Pilot Training in India
Pilot training is always an interesting career for youth for the attractive salaries and thrill involved in the job. Number of airlines in Indian skies has increase over the last couple of years. The competition between airlines has also increased and flying has become affordable by many people. There is also an increase in pilot job opportunities in airlines. This in turn increased the demand for pilot training in India. It is expected that in the next ten years there will be 40 lakh new jobs in aviation industry in India.
Basic eligibilities for joining in pilot training in India are –
- Candidates who completed 10+2 or equivalent with mathematics and physics subject are eligible. Minimum percentage of marks required in Intermediate is 50%.
- The applicant for pilot training should be 16 years for Student Pilot License and 17 years for Private Pilot license and 18 years for a commercial pilot license.
- Vision of the candidate must be perfect. General fitness is compulsory. The applicant must not have any disease that may interfere with the duty.
Application forms for pilot training in India can be obtained from respective flying clubs or the candidates can also write to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for applications. The DGCA address is Director of Airworthiness, C/o Director General of Civil Aviation, East Block III, R K Puram, New Delhi – 110 166.
DGCA is the authority of all aviation matters including pilot training in India. It controls, sets and supervises airworthiness standards and also looks after crew training. DGCA also conducts examinations for pilots and issues licenses.
Student Pilot License: Most flying clubs as a part of pilot training in India conduct Student Pilot License examination. The papers in the exam are Air regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation Air Technical. Candidates who are 16 years and passed tenth class can write this exam. Medical fitness certificate, security clearance and Rs. 10,000 bank guarantee is required. Candidates are selected based on an oral examination and medical test. They must also clear the Pilot Aptitude Test.
Private Pilot License: After the candidate gets the student pilot license they can apply for Private Pilot License. The candidate will be accompanies by a flying instructor for initial pilot training in India. Candidate are given the practical training for about 15 hours and then given first independent flight. A theory exam is also to be completed to get Private Pilot License and the subjects will be Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Aircraft Engines, and Seamanship. Candidates who are 17 years of age and who have completed 10+2 are eligible to apply. Total cost for getting private pilot license will be between Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh.
Commercial Pilot License: Student who completed 129 hours of flying training will get commercial pilot license. Pilot training in India is available with flying clubs in India like Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy-Rai Bareilly. Candidates who passed 12th class with physics and mathematics subjects and having PPL license are eligible. A written exam is conducted in Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Technical planning subjects. The exam will be conducted every year 6 times. Cost for getting commercial pilot license will be Rs. 8 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs.
Flying clubs in India
Pilot training in India is offered by many flying schools and colleges. Mumbai Flying Club, Delhi Flying Club, Government Flying Training School in Bangalore is few popular institutes for pilot training. India Gandhi Rashtriya ran Akademi in Rae Bareilly is the most prestigious institutes in India for pilot training. A competitive exam is conducts for the purpose of admission. GK and intelligence of the candidate are tested. Candidates will be given admission after interview and aptitude test.
List of pilot training flying clubs in India
- Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Uttar Pradesh
- Flying Training Institute, Calcutta
- Govt. Aviation Training Institute, Civil aerodrome, Bhubaneswar
- Karnal Aviation Club, Haryana
- Andhra Pradesh Flying Club, Hyderabad
- Nagpur Fly club, Nagpur
- Ahmadabad Aviation and Aeronautics, Ahmadabad
- Academy of Carver Aviation, Belgaum, Karnataka
- Wings Aviation, Hyderabad
- Frank Airways, Indore
Students who are applying for any flying club for pilot training in India should make sure that the institute is recognized by Directorate general of civil aviation.