how to avoid dangerous scenarios.

They Offer a Stress-Free Learning Environment


Being responsible for an aircraft, no matter the size can be nerve-wracking—especially for new students. Often, people make more mistakes because they are anxious and nervous. Since flight simulators recreate different flight scenarios, students can practice and hone their skills in a safe and controlled environment. By knowing that they are on the ground, students are also calmer and can focus more on their training. They also won’t be too worried about making mistakes and can have more time learning from them.

Using flight simulators is an effective way to train pilots. They augment real-life flying scenarios without the actual dangers. This helpful training tool allows pilots to practice flight skills and instrument controls in a safe and controlled environment. Students are able to calmly execute maneuvers and standard protocol in a flight simulator, and they have better chances of learning and becoming more confident in their skills.

As an aspiring aviator, one of your goals might include getting hired at a certain airline company. Perhaps, you know someone who previously worked in that company and had an excellent experience. Or maybe the airline company of your choice offers an excellent compensation package as well as the opportunity to move to another country.

While your reasons might differ from others, take note that you aren’t the only individual hoping to land a pilot job in certain airline companies. If you want to get hired at a highly sought-after company, the competition might be fierce. Fortunately, there are different ways you can stay ahead and successfully get hired.

Here are four tips on how to secure a job as a pilot at the airline company of your choice.


Enroll in a Reputable Flight School

Pilot Trainee in Flight Simulator

If you’re still at the beginning stage of your pilot career, choosing the best pilot school will help support your goal of becoming a successful aviator. The school must run an excellent pilot training program, employ highly qualified instructors, have excellent facilities, and house an adequate fleet of well-maintained aircraft and simulators. It’s also important to pick a flight school that keeps cadets up to date with the latest aviation technology. Make sure the pilot training school also has type rating courses that can prepare you to safely operate modern aircraft.

Additionally, see if the flight school offers networking opportunities to meet with other pilots and representatives from airline companies. This gives you a chance to connect with professionals in the industry and learn from them. It can also give you a peek at what airline companies are looking for when hiring pilots. By investing in your training, you can gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be competent and have a flourishing career.


Check the Job Requirements

Before applying as a pilot in a commercial airline, you need to check the job requirements and meet them. In the Philippines, for example, you’ll need an Airline Transport Pilot License to be the pilot in command of scheduled air carriers. If you want to acquire this license, you need to be a current Commercial Pilot License holder and complete your instrument rating. You must also obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Also, you’ll need to log a total of at least 1,500 hours of flight time.

Depending on the airline company you’d like to apply to, they might also have physical requirements like a pilot’s height. Airline companies have a height requirement because they want to make sure their pilots can quickly manipulate the controls in the cockpit. If you plan to apply to Philippine Airlines, you need to be at least 5’4”. Some international airline companies require pilots to be at least 5’1”, while others accept pilots who are up to 6’2” tall.

Given that every airline company is different, you need to do your research before applying. It’s more helpful if you meet the general requirements first before sending your application so that you can be considered for the job.


Craft a Winning Resume

If you fit the airline company’s requirements, the next thing to do is create a resume that will help you stand out. This includes putting information about your education and work experience.

In the part about education, list all the courses you’ve taken even if they aren’t related to the aviation industry. If you completed a bachelor’s course before training to be a pilot, put that in as well—regardless of whether you finished an aviation-related course or studied something completely different like web design. Some airline companies value individuals who have vast knowledge and appreciate someone who has the discipline to learn. Also, remember to place your pilot school as this might give you the advantage of being hired. Many airline companies look for competent pilots who were trained in excellent institutions.

Under your work experience, place the complete list of your employment, if any. If you did some volunteer work, include them too. Plenty of companies appreciate pilots who are dedicated to enriching their skills.


Prepare for the Interview

Once you’ve submitted your resume and are considered for the job, you’ll be asked to come in for interviews. Typically, pilots applying for a job go through several interviews and tests. So if you want to ace every single one of them, you need to prepare.

Do Your Research about the Company

Before going to the initial interview, read about the airline company you’re applying for. Research their mission statement, corporate values, aircraft types, and any recent news articles. Learning about such information provides you with strong talking points about why the airline company should hire you. It will also help make you feel more confident, which can make you feel more at ease and possibly impress the interviewer or hiring manager.

Review Technical Information

Aside from researching the company you’re applying for, make sure to brush up on your technical knowledge of flying. Before the interview date, set aside ample time to review pilot techniques and aviation systems. You might want to read about the responsibilities of a pilot before and after a flight as well as analyze flight plans and weather conditions. The interviewer might ask about your recommended approach to certain flight conditions, and you want to make sure you can use the opportunity to show off your knowledge and skills. Remember, your answers to the interview questions can greatly influence the hiring manager’s decision whether to hire you or not.

Whether you’ve always wanted to become a pilot at a specific airline company or had a recent change of heart, you’ll need to prepare for it as you may share the same goals as many other individuals. Consider following these recommendations when planning your career. Hopefully, they will help land your dream job at the airline company of your choice.

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines – AAG Philippines (AAGP) signed on 30 September 2022 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Topflite Academy to facilitate the entry of the latter’s CPL/IR graduates into AAG’s First Officer Transition (FOT) Program or the Airbus A320 Type Rating Program.

L to R: Capt. Vincente Casibang II (AAGP Accountable Manager), Mr. Cristopher Magdangal (AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific), Capt. Sahl Andrew Onglatco (Topflite Academy Accountable Manager), and Ms. Maria Jesa Dasallas (Topflite Academy Admin Manager)

This is the fourth agreement formalized by AAG this year. Similar partnerships with other ATOs are being finalized according to AAG. “This is part of our ongoing advocacy not to compete but instead collaborate with our fellow industry players,” shares Capt. Vicente Casibang II (AAGP Accountable Manager).

Gracing the signing ceremony was AAG Regional Director, Asia-Pacific Mr. Cristopher Magdangal. “As the aviation industry continues to recover, we expect the demand for world-class pilots to reach, if not exceed pre-pandemic numbers. No single flight school can meet the industry requirements. We have to help each other,” underscores Mr. Magdangal. (AAG Corporate Affairs)