8 of the Best Schools for Aeronautics in the Philippines

by Raisa de los Reyes   |  Feb 10, 2023
Image: (LEFT TO RIGHT) Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Holy Angel University
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The aviation industry can be distinguished by its three functions: economical contribution through usage of national airlines and its supply chains, trade among international relations, and tourism. The aforementioned provide a different yet significant perspective on the importance of air transport in general. Ever since the aviation industry was introduced in the Philippines, its business has been booming. The need for more professionals in the selected field continues to grow. 

Therefore, if you intend to become more knowledgeable on aeronautics, here is a guide to the best schools to learn at across the country:

  1. Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA Flying School)

Former President Ferdinand Marcos authorized the conversion of the Basa Air Base Community College to the Philippine Air Force College of Aeronautics. Its main campus was established at Pasay City. Due to the lack of officer pilots in the Philippines, the Philippine Air Force authorities were compelled to merge the Philippine Air Force Flying School and the Philippine Air Force Regular Officer Procurement Program. Eventually, this led to the approval of the Board of Trustees to introduce a school dedicated to gearing their students for private and commercial piloting. The PhilSCA offers a four-year degree program which hopes to develop students fit to lead and contribute to the betterment of the local and foreign aviation industry.

  1. Holy Angel University (HAU)

The Holy Angel University (HAU) offers its students a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, preparing students for the various careers available in the industry. It is expected of individuals to be able to maximize the following areas of knowledge in this profession: fundamental scientific concepts in conjunction, mathematical and advanced computational techniques, and technology related to transportation security and sustainability. Moreover, this degree has many other specializations like research and development, aircraft maintenance and operation, education and training, and more.

  1. C.A.T.S Aero College (Cebu Aeronautical Technical School)

Founded in 1953, the Cebu Aeronautical Technical School (C.A.T.S) Aero College is an academy that offers both two and four-year degree programs in aviation. Their curriculum has been plotted to better equip their students with the necessary skills to help them thrive within society and the aeronautical industry. The educational set-up of C.A.T.S enables their graduates to become distinct among others, assuming leadership and learning to become adaptable. A graduate is expected to become actively engaged with planning, design structure analysis, construction and repair, and the like.

  1. FEATI University

Established in 1964, the FEATI University identifies as an institution that curates their students to become dependable pilots, mechanics, and maintenance professionals. To fully achieve this goal, the university aims to be at the forefront by designing a curriculum that ensures the broadening of knowledge through engineering, maritime, and business and arts. The university eventually gained recognition as a pioneer in aeronautical engineering and aircraft maintenance technology. Due to the growing demands of the aviation industry, the FEATI University has offered Aeronautical Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Technology to the community. This program is inclined to lead the development of hybrid composite materials for aerospace applications.

  1. PATTS College of Aeronautics

The Philippine Air Transport and Training Services (PATTS) College of Aeronautics aspired to build a manufacturing and assembly plant for trainer aircrafts. This is in response to the need of domestic and international demands across the aviation and air transportation industries. At present, this college is considered the top ranking Aeronautic College in the Philippines, maintaining its reputation as a model of excellence. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) awarded the college its autonomous status in 1989. After years of favoring quality education for their students, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) certified the college as an Approved Training Organization (ATO). Under this program, the students are expected to work on, dismantle, and assemble in the facilities. Moreover, they are required to undergo On-the-Job-Training (OJT) with aviation companies like Cebu Pacific, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Airlines,and more.

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  1. WCC Aeronautical and Technological College

Founded in 2005, the WCC Aeronautical and Technological College aims to be known as an exceptional aviation school. In addition, the administration only hopes to foster a unit of professionals who could majorly contribute to the aviation industry. Recognized for their courses on Pilot Training, Cabin Crew, and Aircraft Maintenance Technology, they earned an Approved Training Organization Certificate (ATOC) for pilot courses and their diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) program.

  1. MATS College of Technology

Formerly known as the Philippine Flying School, the Mindanao Aeronautical Technical School (MATS) College of Technology made aviation available to the public. Among them were Don Manolo Garcia, Fred Johnson, and John Johnson, who are all professional pilots. Since their first batch of aeronautical students, the school introduced other programs like Aircraft Maintenance and Technician. Moreover, the College of Aviation offers programs of Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Two Year Course in Aircraft Maintenance Technology.

  1. Aeronautical Academy of the Philippines

Established in Camarines Sur, the Aeronautical Academy of the Philippines (AAP) is known to be an aviation maintenance and engineering school. Throughout the Bicol region, AAP is the first and only Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-approved school. At present, their academy provides a four-year undergraduate program in aircraft maintenance technology and avionics technology. In addition, they offer a five-year undergraduate program in aeronautical engineering.


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