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How to be a pilot? How much do I need to pay?

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RE: How to be a pilot? How much do I need to pay?

Gomathi Venkat
Gomathi Venkat
Verified Career Expert
Managing Director at GV Counseling Group
  • Bengaluru

Dear aspirant

Computer Engineer
It is appreciating to see your interest in becoming a Pilot. To become a Pilot, a person should compulsorily hold a CPL known as commercial pilot license. Only with this license you are eligible to work as a Pilot for any commercial passenger airline both in India or abroad. To get this license, you should enrol in a training institute and also clear the Commercial Pilot's license conversion examination conducted by DGCA, Govt of India.

Getting a commercial pilot license, you are eligible to work for any commercial passenger airline like the Air India, Jet Airways and many more. If you do not want to work as a commercial pilot, you can also get license for private pilot license (PPL), Student pilot license (spl), hobby flying, ground classes, night flying, flight radio telephone operator, and many more. All these persons who fly flights are also known as pilots. As you have not mentioned which type of pilot you want to become, therefore i have given you an idea of every type of pilot and training available in India. For example, you only want to become a commercial pilot and fly for passenger airline, then you can take training in any of the following training institutes in India.

  • Government training institute Bhubaneswar
  • Indian aviation academy Mumbai
  • Jamshedpur co-operative flying club
  • Coimbatore flying club in Coimbatore
  • All India institute of Aeronautics Dehradun
  • Rajiv Gandhi aviation academy Secunderabad
  • Ahmedabad aviation and aeronautics Ahmedabad
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Bareli
  • Government flying training school Bangalore
  • West Bengal flying training institute, Kolkatta

The minimum eligibility requirement to take any of the pilot training courses that i mentioned above are:
  • Pass 10+2 with a minimum 50% overall
  • Compulsorily studied Physics and Maths until 12th, and also got 50% in each of these two subjects, apart from an overall aggregate of 50%
  • Have a minimum age of 18 years.
  • You can either take the pilot training as soon as you complete 12th class or even consider taking it after you hold at least a Bachelors degree in any subject. Lots of students think Aeronautical engineering is related to flying and the truth is not so. You can study any bachelors degree that you want and then also enrol in this training course.
  • The duration to complete this training course is absolutely two years. After two years of training, you should clear the DGCA exam approved by Government of India and can then work as a Pilot.

If you have any further information required, please feel free to contact us. All the best.

RE: How to be a pilot? How much do I need to pay?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
Verified Career Expert
Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane

Dear Mr. Vivek,

Greeting's for the day!!!

Being a pilot is one of the finest, toughest and best careers across the globe. Many people are uncertain about the procedure to become an airline pilot and about the various career options as a pilot. Pilots are highly trained and skilled professionals. They can fly various aircraft and helicopters. Flying does not require much physical effort but the mental stress of being responsible for a safe flight of an aircraft full of passengers in all kinds of weather can be demanding. Before take-off the pilot must prepare a flight plan, study the weather, make sure that the aircraft is airworthy, check that the cargo and fuel are safely loaded and work out estimated arrival time. Pilots can work as few a 8 days in a month, to as many as 20. While pilots at a major airline might work 14 days in a month, you must keep in mind that they are not coming home from work on those 14 days. Pilot need to be physical and mentally fit and have good eye sight and color vision. Every year, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will conduct pilot license examination in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Patna, Guwahati, Bhopal, IGRUA, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Bangalore, & Kochi. If anyone is interfered to join for Indian Air Force (IAF), they need to clear the NDA examination.

  • Career opportunities:

Airline flying has the highest salary and most amount of benefits. Some of these are corporate aviation (flying company airplanes), agricultural flying (crop dusting), and you could fly full time in the military. Regional (or commuter) airlines also employ pilots, although the pay scales and working conditions are not like the major airlines.

One can get jobs at AirIndia, SpiceJet, Lufthansa, Jet Airways, AirAsia, IndiGo, National Aviation Company of India and many more.

  • Requirements:

  • Candidates who are applying for pilot training license, must undergo
    a medical test.

  • Candidates should meet the requirements set by the DGCA.

  • There is no need to be in perfect health to be a commercial pilot,
    but to get a job as an army pilot and other public sector pilots,
    perfect health is mandatory.

  • Who can become pilot:

  • Candidates whose age is above 18 years.
  • Candidates who have passed 10+2 in science discipline with Physics
    and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.
  • Candidates who have passed diploma in any engineering discipline.
  • Candidates who have passed bachelor's degree in science with Physics
    and Mathematics as compulsory subjects.

  • Training Cost:

India: 15 to 20 lakh
USA: 20 to 25 lakh
New Zealand: 20 to 25
Canada: 19 to 23 lakh
UK: 20 to 25 lakh

  • Salary:

  • According to sources, a fresher pilot can get a salary of around Rs
    1.5 to 2 lakh per month, for domestic airlines.
  • Experienced pilots flying on international routea can get Rs 5 to 6
    lakh per month.

  • Top Training Institutes in India:

  1. Government Aviation Training Institute, Bhubaneswar
  2. Coimbatore Flying Club, Coimbatore
  3. Indian Aviation Academy, Mumbai
  4. Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd, Jamshedpur
  5. All India Institute of Aeronautics, (AIIA), Dehradun
  6. Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Secunderabad
  7. Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics, Ahmedabad
  8. Government Flying Training School, Bangalore
  9. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Bareli
  10. West Bengal Flying Training Institute, Kolkata

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.


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