How to be a Pilot in Malaysia?
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Being a pilot itself is a one satisfaction. A pilot works with big machines that cost multi-million of dollars. Therefore, their responsibility is extremely high and challenging. A pilot required to fly an aircraft safe from one destination to another. There are several steps in order to be a pilot registered in Malaysia.
To be a cadet pilot you will need a letter from the DCA. DCA stands for Department of Civil Aviation where the main office is currently located at Putrajaya.
All aviation licenses will be issued and updated by this department. Please refer to this department should you have any queries.
What type of aviation license do you need?
If you wanted to enjoy flying as a recreational activities, you will need a PPL (Private Pilot License). This license is issued by the DCA. There are many flying clubs and schools offered training for PPL courses. The cost varies from each clubs/schools.
If you wanted to make a pilot as your career and fly commercial aircrafts, you will need a CPL/IR (Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating). After completing and obtained this license, you will then need to continue for the frozen ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License) in order for you to work with airlines.
The academic requirements to be a student pilot in Malaysia is obtain atleast a credit in English, Maths and any of a science subjects (physics recommended).
Write an official letter to DCA request for the letter of approval. Please attached a copy of your SPM result and Malaysian NRIC (National Registered Identification Card). The department will issue you the letter of approval based on your academic qualification (Please refer to the academic requirements above in the first step). It is estimated that you will get the letter within a week or less. Please do make a call to the DCA for queries regarding the progress of the letter issuance.
Medical check-up. Some flying schools need your medical certificate for the application process while some required you to take a test or interview first. The medical certificate is compulsory and must be updated accordingly depends on your age range. It is categorized with classes, for instance a Class I medical certificate for CPL/IR course and a Class II for PPL only. There are some doctors in Malaysia that are qualified and recognized by the DCA. Please check their website for the recognized aviation doctors.
Check DCA Authorised Designated Medical Examiners here www.bluewing.wordpress.com/malaysian-aviation-medical-examiners
Apply to any approved flying academies/schools in Malaysia recognized by the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation. The schools are listed on the right column of this page.
Important : Please do make some research regarding the price and location of any approved flying schools that best suits you.
-Updated by BlueWing on 29th April, 2009.
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