Turkish Pilot Program

Atakan Gurakar

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

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

Epic is proud to have helped more than 5,300 international students from more than 80 countries prepare for jobs in aviation. Epic has successfully provided an unparalleled 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, 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 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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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)

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

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
Tuition: $19,985.50

Instrument Pilot: This course covers flight training 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
Tuition: $12,237.00

Multi-Engine Commercial: This course covers flight training IFR in a multi engine aircraft to commercial pilot standards At successful completion, student 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
Tuition: $17,709.03

Non-Tuition Fees:
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

Transfer Students
If you have already logged flight training hours, we can accept you as a transfer student regardless of how much training you have had.

Airline Pilot Hiring Requirements 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 – $11,304.70

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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 checkrides at a local flight school

Meet Your Turkish Pilot Program Admissions Representative!

Turkey Flight School Addmissions Specialist

Sumeyye Alici

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! 



Contact me when you’re ready to learn more about becoming an airline pilot!

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.