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Calling OFW families: Search is on for new batch of CebuPac Cadet Pilots on a study now, pay later.

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Many OFWs have dreamt of becoming a pilot or are now dreaming of having their children of becoming a pilot. The job commands good package which includes a range of family benefits and travel perks.

Wait no more.

Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) is searching for a new batch of 16 recruits to enter its cadet pilot program. The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program is a “study now, pay later, zero-interest” training program to become full-fledged commercial pilots with guaranteed employment with the airline.

The program is open to all Filipino citizens who are college graduates, proficient in English and be in good physical condition. There are no preferred college degrees, and applicants need only have an average grade of at least 80% or its equivalent in subjects related to Math, Physics and English.

The program entails 52 weeks of week integrated flight training, theory and education at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Adelaide, Australia—one of the best aviation schools in the region. They will also undergo an additional four weeks of training to obtain a Pilot’s License under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Seventy-four cadet-pilots are currently undergoing training at FTA. CEB’s first batch of Cadet Pilots is wrapping-up licensing and is expected to assume First Officer duties by the fourth quarter of 2019. A second batch of Cadet Pilots will be graduating from FTA next month.

CEB cadet-pilots need not worry about expenses related to the flight training, as the airline will shoulder the costs first—including a stipend and amortize the payment for the course while they are employed. The entire program will be financed by Cebu Pacific, and successful cadet-pilots who enter the CEB corps of pilots will reimburse the cost of the program through salary deduction over a maximum of ten years.

Application period for the eighth batch of Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilots will run from August 9 to 18, 2019. Interested applicants may apply for the program through



The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (CEB) entered the aviation industry on March 1996 and pioneered the “low fare, great value” strategy. It has flown over 150 million passengers since inception.

Aside from its 27 international destinations, with over 107 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA, CEB also creates an extensive network across the Philippines with its 37 domestic destinations. It operates from seven strategically placed hubs: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

The airline continues to devise creative pricing strategies so it may constantly offer low year-round fares for all its flights.

CEB currently operates a fleet of 52 Airbus (Two A321neo, two A320neo, 33 A320, eight A330, and seven A321ceo) and 21 ATR (eight ATR 72-500 and 13 ATR 72-600) aircraft, one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world with an average fleet age of around five years. By 2024, Cebu Pacific expects an all-NEO (New Engine Option) jet fleet with 16 A330neo and 15 A320neo on order at the just-concluded Paris Air Show.

CEB has achieved full compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)—considered as the accreditation with the highest standards for safety in the airline industry, joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit or call the reservation hotline +971 4 354-5777 (Dubai).

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About Flight Training Adelaide (FTA)

Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) is a provider of world-class, customized aviation training solutions for the fixed wing and rotary wing industry. FTA is focused on producing future airline and helicopter captains, rather than simply training cadets to obtain a license.

FTA caters to sponsored cadets and self-funded students and offers a full range of services, including selection, ab initio and advanced training courses for airline and general aviation students.

Located at Parafield Airport in South Australia, FTA started operations in 1982 and over the years has had a number of corporate owners, including Hawker de Havilland and BAE SYSTEMS. In 2005, FTA was purchased by Hong Kong-based Young Brothers Aviation.


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