Best Pilot Training Institutes in the World

Best Pilot Training Institutes in the World

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 18:11 IST

Commercial pilot as a job profile is fun, rewarding, and exciting. We agree that the life and times of being a pilot by profession are both glamorous and high-paying. But that is a very big BUT, you do not have any option of going wrong as it is not just your life you have at stake but also the lives of others and that too in huge numbers.

Best Pilot Training Institutes in the World

Wilbur Wright, an aviation pioneer, once aptly said, “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.” This article throws light on the best aviation schools in the world for international students.

Best Pilot Training Institutes in the World 2023

While there are many good flying clubs in India but these days there is a growing trend of people opting to complete their flying and gain their licenses from abroad. Captain U.S. Tiwari, a senior pilot of Air India (narrow-body) promptly confirmed this by saying, “Enrolling into a flying school abroad can prove to be an expensive affair but young aspiring pilots prefer it as it is a quicker option to complete their flying hours”. He further added, “The same course can stretch for some 2 years in India and doing it from abroad takes just 6-8 months making it a much quicker option”

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Some of the best flight schools in the world are as follows:

  • CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

  • CTC Wings (Europe)

  • Flight Safety Academy (USA)

  • Pan AM International Flying Academy

  • Singapore Flying College

  • Ardmore Flying School

  • Sunrise Aviation

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

With 85 years of experience in pilot training, CAE Aviation Academy is considered to be one of the best flying schools across the globe. This European flying school also has centres at Amsterdam, Brussels, Gondia, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Phoenix, and Rae Bareli. Training programmes undertaken at this school include ATPL, CPL and MPL training routes. The academy has more than 200 aircraft and can train more than 2,000 pilots annually.

CTC Wings (Europe)

This is one of the most reputable flying clubs in the world. CTC boasts of having cadets such that 97.8% of them pass all 14 ATPL subjects in their first attempt and 99% of the graduates get placed with some of the other airlines. In 2013, 243 new pilots graduated from the CTC aviation academy. UK’s largest airline, EasyJet, hired 119 of the 243 graduates in the same year. It also has training centres in New Zealand, India, Australia, and Singapore.

Flight Safety Academy (USA)

Known to produce top-class pilots since 1966, Flight Safety Academy is undoubtedly the oldest and one of the best in the business. More than 17,000 pilots who have graduated from this flying school operate flights for some 62 airlines and over 100 corporate flight departments. This training institute offers direct flight line access, and on-site accommodations along with well-equipped classrooms, administrative offices, and aircraft maintenance hangars.

Pan AM International Flying Academy

Established in 1980, Pan AM has training centres all over the United States and the world. Apart from pilot flight training, this academy also offers airline crew training, aircraft maintenance training, aircraft dispatcher training, and air traffic control training. 

Singapore Flying College

Known to provide ab-initio as well as advanced flight training to pilots for the Singapore Airlines Group, this flying college of Singapore was established in 1988. The college’s training fleet comprises five single-engine Cessna C172 in Seletar, 16 single-engine analogue and Garmin-equipped Cessna C172. It also includes three Garmin-equipped multi-engine Beech Baron aircraft in Jandakot for the ab-initio phase and four Cessna Mustang light jet aircraft in Maroochydore for the Advanced Training Phase. The college is known to have trained more than 1900 cadets for the Singapore Airlines Group. It began enrolling self-sponsored candidates in 2006 and around 30 of these candidates are presently working at reputable airlines.

Ardmore Flying School

Ardmore Flying School is another flying school which international students can think of attending in order to learn to fly. This flying school is located in New Zealand and offers courses like - The Level 5 Flight Training Program, Level 6 Arline Preparation Program and Flight Instruction Program along with the Modular Training Program. The employment prospects increase for students depending on the number of modules they complete during their course of study. Ardmore Flying School allows its students aiming for commercial pilot jobs to fly twice a month and pursue a course falling under Level 5 or 6. Eligibility may depend upon the level, of course, opted for, but basic requirements include a 5.5 on IELTS and a minimum of 17 years of age along with a minimum of Class 2 m2dical.

Check out: Ardmore Flying School Courses

Sunrise Aviation

Courses at Sunrise Aviation go in sync with DGCA requirements in terms of aircraft training. The DGCA-approved courses require its students to complete 250 hours including 200 hours of in-aircraft training. For students who wish to know in which aircraft they would their training place, the answer is the Piper Seneca PA34 aircraft - which is also DGCA approved. Thus, those willing to opt for Sunrise Aviation courses can apply through the Indian-country coordinator. After graduating from this flying school, students can come back and work as commercial pilots. 

Interested candidates can apply for the courses on offer by these flying schools from February onwards provided they have completed their 10 2 and are (minimum) 17 years of age. Each course has a different fee structure. Interested candidates need to submit all their details along with their requirements on the official website of these flying clubs and be assured to receive a prompt reply with the fee structure and batch commencing date from the institute.

Top Flying Schools in the World FAQs

Q. In which country is pilot training the cheapest?

A. The Philippines, is one of the cheapest countries in the world for getting a pilot's licence, charges INR 9-10 lakhs. The second cheapest country is Australia, which offers a range of academies giving training for Rs 16-18 lakhs.

Q. Which is the best country for pilot training in the world?

A. In terms of best country for pilot training in the world as per chronological order are -

Q. What is the most advanced pilot certificate that can be obtained?

A. The  airline transport pilot (ATP) is the most advanced pilot certificate that any student can obtain, it's basically necessary for those who want to fly commercial airliners for a living. All commercial airlines now require a pilot to hold an ATP certificate.

Q. Which universities in Australia offer pilot training programs?

A. The following Australian Universities offer pilot training programs to both domestic and international students:

Q. Is there any university which ranks in the top for offering commercial pilot training?

A. Yes, Purdue University in USA ranks among other universities for offering a world-class commercial pilot training program to both domestic and international students.
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a year ago

Hello everyone, I need more explanation on aviation courses,my brother want to be a pilot, he needs a guide, best course to study, University, school fees etc Thank you



Aishwarya BhatnagarStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hello! If you could elaborate upon where your brother wishes to study - which country and what all institutes are in mind. In case, there's a lot of confusion and you cannot come down to one option, then you can get in touch with our counsellors by signing up at -


Hello can you help me getting CAE Oxford Aviation Academy addmission details and there contact too.

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Yadhunandhan K

4 years ago

I need a best University suggestion for doing my MBA @ a cheper cost without writing Gmat or GRE exams

Reply to Yadhunandhan K

Hello everyone...I am a student of 11th ...I need a bit information regarding schools best for providing cpl ...can anyone help me out please?

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lily prcc

3 years ago

Hello praveen can you tell me more about the aercadet programme



3 years ago

hi. praveen here ,also searching for good flying school over a month , if u from india u can go for ' aerocadet' pilot programm