Friday, 19 September 2014

Pilot Courses with MFA

The Malaysia Flying Academy or MFA is one of the most accomplished flying schools and academies in Malaysia. To date MFA has produced pilots who fly with Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Jetstar Airways, Silk Air and so on.
The academy does not only enroll local students but also take overseas cadets who come from as far as Australia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Emirates, Yemen, Finland, Japan and India.
MFA main flying campus is located adjacent to the Batu Berendam Airport, Melaka, which is some 7 miles away from the city center.
Currently Malaysia Flying Academy offers 4 main courses, namely: Private Pilot License Course (PPL), Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating Course (CPL/IR), Frozen Airlines Transport Pilot License Course (ATPL), and Assistant Flying Instructor Course (AFI). Below are the details of each course, that underline the courses structure, requirements and the associated fees (Please take note that figures/fees and other details may change, so to get the latest details, contact the MFA office at the contact details given at the end of the article).
1. Private Pilot License Course (PPL)
To enroll for the Private Pilot License Course, candidate must be of minimum age of 17, has completed SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) for local students or O-Levels for overseas students, and possess high degree of English competency. He or she will also be required to undergo (and pass) the medical examination for Airlines Transport Pilot’s License standard (Class I or II) from DCA’s (Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia) approved medical practitioner. The list of the most up to date approved practitioners is available from the DCA office, at the following contact details:
Department of Civil Aviation, Malaysia
No 27, Persiaran Perdana
Level 1-4, Block Podium
Precinct 4, 62618 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Telephone: +603 - 8871 4000. Website:
The total fee for the Private Pilot License Course is RM33,024. An initial Enrolment and Reservation amounting to RM5,000 is required to be paid during registration, while the remaining RM28,024 must be settled 30 days before the course commences.
The course does not include accommodation, and students requiring accommodation should discuss with MFA and prepared to pay additional rate of RM250 (inclusive of meals) per week (also, subject to availability as accommodation in MFA will be given priority to students enrolling the Commercial Pilot License, which is compulsory).
The initial step to register with the course is to fill up a Preliminary Application for Enrolment Form (available in the prospectus below) and send to its headquarter addressed at: Malaysia Flying Academy Sdn Bhd, Ninth Floor, Tower Block, Syed Kechik Foundation Building, Jalan Kapas, Bangsar, 59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and accompanied with the required documents and enclosures. This include a non-refundable Enrolment and Reservation fee of RM5,000.
(Note: this non-refundable clause is only applicable for successful candidates, i.e. if you are accepted but decided not to proceed, you will not get back the RM5,000. However, if your application is unsuccessful, the RM5,000 will be refunded back to you)
Successful candidates will receive a formal Letter of Enrollment, which comes together with other details including contract documentation.
2. Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating Course (CPL/IR)
As a pre-requisite, candidates applying for this course must be 17 years old (17 years old upon commencement and not less than 18 upon issuance of a Commercial Pilot license) or older and have successfully completed SPM with 5 credits including in English, Mathematics and Science subjects. The person also must undergo and pass Class I medical examination from DCA’s approved medical practitioner, together with a Letter of Approval from the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia.
The course, which spans across a 12-month duration, costs RM222,522 which cover the the flight and ground training (RM194,770), mandatory campus accommodation (RM20,500) and miscellaneous expenses (RM7,252). The fees can be paid on installment basis. Download the prospectus and the application form below for breakdown of fees, and installment schedule.
3. Frozen Airlines Transport Pilot License Course (ATPL)
The APTL is only offered to existing holders of Commercial Pilot License (CPL), and runs for 8 (uninterrupted) weeks. In other words, it is applicable for those who with exposure in real flying experience, and knowledgeable with flying certification processes and procedures. The course costs approximately RM12,000, which covers the ground training and examination fees.
4. Assistant Flying Instructor Rating Course (AFI)
This is a fundamental course that will prepare the participant to train cadet pilots commercially. AFI is an essential certification before an instructor can earn his or her status as a Qualified Flying Instructor. Requires 150 hours of Pilot-in-Command (PIC), which often refers to pilots with senior experience. An investment fee of about RM20,000 will be required for the certification.
For inquiries, you can be in touch with MFA through the following contact details:
Malaysia Flying Academy Sdn Bhd
Campus Address, No. 101 Lot 3244
Mukim Batu Berendam
75350 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +606 317 4026/4834

