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A commercial aircraft pilot controls and operates the flight and is the commander-in-chief right from takeoff to landing. They carry passengers and cargo to destinations around the globe. It is an exciting and challenging career which involves a lot of responsibility. Commercial pilots are not to be confused with the pilots of the Indian Air Force who are selected through the NDA exam. Commercial pilot enjoys one of the high paying careers and also requires high investment, regular training and constant skill up-gradation.

Career Opportunities as a Pilot

  • Major or Regional Airlines
    Pilots fly domestic/international flights for major airlines
  • Corporate and Business Aviation
    Corporate pilots fly smaller, high end, corporate jets for corporations, businesses, and for the rich and famous.
  • Cargo Pilot
    Cargo pilots fly planes larger than the commercial aircrafts and transport cargo for companies.
  • Medical and Air Ambulance Pilots
    Also known as EMR pilots, medicinal pilots fly for various medical situations and extreme emergencies.
  • Astronauts and Space Pilots
    With recent aviation and aerospace technological breakthroughs, there will be a growing need for space trained pilots in the next several years who are qualified to take commercial flights into outer space with civilian and non-civilian passengers on board.

How to Become a Pilot

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Science Stream (Recommended)Certificate as a Licensed Pilot with a certificate program of 19-24 months (Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License)--
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream (Recommended)Pursue B.Sc. Aviation for 3 yearsCertificate as a Licensed Pilot with a certificate program of 19-24 months (Student Pilot License, Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License)-

Important Facts

  • Every institute has their respective specifications concerning physical fitness, and eyesight specifically
  • One has to clear the class -I medical exam as prescribed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
  • Private pilot & commercial pilot license requires practical training and completion of flying hours
  • Private pilot license requires a minimum of 60 hours of flying
  • Commercial pilot license requires minimum of 250 hours of flying (including 60 hours of Private pilot license)
  • Physics and Mathematics are necessary subjects in Class XII
  • Non Science students can apply to National Institute of Open School to meet the requirements

Leading Institutes

Top Pilot Training Institutes in India
College Location Website
Rajiv Gandhi Academy of Aviation Technology Kerala
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy (IGRUA) Rai Bareilly
National Flying Training Institute Gondia
Bombay Flying Club Mumbai
Flying Training Institute Kolkata
Indira Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics Pune/Chandigarh
Wingsss College of Aviation and Technology Pune
Government Aviation & Aeronautics Ltd. Ahmedabad
Madhya Pradesh Flying Club Ltd. Indore
School of Aviation Science & Technology, Delhi Flying Club Ltd. New Delhi
Rajasthan State Flying School Jaipur
PTC Aviation Academy Chennai
Top Pilot Training Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy United Kingdom
CTC Wings United Kingdom
Flight Safety Academy United States
International Aviation Academy of New Zealand New Zealand
Aeroism Flight Academy United States

Pilot Entrance Exams

College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Student Pilot License Exam All round the year Air Regulation Air Navigation Aviation Meteorology Aircraft and Engine Knowledge Medical Examination

Work Description

  • Fly commercial planes from one destination to another
  • Monitor aircraft systems and coordinate with on-ground airport authorities
  • Study and deal with maps, technology and planes
  • Send and receive information to the crew flying in an airplane and staff on ground
  • Check weather and flight plans
  • Work for long hours and in shifts, often being away from home & family for several days
  • Ensure safe and efficient operation of the aircraft and the safety of crew members and passengers
  • Brief cabin crew before a flight takes off and maintain regular touch with base people through out the flight
  • Respond swiftly to environmental changes and emergency situations
  • Update aircraft log book and write a report at the end of a flight

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Pilot

  • Opportunity to fly to different places
  • High paying job
  • Get to meet new people and try different things
  • Have to stay away from home for a long time
  • Erratic sleeping and eating pattern
  • Security issues
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