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How to Become a Pilot?

      If you have 10+2 passed with Math and Physics, attained 16 years of age, can spend up to 20 lakhs and have the guts to fly in the air then Air Line Pilot is the best career for you.

      As the aviation industry is growing rapidly, air travel has become affordable and the number of air lines increased, the demand for pilots is increased tremendously. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, a leading specialist consulting and research organization focusing on Asian aviation, India currently needs about 500 pilots a year; only 200 are being produced.
Why Pilot Study?
      Being a Commercial Pilot is the most luring but a challenging one. It is a glamorous job with high salary. Besides this, incentives like the charm of touring the world, staying in good hotels and free/ concessional tickets for your family etc are there. But most of the aspirants who wish to be a pilot do not know how to become a pilot and about the career. So here is a small endeavor to produce the basic information.    

Air Line Pilot Salary: 
      After acquiring license a candidate may get up to 1.5 lakhs per month for domestic airlines initially. However you can earn up to 4 to 6 lakhs as you become experienced and start working in international route.

Promotion: 
      After 8 years to 10 years of you can be promoted to the position of captain or commander. However it takes half of the time for a pilot in private airlines. The Captain is responsible for the crew, passengers and air craft.

Eligibility:
Age:
      You should be at least 16 years for a student pilot license, must be 17 for a private pilot license and 18 for commercial pilot license.  You have to be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date the license is issued, but there is an option to enroll directly for private pilot license once you clear the entrance test conducted by Directorate General of Civil Aviation after 10+2.

Academic:
      You should have passed 10+2 with at least 50% marks in math and physics. Studying math, physics and chemistry is mandatory. The entrance test for a Private Pilot License course is taken on subjects like English, General Knowledge, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Besides academic qualifications, a commercial pilot should have a sound mind in a healthy body, lot of courage, determination, decision making and self-confidence.

      You can obtain the application forms from almost all flying clubs or from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation by sending a self addressed envelope, to Director of Airworthiness (CEO), C/O Director General of Civil Aviation, East Block III, RK Puram, New Delhi- 110 066 requesting them to send it back to you. Applications complete in all respects have to be sent to the Director General of Civil Aviation, Safdarjang Airport, New Delhi 110003 in the month of April. The DGCA is the statutory authority overlooking aviation matters like personnel licensing and airworthiness in India.

Admission Process:
      Aspirants need to clear an entrance test, medical test and also physical test to get admission into flying schools.

Learn to Fly (Course Details)
      Pilot training academies teach individuals the various skills required to fly an aircraft.  They teach the pilot understanding weather forecasts, understanding the directions and controlling in air. A qualified pilot is supposed to be an expert in leading his crew and in handling the negative circumstances.   

      After clearing the entrance test you are eligible for training. Once you complete 60 hours of flying training and clear the four theory exams, you acquire Private Pilot License (PPL). This Phase costs Rs.2,00,000 to Rs.5,00,000. When you complete 250 hours of flying training and clear the medical test and exams on Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Technical Planning and Air Navigation you can obtain Commercial Pilot License. The course duration of commercial pilot license is normally 18 months, but it may take up to 36 months to clear all the subjects.  This phase will cost you Rs.8,00,000 to Rs.15,00,000.

      After acquiring Commercial Pilot License you can work as trainee co-pilot for six to eight months and then you can become a Co- Pilot and then Pilot.
Flying Clubs in India:

Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation
Technology
(A Govt. of Kerala UT), T.C.
36/1200 (1&2) Vallakkadavu P.O.,
Enchakkal, Thiruvananthapuram,
Kerala
The Bombay Flying Club
Juhu Aerodrome, Juhu, Mumbai-
400 049, Maharashtra
Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy
Hyderabad Old Airport, Hyderabad-
500 011, Andhra Pradesh
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran
Akademi
Fursatganj (Airfield), Distt-
Raebareli (UP)- 229302
The Gujarat Flying Club
Civil Aerodrome , Harni Road,
Vadodara - 390 022 (Gujarat)
Government Aviation Training
Institute
Old Terminal Building, Biju Patnaik
Airport, Bhubaneswar, Orissa

Please Visit: http://dgca.nic.in/licencing/fly-ind.htm for a complete list of flying schools approved by Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
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