Many students and young professionals consider the job of a airline pilot as one of the world’s best jobs. An airline pilot’s first year salaries range from 15 lakhs to over 30 lakhs per year. Pilots who have worked for a company for 10 years could have annual earnings close to 1 crore Indian rupees per annum.
It is possible for a pilot to have even higher earnings during the course of a career. A pilot might only work 8 days in a month. They never have to take their work “home” with them; their job is finished when they leave the airplane.
Pilots have retirement and benefit packages that exceed what most other professionals earn. They get free or reduced rate travel. They get reduced rate hotel and car rentals etc.
How to become a commercial pilot in India.
- You should have passed 10+2 with at least 50% marks in math and physics. Studying maths and physics is mandatory. You have to be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date the license is issued.
- Then you have to join in a flying school approved by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). The DGCA is the the statutory authority overlooking aviation matters like personnel licensing and airworthiness in India.
- Before joining the flying school you have to clear the medical tests at prescribed medical centers. Physical fitness and prescribed vision standards have to be met.
- An entrance test has to be cleared before training to acquire a private pilot license (PPL). Thereafter, 60 hours of flying training should be completed and then the license must be secured by clearing four theory exams.
Once you have a PPL, you should complete again 250 hours of flying training to get commercial pilot license.
Also before the lapse of three years after your flying experience, you must again get a medical clearance from prescribed medical centers and appear for the exams on air regulations, aviation meteorology, technical planning and air navigation. They are held six times each year to obtain a commercial airline pilot license (CPL).
once you have your CPL ,you can then work as a trainee co-pilot for six to eight months with any airlines and thereafter as co-pilot.
Indians also can get trained in abroad and obtain a foreign commercial pilot license. In that case, you have to convert it into an Indian license from the DGCA by clearing flying checks and exams in two subjects held by the DGCA.
Say you took your commercial airline pilots license from US. You can convert it into Indian commercial airline pilot license . For this you have to submit an application and documents to the DGCA.
Before application submission, applicants have to pass general flying, instrument rating and signal-reception tests from an approved flying school in India, if not done in the United States within six months before submitting the application.
They also have to pass two DGCA exams within 30 months before submission of the application. They also have to procure an Indian flight radio telephony operator license if they don’t have it already and a verification certificate of their high school diploma certificate.
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