Aviation TRAINING COURSES
FlightSchool.sg's Aviation-Related Courses
FlightSchool.sg offers affordable flying training and aviation courses in Singapore using a Redbird MCX full-motion flight simulator.
Phase 1 - 12-Week FAA PPL Preparatory Course
The goal of this course is to allow a Private Pilot License (PPL) candidate to prepare for the FAA PPL by undergoing once-a-week ground-school classes (3 hours per session) and flight sim training classes (1 hour per session) over a 12 week period.
The FAA PPL Preparatory Course course is conducted 100% via the use of a full-motion flight simulator. Hence, this is the most efficient and cost-effective solution to earning your Private Pilot’s License.
At the end of 12 weeks, and upon passing our internal ground and flight assessment tests, the PPL candidate will be able to proceed to Phase II of the training in the USA (or *Australia). Phase II should take no more than 30 flying days in total.
To help you ace your ground school subjects, you will be provided with our full set of ground school video recordings. This will allow you to progress through ground school on a self-paced basis.
In addition, you are welcome to join our ongoing ground school classes EVERY FRIDAY from 7pm to 10pm at our Balestier office:
456, Balestier Road. #02-08. Ascent@456. Singapore 329832. Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Xq5yMDsxPSZS7iAVA
You will also receive our Private Pilot Kit containing all the items required to ace your Private Pilot Ground School.
We are currently offering a special promo price of S$3,995 (S$2,000 discount off our published rates of S$5,995). Or enjoy 3 easy monthly payments of S$1,495. Promotion price is valid till 31 December 2021.
All candidates who book our full-motion flight simulator will be given a full rebate for one session if they decide to enroll in our PPL Preparatory Programme. Do note that full-motion flight simulator online bookings must be made 48 hours in advance.
Call or WhatsApp us at +65 8288-7210 for a FREE consultation or use our Contact Form!
Receive A Certificate of Achievement On Successful Completion of Phase 1 - FAA PPL Preparatory Program
Phase 2 - In-Aircraft PPL Flight Training
Candidates who wish to proceed to Phase 2 - In-Aircraft PPL Flight Training during this period (where overseas travel is limited) may wish to consider enrolling with Seletar Flying Club based in Singapore after completing our 12-week program. This Phase 1 - FlightSchool.sg & Phase 2 - Seletar Flying Club route is still more cost-effective as it costs S$150 in our full-motion flight simulator versus S$550 in the aircraft (excluding local landing fees of $37.50 per landing).
The more proficient you are training in our full-motion flight simulator, the less time (and money) you need to spend in the aircraft.
You will however need to join Seletar Flying Club as an Ordinary Member and obtain your Singapore Student Pilot License before you can commence flight training on a Singapore-registered aircraft. The good news is flying hours clocked locally may be recognised if you choose to embark on your US Private Pilot License when overseas travel becomes less restricted.
The 3rd most cost-effective option is simply to complete your Phase 1 - 12-Week Preparatory Programme with FlightSchool.sg and patiently wait for restricted travel to the US to be lifted. Meanwhile, maintain your flying proficiency by flying our full-motion flight simulator once or twice a month, or proceed to train with us for your instrument rating!
Why obtain a Private Pilot License in the USA instead of Singapore?
For two main reasons:
1) Ample availability of USA-registered aircraft in Singapore to rent
After spending all the time & money to earn your PPL, surely you wish to bring your family and friends onboard an aircraft piloted by your good self. Or you wish to spend a weekend flying to Penang and staying for one or two nights before heading back to Singapore.
So firstly, it is worth noting that pilots can only fly an aircraft that is registered in the same jurisdiction as their pilot license. Meaning Singapore PPL holders can only fly Singapore-registered aircraft and USA PPL holders can only fly USA-registered aircraft etc.
The fact is as follows: There are ample USA-registered light aircraft available in Singapore for rent, while the inventory of Singapore-registered light aircraft is limited to Singapore flying schools and private aircraft owners.
2) Lower Cost of Flight Training
Flight training in the USA can cost anywhere between USD8,000 and 15,000 for a 40-hour Private Pilot License package. The final bill depends on many factors, including but not limited to:
i) Location of Flight School
Flight training in the East Coast (e.g. New York) and West Coast (e.g. California) will generally be more costly than in Texas, Washington, and Nevada.
ii) Number of Hours of Flight Training Incurred
The national average in the USA for the average number of hours of flight training required to earn a Private Pilot License level is between 70-80 hours. The good news is FlightSchool.sg students have historically been able to earn their PPL in 40-50 hours.
*How about earning a Private Pilot License in Australia?
We do have students who opt for the Australian route to earn their PPL. This is because their primary purpose of earning a PPL is to eventually fly for the airlines. In other words, they are not concerned with the fact that there are currently no Australian-registered aircraft available for rent in Singapore.
