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On completion of the Flight Instructor Course (FIC) a pilot will have the ability to instruct a student to the level required for the issue of PPL (A), including theoretical knowledge instruction.

Entry Requirement:

The following are mandatory JAR pre-entry requirements:

  • Hold a valid JAA/EASA CPL(A) or PPL(A) pilot license, which includes a valid Single Engine Piston (Land) rating
  • Meet the knowledge requirements for the grant of an ICAO CPL (A)
  • Have at least a CPL (A) or have completed at least 200 hours of flight time, of which 150 hours as Pilot-in-Command if holding a PPL (A)
  • Have completed at least 30 hours on Single Engine Piston powered aeroplanes of which at least 5 hours shall be in the 6 months preceding the pre-entry flight test
  • Have completed at least 10 hours instrument flight instruction of which up to 5 may be in a simulator.
  • Have completed 20 hours cross-country flight time as PIC of aeroplanes including a cross country flight of 540km (300nm) with full-stop landings at two other aerodromes
  • Passed a specific pre-entry flight test within the 6 months preceding the start of the course.

Course Description:

Flight Instruction comprises 30 hours of flight training of which 25 hours will be dual instruction and 5 hours will be mutual flying with another student instructor or qualified FI to practice flight demonstrations. During the dual instruction, the student instructor will learn how to demonstrate all of the PPL exercises evaluate a student’s performance and correct student errors.
Flight Instruction will be carried out in a Cessna 150. Ground school comprises 125 hours of theoretical instruction. During this time a student instructor will refresh their own theoretical knowledge and learn how to prepare, teach and present technical lectures and conduct pre-flight briefings.


The course is full time, Monday to Sunday of between 6 and 8 weeks duration, dependent on weather conditions. A part-time course may be offered. Please contact us for further details.

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About The Course

The minimum qualification that an airline would require from a prospective First Officer is an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Commercial Pilot Licence with a ‘Frozen’ ATPL. The Maldivian Licence complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), can normally be exercised globally and can easily be converted to the equivalent of another country.
A ‘Frozen’ Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the name given to the qualification of a pilot who holds a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Multi Engine Piston Rating (MEP), Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR) and passes in all 14 Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theoretical exams.
The ATPL would become un-frozen when the flight experience requirements are met. The experience would normally be achieved during employment as a first officer.

Flight Training

Flight Training Our flagship course takes students with little or no previous flying experience to a ‘frozen ATPL’ in approximately 16 months, from where they are then eligible to work as a First Officer with an airline once specific aircraft type training has been completed. The course includes a Commercial Pilots License with Multi Engine Rating and Instrument Rating. The license is endorsed with Frozen ATPL status as the student has completed an Integrated Frozen ATPL course. You will fly 190 hours, with the majority being in single engine aircraft. For exact hours please see our courses packages below.


Full Time – 10 to 12 months. Please contact us to discuss your availability for part time CPL Courses.

Ground Instruction

The ATPL exams are based on the JAR-FCL syllabus and are conducted by CAASL on behalf of the MCAA either at our facility in Gan or in Colombo (CMB), Sri Lanka.

  1. The exams conducted in Gan are hard copy question papers, whilst those conducted in CMB are online computer based exams.
  2. cpl3The results for the hard copy question papers’ will be issued approximately 10 days after completing all the papers whilst the results for the online computer based exams are declared immediately after each paper is completed.
  3. Those who don’t clear any papers in Gan may have to wait for as much as one month before they sit for the next attempt, whilst those who sit for the exam in CMB can sit for any un-cleared paper virtually on the following day if he or she so desires.
  4. Most students prefer to sit for the online exams in CMB since there is a significantly higher pass rate.
  5. The ATPL exam conducted by CAASL consists of 6 subjects and 11 papers (details below), excluding Air Law which is conducted by MCAA.

  1. The total estimated cost of undertaking the ATPL exams including the papers and admin and logistics, whether in Gan or CMB is approximately US$ 1,500.
  1. The cost for the online exams in CMB includes return air ticket between Gan and CMB, sharing accommodation for a period of 15 days, airport transfers, local transport and exam fees for 1 attempt.

  2. All students who have achieved good grades during their ground studies could complete the exams with 7 working days

Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to sit for your Commercial Pilots License flight (practical) test. All training towards obtaining the Commercial Pilots License can be conducted until such age.
Passes in O-Levels Maths, English and any science subject are needed. The local standard equivalent to O-Levels is acceptable as well.

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The following information is for pilots who wish to obtain a temporary validation of their licences for a short stay in Republic of Maldives.

  • On full conversion details, seek advice from CAD-FCL.


