High Flyers Wanted: WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College Is Your Gateway For A Career In The Sky

High Flyers Wanted: WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College Is Your Gateway For A Career In The Sky

Flying, once the privilege of the rich and famous, has become affordable for almost everyone. These days, passengers can fly to far flung destinations for little money thanks to budget airlines populating the skies, but one thing has remained unchanged throughout the years: the need for highly qualified pilots and aviation staff to make it all happen. Without them, nobody flies anywhere. If you have ever been curious about a career in aviation, then read on as we went for a visit to WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College in Binalonan, where the tagline reads “Everyone can fly: Plane and simple”.

WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (4)WCC Aviation’s airfield and operating base in Binalonan

Around three hours north of Manila, in the eastern part of Pangasinan, lies the municipality of Binalonan. At the heart of this picturesque town is a busy aviation hub that is working hard to help shape the future of the industry in the Philippines and beyond. WCC’s Aeronautical and Technological College was the brainchild of 38-year-old licensed pilot and instructor Captain Ramon V. Guico III, who also happens to be the mayor of the town. To merely call this calm and charismatic aviator just another entrepreneur would be a bit of an understatement. In 2005, at the age of just 29, Guico established an airfield in the town and started his flying school with just two hobby aircraft and two students. From there, the number of students quickly grew and these days, WCC operates a fleet of 30 aircraft of varying capacities, including two brand new Tecnam P2002JF two seaters and a Tecnam P2006T Next-Generation twin four seater from Italy.

WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (2)Part of the impressive fleet of planes available for training

“Every day, the aviation industry needs highly-trained aircraft maintenance specialists, flight attendants, and professional pilots to serve in thousands of domestic and international flights. There is a serious need for competent personnel worldwide,” said Guico, whose goal of training highly skilled pilots is addressed by having a school with a functioning airport facility and an 850-meter airstrip, “which is almost as long as the one located in Caticlan.”

WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (1)Clockwise from top left: Captain Ramon V. Guico III, Aircraft Maintenance, Students in class, Tecnam P2002JF two seaters 

Next to the flagship Pilot Academy of the College of Aviation, WCC also offers qualifications in subjects such as Aviation Management, Aeronautical Engineering or Aircraft Maintenance Technology, as well as a Flight Attendant School, essentially forming a complete training institute for the whole of the aviation industry’s staffing and professional needs. Students don’t even have to leave the campus after class, as the facility includes a two-level 80-room resort-type hotel complete with facilities like a gym, student clubhouse, multipurpose halls and a mid-sized football field.

WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (3)A training flight comes in for landing at Binalonan Airfield

“In more than seven years of educating aviation professionals, we have produced more than 500 commercial pilots. It also goes for our flight attendants and aircraft mechanics who are now actively working in airlines. In fact, our graduates in aircraft maintenance technology are now hired in countries in Southeast Asia, Middle East and even in Africa,” But more than that, Guico is proud that “we now have a big influx of students from all over Asia who come to the Philippines to learn about aviation.”

WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (6)Journalists trying to fly a plane. What’s the worst that could happen? 

During our tour of the facility it became abundantly clear that there is great focus on the quality of the training given, which is not only reassuring to see, but also in turn positively affects the industry as a whole. Only recently have two Philippines based airlines been removed from the European Union’s aviation blacklist, which is testament to the improvements taking place in the local industry, and companies like WCC are at the forefront when it comes to ensuring that future aviators can maintain and improve the country’s aviation industry standards. There is no reason why the Philippines can’t be a world leader in aviation, and WCC is out to prove that. 


Footage from our flight around Pangasinan. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.
 
During our tour of the campus we got to try out some of the facilities first hand, resulting in numerous journalists wrestling with the controls in the extremely realistic flight simulator (politeness forbids me to say which publication has the worst pilots, but safe to say most were glad it wasn’t a real plane), followed by a real life flight with one of the many training aircraft. In the interest of safety and general survival rates, the flight was commandeered by a real pilot rather than members of the writing guild, although there’s always a chance to retrain: Next to the normal full time courses, WCC also offers a Flexi-Pilot program, which is designed for professionals who are looking for a career change and offers flexible training hours to fit in with a student’s schedule.
 
WCC-Aviation-Binalonan (5)This is what it all leads to: becoming a pilot and enjoying the best view in the house as part of a rewarding career
 
All in all, WCC Aviation’s Aeronautical College is an impressive facility and great first stop if you are considering a career in aviation, either on the ground or in the air. Their track record is proven and the quality of the setup and facility speaks for itself. Becoming an aviator takes time and requires a lot of studying, but WCC can give you the best shot at it if you think your heart belongs to the sky.
 
WCC Aviation Aeronautical College
 
For inquiries, call (632) 912-3333 or (632) 913-8384
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