Brazilian Pilot Program

Captain Judy and Bruno from Brazil in Epic's Pilot Program
Captain Judy Rice presents epaulets to Bruno, a Brazilian student who has been extremely successful at Epic.

Are you from Brazil and interested in becoming an airline pilot?

We have designed Epic Flight Academy’s Brazilian Pilot Program to train pilots under the National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) with structured flight training. We take you from zero experience to a successful career as an airline pilot. The program supports students who speak English as a second language. The aviation industry requires the ability to read, write, and speak English proficiently for most employees and all pilots. Therefore, our flight school students have 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

How many Brazilian students has Epic trained?

Epic has trained thousands of international students from 80+ countries for jobs in aviation. This includes many from Brazil. We provide a complete pilot program for Brazilian students to reach their dream airline job. For example, Epic graduate Alexandre Gallo flies for LATAM Brazil. Most importantly, the demand for airline pilots is at an all-time high. Therefore, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost-effective and time-efficient program to receive flight training and begin their airline pilot careers.

What are the requirements to begin the Brazilian Pilot Program?

  • First, you must be at least 18 years old.
  • Also, you must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • Next, students must be able to obtain an FAA medical certificate.
  • Most importantly, you must be proficient in English.
  • Additionally, you must hold a valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Furthermore, will need to apply for and receive an M1 visa.
  • Finally, you must be available to be a full-time student 5 days per week.

Check Flight School Eligibility!

What is the cost of the program?

Airline Pilot Program – International Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $69,917.00 USD

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $41,095.00 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $24,042.50 USD

Can I transfer to your flight school?

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, they may require additional hours of time building. Generally, Brazilian airlines require a total minimum of 200 hours. Therefore, our students typically need an additional *60 hours time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours.

*Pilot-In-Command Time Building: 60 Hours

View Pilot Hiring Requirements for these Brazilian Airlines:

Below are links for hiring requirements for top airlines in Brazil. Note: These requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the airline. Therefore, refer to the airline directly for the latest information. 

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)

  • First, you must have 3 Takeoffs and 3 Landings Day Time/Night Time (6 total – same type and class).
  • Next, ANAC requires 6 Instrument Approaches.
  • Also, you must pass the Written Theory Test.
  • Lastly, ANAC requires a Check Ride.

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. This means 50% of Brazilian pilots earn more, and 50% earn less. Airlines typically pay pilots with less than two years of experience approximately 81,732 BRL annually ($20,433 USD). However, they pay a pilot with 5 to 10 years of experience 127,020 BRL ($31,755). We recommend researching the airline for whom you’d like to fly. Read our article on this topic.

Relocation & Transportation Assistance

We understand that selecting and applying to a flight school, and arranging travel and housing, if necessary, can be very stressful. However, our pilot training facility assists you in arranging each detail, As a result, your transition here is simple and easy. Visit our Student Life section for more information on our student amenities, transportation, events, and activities.

What else should I know about Epic’s Brazilian Pilot Program?

Transferable FAA Pilot Programs

Epic’s flight training courses are the leading United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Professional Pilot courses. All Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), including the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). ANAC recognizes FAA-issued certificates. FAA approved flight courses are the key to pilot career opportunities. This is because they require English proficiency and successful completion of an ICAO Level 4 English language endorsement. Most importantly, airlines that fly routes between countries with different native languages require you to speak English.

Virtual Online Flight Academy

Epic Flight Academy provides important resources for its international flight students. For instance, our Online Virtual Flight Academy lets you connect with your FAA Flight Instructor and classmates before you arrive here in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Likewise, the online, interactive pilot training course helps you develop aviation skills and build a knowledge base of aviation terms and resources. Above all, you have an advantage when you begin attending Epic’s Ground School. For example, we share training videos on Cessna 172s, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, FAA regulations, and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Brazilian Pilot Program students can start their training from home. Also, you can try our free Demo Online Course.

Aviation Skill Development (ASD) and Private Pilot Ground School

Epic is the only flight school to offer this unique ASD course. For example, during this phase of flight training, ground school students will build on the information they gained from the Virtual Flight Academy. Additionally, they start flight simulator training. In other words, the purpose of ASD is to familiarize students with the Cessna 172 and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Most importantly, ASD increases students’ safety and awareness.

What if I have other questions?

You can view the most Frequently Asked Questions for international students. Also, you can also post questions and comments in our Pilot Forum. Most importantly, we are here to help and look forward to answering your questions. You are welcome to contact us anytime!

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