The first step toward a pilot career is to acquire a Student Pilot Authority from the Civil Aiviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). This requires a 3rd Class Medical Certificate and an NBI Clearance.
PPL Ground Course Module introduces the student to the fundamentals of flying from medical considerations to radio communication. Subjects are as follows:
Aircraft General Knowledge
Aircraft Flight Performance & Planning
Principles of Flight
The second step is to undergo Private Pilot Flight Training upon issuance by the CAAP of Student Pilot Authority during and/or after ground school. Prior to solo flight, the student must have passed his pre-solo examination which requires a minimum of eight (8) flying hours. The student then initially conquers the skies when the pilot is released by his Flight Instructor for FIRST SOLO. More often than not, the student acquires self confidence after soloing; making him more determined to aspire for Private Pilot License (PPL). The training syllabus puts in scenarios that will better prepare him for flying with safety as a prime consideration; flight maneuvers to enhance safe piloting skills, cross country flights, simulated emergencies and flying in busy airspace.
Pre-requisites for Private Pilot License application are: Restricted Radio Operator Certificate (RROC) from the National Telecommunication Commision (NTC), English Language Proficiency (ELP) Certificate; Private Pilot Ground School Certificate; Flight Time Certificate and PPL Application Form.
Finally, the trainee gets his Private Pilot License after passing CAAP written examination and practical test from a CAAP check pilot.