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How to become a Commercial Pilot

How to become a Commercial Pilot

In this age of competition, the need for respectable and glamorous jobs are being felt by the youth. In the absence of proper guidance, highly qualified candidates are facing various difficulties in achieving prestigious employment. So today’s youth is looking for job sectors which are attractive also which has a great potential for employment. Civil aviation is such a sunshine sector and if proper career guidance is given, it can prove to be a miracle for young people.

As people across the globe continue to fall in love with travel, demand for qualified pilots is skyrocketing. This job require a person to be communicative, responsible, spontaneous, and patient enough to handle passengers and their concerns. This is a challenging job which demands hard workquick decision making skills, and cool calculative mind to face any crisis.

Commercial pilots have the world’s best job in terms of pay and allowances, job security and social status. Aviation has fascinated the youth since beginning because pursuing a career in the Aviation industry is not only one of the most lucrative options but also among the most reputable professions. While commercial pilot’s job is full of responsibility and discipline, there are a lot of advantages that come with it. You get to fly to worldwide destinations, explore places, cultures, and people.  The recent economic liberalization policies in India and the progress in tourism has resulted in the employment opportunities in aviation sector rising incredibly. Regional flights along with national and international flights have also become the need of the hour due to exponential rise in air travel. Below are some important information regarding flying/Pilot training.

Professional pilot training is done in three phases.

  1. Student Pilot License (SPL),
  2. Private Pilot License (PPL) and
  3. Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

How to join Flying Training?
A student pilot license (SPL) exam is conducted almost every month by accredited flying training institutes in the country for admission to professional pilot training. In addition to Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Air regulations, Specific Aircraft, questions related to aircraft flight principles are also asked. In order to participate in this examination, enrollment in the concerned institute is mandatory at least 45 days before the exam.

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Eligibility Criteria 

To start training to get SPL the minimum age of the candidate should be 16 years and a pass in class 10 is required. However, the applicant’s age at the time of receipt of the PPL should be 17 years and a pass in class 10 is required, for CPL it is 18 years and a pass in class 12 with mathematics and physics in the curriculum. Students who have done 10+2 without physics and mathematics can pass both subjects from open school (NIOS) or any other educational board. In addition, the student must also have a good knowledge of the English language.

Upper age limit: There is no upper age limit for pilots. However you are advised to get you CPL at 30-35. If you get your licence after 35, 40 or 45, you are advised to start your career in general aviation. Once you have an experience of 500 hours or more and cleared ATPL exams you can join any airlines.

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In some institutes, there is an entrance test conducted for the candidates to get admission in the PPL and CPL courses. The test is basically based on subjects such as Physics, Mathematics, Reasoning, General Knowledge and English.

Other qualifications

Prior to starting the training, it is compulsory to get police verification done from the concerned Police Station, verification of educational certificates from the concerned Education Board and the medical qualifying certificate from the doctor approved by the Director General of Civil Aviation.

Ways to Become a Commercial Pilot

This is the most important point here as most candidates don’t know how to join CPL course. Till 2008 the only way to join CPL was to get registered first in some DGCA approved Flying training organisation or Flying club.

Now the latest and easiest way is to clear DGCA papers first by self-study or by joining some private coaching centre. Simultaneously get your class 1 and 2 medicals done without joining an FTO.

Once you have cleared your DGCA papers and medical examination, you are all set to start your flying.


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Eligibility Criteria
AgeQualification Medical FitnessCost of Training
Not less than 16 years.10+2 or under 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics.Certificate of medical fitness25 to 35 lakhs in India or Abroad
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