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BIFA-I Wish I Could Fly!

Located in a quiet corner of northwest Bali is the 1,200-meter-long single-runway Lieutenant Colonel Wisnu Airport, which has served as the departure point for hundreds of young Indonesian men and women with “sky-high dreams” in the global aviation industry.

Founded in 2009 by Indonesian business leader the late Robby Djohan (1938-2016), the Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA) fulfills the financier’s mantra that education is fundamental to improving the quality of the lives of Indonesians. 

Robby Djohan, Founder BIFA, 1938 -2016

“Bapak” Robby is a legend in Indonesian business circles credited with merging and restructuring four troubled state banks into a single state bank – Bank Mandiri. He also served as the CEO of Bank Niaga and Bank Mandiri before taking the top job at the national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. During his tenure, his decisive approach to management helped put the flag carrier back on its feet.

In his 70s, at an age when most men prefer to put up their feet and play with their grandchildren, Robby Djohan embarked on creating a world-class aviation training center. In the 14 years since its establishment, BIFA has offered a curriculum endorsed by the Indonesian Director-General of Civil Aviation and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Over this same period, BIFA has graduated some 800 aviators, some of whom, for instance, now occupy the left-hand cockpit seat (i.e., Captain) of a Garuda Airbus A-320, the right-hand cockpit seat (i.e., co-pilot) of an AirAsia Indonesia Boeing B737-800, and as a fleet flight instructor with the Garuda subsidiary Citilink Airlines

Hundreds more BIFA graduates are employed nationally and in the region, flying with, among others, Garuda, Air Sriwijaya, Citilink, Lion Air, Trans Nusa, Susi Air, and Travira.

As a living legacy of Robby Djohan’s vision, the modern BIFA Campus and Aerodrome at Sumberkima, Buleleng Regency rivals leading flight academies around the globe, boasting facilities that include:

The BIFA Campus is located on the beautiful northwest coast of Bali, a short distance from the former provincial capital of Singaraja and the ferry crossing to East Java at Gilimanuk. Cadets will often take advantage of the light traffic volume of local roads to pursue fitness goals by jogging or cycling with other academy members.  

The Bali International Flight Academy (BIFA) offers a curriculum providing a variety of pathways to obtaining aviator certification.

Private Pilot License

A four-month leading to a non-commercial private pilot license comprising:

Commercial Pilots License

These levels require passing a Class I Medical Certificate and an ICAO English Proficiency Test.

Instrument Rating comprising:

To learn more about learning to fly with BIFA EMAIL

Bali Flight Academy Website

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