Time immemorial, men wished for unachievable and put all his might towards achieving it. Dream to fly is perhaps the one that we all had some time or the other. Pilot's prime responsibility is to control and navigate the aircraft safely on route and in time. 

Career Options

  • - National and International carriers - Businesses and corporations - Flying clubs as instructors - Security services - Flying academies - Military and paramilitary services - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited - National Aeronautics Limited

Educational Qualifications

  • There are two types of entries in order to become a pilot in Indian Airforce - NDA Entry: 10 + 2 male students with Mathematics and Physics as their subjects can apply provided they are between 16 1/2 Yrs -19 Yrs of age and are unmarried. - CDSE Entry: A qualified graduate or a final-year B.E/B. Tech in any discipline with Physics and Mathematics at 10 +2 level can apply through CDSE if he/she is unmarried and between 19-23 Yrs of age. - In short, age should not be below 23 years and a candidate should at least achieve 60% in aggregate

Personal Skills

  • A pilot needs to be vigilant
  • calm
  • technically sound
  • decision maker having good communication skills. Pilots are also required to have good team-working skills and the ability to take quick decisions in times of crisis.

Courses to be pursued

  • - After Class XI/XII (with PCM) students can apply for the Student Pilot License - On passing Class XII (PCM) they may enroll for the next license - Private Pilot License - On getting the PPL training begins for Commercial Pilot License Training in commercial flying can be taken with Flying clubs
  • the Rashtriya Udan Academy
  • Private Flying academies or with Flying schools abroad. The training goes through 3 stages of license. While training institutions impart training
  • they do not provide job placements. Licenses have to be procured in the following order : - Student Pilot License - Private Pilot License - Commercial Pilot License

Top Colleges

  • Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy Address: 1st Floor, Block B, GMR HIAL Old Site Office, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500409 Phone: 040 6676 4762 Website: http://www.apft.edu.in/Contactus.aspx
  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi Address: Fursatganj Airfield, Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh 229302 Phone: 0535 244 1147 Website: http://igrua.gov.in/contact.htm

Working Conditions

On an average, an airline pilot works for 75 hours per month and about 150 hours per month while performing to additional responsibilities including checking weather conditions and flight plans. Work schedule is however variable for pilots including several hours of work followed by 3/4 offs. However, work conditions vary for pilots.

Top Companies

  • Air India Address: Air India Limited Airlines House, 113, Gurudwara Rakabganj Road, New Delhi 110 001 Phone: 011 2462 4075 Website: http://www.airindia.in/
  • Indigo Address: Shop No. 24-A, Ground Floor, MGF Metropolis Mall, Near M.G. Road Metro Station, Gurugram, Haryana 122002 Phone: 0124 435 2500 Website: https://www.goindigo.in/

Successful Persons

Avani Chaturvedi

Flying Officer, Avani Chaturvedi created history by becoming the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force. At 24, Avani achieved this remarkable feat by taking a solo flight on a MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft. This achievement brought India at par with countries like Britain, the United States, Israel, and Pakistan. Her historic flight lasted for about half an hour.

Shrikant Pantawane

Who said one cannot dream high in rags? Shrikant Pantawne started young in life as a delivery boy, shifted to an auto driver but still did not stop dreaming. He always dreamt of flying high and turned his dream into truth by hard work and a pinch of luck. Obstacles were innumerable in his success story but he did not give up and triumphed to become Indigo's Airlines. Kudos to the young brave heart!  

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