Being a pilot (especially international pilot) is awesome as you tour, see, and explore the globe. According to research by aerospace giant Boeing, the world will need an additional thousands of qualified pilots in years to come. As people across the globe continue to fall in love with travel, demand is skyrocketing, especially in expanding markets such as Asia-Pacific.
There are several main stages of becoming a pilot. Aviation schools in Nigeria: Stage 1 Before you choose your aviation school, you have to learn the following important things about your future profession: 1. You will study a lot to become a pilot. 2. You will have to pay a lot for your education. How much does it cost to study for a pilot? The special aviation schools in Nigeria can cost ₦7,000,000 - ₦9,000,000. This is very expensive, but if you choose to go abroad (United States or South Africa) and study, then you will have to pay way more. Nigeria Civil Aviation Training Centre (NCAT), Zaria is one and cost ₦8,000,000 - ₦9,000,000. You can get state or political sponsorship or find an airline company that can pay for your studies, offer you a scholarship or financial support (in return, you will have to work for it after graduation) and minimize your expenses. Another option is going through the Nigeria Defense Academy, then join Nigerian Air force training. There are more than 35 aviation schools in Nigeria. When the time comes to choose, make sure it is officially approved by the Federal Aviation Association shortly known as FAA. Every school has its own set of rule. At your school, you will be studying theory, mathematics, physics, Geography and have regular classes (While instruments will do the vast majority of the things you will learn in school, but you still will need to know what to do in case they fail or malfunction. You will need to know how to do things like plot a course from A to B, calculate safe flight weights, and calculate altitude density). You will also have to practise. For about a year or two years, you should get real flight lessons to learn how to fly and fly some hours.
Nigerian pilot certificates: Stage 2 There are two main certificates you have to get if you wish to be a pilot: 1. Medical certificate 2. Aviation certificate You can get several types of each certificate. If we are talking about your medical document, it can differ depending on your aircraft category. For example, those Nigerians who are looking to work as private pilots might need a third or second class document. Those who will become commercial pilots will need to get the first class document. Besides having an up-to-date medical certificate, it is necessary to get your aviation document to be eligible for flying on private and commercial jets and airplanes. Here are the types of aviation certificates you will need to get if you wish to become a Nigerian pilot after graduating from one of the aviation schools: CFI - while this document is not required when you wish to work for a private or commercial company, Certified Flight Instructor is a nice option for college students who want to become flight instructors, teach others to fly and earn more flying hours (which is good for their future job) IR - Instrument Rating, this document is must-have for every pilot as it proves that a person can control the plane in case of bad weather and different problems or situations. PPC - Private Pilot Certificate, which is needed by every person who wants to fly on a private small plane. CPC - Commercial Pilot Certificate, which is required by every Nigerian who is looking to work for a commercial company and control civilian aircraft. This document is only available to people who are 23 years old or older.
How long does it take to become a pilot. It takes a lot of time to turn into a professional pilot. You have to spend several years in school, learn how to fly and earn your flying hours. A pilot diploma is a good document that can positively influence the aircraft company to hire you. Besides studying for 4 years, you have to earn from 40 to 4000 hours if you wish to receive a certificate and get a job. The big companies are ready to hire only pilots with diplomas, certificates and at least 4000 hours of flight. Before you can become a captain or first officer, you will have to work as co-pilot for several years. Only experienced pilots can receive a higher job position. Companies have to be sure that their passengers are in the safe hands of a well-trained captain with many years of professional flights.
The average salary of a Nigerian pilot depends on a number of factors. How experienced the pilot is, the Flying hours (how many hours he/she has flown), and Pilot’s personal ranking Rating types Company (the airline the pilot works for) Every new pilot (who has no experience and has just graduated from an aviation college) usually has a NCAA license (it is called CPL or Commercial Pilot License) but does not have a rating yet. He/she may have problems with finding a job right after the graduation and can only hope for ₦200,000 to ₦500,000 if lucky(in a good airline company) per month. This can only happen if the employer will send their new pilot to Type Rating courses. Pilots who are first officers (FO) and senior first officers (SFO) meaning they do have their Type Rating can expect their salaries up to ₦800,000 per month. In their situation, the amount of money they are paid absolutely depends on the company that offers them a job, their experience and flying hours. Salary of Captain, Local captains can expect a higher salary than new pilots. Their average monthly salary depends on the company and their working hours. Depending on these factors, these Nigerian pilots might be paid from ₦500,000 to ₦1,500,000 Naira a month. International captain/pilot flying for international companies can earn ₦2,000,000 per month.