How to become Commercial Pilot In India: Salary & Career Scope of Pilot : TIPS
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Madhya pradesh Flying Club – http://www.mpfc.in/
- 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