How to become Commercial Pilot In India: Salary & Career Scope of Pilot : TIPS

By | September 11, 2017

How to become Commercial Pilot In India: Salary & Career Scope of Pilot : TIPS

Becoming a commercial pilot by profession is a task which is both challenging and rewarding. Piloting is one of most glamorous careers. No wonder, so many students these days want to become pilots. Nothing can beat the thrill of handling complex machinery, flying high above beautiful places and at the same time earning a lot of money. Moreover, this career offers you the advantage of beginning your training at the age of 17. Within one to two years, you can acquire the license and start as a trainee and thereafter become a captain by the time you are 25.
According to the U.S. Department of Labour’s Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS), commercial aircraft pilots are highly skilled professionals who fly helicopters or airplanes for business purposes which includes transportation of cargo or passengers, crop dusting, aircraft testing, traffic monitoring, fire fighting, and emergency rescue and evacuation operations. Commercial airlines typically employ at least a two-person pilot crew including the captain and the first officer, who is sometimes referred to as the co-pilot.
To fly one should have sound technical knowledge of air navigation. They need to know how to operate the aircraft controls and also be able to interpret the weather and other such reports. Apart from handling all the cockpit operations they are responsible for all the passengers, machine and the crew.
Flying is physically taxing and especially if one flies international, one has to deal with frequent changes in time zones. As a pilot one needs to be a continuous learner as flying is filled with challenges. One has to remain calm and take decisions in practically a fraction of a second and in order to do all this one needs to be medically fit to fly
Commercial Pilot: Selection Procedure:
Before commencement of the training to obtain CPL the flying clubs and academies select students for training. For selection they should clear the written exam, pilot aptitude test, and interview.
The written exam for getting a CPL is of 2 hours duration which tests the candidate’s Maths, Physics, General English, and Reasoning. After successfully clearing the written exam the candidate further needs to sit through the pilot aptitude test and interview.
Commercial Pilot: Courses & Eligibility :
To become a Commercial Pilot one must have a commercial Pilot license (CPL). In India the licensing authority is Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). After 10+2, (English, Mathematics and physics), one can undergo a pilot training course from a reputable DGCA-approved institute.
Reputed flying clubs conduct written entrance exams and one must be medically fit to apply and also meet the criteria as per the Class I medical assessment rules of the DGCA. It is mandatory to complete 200 hours of flying and to clear theory papers to be eligible to apply for the commercial pilot licence (CPL).
This is an examination conducted by flying clubs in every State and covers subjects such as Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, and Air Technical. It is a theory exam. The eligibility for this license is:Student Pilot Licence (SPL):
  • Minimum 16 years of age.
    •    Certification of successful completion of Class X.
    •    A medical certificate of fitness
    •    Security clearance and a bank guarantee of Rs.10,000
Commercial Pilot: Training: 
Aspiring Pilots receive extensive training in academies after which flight instructors begin with the flight training. At the beginning the training starts on dual flights. However, after 15 hours or more of dual flight, one is allowed to fly solo.

For CPL, one has to clear 5 theory exams in subjects such as Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Aircraft Engines, Seamanship and complete 200 hours of flying. This includes 100 hours of flying solo, 25 hours of cross country flying, 10 hours of instrument flying and 5 hours of night flying. Even after getting the CPL one should have multi-engine endorsements to apply for an airline job.

Once in a job, a pilot is further trained on simulators to get the type endorsement (say, from Airbus or Boeing) to be able to work as a co-pilot. This training takes six months to one year after you get the CPL.
CPL License and training on a particular aircraft further leads you to become a co-pilot. Promotion in this field depends as one’s flying experience as well as vacancies. Co-pilots must have the required numbers of flying hours and license. A pilot has to keep training himself and depending on the type of license one has, needs to continuously renew one’s license and also keep undergoing medical and other tests.
Commercial Pilot: What will you study?
In addition to flying on twin engine simulator, one will study:
  • Flight planning
  • Air navigation
  • Aviation meteorology
  • Air frames and engines
  • Air regulations
  • Cockpit resource management
Commercial Pilot: Study Abroad :
One can also get training at any reputed institute outside India but to get the CPL one needs to clear an exam and other procedures as listed by DGCA from time to time.
Commercial Helicopter Pilots:
Helicopter pilots need to have Commercial Helicopter Pilots License (CHPL). This License can be acquired after completing required hours of training and after clearing the exams on aviation subjects.
Helicopter Pilots find employment with big companies, with helicopter services companies and Public Sector organisation and other security/protective agencies.
Commercial Pilot: Course Fees: 
Undergoing training in flying is a costly affair. Ab initio to CPL course fee is around Rs.32 lakhs. However, the refresher courses are not so costly.
Commercial Pilot: Where to Study?
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh – The institute also offers BSC Aviation (Affiliated to university) degree simultaneously with CPL course, subject to completion of syllabus
  • Faculty of Flight Safety Services, Delhi Flying Cub.
  • Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics
  • Carver Aviation, Baramati, Maharashtra
  • Gujarat Flying Club, Vadodara
  • Orient Flying School, Chennai
  • Ludhiana Aviation Club, Ludhiana
  • Nagpur Flying Club, Nagpur
Commercial Pilot: Pay and Remuneration : 
The compensation for senior pilots, range anywhere from INR 65 Lakhs to 1 Cr per year. While in low cost airlines it may be between INR 35 lakhs to 60 lakhs per year. Apart from this pilots are also eligible for other perks and allowances. The starting package of a commercial pilot can be INR 10-15 lakhs, depending on the airline.
Commercial Pilot: Famous Personalities
  • Neil Armstrong: the first man to walk on moon was an astronaut and a Pilot.
  • Ronald Nagar: shot to fame as he was the first pilot to land using Instrumental Landing System under CAT III B condition on a foggy Delhi runway.
  • Durba Banerjee:the first woman pilot of Indian Airlines in 1956.
  • Rajiv Gandhi:Before joining politics and becoming the Prime Minster of India he was a co-pilot with Indian Airlines.
Here is some of the flying schools for training in flying from where SPL, PPL, and CPL training can be completed:
  • Madhya pradesh Flying Club –
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Flying Training Institute, Behala, Calcutta
  • Government Aviation Training Institute, Civil aerodrome, Bhubaneswar
  • Karnal Aviation Club, Kunjpura Road, Karnal, Haryana
  • Government Flying Club, Aerodrome, Lucknow
  • School of Aviation Science and Technology, Delhi Flying Club Ltd, New Delhi
  • State Civil Aviation, UP Govt Flying Training Center Kanpur and Varanasi
  • Rajasthan State Flying School, Sanganer Airport, Jaipur
  • Govt Flying Training School Jakkur Aerodrome, Bangalore
  • Andra Pradesh Flying Club Hydrabad Airport, Hydrabad
  • Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Airport, Guwahati
  • Bihar Flying Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Patna, Bihar

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