How to become a commercial pilot

How to Become a Commercial Pilot in India | Everything You Need to Know

If you ask a child in India that what you want to become in the future then I am sure they will say I want to be an Engineer, a Doctor, a lawyer, or a pilot.

So In today’s article, we are going to know how to become a commercial pilot in India.

Before telling you the steps to become a commercial pilot, I want to clear a confusion because many people think that being a cabin crew is much better than become a pilot.

No-doubt that cabin crew is a good job as they live a great lifestyle they get to travel around the world, live in a four or 5-star hotel, work mostly in an AC environment, fly in the air, they get a good salary.

But what if I tell that you still enjoy these things with 4 or 5 times the salary, yes, that is possible If you become a pilot.

So all the things that cabin crew enjoy, a pilot also gets these enjoyments in a better form. Apart from this, the salary of a pilot is more than the cabin crew. 

I am not comparing the jobs I am just saying if you have these common interests, and because of that you want to become a cabin crew, then you can also become a pilot.

Most people in India don’t become a pilot because they lack the right knowledge. First of all, There are two types of pilots.

One is commercial and the second one is pilot in the army means Air Force pilot. But, in the article, we are going to discuss only how to become a commercial pilot in India. So without any other due, let’s take off.

What is a Commercial Pilot?

A commercial pilot is a person who gets paid for their services. They have to fly an airline or a regularly scheduled passenger plane. A commercial pilot can also fly aircraft for charter flights, Aerial Photography, Rescue Operations, etc.

A commercial pilot’s license is a must for a pilot who is getting paid to fly. If you don’t know that what is a commercial pilot’s license then don’t worry we will discuss it in the further article.

Eligibility For Commercial Pilot

  1. You should be a citizen of India.
  2. The starting age to become a pilot is 17, and the retirement age is 67. 
  3. You must have eyesight 6/6 vision with or without glasses. 
  4. You should not have color blindness.
  5. If you passed 10+2 with PCM ( Physics, Chemistry, Maths ) 55 marks in each, then you’re eligible for it.
  6. You have to have a good command over English ( At least Level 4 English ) as it is Aviation international language.
  7. You need to have a medical certificate.

Join a Flying School

Now let’s see when and where take admission. If you want to become a pilot, then dgca.nic.in is a website that you should keep in your head because it will help you in the future.

The simple meaning of DGCA is the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The course duration is normally 18-24 months but depends on school to school.

Let’s say if you want to become an engineer then you crack an entrance exam took an admission complete the degree, and you become an engineer.

Now, in the same way, you have to give a written flying school examination, clear it then train and become a pilot.

Well, I am going to break down all the step to join a flying school for you so that you can understand more clearly.

  1. Written Examination
  2. Pilot Aptitude Test
  3. DGCA Medical Examination and Personal Interview

Written Examination

The written examination will test how much knowledge the candidate has in subjects like Mathematics, English, and Physics. people who are willing to study aviation that they have studied subjects like Mathematics and Physics in the higher secondary, It is compulsory for them.

Pilot Aptitude Test

This test or exam will help to understand how much knowledge candidates have in the technical field of aviation—areas like aircraft regulation, aircraft and engine technology, navigation, and aviation meteorology.

DGCA Medical Examination and Personal Interview

The reason for taking the medical exam is to ensure that the candidate is completely fit on the mentally and physically level. Now the exam will take by the group of doctors assigned by DGCA.

Your personal interview will either take by the official of the DGCA Council or by the authorities of the college.

