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About How to become a Pilot in India

Aviationfly.com has made a guide for you to show you how to become a Pilot in India

Courses

Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, Type Rating, Flight Instructor course

International Students

Yes

Aircraft fleet number

200

Accreditations

Indian DGCA

Entry Requirements

16 years old, passing 12th Class, 50% in Math and Physics and minimum English as set by the Indian DGCA

One of the main questions Aviationfly.com receives is how to become a Pilot in India - India, a country with 1.3 billion people, currently has less total aircraft (all airlines combined) than United Airlines, Delta or American Airlines (which all have more than 1,000 aircraft). The airlines in India have over 1,000 aircraft on order over the next eight years and Boeing and Airbus estimate that this number will need to be double that to meet the demand of Indian air travel demand! With all the aircraft on order the country will need a lot of new Indian pilots and so Aviationfly.com wants to provide you with more information on how to become a Pilot in India! Over the next 4 years Indian airlines will add on average more than 100 aircraft per year - meaning a requirement of over 1,000 new pilots every year! Therefore it is the right time to start your pilot training now!

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How to become a Pilot in India

Step 1. Research

The first step on how to become a pilot in India is to research the different options you have to become a Pilot. Start of by researching online, Google, Aviationfly.com, Youtube, Indian DGCA website, Facebook Pilot Groups and others. There are a number of options of how to become a pilot in India - you can do your pilot training with a flight training school in India or abroad or join the Indian Air Force to get your Pilot License. Each one of these options has its advantages and disadvantages and will be explained in more detail below. You can also click the yellow CONTACT NOW button to send Aviationfly.com a message to get answers to your questions. Aviationfly.com has a database of over 200+ Pilot Schools and knows the best deals so if you are interested in becoming a Pilot click the yellow CONTACT NOW button and Aviationfly.com will send you more information.

Step 2. Minimum requirement

The second step on how to become a pilot in India is to meet the minimum requirement set by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation. In order for you to obtain an Indian DGCA Commercial Pilot License you will need to have passed Class 12 with at least 50% in Maths and Physics. If you are looking to do your pilot training in another country and then become a Pilot in another country then you should check the requirements of that country but for the Indian DGCA this is the minimum. The requirement per license is listed in more detail below:

Student Pilot: To get an Indian Student Pilot Certificate, you should be 16 years old and be able to speak, understand, read, and write English at the minimum required level by the Indian DGCA.

Private Pilot: To get an Indian Private Pilot License you must be over 17 years old plus meet the minimum requirements as for Student Pilot License and be able to pass the ground school exam and flight check ride (exam flight) of the Indian DGCA. The minimum flight experience requirement by the Indian DGCA is not less than 20 hours of solo flight time, not less than 5 hours of cross-country flight time for more information have a look at the Indian DGCA Private Pilot License document here.

Commercial Pilot: To get an Indian Commercial Pilot License you must be over 18 years old, meet the requirements listed above (for student pilot and private pilot), have a Private Pilot License and meet the minimum flight time requirement (not less than 100 hours flying time as Pilot in Command of which not less than 15 hours shall have been completed within a period of 6 months immediately following the date of application of license, not less than 20 hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot in Command including a cross country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles, not less than 10 hours of instrument time and not less than 5 hours flight time by night with a minimum of 10 take-offs and 10 landings as Pilot in Command). You can see the Indian DGCA document for Indian Commercial Pilot License here.

Another minimum requirement you will need to meet in order to understand of how to become a pilot in India is meeting the minimum medical requirement as set by the Indian DGCA - you will have to pass the Class 2 Medical Tests to get your Class 2 Medical certificate (you can find a list of Doctors who do this test on the Indian DGCA Medical Website here). If you are doing your flight training in another country you will have to ensure that you pass the Medical Test of that regulatory body.

Step 3. Selecting a Flight School

The next step on how to become a Pilot in India is selecting a Flight School - Aviationfly.com has a great page which can give you all the details on how to select a Flight School right for you which you can find here.

It is important to know that becoming a pilot does require a certain budget - the minimum is around Rs. 32 Lakh (approx. US$46,000) and higher depending on the country you do your training in, the school you pick and a number of other factors. Aviationfly.com through its database knows of the best deals and packages so if you are interested click the yellow CONTACT NOW button and Aviationfly.com will send you the information.

To understand the different options you have to understand how to become a Pilot in India see the below routes:

  • Flight Training in India - there is around 40 Pilot Schools in India (with a number of State/Government owned Flight Training Schools). You can find a list of some of the Flight Training Schools in India here. To get your Commercial Pilot License in India takes approximately between 1 and 3 years and you should have a budget of around Rs. 45 Lakhs (US$67,000). If you are looking for more information on Flight Schools in India click the yellow CONTACT NOW button.
  • Flight Training abroad - there is a number of popular countries which Indian nationals go to for Flight Training including the US, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Flight Training in these countries is usually less expensive than in India and the training duration is a lot shorter. Aviationfly.com knows Pilot Schools which have trained a large number of Indian Pilots before where you can complete your Commercial Pilot License Training in less than 12 months. Following the training you will have to convert your license to Indian DGCA license (if you need assistance with this click the yellow CONTACT NOW button)
  • Airline Pilot Program - some of the larger Airlines in India have set up Airline Pilot Programs which mean that if you successfully pass the training you will automatically be employed by the Airlines (some example of these are IndiGo and Jet Airways). These programs cost around Rs. 90 to 100 Lakhs (US$120,000+). To learn more about such a program click the yellow CONTACT NOW button.

Step 4. Flight School Entry Assessment

If you would like more information about the entry assessment tests by Flight Schools click the CONTACT NOW button and Aviationfly.com will share more information with you.

Step 5. Training

To answer your question on how to become a pilot in India (let us assume an Airline Pilot) the usual route is getting your Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Multi-Engine Rating and Instrument Rating. Following this the next step on how to become a pilot in India would be to do a Type Rating (training specialized on the type of Aircraft you will fly). The type rating is sometimes sponsored by the Airline, if you already have your commercial pilot license and are looking to do a type rating or for an Airline job then contact Aviationfly.com through the yellow CONTACT NOW button.

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If you are about to START Pilot Training you will need a few things:

 If you are interested to read more about pilot training, check out these books which we recommend:

  • The Realization of a Boyhood Dream: The Path to my Private Pilot License” (https://amzn.to/2rfMjkb ) which is an interest read if you want to know what the initial pilot training will be like
  • The Student Pilot’s Flight Manual: From First Flight to Pilot Certificate" (https://amzn.to/2I4DcNI ) a very extensive book and containing almost all the information you will learn during your training for Private Pilot License!