Brazilian Pilot Program

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Brazilian Pilot Program is designed to provide students seeking employment under the National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) 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 Brazilian Flight School Student Now Airline Pilot
Alexandre Gallo, Epic Professional Pilot, Airbus A320 First Officer, LATAM Brazil

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 Brazilian students to reach their dream airline job, such as Alexandre Gallo at LATAM Brazil. With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost-effective and time-efficient program to receive flight training and begin their airline pilot careers.

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 Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). 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 flight 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.

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Multi-Engine Professional Pilot Program

Total Tuition: $49,931.53
Program Duration: 6 to 8 months
Flight Time: 141 hours
Time Building: $102.77 per flight hour (Pilot-in-Command)

Brazilian 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

Summer 2019 Tuition Effective June 13, 2019
Contact Admissions for Current Tuition

Private Pilot: This course covers flight training Visual Flight Rules (VFR) 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
Aviation Skills Development – 200 Hours
Simulator – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 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 $19,985.50

Instrument Pilot: This course covers Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight training 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 – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 5 Hours
Tuition $12,237.00

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 – 40 Hours
Simulator – Multi Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 7 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 – 10 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 3 Hours
Tuition $17,709.03

Non-Tuition Fees:
Total Application Fee (includes Epic Virtual Academy, I-20, and I-90 SEVIS): $775
FAA Written Test: $150
FAA Flight Test: $700
Housing (based on availability): $750 per month/shared room

Transfer Students
If you have already logged flight training hours, we can accept you as a transfer student regardless of how much training you have had.

What are the hiring requirements for airlines in Brazil?

Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, Brazilian airlines require a total of 200 hours, so our students typically need an additional *60 hours  time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours. Below are links for hiring requirements for top choice airlines in Brazil. 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 – $6,166.20

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What is the ANAC Brazil Pilot Conversion process?

Once Brazilian students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to return to Brazil and complete the following to officially convert their licenses to ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil)

  • 3 Takeoffs and 3 Landings Day Time/Night Time (6 total) – Same type and class.
  • 6 Instrument Approaches
  • Written Theory Test
  • Checkride

How much do pilots earn in Brazil?

That’s a good question and one you should know the answer to before you commit to flight training. Airline pilot salaries vary for many reasons, such as the airline, the pilot’s experience and ratings, etc. Pilot wages in Brazil are paid in Brazilian Real, which equals .25 in U.S. dollars. In 2019, the top pilot annual salary in Brazil is approximately 232,416 BRL. (That would equal $58,104 in USD.) The median commercial pilot salary is 155,460 BRL, meaning 50% of Brazilian pilots earn more, and 50% earn less. To give you an idea of how experience affects pay, pilots with less than two years of experience can expect to be paid approximately $81,732 BRL annually ($20,433 USD). However, a pilot with 5 to 10 years of experience would be paid $127,020 BRL ($31,755). These ranges reflect years of experience, but it is also wise to research the airline for whom you’d like to fly. To learn more about how pilot salaries are calculated, read our article on this topic.

Meet Your Brazilian Pilot Program Admissions Representative!

Marco Filipe Arbage
Marco Arbage

Hello, my name is Marco Arbage, and I am from Brazil! I am a first Officer for Azul Brazilian Airlines flying the ATR72-600. I successfully completed my FAA Commercial Pilot License at Epic Flight Academy in 2012. I have been assisting Brazilian students in reaching their professional pilot goals at Epic since then, and I truly enjoy guiding future pilots just like you. I will walk you through your aviation journey until you successfully reach your professional pilot dreams. Feel free to contact me directly, as I speak English and Portuguese. Lets get you started! You are just one step away from reaching the sky! 

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.