Civil aviation in India is growing at a rapid pace and is one of the top 10 aviation industries with a market size of around $16 million. India is now on a mission to become the third-largest aviation market in the world. If you are looking for a career in the aviation industry, a private/commercial pilot job would be a fair idea.
Becoming a pilot is always considered a high-profile job in India and so the training institutes are also keen to mould the best candidates with rigorous training programs. India hosts a number of premier flight training institutions which are at par in giving training to candidates according to the changing demands of the aviation industry.
To become a pilot, the candidate must achieve the necessary skills in self-confidence, judgement, leadership and hand-eye coordination from training. Candidates who are able to learn successfully to manipulate an aircraft’s flight controls enough to safely handle it.
Physical fitness is also a major factor from training to becoming a pilot. Even after getting the licence, one is required to maintain a level of physical fitness and medical standards. Discipline is another major quality one must possess to become a pilot. To stay medically and physically fit, one must control their lifestyle, diet etc. as these can be achieved only if disciplined.
When hired as commercial pilots and while on the job they are responsible for the people and crew onboard the aircraft. Being a commercial pilot requires complete knowledge of air navigation, adequate skills to interpret meteorological reports, and experience in handling and controlling sophisticated electronic and mechanical controls. They also require excellent communication skills and should be able to lead the crew and passengers in unexpected conditions and emergencies. A commercial pilot training cost in India ranges from ₹25 – 40 lakhs.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the statutory body which regulates the civil aviation sector in the country headed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. DGCA deals with civil aircraft regulations, certification, licencing of air carriers and personnel, formulation and regulation of laws and amendments in the civil aviation sector, etc. All the pilot training institutes in India are fully regulated by the DGCA (The Aircraft Rules, 1937), as per Civil Aviation Rules (CAR).
So far, there is a shortage of more than 1,000 pilots in various airlines and airports. As the industry is growing, the carriers are in talks with manufacturing companies to buy more aircraft. This will also create massive job opportunities for commercial pilots. And since air traffic around the world is increasing day by day, this will also create more job opportunities abroad as well. So, if you have the passion and the right skills to become a commercial pilot, then you are on the right path to acquiring the essential skills to kickstart your career and build the professional life of your dreams.
Despite getting a pilot job, you can also join any Flying Training Organisation (FTO) and become a trainer there. It is also a well-paying and reputed job in India and abroad.