Saudi Arabian Pilot Program
Have you ever dreamed of becoming an airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Saudi Arabian Pilot Program is designed to provide students seeking employment under the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia 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.
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 Saudi students to reach their dream airline job, such as Aziz Alzaydany, who flies a Boeing 737 for Saudi Aramco. 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 ways to fulfill their flight training and achieve their 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 General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). 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.
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)
Saudi Arabian 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
Instrument Pilot: This course covers 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 – 19 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 24 Hours
One-on-One Instruction – 18 Hours
Pre & Post Briefing – 5 Hours
Multi-Engine Commercial: This course covers IFR flight training in a multi-engine aircraft to commercial pilot standards At successful completion, students 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
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
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 Saudi Arabia?
Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, Saudi Arabian 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. Below are links for hiring requirements for top choice airlines in Saudi Arabia. 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:
110 Hours – $11,304.70
View Pilot Hiring Requirements for:
- Dallah Avco
- Mid East Jet
- Nesma Airlines
- Saudia Airlines
- Sky Pearl Aviation
- SNAS Aviation
What is the GACA Saudi Arabian Pilot Conversion process?
Once Saudi Arabian students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to follow the below steps to officially convert their licenses to GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation). In order to initiate the conversion process, students must register on the GACA website and follow the posted instructions for electronically submitting the below document copies:
- Valid Passport
- Saudi ID / Residency Permit
- 2 Recent Photos 3cm x 3cm (white background & uncovered head)
- All Foreign Pilot Certificates
- 1st Page and Last 4 Pages of Flight Logbook
- English Language Proficiency Certificate (minimum level 4)
- Current and Valid GACA Medical Certificate
- Receipt for the Required Fees
- Digital Picture in .jpg Format (white background & uncovered head)
- Digital Signature in .jpg Format (signatures form)
How much do pilots earn in Saudi Arabia?
Pilot salaries vary depending on multiple factors, such as country, airline, pilot experience, and type ratings. When you choose to attend flight school in order to have a pilot career, you want to be sure you are making a good investment in your future. Therefore, you should research pilot wages, benefits, and even signing bonuses, which are becoming more common due to the pilot shortage. Pilot pay has been steadily climbing the last few years, and this is also true in Saudi Arabia. The average annual pilot salary in Saudi Arabia is 233,628 SAR, which is equal to $62,272 USD. An entry level pilot in Saudi Arabia makes approximately 100,000 SAR, while an experienced pilot earning at the top would make approximately 355,000 SAR. It is always a good idea to research airlines you’d like to work for. Our article about pilot pay provides other related details you should be aware of when making decisions that will affect your income.
Meet Your Saudi Pilot Program Admissions Representative!
Hello, I am Sumeyye Alici, and I have been assisting students in reaching their professional pilot goals at Epic since 2012. I spent 3 years on-site at our flight school, located in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and I am currently based in Antalya, Turkey. I have been involved in aviation since 2003 and have loved being part of it since day one! Studying both the German Language and Aviation Management over the years, I truly enjoy guiding future pilots just like you, worldwide, to make their dreams come true. I will walk you throughout your journey, till you reach your goal to become a Professional Pilot. Please, feel free to contact me directly in Turkish, English, or German. Lets get you started! You are just one step away from reaching the sky!
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