On average, Cadets take between 22 to 24 months to complete the entire training at MFA. However, as per the CAAM regulations, Ground School must be completed within 12 months of sitting the first theoretical exam, complete a minimum of 200 hours, and pass the Instrument Rating check within 18 months of the first flight during the Flight Training phase.

All courses at MFA are offered on a full-time basis.

For the PPL course, flying and ground classes are scheduled daily. For the Commercial Pilot Licence/Instrument Rating (Frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence) Integrated Courses, the first eight (8) months are dedicated to the Ground School phase. Upon passing all the theoretical knowledge subjects, Cadets can start the Flying Phase.

The passing marks for PPL, CPL and ATPL subjects are 75%.

All the theoretical knowledge subjects must be passed within four (4) attempts. The maximum time limit to pass all exams is twelve (12) months from the first sitting of any exam.

There are four Progress Tests (PT) during the entire flight training at MFA namely:

  • Progress Test (1) : Private Pilot License level check, flown with an in-house examiner.
  • Progress Test (2): Single Engine Instrument Rating check, flown with an in-house examiner.
  • Progress Test (3): Commercial Pilot License level check for the Class Rating on Single Engine aircraft, flown with a Designated Flight Examiner (DFE).
  • Progress Test (4): Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating Check on Twin Engine aircraft, flown with a Designated Flight Examiner (DFE).

There is no upper age limit to train for the CPL/IR license; however, to start the training, you should be at least 17 years of age.

Regulatory Bodies

Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)

No. 27, Persiaran Perdana
Level 1-4, Podium Block, Precinct 4
62618 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Telephone: 603 8871 4000
Facsimile: 603 8871 4331
Website :

As a signatory of the ICAO Convention 1944, Licences and Certificates issued by the Malaysian Authorities are recognised by the other signatory countries of the convention.
Upon course completion, cadets will receive their respective licence from CAAM.
You may only fly commercially in Malaysia with a foreign licence provided CAAM validates your licence.

As mentioned above, to fly commercially in Malaysia you either need CAAM to validate your foreign licence (generally only for six months at a time upon meeting all the requirements) or obtain a licence in Malaysia after attending an Abridged Course at an Approved Training Organisation. So even if you hold a licence from a foreign country, you may spend an equal amount of money to obtain a licence again in Malaysia.

An applicant for an Abridged Course with a foreign licence must write to CAAM seeking approval to train at a Malaysian ATO. If you have done your flight training at a CAAM approved ATO abroad, only then will your hours be fully recognised. However, in other cases, if you hold licences from abroad, CAAM may only partially recognise the experience you have.

Yes, you may continue your training at MFA upon approval from CAAM. Depending on your experience, CAAM may give you some credit for the hours you have already flown. However, the number of hours to be flown will rely on your flying ability while meeting the minimum requirements for a CPL/IR issued by CAAM.
Details of the licence validity and its renewal process can be found in the Civil Aviation Directive-Personal Licensing issued by CAAM. MFA assists ex-cadets with the renewal of their ratings and certificates.
Yes, there are fees to be paid as per the MCAR 2016 towards the maintenance of all ratings and certificates.
Yes, a list of doctors approved by CAAM is available on their website who conduct medical assessments towards the issue/renewal of Class I and Class II medical certificates.

Fleet & Facilities

MFA’s entire training aircraft fleet is based on Piper Single Engine and Twin Engine aircraft. These are time-tested and universally accepted trainers. They are known for their safety and robustness. They are equipped with the latest technology in navigation and avionics.

MFA currently operates three (3) CAAM approved fixed base simulators. They are procedure trainers, giving our cadets a cost-effective and less time-consuming option to hone their skills.


Your distant visual acuity with or without correction should be 6/9 or better in each eye separately, and binocular visual acuity should be 6/6 or better. There are no limits concerning uncorrected visual acuity.

If you can meet the standard of visual acuity only with correcting lenses, you may be able to pass a Class I medical assessment provided that:

  • such correcting lenses are worn during the time you exercise the privileges of your licence or rating; and
  • in addition, you carry a pair of suitable correcting spectacles that are kept readily available during the period you exercise the privileges of your licence.
According to CAAM, anyone who can readily and correctly identify ‘aviation colour lights’ displayed by means of recognized Colour Perception Lantern can be deemed medically ‘fit’ to obtain a pilot licence. Please schedule an appointment with a CAAM Designated Medical Examiner for more information.

In some instances, airline advertisements do make reference to height requirements however there is no fixed minimum height limitation as it varies from aircraft type or operation, nor does CAAM mention any height limitation for training and obtaining a pilot licence.


As an Aviation Training Organisation we are committed to providing you with the necessary skills and knowledge to increase your chances of securing a flight crew position. Ultimately, your success in landing a job will depend on your abilities, qualifications, and job market conditions, but we are confident that our training program will equip you with a competitive edge in pursuing your career goals.
At MFA, we recognize that securing funding for training can be challenging, but we are here to help. Although we don’t provide direct assistance in securing loans and scholarships from external institutions, we are more than happy to provide guidance and information to our cadets on available options. Please feel free to speak with us to learn more.
Yes, we do accept Non-Malaysian applicants.
MFA follows a very transparent policy with fees and charges. Our quotation covers all the aspects of your training at MFA and shall remain the same as per your agreement with MFA. However, if required, to meet the CAAM standards, the cost of extra training or an increase in the Non-MFA charges like the cost of fuel, CAAM licensing charges and exam fees, Government taxes etc. which are beyond MFA’s control shall be charged to the cadet account.

Academic qualification requirements would depend on the needs of the airlines and may change from time to time.  

It is better to check with the airlines for their requirements in this regard; however, in our experience, visible tattoos are not acceptable unless exceptions are made for religious or cultural tattoos. Hair dye is acceptable as long as it is your natural colour