I would like to become a pilot. What do I do?


We recommend that you make a visit to our flying school at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu and meet with our instructors. Our instructors and course administrators will be delighted to guide you and answer all your queries.

Once you decided to join our school, you can make your application by sending us duly filled forms provided [Online Application Form]. You will also need to send a letter for approval to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). You will also need to send a letter for approval to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). [Download sample letter of approval]

Is the flying school recognized by the local aviation authority?


Yes, Asia Pacific Flight Training is authorized to conduct flying courses by the Department Civil of Aviation, Malaysia (DCA). We are also internationally recognised and are part of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

What types of training aircraft are used in your flying school?


Asia Pacific Flight Training utilize single engine aircraft of type Diamond DA40, Piper Warrior II & III. We also have twin engine aircraft, Diamond DA42 and Piper Seminole PA44. The school also has a Robinson R44 helicopter. Two simulators, the ALSIM AL200-DA42 and ALSIM AL200MC are also used in training.

What qualifications do I need to join the course?


To apply for CPL/ IR license training, the minimum requirements by the Department Civil of Aviation, Malaysia (DCA) are:

  • SPM with 5 credits inclusive of English, Mathematics and any Science subject (for Malaysian students) or
  • GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent with passes in similar subject (for foreign students).
  • Not less than 17 years old when starting the course and must be 18 years old before been issued the CPL/IR license.

APFT’s short listing criteria are:

  • SPM with 5 credits inclusive of English, Mathematics and any Science subject.
  • GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent with credit in English, Mathematics and any Science subject.
  • DCA Approval.
  • Medically fit.

What is the duration of the CPL/IR course?


CPL/IR with Frozen ATPL for novice is 18-20 months

What courses do APFT offer?


APFT offers the PPL, CPL/IR, Frozen ATPL and Diploma in Aviation(Pilot Training).
We also conduct the Aviation English Test required by the DCA for all pilots.
APFT also offers the Assistant Flight Instructor (AFI) course once you have the CPL/IR licence.

For a CPL/IR licence, how many hours of flying do I need?


For the CPL/IR licence, a cadet pilot will require a minimum of 200 hours of flying of which 165 hours are on single engine aircraft and 35 hours on twin engine aircraft.

Apart from the ground school and flying licence, what other qualifications will I get after completing the course?


As APFT is an IPTS, students will be awarded the additional Diploma in Aviation (Pilot Training). The Aviation English Test is also included in the course.

Is there a maximum age limit for CPL/IR course?


There is no age limit for taking the course. However, the license is valid up to the age of 65 years old.

What if I need glasses?


Applicant must seek advise from the Designated Medical Examiners to ensure they are eligible to enroll in flying course.

What about colour blindness?


Colour blindness is not acceptable for a candidate to join this course but a certain degree of colour distortion can be accepted. However it must be verified by Designated Medical Examiners.

How fit must I be to qualify for a Malaysian Licence?


You require to satisfy the Class I medical standards. Only medical examiners who are designated and authorized by the Department Civil Aviation, Malaysia (DCA) can conduct the aircrew medical. [Download DCA Authorised Designated Medical Examiners]

When are the intakes and how do I confirm a place at APFT?


Once you are shortlisted, you will be required to pay RM15,000 to book for the next available intake. For more information you can contact the Registrar at +603-20923177.


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As a private student, will there be any assistance for funding if I join your school?


APFT does not provide scholarships but we can help to arrange with commercial banks for funding. Students can apply to government agencies such as PTPTN and APFT can assist in verifying that you are offered a place in the academy.

Can I or my parents withdraw from the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for this course?


Starting from June 10, 2005, EPF contributors may now use their savings in their EPF Account II to fund and finance their own or their children’s pursuit of the Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR) Course. Please refer EPF (www.kwsp.gov.my) website for more information.

Am I guaranteed a job upon completion of the CPL/IR with Frozen ATPL course from the flying school?


APFT does not guarantee you a job. However, as we have an agreement with airlines to provide them with pilots, we will be able to assist you in getting an interview with them. However, obtaining a position will depend on your performance.

With a CPL/IR licence, will I be able to get job with Malaysia Airlines/ Air Asia?


Getting a job with Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia depends on vacancies available and whether you meet their requirements. You can find out more at Malaysia Airlines website (www.malaysiaairlines.com) or at AirAsia website (www.airasia.com).

It is essential for me to have ATPL course to be an aircraft Captain?


Yes, this is prerequisite for any airlines.

Do APFT conduct part time flying training course?


No, but we have Kota Bharu Flying Club (KBFC) for part time PPL Course.

How many credit hours will I be given if I have a PPL already?


Generally DCA will approve up to 32 credit hours.

What are the theory subjects for CPL / IR and frozen ATPL and what is the passing mark?


3 DCA Malaysia papers and 12 EASA papers. The passing mark is 75%. The details of the papers are available in the DCA website (www.dca.gov.my)