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.
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.
Minimum – 45 flying hours
Full Time – 3 to 4 months
Please contact us to discuss your availability for part time PPL Courses
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|
|(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.
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.
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 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.
The following are mandatory JAR pre-entry requirements:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is 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:
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.
Sri Lankan nationals arriving back home with foreign licenses (FAA, etc) experience considerable delays in the conversion process due to following reasons:
The following process is to adopted in order to convert your ICAO CPL to a MCAA CPL:
After completion of all the above:
Phase 2 – Requirements for conversion.
The duration for phase 2 is 4 to 6 weeks.
On Successful Completion, the applicant will be issued with a:
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 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 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!