Vietnamese Pilot Program

Hoang at Vietnam Airlines graduated from our Vietnamese Pilot Program
Mai Duc Nhat Hoang, an Epic Commercial Pilot Graduate from 2015, is currently a First Officer on the Airbus A350 for Vietnam Airlines (after 1,600 hours spent on the A321).

Are you from Vietnam and interested in becoming an airline pilot?

We have designed Epic Flight Academy’s Vietnamese Pilot Program to train pilots under the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) with structured flight training. We take you from zero experience to a successful career as an airline pilot. The program supports students who speak English as a second language. The aviation industry requires the ability to read, write, and speak English proficiently for most employees and all pilots. Therefore, our flight school students have access to English tutoring to develop Aviation English skills during Ground School training.

How many Vietnamese students has Epic trained?

Our flight school has trained thousands of international students from 80+ countries for jobs in aviation. Our pilot program has already served numerous Vietnamese 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 you do this.

Epic has trained thousands of international students from 80+ countries for jobs in aviation We provide a complete pilot program for Vietnamese students to reach their dream airline job. For example, Epic graduate Le Duc Dung flies for Vietnam Airlines. Most importantly, the demand for airline pilots is at an all-time high. Therefore, aspiring aviators are seeking the most cost-effective and time-efficient program to receive flight training and begin their airline pilot careers.

What are the requirements to begin the Vietnamese Pilot Program?

  • First, you must be at least 18 years old.
  • Also, you must have a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • Next, students must be able to obtain an FAA medical certificate.
  • Most importantly, you must be proficient in English.
  • Additionally, you must hold a valid passport with at least 6 months before expiration.
  • Furthermore, will need to apply for and receive an M1 visa.
  • Finally, you must be available to be a full-time student 5 days per week.

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What is the cost of the program?

Airline Pilot Program – International Students

Zero Experience to Airline Pilot
Total Course Tuition $53,898.00 USD

Starting with Instrument Course
Total Course Tuition $37,600.50 USD

Starting with Commercial Course
Total Course Tuition $22,660.50 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 in Vietnam?

Depending on the airline, additional time building flight hours may be required. Generally, Vietnamese airlines require a total of 250 hours. Therefore, our students typically need an additional *110 hours to time building if they finish their commercial training within the estimated 140 hours described above.

*Pilot-In-Command Time Building: 110 Hours

View Pilot Hiring Requirements for these Vietnamese Airlines:

Below are links for hiring requirements for top airlines in Vietnam. Note: These requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the airline. Therefore, refer to the airline directly for the latest information. 

What is the CAAV Vietnamese Pilot Conversion process?

Once Vietnamese students complete their FAA pilot training at Epic, then they will need to follow the steps to officially convert their licenses to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

At Epic Flight Academy:

  • Minimum 150 flight hours
  • 70 hours PIC
  • 20 hours cross country, one of which 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 Vietnam you will need to meet requirements from the CAAV.

How much do pilots earn in Vietnam?

Pilot compensation differs between countries and airlines and is based on a pilot’s experience and type ratings. As you prepare to complete your flight training, it’s a good idea to research. Learn the hiring requirements and pay scales of airlines in Vietnam. Pilot wages in Vietnam have been on the rise in recent years. In 2018, annual pay was approximately VND 347 ($15,072 USD). In 2020, airlines in Vietnam reported an increase in wages as the trend continues. We monitor factors of pilot salary and have shared our findings in a related article. When you decide which airline you would like to work for, next you should contact them and learn about their hiring practices and pay rates. It pays to be informed as you pursue your commercial pilot career.

Relocation & Transportation Assistance

We understand that selecting and applying to a flight school, and arranging travel and housing, if necessary, can be very stressful. Therefore, 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.

What else should I know about Epic’s Vietnamese Pilot Program?

Transferable FAA Pilot Programs

Epic’s flight training courses are the leading United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Professional Pilot courses. All Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), including the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. This agency recognizes FAA-issued certificates. FAA approved flight courses are the key to pilot career opportunities. This is because they require English proficiency and successful completion of an ICAO Level 4 English language endorsement. Most importantly, airlines that fly routes between countries with different native languages require you to speak English.

Virtual Online Flight Academy

Epic Flight Academy provides important resources for its international flight students. For instance, our Online Virtual Flight Academy lets you connect with your FAA Flight Instructor and classmates before you arrive here in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Likewise, the online, interactive pilot training course helps you develop aviation skills and build a knowledge base of aviation terms and resources. Above all, you have an advantage when you begin attending Epic’s Ground School. For example, we share training videos on Cessna 172s, aircraft systems, aircraft performance, FAA regulations, and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Vietnamese Pilot Program students can start their training from home. Also, you can try our free Demo Online Course.

Aviation Skill Development (ASD) and Private Pilot Ground School

Epic is the only flight school to offer this unique ASD course. For example, during this phase of flight training, ground school students will build on the information they gained from the Virtual Flight Academy. Additionally, they start flight simulator training. In other words, the purpose of ASD is to familiarize students with the Cessna 172 and the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Most importantly, ASD increases students’ safety and awareness.

What if I have other questions?

You can view the most Frequently Asked Questions for international students. Also, you can also post questions and comments in our Pilot Forum. Most importantly, we are here to help and look forward to answering your questions. You are welcome to contact us anytime!