Nigerian Pilot Program

Have you dreamed of becoming a professional airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Nigerian Pilot Program provides flight training for students seeking employment under the auspices of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. 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.

Timothy Dami Iyela
Timothy Dami Iyela trained at Epic Flight Academy and is now a First Officer for Flydubai

Epic is proud to have helped thousands of international students from 88 countries prepare for jobs in aviation. Our pilot program has already served numerous Nigerian 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 Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. 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 skill set 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 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. Our motto here is Safety First!

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Nigerian 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.

Airline Pilot Program – International Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $39,983.75 USD

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $29,981.25 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $17,700.25 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 pilot hiring requirements for airlines in Nigeria?

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

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What is the Nigerian CAA Pilot Conversion process?

Once Nigerian students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to officially convert their licenses to meet the requirements of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority

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 Nigeria, contact the CAA to finalize the conversion.

How much do pilots earn in Nigeria?

Training to become a commercial airline pilot is a sound investment of time and money. The career of pilot is one of the most coveted in Nigeria in large part because it is a job that pays well. If you are thinking about training to become a professional pilot in Nigeria, you should also research the different airlines there to determine the salary and benefits that are right for you. The starting pay for entry level pilots is approximately N200,000 (Nigerian Naira) annually, although many airlines pay in U.S. dollars (USD). More experienced commercial pilots earn approximately N500,000 in wages depending on the airline. Once you have type ratings and more hours logged, you can earn more as a first officer, which ranges from N300,000 to N800,000. Captains earn at the top, ranging from N500,000 to N1.5 million, again depending on the airline. A pilot’s pay varies based on several factors, which we describe in our article about airline pilot salary.

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.