List of Best Flying school in India

  1. Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd. (Belgaum)
  2. Andhra Pradesh Flying School (Hyderabad)
  3. Amritsar Aviation Club (Amritsar)
  4. Ajanta Flying Club (Aurangabad)
  5. Ahmedabad Aviation Academy (Ahmedabad)
  6. Bihar Flying Training Institute (Patna)
  7. Bombay Flying Club (Mumbai)
  8. Delhi Flying Club (Delhi)
  9. Flytech Aviation Ltd. (Hyderabad)
  10. Gujarat Flying Club (Vadodara)
  11. Government Flying Training School (Bangalore)
  12. Government Aviation Training Institute (Bhubaneshwar)
  13. Government Flying Training Centre (Lucknow)
  14. Garg Aviation Ltd. (Kanpur)
  15. Haryana Institute of Civil Aviation (Pinjore), (Hissar), (Karnal)
  16. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (Fursatganj)
  17. Jamshedpur Co-Operative Flying Club (Jamshedpur)
  18. Kerala Aviation Training Institute (Thiruvananthapuram)
  19. Ludhiana Aviation Club (Ludhiana)
  20. Madhya Pradesh Flying Club (Indore)
  21. Madhya Pradesh Flying Club (Bhopal)
  22. Madras Flying Club (Chennai)
  23. Northern India Flying Club (Jalandhar)
  24. Orient Flight School (Pondicherry)
  25. Patiala Aviation Club (Patiala)
  26. Pinjore Aviation Club (Pinjore)
  27. Rajputana Aviation Academy (Kota)
  28. Rajasthan State Flying School (Jaipur)
  29. Tata Nagar Aviation (Jamshedpur)
  30. Tetra Aviation Academy (Salem)
  31. Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Ltd. (Bangalore)
  32. Wind Aviation Pvt. Ltd. (Hyderabad)

Now One important thing before you apply for any flying school is that make sure that the school you choose for your admission is DGCA ( Directorate General of Civil Aviation ) approved.

Training Stages

Now once you joined any of the academies mentioned above, you’ll have to go through three stages SPL, PPL, and CPL to get your commercial license. Let’s see these stages in-depth to understand them clearly.

Student Pilot License (SPL)

The SPL or Student pilot License is your first license in the journey of becoming a commercial pilot.
To clear be eligible for this, you need to be at least 16 years old, and welly able to speak, write, understand, and read English.

Private Pilot License (PPL)

PPL or Private Pilot License, when you get this license, you’ll be able to fly a solo or passenger flight, but for this, you’ll get no money.

Now to be eligible for this license you’ll need to be 17 years old, meet all the SPL eligibilities, you have to pass two exams ground school and flight check conducted by the DGCA. To get your PPL, you’ll also need to meet the DGCA flight experience requirements.

Twenty hours of solo flight experience and five hours of cross-country flight time experience. For more info, you can visit the DGCA official website.

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

CPL or Commercial Pilot License, the license you were waiting for. Once you get the CPL, you are now a complete pilot and will get paid monthly.

To get CPL, you’ll have to be 18 years old, meet all the requirements of SPL and PPL, and must have a PPL License.

Now, talking about the FTR ( Flight Time Requirments ). Then, Within six months of the CPL application, you’ll need to complete 100 hours of flying time as an in-command pilot, Duration of which should be at least 15 hours.

Next, as an in-command pilot, you should have completed 20 hours of cross-country flight time, including a cross country flight of 300 nautical miles.

Lastly, as an in-command pilot, you must have completed ten take-offs and ten landings—five hours of the night and 10 hours of instrument flight time.

For more information, you can visit the official DGCA Site.

How Much Does it Cost to Become a Commercial Pilot

No-doubt if you want to become a commercial pilot, you have to invest a large amount of money on it. It cost around 25-40 lakhs rupees. But if you opt for a type rating training, then it can sum up to 70 lakhs. Now, what is type rating training?

The type rating training teaches you to learn to fly a specific aircraft apart from your flying school training. Although it costs more than 20 lakhs, but the cost increment and decrement will depend on the aircraft’s size and technicality.

The Final Words

We have discussed everything about how to become a commercial pilot in India. Now you have all the knowledge and information you need to become a commercial pilot. I know it looks like the cost to become a commercial pilot is a lot.

But if you see that the starting salary in most cases is more than two lakhs rupees, then I think it is not a bad deal if you have the money to invest. Now people who have a desire to become a commercial pilot then my best wishes are with you.