How to Become a Pilot in the UAE

Soaring Above the Emirates

Embarking on a pilot training adventure from the United Arab Emirates to the United States presents a unique blend of opportunity and challenge. As the aviation sector flourishes, the call for skilled pilots echoes louder than ever.

Selecting Wings Academy Airline for your flight training journey means you’re setting course on a direct path from the Private Pilot License (PPL) to the pinnacle of Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification, specifically designed for our ambitious students from the UAE.

Breaking Down Pilot Licenses and Ratings

  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL): The first step into aviation, perfect for flyiang single-engine planes for pleasure.
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL): Takes your flying to a professional level, allowing you to earn from flying.
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP): The highest level of pilot certification, essential for flying with commercial airlines.
  • Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi-Engine Rating (MER): Enhances your flying skills, enabling you to navigate in various conditions.

Training under Wings Airline Academy’s rigorous FAA Part 141 accredited programs ensures you’re well-prepared for the aviation industry.

Eligibility Requirements for Aspiring Pilots

Becoming a pilot is a significant commitment that requires meeting specific prerequisites. At Wings Academy Airline, we seek candidates who:

  • Are at least 17 years old for the PPL and 18 for the CPL, ready to embark on this challenging yet rewarding path.
  • Have proficiency in English, ensuring clear communication and a strong grasp of aviation terminology.
  • Meet the FAA’s medical standards, demonstrating physical fitness for the demands of aviation.

Candidates should also possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and secure an FAA medical certificate. A positive and disciplined approach to learning is crucial for success in our programs.

Your Pathway to Enrollment at Wings Airline Academy

The process to join Wings Airline Academy is crafted to be as seamless as possible, reflecting our dedication to excellence in aviation training:

  1. Application: Begin by submitting our online application, providing a detailed overview of your educational background and personal aspirations.
  2. Documentation: Upload the necessary documents, including academic qualifications, identification, and your medical certificate.
  3. Admission Interview: Selected candidates will be invited to discuss their aviation ambitions, allowing us to understand your motivations and commitment to flying.

Our admissions team is devoted to guiding you through each step of this process, ensuring a smooth transition into your pilot training.

Finance Options and Scholarships

Investing on your pilot training journey is a significant investment in your career and future. At Wings Airline Academy, we believe in transparency and clarity when it comes to the financial aspects of your training.

Below are our program details, designed with your financial planning in mind:

Program NameTotal HoursDurationTotal CostPayment Plan Details
The Captain Program2068-10 months$78,500Stage Payments: 10 x $7,800
US Professional Pilot Program2068-10 months$63,500Stage Payments: 10 x $6,350
CAA UK Pilot Licence21217 months£89,995Stage Payments: 10 x £8,999.50
EASA Pilot Licence25018 months€99,000Stage Payments: 10 x €9,900
Private Pilot Licence (FAA 141)354 Weeks$12,185Installments: 4 x $3,046.25
Instrument Pilot (FAA 141)35Min 10 Days$14,135Single installment of $14,135
Multi Commercial Pilot (FAA 141)25Min 2 Weeks$16,515Single installment of $16,515
CFI/CFII/MEI150 (Ground Hours only)8 weeks$21,450Installments: 8 x $2,681.25

To assist in making your pilot dreams a reality, we have partnered with financial institutions like Meritize to offer extensive loan options that cater to your needs:

  • Meritize Loans: Focused on educational loans, Meritize offers financing that can cover up to 100% of your flight training costs, assessing beyond just your credit score.
  • Scholarships: We are committed to making aviation accessible and offer scholarships to help talented students overcome financial barriers.
  • Payment Plans: We understand the financial undertaking of pilot training and provide flexible payment plans to distribute the cost over time, making it manageable for you.

Visa Application Process for UAE Students

Securing a student visa is a crucial step for international students aspiring to train as pilots in the USA. We strive to make this process as smooth and straightforward as possible. 
Step 1: Secure Acceptance and Receive I-20 Form
After being accepted by Wings Airline Academy, you’ll receive your I-20 form, essential for the M1 visa application.

Step 2: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee
Immediately upon receiving your I-20, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online and save the confirmation for your visa interview.

