Colombian Pilot Program

Colombian flight students in Epic's Colombian Pilot Program
Epic Flight Academy welcomes many flight students from Colombia who are following their dreams to become commercial airline pilots. Our flight school prepares you to become a commercial pilot in approximately 8 months on average.

Have you dreamed of becoming a professional airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Colombian Pilot Program provides flight training for students seeking employment under the auspices of Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia. Our structured flight training takes you from zero experience to a successful career as an airline pilot. The course supports students who speak English as a second language and are pursuing 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. We are committed to your success.

Maria Mendivelso First Officer Avianca Airlines trained in Epic's Colombian Pilot Program.
Maria Támara Mendivelso, Epic Professional Pilot, Airbus A320 First Officer, Avianca Airlines

Epic has proudly trained thousands of international students from more than 80 countries for jobs in aviation. Our pilot program has already served numerous Colombian students, helping them to reach their dream airline job. With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries climbing, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost-effective and time-efficient way to fulfill their flight training and achieve their airline pilot career dreams. We are here to help.

Transferable, Top Quality FAA Pilot Programs
Our flight school’s courses are 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 Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia. FAA-approved flight courses are the key to worldwide pilot career opportunities, as they require English proficiency and successful completion of ICAO Level 4 English language endorsement. This is a required skillset for students intending to fly routes between countries with different native languages. Earning these credentials opens up a world of opportunity. Epic has established a pathway that supports you every step of the way to earning your wings. Our instructors are dedicated to your success.

Virtual Online Flight Academy
Epic Flight Academy provides important resources for its international flight students. Our Online Virtual Flight Academy connects you 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 terminology 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. Our motto here is Safety First!

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Airline Pilot Program – International Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $46,159.30 USD (Price increases to $51,925.00 USD effective June 1, 2021.)

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $30,085.35 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $17,709.35 USD

Colombian Pilot Program Course Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age to begin.
  • You must have finished your high school education (or equivalent).
  • You must read, write, speak English proficiently.
  • You need a valid international passport.
  • You will be a full-time student, attending classes 5 days per week.

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 airline pilots in Colombia?

Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, Colombian airlines require a total of 250 hours, so our students typically need an additional *110 hours to time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours described above. Below are links for hiring requirements for airlines in Colombia. Note: These requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the airline. Refer to the airline directly for the most current pilot requirements. 

*Pilot-In-Command Time Building: 110 Hours

View Pilot Hiring Requirements for these Colombian Airlines:

What is the CAA Colombian Pilot Conversion process?

Once Colombian students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to follow the steps below to officially convert their licenses to Aeronáutica Civil de Colombia. For the FAA CPL Conversion Aeronauticos Civil, follow these steps:

At Epic Flight Academy:

  • Minimum 150 flight hours
  • 70 hours PIC
  • 20 hours cross country, of which 1 must be 300nm or greater with two landing
  • 10 hours Dual instrument training
  • 5 hours night with 5 take off and landing

Once back in Colombia:

  • Complete Medical exam
  • Ground review including:
    • 2 hours Aircraft Engine
    • 2 hours Aerodynamics
    • 4 hours Radio Communication
    • 6 hours Navigation
    • 4 hours Regulations
    • 2 hours Meteorology
    • 4 hours Simulator Training
  • 1 Simulator Check-ride
  • 2 hours Flight Training
  • 1 Flight with Inspector

How much do pilots earn in Colombia?

With the global pilot shortage, pilots have seen increases in salary and benefits, but there is still fluctuation among airlines and countries. Before you begin flight training, it is advisable to research the commercial pilot jobs in your country to determine their pay ranges. Pilots’ wages vary based on factors such as experience and type ratings. For instance, in 2017, Avianca, a major airline in Colombia, gave a substantial pay increase to its captains and first officers that would continue through 2020. They agreed to this pay increase to get their pilots’ salaries more in line with other airlines in the region. Avianca pilots had been earning approximately $6,000 USD per month compared to other airlines that were averaging approximately $11,500 USD monthly. In Colombia, pilots are paid in Colombian pesos (COP), not U.S. dollars. One COP is equal to .00029 USD. The average pilot in Colombia is paid $49.833.259 COP per year. Pilots who earn at the top of the scale have 8+ years of experience and are paid approximately 62.238.937 COP. Compare this to a less experienced pilot (1 to 3 years) who earns 34.758.131 (COP). Learn about all factors impacting trends in pilot earnings, and learn to do your research before deciding which airline is best for you.

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.