FAA PPL Requirements:
– At least 17 years of age (at the time of the flight test)
– English proficient (can speak, read and write)
– Not colour blind
– 20/40 (able to see at 20ft what a normally sighted person is able to see at 40ft) or better in each eye separately, with or without correction
- Able to pass the FAA Class-3 Medical exam
Regarding age limitation, the minimum age to take the FAA PPL written and practical tests is 17 years old. In order to fly solo in an aircraft, the student pilot needs to be at least 16 years of age. There is no maximum age limit to take the FAA PPL written and practical tests. However, note that there is no minimum age to commence ground and flight training. So even children (we recommend at least 13 years of age can start to learn to fly!).
Also, note that there are no minimum educational requirements to earn an FAA PPL. However, educational requirements are typically imposed by airlines and corporate charter companies.
In order to pass the FAA PPL Class-3 Medical Exam, here’s the official requirement as per the Code of Federal Regulations §67.303:
(a) Distant visual acuity of 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses. If corrective lenses (spectacles or contact lenses) are necessary for 20/40 vision, the person may be eligible only on the condition that corrective lenses are worn while exercising the privileges of an airman certificate.
(b) Near vision of 20/40 or better, Snellen equivalent, at 16 inches in each eye separately, with or without corrective lenses.
(c) Ability to perceive those colors necessary for the safe performance of airman duties.
(d) No acute or chronic pathological condition of either eye or adnexa that interferes with the proper function of an eye, that may reasonably be expected to progress to that degree, or that may reasonably be expected to be aggravated by flying.
14-Day Accelerated FAA PPL Preparatory Course (Full-Time)
Similar in scope with our 12-week course, but delivered on a 14-day full-time timetable. The Private Pilot License (PPL) candidate prepares for the FAA PPL by undergoing daily ground-school classes (3 hours per session) and flight sim training classes (1-2 hours per session) over a 14 day period. At the end of two weeks, and upon passing our internal ground and flight assessment tests, the PPL candidate will be able to proceed to Phase II of the training in the USA. Phase II should take no more than 25 days in total.
NEW!!! Redbird GIFT Private Pilot Course (No Age Limit, Pay-As-You-Go)
Redbird GIFT (Guided Independent Flight Training) is a simulator-based, AI-powered, manoeuvres training supplement designed to help you achieve your goals of earning a Private Pilot License faster and for less money. Redbird GIFT allows you to learn, practice, and get feedback on every Private Pilot manoeuvre, at your own pace, using cutting-edge educational techniques that push you to reach your best performance level.
GIFT includes the 33 modules required to earn your Private Pilot Certificate. Each GIFT lesson focuses on a specific flight manoeuvre or skill and includes:
- A video and written pre-flight briefing
- A simulator mission with an AI-powered flight instructor that provides real-time coaching and corrections on your performance
- A post-flight debrief with objective scoring based on the FAA Airmen Certification Standards
- In-depth post-flight review and trend tracking by uploading your lesson history to the Redbird Cloud
Redbird GIFT is also perfect for students and young aviators interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education. STEM education is the future. Science-based learning is key to succeeding in today's information-based society.
For example, STEM education in the aviation field will provide students with a deeper understanding of flight science, physics, and engineering concepts. Students can then leverage what they learn during their aviation training and apply them in other courses and use it in real-world scenarios.
The Redbird GIFT system comes with a serialised USB stick that you will need to use during the flight simulator session. Each flight simulator session is based on a pay-as-you-go basis. Meaning you can book your flight simulator session at your own convenience via our online booking page. You can also opt to book our 5-Hour Flight Simulator with Instructor Package at a special rate of S$750 (available by contacting us).
In addition, GIFT makes for a great refresher tool after you earn your pilot’s license. With lifetime access, GIFT follows you no matter where your aviation journey takes you.
Redbird GIFT is priced affordably at just S$350 and is available for purchase on our online booking page. As a time-limited promotion (till 31 Dec 2021), you will receive a complimentary 1-Hour Full-Motion Flight Simulator Session (with Instructor) worth S$170 when you purchase Redbird GIFT.
5-Hour Flight Simulator with Instructor Package (No Age Limit, Pay-As-You-Go)
This package is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to fly (no minimum or maximum age limit), but who may not have the time or urgency to obtain an FAA PPL. This package comprises solely of flight sim sessions and each session will be conducted according to the FAA PPL syllabus.
The package is best utilised with our Redbird GIFT Private Pilot Course (see above).
Ultimately, the student pilot can look forward to earning his Private Pilot License (Flight Simulator) by passing our PPL flight test conducted in our flight simulator. Once he/she earns the Private Pilot License (Flight Simulator), he/she will be able to book and use our flight simulator to either fly solo or with a friend or family member using real-world maps, weather and flight planning. This 5-Hour Flight Simulator with Instructor Package is priced at a special rate of S$750 (available by contacting us).
1-Hour Flight Simulator with Instructor (No Age Limit, Pay-As-You-Go)
We offer various Flight Simulator Sessions with Instructor (45-minute, 60-minute, 90-minute & 180-minute) available for purchase directly on our online booking page. These sessions are suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to fly (no minimum or maximum age limit), but who may not have the time or urgency to obtain an FAA PPL.
Call or WhatsApp us at +65 8288-7210 for a FREE consultation or use our Contact Form!