Turkish Pilot Program

Atakan Gurakar of Epic's Turkish Pilot Program
Atakan Gurakar, an Epic graduate, is a First Officer for SunExpress.

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an airline pilot? Epic Flight Academy’s Turkish Pilot Program is designed to provide students seeking employment under the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of Turkey and Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organization (JAATO) 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.

Hakki Kayahan Çelik trained at Epic
Hakki Kayahan Çelik, an Epic-trained pilot who is now a First Officer with Pegasus Airlines

We have trained thousands of international students from more than 80 countries for jobs in aviation. Epic provides a complete pilot program for Turkish students to reach their dream airline job. With the demand for airline pilots at an all-time high and pilot salaries soaring, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost and time-effective ways to fulfill their flight training and 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 Joint Aviation Authority. 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. This is 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 our 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 terminology. This provides 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. These are offered free twice a 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 build on the information they gained from the Virtual Flight Academy and also start 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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Turkish 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 Turkey?

Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, airlines in Turkey require a total of 250 hours, so our students typically need an additional *110 hours of time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours. Below are links for hiring requirements for airlines in Turkey. 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 Turkish Airlines:

JAA Turkish Pilot Conversion Process

While Turkish students are completing their FAA pilot training at Epic, they will need to follow the below steps to officially be JAA ATPL Frozen/JAA CPL holders.

  • Have 2 logbooks: 1 for FAA and 1 for EASA
  • Complete 100 hours of PIC time (NOT Time building), 50 of which must be in in IR conditions
  • Complete 1 long (VFR) Cross Country with at least 300 NM

Once back in Turkey, students must:

  • Complete JAA ATPL theory classes for the 14 subjects done (Around 800 hours) – We recommend students begin this while at Epic after successful completion of their PPL with us.
  • Take the refresher courses (Usually 12 days) and take written exams.
  • Complete the IR/CPL check rides at a local flight school

How much do pilots earn in Turkey?

Pilot pay varies among countries and airlines. Pilot salary is also impacted by a pilot’s training and level of experience. With the current pilot shortage, pilot salaries are at an all-time high, so it’s important to research pilot salary trends in Turkey and understand all factors that impact pilot wages. Pilots in Turkey earned an average of 135,000 TRY ($24,277 USD) annually in 2019. Of course, brand new pilots earned less, and pilots with years of experience earned more. New pilot wages in Turkey start at around 70,000 TRY annually, and those with more than 20 years of experience earn approximately 193,000 TRY. Flight school training is a big investment for your career as an airline pilot, so be sure to monitor hiring practices and pay scales as you go forward.

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.