FAQ

What are the advantages of training at Horizon?
We provide a training experience that is second to none, with nearly new and meticulously maintained training aircraft, a team of multinational instructors bringing a wealth of experience from both the Armed Forces, as well as from the commercial sector, seasoned professionals, state-of-the-art training facilities, and the best flying weather imaginable.

When can I apply?
At any time. Applications are processed daily. At the time of application, candidates will be offered a list of course start-dates from which he/she can select the date that is most suitable, subject to availability.  Acceptance, however, depends on applicants’ successful completion of the selection process which includes, but is not limited to, security clearance and medical fitness.

What are the entry requirements?
At minimum, candidates should be high school graduates who can demonstrate knowledge of Maths and Physics. All training is conducted in English, and your level of English will be tested along with the above-mentioned subjects. The results of these tests will be used by Horizon to determine your suitability for training.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements that must be met in order to be a pilot?
You must be medically fit to the standards laid out by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Medical examinations are conducted by GCAA approved medical examiners; a list of Approved Medical examiners will be given to you by Horizon.

What aircraft do you use for flight training?
Our training aircraft are universally recognized as the best training aircraft for ab-initio flight training.
We use the Bell 206 and Bell 407 helicopters. Flying training is enhanced by modern flight simulators with dynamic visual displays.

What kind of facilities do you have?
Horizon Flight Academy has approximately 5,000 square metres of training facilities located at Al Ain International Airport; air conditioned classrooms and hangars, a multimedia library with over 60,000 online books.

Once I have obtained my license, how many hours do I need to fly per year to keep it current?
One needs to fly three hours as pilot-in-command per year. Furthermore, to carry passengers, you need to have carried out three take-offs and landings within 90 days before the flight.

Are the UAE licenses accepted internationally?
The UAE license is recognized by all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member States. Under the terms of ICAO Annex 1, member States are obliged to offer PPL privileges to commercial license holders. What this means is that a commercial license holder can hire an aeroplane in another country for pleasure flying, but not for reward.

Converting a UAE license to a foreign license is a little bit more complex; in all cases a medical examination is required together with an Air Law examination and a flying skill test. This is the minimum requirement and it varies from country to country.

Can any doctor do the aeromedical examination?
No, a doctor must be qualified in aviation medicine and approved by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to conduct medical examinations on their behalf.

Are there different medical certificates?
Yes.
Class II - For Private Pilot’s Licence holders
Class I - For Commercial and Air Transport Pilot Licence holders.

Note: While undergoing pilot training, the medical certificate serves as a Student Pilot Licence.
 
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