If a holidaymaker simply wishes to fly in The Maldives for a short period of time, the Civil Aviation Dept-Maldives (CAD) will usually issue the visitor with a “Certificate of Validation” upon application. This issue is normally dependent on the visitor holding an ICAO/EASA licence. The license issued is essentially a “permit to fly” for a period of three months, and ganislandis endorsed accordingly. A medical examination is generally not necessary however the applicant will require a full check flight prior to flying in The Maldives. A validation of an overseas license takes between one and three days to complete – depending on how well prepared you are when you arrive in The Maldives. We will generally need to spend around half a day with you arranging the license conversion paperwork, as well as briefing you on Maldivian procedures and local navigation variances. A delay will occur if verification of your license from the country of origin is not addressed promptly. You will then need to complete the check flight and probably a familiarization flight. You will need to purchase some basic documentation for your flights in The Maldives. The minimum documentation includes:

  • Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
  • En-route supplement
  • Maps and charts for the areas in which you want to fly

Conversion To Sri Lankan Licenses

Conversion to Sri Lankan Licenses

The Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) has approved Capt. Suranjan De Silva Head of Training / Examiner of AAA, Maldives, to conduct skills tests/GFTs at AAA Maldives, for Sri Lankan nationals who wish convert their foreign licenses (FAA, etc) to SLCAA licenses.

The applicants will adopt the following procedure, recommended by CAASL.

  1. License holder applies for the conversion, initiating the process as applicable at PEL, CAASL.
  2. Follow through the process, completing required documentation, medical, ELPC, etc.
  3. Identify experience shortcomings, as per Sri Lankan system.
  4. Liaise with CAASL to arrange the flight test in The Maldives in an Aircraft registered in The Maldives by Examiner Capt. Suranjan De Silva, following completion of the remaining portion of flying training required by Sri Lanka.
  5. Submit the Flight Test Report after completion of the Test.

Sri Lankan nationals arriving back home with foreign licenses (FAA, etc) experience considerable delays in the conversion process due to following reasons:

  1. Non availability of training aircraft with the FTOs.
  2. Frequent airspace restrictions being imposed by the military/Air force, due to VIP movements.
  3. Non availability of Nav. aids at RMA and KTK is a major impediment to a training environment; hence the student pilots are required to proceed to KAT to carry out basic instrument approaches. Often it is a “no go” event due to international traffic movements. Occasionally, after departing KTK, at Kaduwela, the flight is required to hold or terminate, due to international traffic operations, and return to KTK, which is a wasteful and a costly exercise having flown 40 to 50 minutes of unnecessary VFR time, and compelled to log same and accumulating / exceeding the total time (TT) requirements for a license/rating.
  4. X/C phase is another aspect, due to airspace restrictions, often being re-scheduled or cancelled. After being re-scheduled, the Wx factor is another notable hindrance, which adversely affects the task during pm hours and often the flight plan is cancelled.
  5. Applicants carrying out the skill test/GFT at AAA Maldives, should complete the conversion procedure within 3-5 days and obtain their FCL, upon submission.


Conversion of ICAO CPL to MCAA (Maldivian Civil Aviation Authority) CPL

The following process is to adopted in order to convert your ICAO CPL to a MCAA CPL:

Phase 1

  • Submit via email the ICAO FCL for Verification to AAA
  • Scan and email last two pages of the log book. Indicate clearly the signed off FTO’s certification
  • Scan and email the medical.
  • Indicate the dates of last three flights carried out, with duration and location
  • Must have met minimum flying requirements for the CPL/IR , (ICAO Annex-1 Compliant)

After completion of all the above:

Phase 2 – Requirements for conversion.

  • Enroll with AAA
  • Arrive in The Maldives for medical validation and complete the Air Law test conducted by MCAA 
  • Complete a composite paper conducted by AAA. (Met and Nav.)
  • Complete a communication paper (2 parts) (JAR-FCL compliant), conducted by AAA
  • Complete ELPC or validate if in possession
  • Carry out 10 hrs. in C150 + 5 hrs. in C172RG
  • Carry out skill test CPL /IR in C-172RG – duration 2.5 hrs.

The duration for phase 2 is 4 to 6 weeks.

On Successful Completion, the applicant will be issued with a:

  • CPL by MCAA
  • IR endorsed in CPL
  • ELPC endorsed in CPL


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If you have always wanted to learn to fly but thought you would like to find out more, then you should consider undertaking a Trial Introductory Flight with AAA.
The flight begins with a short briefing from your instructor who will explain how the controls of the plane work and what will happen during the flight. This is followed by th
Gan International Airport e flight in a Cessna 150 where you will be able to take the controls and do some of the flying.. The flight will be in the local training area and include a few circuits to observe a take-off and landing.

