Do you picture yourself confidently gliding across the sky in a crisp uniform? While the view from the cockpit is breathtaking, pilots carry the huge responsibility of safely transporting passengers, crew, and cargo, on thousands of trips.
If you’re interested in this exciting career in the clouds, read on for everything you need to know about how to become a pilot in India.
Types of Pilots
Here are the basic requirements to pursue a course to become a pilot in India:
Choosing the Right Route
Candidates can pursue Civil Aviation or the Indian Defence Force as per their interests. Here is how you can go about either:
As a commercial pilot, you can fly aircraft for any airline company. You can join training academies around the world that offer various programmes in pilot training. For civil aviation, you need to gain a Commercial Pilot certification from the Directorate of General of Civil Aviation in India.
Indian Defence Forces (Air Force)
If you are interested in joining the Air Force as a pilot, then you need to clear the competitive entrance exam for the Indian Defence Forces. The pilot entrance exam after clearing 12th in India is the NDA Exam. Upon qualifying, you can join the flying branch of the IAF. The shortlisted candidates will undergo training for 3 years at the National Defence Academy.
> Private Pilot License (PPL)
> Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
> Airline Transport Pilot License (ATP)
> Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL)
> Commercial Multi-Engine Land (CMEL)
> Certified Flight Instructor (CFL)
The Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi-Engine Rating (MER) are add-ons to the pilot license. With IR, you can fly the aircraft in any weather condition. And, with MER, you can fly a multi-engine aircraft.
There are ample opportunities for pilots in India with the rapidly growing industry. Along with it being a lucrative profession, pilots enjoy perks such as flexible working hours, job security, unlimited learning opportunities, travel discounts, and more. In India, there is a high demand for air travel, and is expected to double in the coming years. Hence, there is no better time than now to start training to fly!
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