How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force

Have you ever wanted to fly a fighter plane? Is becoming a fighter pilot in the air force became your lifelong dream. Why don’t you join the Philippine Air Force Flying School this 2018? If you are interested in joining the ranks of our elite warriors in the sky, please read on.

The Philippine Air Force Flying School

The Philippine Air Force Flying School is the “Air Force Academy of the Philippines”. Located at the pine-tree clad Fernando Air Base in Lipa City Batangas province, it is responsible for the training of all the future pilots of the Philippine Air Force.

In the past, you can directly join the Philippine Air Force Flying School (PAFFS) right after college through the Aviation Cadet Program (ACP) and start your Military Pilot Training (MPT) as a DODO Cadet in the Philippine Air Force Flying School. But since the Philippine Air Force discontinued the Aviation Cadet Program of the PAFFS, the only way take the Military Pilot Training is to become an officer in the PAF with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant or higher. There are two ways to accomplish this. The first is to join the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School (PAFOCS) or the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

PhAF FA-50PH Golden Eagle
The FA-50PH Lead-in Fighter Trainer of the Philippine Air Force. Image Credit: PAF

Philippine Air Force Flying School Requirements

Becoming a pilot in the Air Force is a long and rigorous process. It is no easy task, but if you make it, you will be among the elite warriors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Here’s what you need to do if you’re going to try to earn your wings:

You must be an officer in the Air Force

If you are between 17 to 21 years old, you can join the PMA and become a cadet of the most prestigious military school in the country today. Choose the Air Force as your branch of service. After graduation, you’ll be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) in the Philippine Air Force. To join the PMA, follow our guide on PMA Entrance Exam 2018 Date, Requirements, Coverage and Application Guide.

The other way to become an officer in the PAF to join the Philippine Air Force Flying School is to join the Philippine Air Force Officer Candidate School (PAFOCS). If you are 21-29 years of age and a holder of a Baccalaureate Degree, you can try entering the PAF through PAFOCS. Any 4 or 5-year course is accepted, but the Air Force prefers “scientific” degrees, such as engineering, physics, computer science, and chemistry. PAFOCS candidates with civilian flight training, such as a private pilot’s license, also tend to fare better with the selection board than those with no flying experience.

Keep in mind that the safest age for you to qualify for the Military Pilot Training in the PAFFS is between the ages of 22 and 26 with a 2Lt rank on your shoulders.

Must be recommended by your Commander

Well, this is self-explanatory. It means you must have the approval and recommendation of your commander before entering the PAFFS to take the Military Pilot Training.

You must be physically and mentally fit

Entering the PAF Flying School requires another examination, the Military Pilot Aptitude Test (MPAT). It is the qualifying exam prior to flight training. You must pass this exam along with a series of interviews, a battery of physical, psychological and background tests and medical examinations. You must be at least 5’4″ but no more than 6 feet 5 inches tall and not overweight. Your seated height must be between 34 and 40 inches. Make sure to have a 20/20 vision and not color blind. If you have problems with depth perception or have had laser eye surgery, you will be disqualified. Other disqualifications include a history of hay fever, asthma or allergies after the age of 12.

After passing the medical exam, interview and aptitude test, you will be selected to be one of the Student Officer and the chances of joining will depend on your standing after the series of examination and interviews had been finished.


Becoming a pilot in the Philippine Air Force is a very rewarding career. Once you got your wings, you can fly choppers, fixed-wing aircraft, turboprops, or jets. After your service in the military, you can join the civilian aviation industry as a commercial pilot. The Air Force is your cheap but longer route to your future aviation career. Take the challenge and soar high!

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40 thoughts on “How to Become a Pilot in the Philippine Air Force”

  1. Hi, I’m 5’0″, is there any possible way that I can make it in Military Pilot Training? A reply would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  2. Im studying Aeronautical Engineering and probably be finished by 2021, I’ll be 24 by then. I would like to join in PAFOCS. How could I get that 2LT rank?

    A reply would be much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi, I am 22 yrs old. I have a degree in Electronics Engineering and wanted to join the PAF. I am about to take the AFPSAT exam. I just want to ask if there would be another exam that I have to take in joining the PAF and if so, do you have the schedule for next yr? Since, the year is about to end. Thank You.

  4. Hello! I am a woman, 24 years old, currently a third year law student (though I still feel to this day that it isn’t my calling) But I really want to become a pilot. I know that this career would make me genuinely happy. May I ask if it is still possible for me to apply? A friend of mine told me that there is an age limit which is 23 years, is that true? Thank you!

    • You can apply as a PAF officer through PAF Officer Candidate School. When you already have that 2Lt rank on your shoulders and not more than 26 years old, you will qualify for the Military Pilot Training in the PAFFS.

  5. how many years will it take to become a military pilot po? graduating po kasi ako ng Bachelor of Arts major in Aviation Logisitcs, okay lang naman po siguro kahit AB at hindi BS yung mismong course diba po? curious lang din po ako kung mga ilang years ang aabutin. thank you po.

  6. Hi Sir,

    Is it still possible for me to join despite not having 20/20 vision? Not that severe but It’s my only problem and I’m quite sure qualified for the rest of the requirements. Thank you.

  7. Goodday thankypu for the informatve info.

    26 yrs old n po kc ako mech engr by profession may chnce pakaya maging pilot?

    Kc may nabnggit po sakin na age limkt sa PAFFS?


  8. Sir im college graduate of 5yrs course Bachelor of Science Major in computer engineer , 26 yrs old … work as instrumentation and control process engineering tech… may chance po ba ako makapag pilot sa airforce .. dream ko po talaga maging piloto…

  9. Hi! Can I have a guarantee of being an airforce pilot if I join? I already have my Private Pilot’s License, Commercial Pilot’s License, and Instrument Rating. I also finished BS in Aeronautical Engineering. Is there a way to get a guarantee as an Airforce Pilot if I already am a licensed pilot before I even start my Officer Course?

  10. Hi. I am graduated in a bachelors degree. 25 years old and physically fit, but I do not have a 20/20 vision and I used corrected lenses. It is possible to join in PAF?

  11. Sir, one of the requirements to be qualified as pilot in the air force is to graduate of 4 years course, and i am a graduate of aviation electronic technology but just 2 years could there be possibilities that they will consider my application for PAFOCS regardless i took an aviation related course???

    • No, you can’t join the PAFOCS. A Baccalaureate degree is required to become a commissioned officer in the Armed Forces.

  12. I am going to be 21 this november 2018 and i have recently completed my graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Becoming a military pilot has always been my lifelong dream since my high school years and watching war movies pushed me through and encouraged me into this dream. Is the PAFFOCS on going? Where can I join since I am from northern mindanao?

    • Hi, Suzzette! I hope you will see my comment as soon as possible. I’m assuming you are a female? If so, please reach me into my social medias instagram: @hazelanngelic fb: Hazel Ann Topacio. I would love to talk to someone with the same goals as me. I’ve been finding someone I can go with to pursue being a military pilot. I would love to be your friend if you will. I really do hope you’ll see this. Xo

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