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Popular Flight Schools in the Philippines (2009)

Many Filipino and international students enroll in Philippine flight schools not only for their relative affordability, but also because the country provides aviation students the opportunity to experience flying over diverse terrains including mountains, flatlands, oceans, lakes, and cities.

Compared to many countries in the western hemisphere, the Philippines generally offers low cost of living, high literacy rate, and quality education, as determined by the success of Filipino professionals in the country and all over the world. Its human resource export in various professions and fields of expertise is one of the highest in the world. Most of these professionals finished their education in Philippine learning institutions.

The country’s low cost of living makes it an advantage for international students to get quality education in the Philippines at the fraction of the cost in most schools in other countries. This is very much apparent in the case of Philippine aviation schools. The English language is used by Filipinos, so there’s no much issue when it comes to communication. It is also the medium of instruction used in schools. The student visa requirements are generally manageable. The Philippine culture is a significant mix of the east and the west, which makes it both an interesting place to travel and study.

Here is a shortlist of the popular flight schools found in this developing country:

PATTS College of Aeronautics

Lombos Avenue, San Isidro, Paranaque City, 1700, Philippines; +632-825-8823

Recognized by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and certified by the Air Transportation Office (ATO), PATTS College of Aeronautics offers numerous diploma programs in the following courses: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Aeronautical Engineering; BS Air Transportation; BS Aircraft Maintenance Technology; BS in Avionics Technology; BS Industrial Engineering; BS Airline Business Administration; BS Tourism; BS Hotel and Restaurant Management; and Aircraft Technician Course.

PATTS is located near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is acknowledged as an Aircraft Maintenance School, rated for Airframe and Powerplant. It provides students with hands-on experience for dismantling and assembling aircraft frames and powerplants in school laboratories under direct supervision of duly licensed school personnel. Students take on-the-job training with any of the country’s aviation companies including Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Aeroscope Development Corporation, and the Philippine Air Force.

Air Link International Aviation College

Air Link Building, Domestic Road, Domestic Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines; +632-851-8485

The Air Link International Aviation College main campus is at the General Aviation Area near the domestic airport in Manila. It also provides students a scenic three-hectare campus facility in the island of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro in the Luzon region.

Air Link offers the bachelor courses: BS in Aviation, Major in Flying; BS Aerospace Engineering; BS Aircraft Maintenance Technology; BS Avionics Technology; BS Tourism; BS Office Administration, Major in Airline Management; and BS Computer Science. Its two-year programs include: Aircraft Maintenance Technology; Avionics Technician course; and Junior Tourism Management Course. Short aviation courses offered in the school includes: Private Pilot Training; Commercial Pilot Training; Instrument Rating Course; Flight Instructor’s Course; Flight Attendant Course; and Special Computer Course.

Aviatour Flight School

Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Lot 3, General Aviation Area, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu 6015 Philippines; +63-2-857-2069

Aviatour Flight School has two locations: Cebu, Philippines and Texas, U.S. Its base operations at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu, the second largest airport in the Philippines after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, features 40 aircraft fleet, four hangars, 25 instructors, more than 35 mechanics and more than 70 employees. It operates next to B747, Airbus 340, and other large aircrafts within the area. It takes advantage of the towered airport operations which allow students to gain proficiency in air traffic controller communication. The island of Cebu is located in the heart of the Philippines, outside the monsoon belt. This allows year-round opportunities for flying without major typhoon issues. It also boasts of many world-class beaches and cultural heritage sites, which make it a top tourist destination in the country.

With a student base from more than 20 countries, Aviatour offers flight students the following courses: Certificate Programs in Private Pilot Course, Commercial Pilot Course and Flight Instructor Course; and Ratings and Add-on Programs in Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Rating, Instrument Instructor Course, and Multi Engine Instructor Course.

Rianne Hill Soriano
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