How to become a pilot – Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
How to become a pilot in Singapore? This is a question posed by many young aviation enthusiasts. To do that, you can either (1) join the RSAF, or (2) Join a commercial airline.
If you do not see yourself flying professionally, you can simply pay for your own Private Pilot Licence (PPL). However, attaining a PPL is extremely expensive. For someone who cannot afford that, the RSAF or commercial airlines are pretty much their only options to have a shot at pinning on those coveted pilot “wings”!
Want to know how to become a pilot by joining the RSAF? The diagram below provides a step by step illustration:
Basic Requirements (Military Pilot)
- Candidates must be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.
- They must be at least 18 years old.
- Candidates must possess a full Degree, diploma, or GCE ‘A’ levels equivalent certification.
- Candidates must be between 1.62m to 1.90m.
- Certified combat fit by the SAF.
- Must have good eyesight:
- myopia not more than 500 degrees per eye (correctable to 6/6 vision).
- astigmatism not more than 200 degrees per eye.
- no other eye deficiencies.
- Candidates have to complete a 5-hour computerised assessment that evaluates their aptitude to become a military pilot.
- Areas tested include psychomotor skills, multitasking, performance under stress, spatial awareness, and decision making etc.
The interview panel comprises 3 to 4 Singapore Air Force officers and at least one psychologist.
They will assess the suitability of candidates for military flying.
Candidates will undergo a 6-week flying training course comprising approximately 15 hours on a single engine light propellor aircraft.
This phase will assess the cadet pilots’ potential and aptitude in handling an aircraft and their ability to handle stress.
This phase is exempted for PPL holders.
Basic Wings Course
After completing OCS, cadet pilots will complete a 3-month long ground school course.
The ground school covers flying theory and survival training (e.g. G-force training and water survival drills).
Cadet pilots will subsequently spend 34 weeks in Perth.
In Perth, they will train on the PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft.
Of note, they will fly approximately 100 hours in this phase.
Advanced Pilot Training
At the end of BWC, cadet pilots will be streamed for their advanced military pilot training.
Depending on their performance and assessed aptitude, they will be chosen to attend either the Fighter Wings Course (FWC), Rotary Wings Course (RWC), or Transport Wings Course (TWC).
FWC is held in Cazaux, France, while RWC and TWC are held locally in Singapore.
Advanced military pilot training courses usually take 6 to 12 months to complete.
Finally, the coveted RSAF military pilot wings will be awarded to those who successfully completed the advanced courses.