Commercial Pilot - Training , expenses & Prospects

 Training Process

Basic qualification for pilot training is successful completion of 10+2/equivalent with 50% marks in Physics and Maths. The applicant should have completed 17 years of age. The first step in Pilot training is acquiring of Student Pilot Licence (SPL). Thereafter he can start flight training to get Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This includes 60 hours of flying comprising 20 hours of dual flying, 20 hours of solo flying and 5 hours cross country flying. Theoretical examination's have to be passed in subjects like Air Regulation, Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Aircraft and Engines, After PPL another 190 hours of flying training is required for Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) i.e., a consolidated 250 hours of flying training. A flight radio operators licence and radio telephone licence have to be obtained. During CPL, the candidate should have exposure to a range of aircraft and fulfill other conditions like specified hours of solo flying, cross country flying and height flying. Theeoretical papers have to be cleared and medical tests passed. It usually takes 2 to 3 years before required flying hous and classroom learning are completed. Entry to the PPL course is through an entrance test conducted at certain centres. The test is based on subjects like English, General Knowledge, Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Applications are called in April and sent to The Director General of Civil Aviation (Training Section) Technical Centre, Opp. Safdarjang Airport, New Delhi-110 003. 

Training Centres in India :

1. Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd. 201/202, Comet, Opp Bandra Talao, Turner Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400050 India. Website : Tel: +91-22-2642 0138
2. Andhra PRadesh Flying Club, Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.
3. Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Airport, Guwahati-7.
4. Bangalore Aeronautics Technical Services, Mysore Aerodrome, Karnataka.
5. Bihar Flying Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Patna-1.
6. Chimes Aviation
7. Coimbatore Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
8. Faculty of Flight Safety Services, Delhi Flying Club Ltd. Safdarjang Airport, New Delhi-110 003.
9. Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Indore-452 005, MP.
10. Flytech Aviation Academy, 102, AI-Kauser, Road No. 10, West Maredpally, Secunderabad-500 026.
11. Government Aviation Training Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Bhubaneshwar.
12. Government Flying Training School, Jakkur Aerodrome, Yelahanka Post, Bangalore-560 064.
13. Gujarat Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Hasni Road, Baroda-390 006, Gujarat.
14. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Fursatganj Airfield, Rea Bareli-229 302, Uttar Pradesh.
15. Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd. Sonari Aerodrome, Jamshedpur, Bihar.
16. Ludhiana Aviation Club, Civil Aerodrome, PO Sahnswal, Ludhiana, Punjab.
17. Nagpur Flying Club, Sonegaon Aerodrome, Nagpur, MAharashtra.
18. Orient Flight School, Adminstrative Office 40, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai-600 016, 
Operations at Civil Aerodrome, Pondicherry -605 008.
19. Sahara India Aviation Academy 249/250, Block A, Road No.6, National Highway No. 8, Mahipalpur (Near I.G International Airport) New Delhi-110037.
20. The Bombay Flying Club, Juhu Aerodrome, Juhu, Mumbai-400 049.
21. Udan Flying School, Indore-452 005, Madhya Pradesh.
22. West Bengal Flying Training Institute, Behala, Calcutta-700 060.
23. Career Aviation, #102 VBF Plaza, Airport Road, Bangalore - 560 008 Website :
24. Chimes Aviation Academy (CAA),Dhana Airstrip, PO Dhana,Sagar, MP, India 470 228 ,Phone Numbers : 07582-308100,98736 62370 , Website:
25. AeronautX Flight Training, 402 Belfer, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400,050 Tel: +91.98190.19098

Pilot Aptitude Test :

The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRAU) is the Premier flying institute in India. The Akademi offers opportunity to ascertain ones aptituted for flying through the Pilot aptitude Test. The assessment report is issued immeditely after the test.

For licensing inquiries in U.K. Contact :
1. Civil Aviation Authority, Flight Crew Licensing, Aviation House, South Area, Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, West Sussex RH6 OYR.

For list of Certified Pilot Schools in U.S - Contact :- 
1. Superintendent of Document, US Goverment Printing Office. Washington, DC-20402.
2. Airline Pilots Association, 1625, Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036.


Caution : Expensive Course

 Commercial Pilot License : 

This license is the most important license to become a commercial pilot. 

i. The age bracket for getting a CPL is between 18 years and 30 years. 

ii. You need a minimum of 250 hours of flying to get this license. Of this, 150 hours have to be solo flying, 25 hours of cross-country flying, 10 hours of instrument flying (which means you rely only on the plane's instruments for flying without looking at the horizon or external assistance), and 5 hours of flying in the night. 

iii. A medical certificate from ACFME or IAM and theory tests in Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Technical and Planning are other important parts of the process. 

iv. You can get the Private Helicopter License if you complete 40 hours of flight training with 15 hours of solo flying. Written exams on basic aviation subjects have to be taken. 

v. To get a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License, you need 60 hours of flight training as well as appear for a written exam. 

vi. Helicopter pilots are hired by public and private sector corporates as well as security agencies. 

Damages: A steep Rs 9 lakh (Rs 900,000).


For a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License, the cost could go up to Rs 13 lakh (Rs 1.3 million)! 


Placements And Prospects

India has 2 major airlines, Indian Airlines and Air India, which offer work opportunities for pilots. This state monopoly over the skies has given the way to the entry of the private sector into the airline industry. The environment has turned competitive for the travelers as well as pilots as there are not many more jobs to choose from. Increasing privatization in Indian civil aviation has thrown up more job offers for trained pilots.

All airlines that recruit CPL holders also put them through their own in-house training programmes, which may stretch up to six months, a year or more. The cost of such training has to be borne by the trainee pilot either as a lump sum payment in advance or through installments from their salaries as trainees. Terms of appointment may differ from airline to airline. Although training to become a pilot is expansive and entry into the job market competitive, in the ultimate analysis, pilots enjoy high salaries and very good perquisites with opportunity to travel.