How to Become a Pilot

How to become a pilot? Your question explored

How to become a pilot?
Pilot is a respectable profession, and usually comes with good pay, benefits and perks. There are 3 types of pilot licenses. By obtaining a Private Pilot License (PPL) you can fly planes throughout Malaysia carrying passengers but without charging fees for your services. Here, you become a private pilot.
One can work for a commercial airline after obtaining Commercial Pilot License (CPL) – you are a commercial pilot. And finally, you can fly as a captain on a large aircraft with Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) – you are airline transport pilot. Pilots with CPL and ATPL are classified as professional pilots.
Another important element consideration by a pilot wannabe is the cost associated. Here, the cost will depend on the type of licenses. A Private Pilot License (PPL) can cost between RM26,000 to RM28,000, while a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) may vary between RM150,000 to RM170,000 which exclude the accommodation.

Getting Pilot License

Presently, there are more than 10 flying clubs in Malaysia. The flying clubs can basically conduct only PPL (Private Pilot License), which will be according to the approved syllabus for flying certification. On the other hand, there are 5 approved flying schools in Malaysia today, with more to come. These are flying schools and academies that offer different training structure, environment, classroom size and aircraft types. You can become a commercial pilot by enrolling into these flying schools.
Getting a license is one thing. Keeping it is another thing.
To keep your current license, you need to perform a minimum of 3 take-offs and landings within a period of 3 months. The take-offs and landings must be of the type of aircraft you are entitled to fly. Additionally, you will need to take flight test which will be assessed by DCA (Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia) approved Authorized Examiner. This is imperative as to demonstrate your continuous level of competence and maintaining the required standard of flying.

Private Pilot

Most pilots in Malaysia get the PPL (Private Pilot License) first, and then either stays as a private pilot or pursue licensing for commercial pilot. A full PPL license requires at least 45 hours of flying, but most of the students will go up to 70 hours before taking the test. You can enroll yourself into one of the flying clubs, where you will can apply for a Student Private License, SPL. This works just like the driving school’s ‘L’ license, where you can fly instructional (dual) sortie with an instructor as a company.
A PPL can be obtained when you reach a minimum age of 17 years old. Getting the PPL license will require you to sit down for medical, practical and written assessments. The medical assessment, which is the pre-requisite (that means you cannot get the PPL license by failing the medical test) encompasses the general health, hearing and eyesight tests.

Commercial Pilot

Currently, there are about 2500 pilots holding the CPL and ATPL licenses in Malaysia. These are professional pilots which are paid to do their flying job. They can either fly as pilot-in-command on aircraft with only one pilot, as well as a pilot or co-pilot on an aircraft consisting a number of crew. A Commercial Pilot License, CPL can only be obtained by those who have reach a minimum age of 18 years.

Just like the PPL license, CPL license requires you to sit down for medical, practical and written assessments. A minimum flying hours of 200 must be met before one can take the licensing test. Qualification-wise, you will need to have at least Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with credit in English, Mathematics and a science subject. No license will be issued to those who fail this qualification requirement.
A pilot with CPL may pursue getting the ATPL license by enrolling again in a flying school and meet additional flying hours and another round of assessment. ATPL license is only applicable for those who are 21 years old or above, and has a total flying hours of 1500 in an aero plane. APTL also comes with 7 different written examinations and a flight test with an approved pilot examiner.
Hopefully, the guide above will answer your question on how to become a pilot.
Credit to DCA and GGIFA