Saudi Arabian Pilot Program

Saudi Arabian Pilot Program
Epic Flight Academy has trained many flight students from Saudi Arabia. The average time to complete the program to become a commercial airline pilot is 8 months.

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 Graduate flies for Saudi Aramco
Abdulaziz Alzaydany, Epic Professional Pilot, Boeing 737-800 First Officer, Saudi Armco

We have trained thousands of international students from more than 80 countries prepare for jobs in aviation. Epic provides a complete pilot program for Saudi students to reach their dream airline job, such as Aziz Alzaydany, who now 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, a requirement for students intending to fly routes between countries with different native languages.

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 terms. This gives you 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. We offer two free courses each month.

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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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

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

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 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

View Pilot Hiring Requirements for these Saudi Arabian Airlines:

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.

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.