First Officer Preparation (FOP)™
Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating ( 200 Hours Flight Time )
AAG International Center for Aviation Training (AICAT) is a subsidiary of Alpha Aviation Group, the Philippines’ premier pilot training solutions provider. Headquartered in San Fernando, La Union, AICAT handles the core flying component of the group’s flagship and stand-alone basic flight training courses. Its flight training capacity consists of 30+ Cessna 172s and one (1) Tecnam P2006T – the largest, youngest, safest, most advanced, highly efficient core flying trainer fleet in the Philippines. The rapid expansion of AICAT’s trainer fleet led to the establishment of its own Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO), delivering in-house line and base maintenance services.
AICAT is an Approved Training Organization (ATO) certified by CAAP and is operating in five (5) training hubs for greater operational efficiency and training flexibility. Its flight training baes in Laoag (RPLI), Iba, Zambales (RPUI(, Subic, Zambales (RPLB) and San Fernando, La Union (RPUS), with its simulator training base in Clark, Pampanga, provide trainees with world-class flight training experience, one that is designed to train and develop world-class pilots and future leaders for the aviation industry.
AICAT offers the First Officer Preparation (FOP) Program designed to enable aspiring individuals to qualify for a PPL to CPL with Instrument rating issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The course package includes 200 total flight time which is beyond the minimum licencing requirement. The total gained hours is often the requisite for advanced flight training courses/type ratings.
AICAT is the first ATO in the Philippines to pioneer a course design which incorporates the full adoption and implementation of the CBTA (Competency Based Training and Assessment) philosophy across all training modules and phases. This innovative “outcome-focused” training approach aims to develop and nurture among trainees the necessary pilot competencies to be departure from the “qualification-based” traditional training approach designed to enable trainees to demonstrate the minimum skill, knowledge and experience levels just to meet the qualification requirements prescribed by civil aviation authorities. The CBTA training framework enables learning and innovation rather than just passing a test.
The training knowledge fundamentals are anchored on the internationally recognized ATPL standards and best practices. This ensure trainees gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the different concepts and systems in aviation. The robust learning structure that an ATPL-based program presents, ensure that trainees gain a wider perspective in the profession and the industry as a whole.
The simulated sessions are delivered using one of the world’s most technologically-advanced fixed-based simulator available in the market – the Alsim AL172 MKII FNPT II. this Flight simulator training device – one of the seven (7) in AAG’s fleet at the Simulator Training Center in Clark Freeport Zone – represents a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk NAV III aircraft equipped with the Garmin G1000® NXi avionics suite, meeting the requirement as both FAA FTD level 5 and EASA FNPT II for maximum credit hours. It offers a close-to-reality experience which can simulate conditions and scenarios that are beyond the envelop of most generic simulators of its class.
This comprehensive training suite includes preparatory modules for advanced training in heavier equipment category such as the Airbus 320 Type Rating. The training is crafted to provide trainees a seamless transition from one phase to another.
Successful completion of the program provides trainees not just the capabilities to satisfy the minimum requirements to pass regulatory check but more importantly, the necessary pilot skills and competencies to safely and effectively command a commercial aircraft. The training program runs for approximately fifteen(15) months with margin for performance, weather and regulatory document processing.
Application and Admission
- Birth Certificate
- Transcript of Records (if applicable)
- Diploma (if applicable)
- Three (3) pieces ID photos
- NBI Clearance
- Police Clearance
- Barangay Clearance
- Copy of Medical Insurance
- Application Form
The minimum age requirement for the program is 17 years old.
Upon receiving the application requirements, the applicant shall be scheduled for a selection test:
- Pilot Aptitude Examination
- Panel Interview
Additional Requirements for foreign students applicants are:
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
- Special Study Permit (SSP) from bureau of Immigration (BI)
Pursue a career in aviation today through AAG’s Study Now, Pay Later program and set yourself up for a successful, fulfilling, and rewarding profession. Fast track your path by taking the Airline Pilot Program, or prepare yourself for the rigorous process of applying for a First Officer position by taking the First Officer Transition Program. For more information about these programs, get in touch with AAG through the following channels:
AAG is located at N1087 Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport Angeles, Pampanga 2023
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