Step 3: Schedule Your Visa Interview
Book your interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the UAE. Prepare your documents, including the acceptance letter, financial proof, SEVIS fee receipt, and proof of ties to the UAE.

Step 4: Attend the Visa Interview
Communicate your study plans, show financial proof, present your SEVIS fee receipt, and express your intent to return to the UAE after your training.

Step 5: Finalize Travel Plans Post-Approval
Once your visa is approved, arrange your travel to the U.S., ensuring your entry aligns with the visa’s allowed period and your training schedule.

Step 6: Utilize Support from Wings Airline Academy
Our admissions team provides ongoing support, from guiding you through the visa process to welcoming you to the U.S. for your pilot training.


Starting Your Journey at Wings Airline Academy

At Wings Airline Academy, we offer diverse programs tailored to your aviation ambitions and skill levels. The Wings Airline Academy advantage include:

  • Small Class Sizes: Personalized instruction and a nurturing, family-like environment.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Training with the latest aircraft and simulators to ensure a superior learning experience.
  • Supportive Environment: A team of dedicated staff and instructors committed to guiding you through every phase of your training.

Dive into Specialized Training and Certifications

To elevate your aviation career, we provide specialized training that prepares you for various flying conditions and aircraft types:

  • Instrument Rating (IR): Master flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in low visibility and adverse weather.
  • Multi-Engine Rating (MEL): Learn to operate multi-engine aircraft, broadening your career opportunities.
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI): Gain the ability to teach others to fly, refining your own skills while accruing flight hours towards your ATP certification.

Discover Career Opportunities and Pathways

Graduation from Wings Airline Academy opens up a realm of possibilities in the aviation field. Our training is designed to prepare you for roles such as:

  • Commercial Airline Pilot: Take to the skies with major airlines, both domestically and internationally.
  • Corporate and Charter Pilot: Fly business jets and provide bespoke travel experiences.
  • Flight Instructor: Pass on your aviation passion and knowledge, contributing to the next generation of pilots while building your flight hours.

Potential Earnings and Career Growth as a Pilot

Investing in your training at Wings Airline Academy not only prepares you for a fulfilling career in aviation but also positions you for competitive salaries that grow with your skills and experience:

  • Entry-Level Salaries: Begin your career with robust earnings, with ample opportunity for growth as you accumulate experience and additional qualifications.
  • Career Advancement: Elevate to captaincy or specialize in certain aircraft types for significant salary enhancements.
  • Industry Demand: With aviation’s upward trajectory, especially in regions like the UAE and beyond, pilots enjoy stable and rewarding career prospects.

Frequently Asked Questions

What aircraft will I train on?

You’ll train on a diverse fleet, from single to multi-engine aircraft, all equipped with the latest avionics.

Is prior flying experience necessary?

No, we welcome aspiring pilots at all levels, starting from scratch and elevating you to professional standards, in line with international requirements.

Can I work during my studies?

While focusing on your studies is crucial, we understand the need for part-time work. For UAE students, we provide guidance on navigating visa regulations to legally work part-time in the U.S.

What is the success rate of Wings Airline Academy graduates?

Our success mirrors the dedication of our students, with most achieving their certifications on their first attempt, ready to meet the high standards of the global aviation industry.

Does Wings Airline Academy offer any training for international licenses?

Absolutely, we cater to global standards, ensuring our training aligns with EASA, UK CAA, and other international authorities, making you a versatile candidate for airlines worldwide.

Does Wings Airline Academy offer any training for international licenses?

Yes, we provide training that meets the requirements for various international aviation authorities, including EASA and the UK CAA.

Are there any medical requirements for enrollment?

UAE students must meet FAA medical standards, requiring at least a third-class certificate for PPL and first or second-class for CPL, akin to international norms.

Begin Your Aviation Career with Wings Airline Academy

Ready to Elevate Your Career?

If you’re in the UAE and envision a career across the skies, Wings Airline Academy is your portal to an extraordinary future in aviation. Our programs are crafted to meet global standards, ensuring you’re well-prepared for a rewarding career in the skies.

Let’s turn your dreams into flight plans. Join us at Wings Airline Academy, where your future as a global aviator awaits.

Don’t let your dreams stay grounded. Fly higher with Wings Airline Academy.