This flight takes the form of a thirty minute “mini” flying lesson. You’ll fly with a professional flying instructor who will give you a pre-flight brief and will be issued with a aircraft “check list” card. When you are airborne, if you feel comfortable, you will actually do most of the flying during the flight as well! In addition to the flight we will explain the pre-flight inspection, get you to help the pilot check the aircraft, and then you can run through the checklists before you start the engine!
The Cost for 30 minutes is – US$ 100/-

If you have always wanted to learn to fly but would like to try before you buy, then you should consider undertaking a Trial Introductory Flight with AAA!

The flight begins with a short briefing from your instructor who will explain how the controls of the plane work and what will happen during the flight. This is followed by a trip 7in a Cessna 150 where you will be able to take the controls and do some of the flying. The flight will be in the local training area and include a few circuits to observe a take-off and landing.

This flight is essentially a thirty minute “mini” flying lesson. Your instructor will give you a pre-flight brief and you will be issued with an aircraft check list. The instructor will explain the pre-flight inspection and you will assist with the actual aircraft inspection. You will then assist with the pre-take off checklist before you start the engine!
When you are airborne, if you feel comfortable (and we are sure you will), you will actually do most of the flying!

This is truly a pivotal experience for practically everyone who tries it. You will, almost definitely, be hooked!

And the cost of this never-to-be-forgotten experience? A mere US$ 100

*Includes your own personalised certificate!


About The Course

If you’re serious about learning to fly then this is the place to start. Gaining your PPL means that you’ll be able to fly a light aircraft unaccompanied (or with family & friends), which is an exhilarating experience. Once you decide to embark upon your PPL qualification we will then assign your own instructor, thus ensuring continuity and consistency during your training. There will of course be occasions when lessons will be undertaken by an alternative instructor, especially when it comes to the testing stage, but your assigned instructor will be your main source of support during your training.

Flight Training

A minimum of 45 hours flying experience is required, of which at least 10 hours need be solo flying. All these hours will be flown under the direction of a qualified flying instructor and in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority JAR-FCL approved syllabus.
You’ll be flying in a Cessna 150 aircraft which is an ideal aircraft to learn solid basic skills which will serve you well whatever type of aircraft you fly in the future. Each lesson comprises of a pre-flight briefing with your instructor and are typically followed by up to an hour of flying, although flight times will vary and longer flights are introduced during the navigation training stage.

DurationAAA Fleet

Minimum – 45 flying hours

Full Time – 3 to 4 months

Please contact us to discuss your availability for part time PPL Courses

Ground Examinations

The ATPL exams conducted by CAASL consists of 6 subjects (details below), excluding Air Law which is conducted by MCAA.

Ref Theory Subject Duration No. of Questions
(1) Aircraft General Knowledge, Principle of Flight 1hr 20
(2) Flight Performance & Planning 1hr 20
(3) Human Performance & Limitations 1hr 20
(4) Meteorology 1hr 20
(5) Navigation and Communications 1hr 20
(6) * Air law 45 min 20

* Conducted by MCAA

Each paper is made up of comparatively simple multi-choice questions. In addition there is an oral test on the aircraft you used for training and a Radio Telephony practical exam.

You can study for these exams at home using course books and software (provided by AAA).

The final part of earning the licence is a skills test of around 2 hours flight time which tests your ability in both navigation and general aircraft handling.

Other Requirements

You must be at least 14 years of age for any flying experience to count towards a licence, and at least 16 years of age before you will be allowed to fly solo. There is no maximum age.

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About The Course

AAA’s multi-engine rating program adds multi-engine privileges to your existing Private or Commercial Pilot License. All necessary ground and flight instruction required by the Multi-Engine AAA FleetAAA Fleet Practical Test Standards is included. This 14 day course provides up to 10 hours of flight training and the use of the aircraft for the check-ride.

AAA will send you the Piper Seneca Training Manual before you commence training. This booklet covers multi-engine aerodynamics, aircraft systems, checklist procedures, flight procedures, weight & balance, required charts and instrument approach plates.

All checklists, and specific aircraft related information will be included in Piper’s Seneca Information Manual and the Seneca POH (pilot’s operating handbook) which will be made available at the flight training centre.

The Maldivian Civil Aviation Department (MCAD) is an ICAO member state. The training being conducted at AAA meets Annex-1 requirements. We are also in total compliance with JAR-FCL 1 standards. The MCAD licenses follow the JAA licensing standards and all our courses are designed to meet the JAR-FCL requirements.

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