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The eligibility to do Pilot training in India is 10+2 with Mathematics and Physics. Also the minimum age to obtain a commercial pilot license is 18 years but if you want you can start your CPL training at 17 years as anyhow it will be minimum 1 year before you complete your course. To become a pilot, you can directly take admission in top pilot institutions, if you are able to pass the basic selection process of respective flight training organization and also one should be physically and mentally fit as per the standards of Indian aviation industry. According to the sources there are almost 28-30 active flight schools for pilot training in India. The country has now 8000 pilots and its airlines will require additional 16000-17000 pilots in next ten years. So job growths are better in the airline sector. From the job line point of view, the airline sector is a hot cake in India. Though the initial fees is high for pilot training yet getting admission into an aircraft institute is a dream because it can be handled by the availability of loans and moreover soaring salaries and travelling to different destinations fascinates every aspiring pilot.Student Pilot License (SPL)
This is an examination conducted by most flying clubs. It covers papers in Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation Air Technical. It is a theory exam. Eligibility: You must be at least 16 years of age and have passed Class X. A medical certificate of fitness, security clearance and a bank guarantee of Rs 10,000 is required.
Selection: Candidates taking the SPL test have to appear in an oral examination on a fixed day every month; candidates go through a medical test.~ Private Pilot License (PPL)
After getting the SPL, you proceed, accompanied by the flying instructor, for initial flying training. This is a dual flight, where the instructor or trainer accompanies the learner to teach him/her the practical aspect of flying. Then the candidate gets his or her first independent flight normally after about 15 -18 hours of dual flying. A total of 45 hours of flying is needed, of which 20 hours minimum should be solo and five hours cross country. But the general average of PPL worldwide is 55-60 hours.
Theory exam: There is a theory examination also, the subjects are: Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Aircraft technical, technical specific.
Eligibility: 10+2 and medical fitness certificate from AFCME or IAM. The age requirement is 17 Years.
Cost: The total cost of obtaining a PPL can be in the range of Rs 6 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs.~ Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
A student can get the CPL by doing his flying training for a minimum of 200 hours out of which 100 hours should be Pilot in command time. Training facilities are available with Flying Clubs in India , Private Academies or Flying Schools in USA, Canada ,Europe, New Zealand , Australia, the Gulf, etc.
Eligibility: Class XII (Physics and math’s). and medical clearance from AFCME, New Delhi or IAM, Bangalore or Apollo Chennai , Nanawati hospital Mumbai . Written exam: A test in the following subjects is needed for getting the CPL: Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Technical General and specific. These exams are conducted 4 times a year. Actual flying experience required is 200 hours of total flying time (100 hours of PIC, 20 hours of PIC cross country,, all cross countries should be more than 100 nm in radius , 10 hours of instrument flying, 5 hours of night flying).
Cost: Anywre between Rs 20 lakhs and Rs 32 lakhs.
After a CPL, one can build his flying hours upto 1500 hours after which if one has cleared his ATPL written and oral exams can apply for ATPL. One has to be 21 years old before an unfrozen ATPL is issued. After this license one can get his command and can act as PIC on an Aircraft weighing more than 5700 kg or 12500 pounds.