Cebu Pacific launches cadet pilot program with Airworks Aviation

Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), the Philippines’ leading carrier, has launched its Cadet Pilot Program in partnership with Cebu-based flight training school Airworks Aviation, aiming to train and employ aspiring pilots.

The program, formalized through a memorandum of agreement signed on June 6 at NUSTAR in Cebu City, offers a comprehensive training experience, mentorship, and guaranteed employment with the airline.

Lapu-Lapu City Councilor Joseph Pangatungan and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo attended the signing event.

The Cadet Pilot Program is a 96-week, self-funded course designed to train candidates to become licensed commercial pilots.

The first application phase will be open from June 7 to 13, 2024, via Cebu Pacific’s official communication platforms.

“We’re thrilled to offer aspiring pilots the opportunity to become commercially licensed through our Cadet Pilot Program. Currently, we are the only airline in the Philippines with a cadet pilot program. This initiative will allow us to produce highly skilled pilots ready to provide safe, convenient, and reliable flights for every Juan,” said Capt. Samuel Avila II, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Flight Operations.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), every job in the air transport industry supports 29 other jobs in tourism, supply chain, and related sectors. Airworks Aviation President Vincent Charles Ong expressed enthusiasm for the program, highlighting its potential to help aspiring pilots achieve their dreams cost-effectively.

“For thirty years, Airworks Aviation has grown steadily to enable aspiring pilots to pursue a career in aviation. This cadet pilot program, which we launched together with Cebu Pacific, will allow us to further provide aspiring pilots with the means to fulfill their dreams at the most competitive cost and incentives. Together, we are forging the future of aviation in the country,” Ong said.

Successful candidates will undergo a series of assessments, including a panel interview and medical evaluations. The training is divided into three phases: a four-week Aviation Foundation Course in Pasay City, Metro Manila; 68 weeks of Basic Flight Training at Airworks Aviation Academy in Mactan International Airport, Cebu; and a 24-week Airline Integration Training back in Pasay City.

To support the financial requirements of the program, Cebu Pacific has partnered with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to offer exclusive loan options for cadets and their sponsors, such as parents or guardians.


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