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Aviation, also known as air transport, describes activities and industries related to flight. Everything that has to do with flying or operating a plane has to do with aviation. The operation of an aircraft can be categorized as civil aviation and military aviation. Civil aviation includes all non-military passenger and cargo flights whether it is private or commercial. On the other hand, military aviation involves all military activities that have to do with aircraft.

Civil Aviation

Flights and aircraft in civil aviation are used for personal and business purposes, such as transporting goods or passengers, rather than for military purposes. Civil aviation includes two major categories, which are scheduled for air transport and general aviation. All scheduled air transport is commercial and for business purpose while general aviation can be either commercial or private, which is used for personal purpose.

Military Aviation

The use of military aircraft and other flying machines in military aviation is for the purposes of conducting or enabling aerial warfare. In Malaysia, The Malaysian Army Aviation (“Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat”, PUTD) is the Army Aviation branch of the Malaysian Army. TUDM serves to defend and protect our nation from threats by taking control of the airspace, involving operations like an offensive airstrike, defensive counter-air and defensive suppressive. TUDM is also responsible for air combat rescues.

How do I become a pilot?

To fly an aircraft, an individual must possess a pilot license. The types of licenses are:

  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and
  • Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

Let’s learn more about each one of them.

Private Pilot License (PPL)

PPL is an entry level course that equips cadets with the foundations skills to pilot a single piston-engine aircraft with confidence.


Entry requirements:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Fluent in English Language
  • SPM/O-level/Equivalent
  • Completion of a Class II medical examination 
Examination Description Minimum Entry Requirement
Private Pilot’s License (PPL)

PPL is an entry level course that equips cadets with the foundations skills to pilot a single piston-engine aircraft with confidence.

Estimated cost: $5,800 (RM 24,000) to $6,000  RM 26,000


–  Minimum age of 17

– Fluent in English Language

– SPM/O-level/Equivalent

–  Completion of a Class II medical examination 

Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL)

CPL cadets are trained with the basic skills required to fly a commercial aircraft, a fundamental path to becoming a commercial airline pilot.

(CPL with Frozen ATPL)

–  Minimum age of 17

–  Fluent in English Language

–  5 credits (including English, Mathematics and Science) in SPM/O-level/Equivalent

–  Completion of a Class I or II medical examination

–  Letter of approval from the CAAM

Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL)

ATPL is a complementary course for cadets with an existing CPL.

(CPL with Frozen ATPL)

–  Fluent in English Language

–  Existing and valid CPL

–  Completion of a Class I medical examination

–  Letter of approval from the CAAM

Assistant Flying Instructor License (AFI)

AFI is a course designed for trained pilots to become qualified flying instructors.

– Fluent in English Language

– Existing and valid CPL

– Completion of a Class I medical examination

– 150 logged hours as Pilot-in-Command

What are the skills needed to become a pilot?

The PPL examination consists of 6 examinations on knowledge needed to become a pilot. To get a PPL, one must pass these examinations with a pass mark of 70 percent or greater:

1.      Air Navigation and Flight Planning

2.      Aircraft Technical Knowledge

3.      Meteorology

4.      Human Factors

5.      Flight Radiotelephony

6.      Law

Where can I study Aviation Programmes in Malaysia?

Aviation is not a course as common as business, finance or engineering in Malaysia. However, there are many institutions in Malaysia where you can study aviation. These are some universities and flying academies you should check out:
Multi-Engine Commercial.


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