Peruvian Pilot Program

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Peruvian Pilot Program is designed to provide students seeking employment under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Perú with structured flight training taking them from zero experience to a successful career as an airline pilot. The course is designed to support students who speak English as a second language and wish to pursue a career as a professional pilot. In the aviation industry, the ability to read, write, and speak English proficiently is required for most employees and all pilots. Our flight school students have unlimited access to English tutoring to develop Aviation English skills during Ground School training.

Former Peruvian Flight School Student Now Airline Pilot

Hernan Sotil, Epic Professional Pilot, Boeing 737-500 First Officer, LC Perú

Epic is proud to have helped more than 5,300 international students from 88 countries prepare for jobs in aviation. Epic has successfully provided an unparalleled pilot program for Peruvian students to reach their dream airline job at LATAM Perú and LC Perú, such as Hernan Sotil. With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost and time-effective ways to fulfill their flight training and airline pilot career dreams.

Transferable, Top Quality FAA Pilot Programs
Our flight school’s flight training courses are the leading United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Professional Pilot courses. World-renowned for structure and rigorous training standards, licenses and certificates issued by the FAA are recognized globally by all Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Peru. FAA approved flight courses are the key to worldwide pilot career opportunities, as they require English Proficiency and successful completion results in an ICAO Level 4 English language endorsement, which is a required skill set for students intending to fly routes between countries with different native languages, opening up a world of possibility.

Virtual Online Flight Academy
Epic Flight Academy provides important resources for its international flight students. Our Online Virtual Flight Academy lets you connect with your FAA Flight Instructor and classmates before you arrive here in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The online, interactive pilot training course helps you develop aviation skills and build a knowledge base of aviation terms and concepts so you will have an advantage when you begin attending Epic’s Ground School. With training videos on Cessna 172s, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, FAA regulations, and the New Smyrna Beach Airport, students can start their training from home. Try our Demo Online Course.

Aviation Skill Development (ASD) and Private Pilot Ground School
The ASD is a unique course only offered at Epic Flight Academy. During this phase of flight training, ground school students will build on the information they gained from the Virtual Flight Academy and also start simulator training. The purpose of ASD is to familiarize students with the Cessna 172 and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. ASD increases students’ safety and awareness.

Multi-Engine Professional Pilot Program

Total Tuition: $39,503.60
Program Duration: 6 to 8 months
Flight Time: 141 hours
Time Building: $79.88 per flight hour (Pilot-in-Command)

Peruvian Pilot Program Course Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Read, write, speak the English language
  • Valid international passport
  • Full-time student 5 days per week

Private Pilot: This course covers Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight training in conjunction with the ASD and Ground School. Students will learn basic aerodynamics, FAA regulations, aircraft weight & balance, and aircraft performance. At successful completion, student will be able to command a single aircraft solo in VFR conditions. Learn more about our Private Pilot Course.

Epic Online Virtual Academy – 60 Hours
ASD & Private Pilot Ground School – 60 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 40 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 6 Hours
Tuition $14,252.50

Instrument Pilot: This course covers flight training Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) with procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. At successful completion, student will be able to command a single aircraft solo in IFR conditions. Learn more about our Instrument Pilot Course.

Instrument Pilot Ground School – 40 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 14 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 20 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 5 Hours
Tuition $9,785.00

Multi-Engine Commercial: This course covers IFR flight training in a multi-engine aircraft to commercial pilot standards At successful completion, student will be able to command a multi-engine aircraft in IFR conditions. Learn more about our Commercial Pilot Course.

Commercial Pilot Ground School – 35 Hours
Simulator – Multi Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Time Building – Cessna 172 – 32.5 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Multi Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 30 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 3 Hours
Tuition $15,916.10

Non-Tuition Fees:
Application Fee: $625 includes Epic Virtual Academy, I-20, I-901 SEVIS
FAA Written Test: $125
FAA Flight Test: $600
Housing (based on availability): $650 per month/shared room

Peru Airline Career Requirements

Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, Peruvian airlines require a total of 200 hours, so our students typically need an additional *60 hours to time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours. Below are links for hiring requirements for top choice airlines in Perú. Note: These requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the airline. Refer to the airline directly for the latest information. 

*Pilot-In-Command Time Building:
60 Hours – $4,792.80

View Pilot Hiring Requirements for:

DGAC Peruvian Pilot Conversion Process

Once Peruvian students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to follow the steps below to officially convert their licenses to DGAC (Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil).

  • Before returning to Perú, students must take their logbook to the Consulate General of Peru in Miami to get the documents legalized for Perú.
  • After returning to Perú, students must go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get their paperwork stamped. The stamped paperwork must be taken to the DGAC (Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil), which is part of the Ministry of Transportation. Students will notify the DGAC that they intend to validate their hours and convert from FAA to DGAC.
  • Take 4 Peruvian examinations: ICAO English Exam, Commercial Written Exam, Medical exam (available at TEZZA or Air Force Hospital), and the Phraseology Exam
  • Students will then return to the DGAC where they will be present a temporary license with which students will select a flight school to validate their training
  • The DGAC requires a minimum of 5 hours for validation, which includes the checkride time. Depending on the school, students will likely complete a 2-hour ground school and 1-hour simulator lesson before working towards the 5 validation hours.
  • After successful completion of the minimum hours and checkride, students should have their official documentation available for pickup at the DGAC within a week.

Meet Your Peruvian Pilot Program Admissions Representative!

Evelyn Orama - Peruvian Admissions Representative

Evelyn Orama

Hello, my name is Evelyn Orama, and I’m from the city of Tingo María, Perú. I worked at Epic Flight Academy in the city of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA, for more than three years. I still work as a counselor and guide for students from several countries in the Admission process in the same Academy from the city of Lima, Perú where I currently reside. Actually, I am very passionate about the world of aviation since I grew up in a family linked in this environment and which led me to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree. In addition, I speak Spanish and English fluently. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask me all the questions you may have so that together we can make sure that you are fully prepared for a successful career in aviation. I am eager to help you make your dreams come true, beginning with your private pilot’s license and leading up to your commercial pilot’s license.

Contact me when you’re ready to learn more about becoming an airline pilot!


Relocation & Transportation Assistance
We understand that selecting and applying to a flight school, and arranging travel and housing, if necessary, can be very stressful, but our pilot training facility assists students in arranging each detail so that the transition is simple and easy. Visit our Student Life section for more information on our student amenities, transportation, events, and activities.

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