AIR FORCE PILOT

 

 

AIR FORCE PILOT

A BRIEF INTRO

An IAF pilot is trained in air-to-air combat while flying a fighter plane. His/her job includes accomplishing a given mission, which may includes keeping vigilance, attacking or rescuing. He will also be required to take part in peace-keeping missions conducted by the country. Sometime IAF pilots have to deliver supplies also. But the majority of trained pilots are put in combat roles

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

7:30 am: Mission briefing

9 am: Scrutinize meteorological forecasts

9:30 am: Scrutinize aircraft

11 am: Leave for ‘mission’

11:30 am: Coordinate with colleagues on radio for status scrutinize

Noon – 3 pm: Carry out flying exercises

3 pm: Post-landing scrutinizes and formalities

5 pm: Fly back

SALARY STRUCTURE

The pay is between Rs. 37,244 per month (for a Flying Officer) and Rs. 75,081 per month (for an Air Commodore). There are five rungs in between, and there is a big jump in pay, about Rs. 20,000, as one get promoted from Squadron Leader to the post of Wing Commander. Though this is rough idea for the gross monthly emoluments, including allowances. Over and above, pilots earn flying pay of Rs. 10,000-Rs. 15,000 per month, depending on rank

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Technical expertise in engineering concepts must be acquired prior to flying an aircraft
  • Ability to handle challenge and make split-second decisions under pressure
  • Leadership qualities to handle a team that needs to remain motivated at all times

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

There are four entry points to become and IAF pilot :-

NDA (National Defence Academy): Meant for 12th passed candidates (physics and maths)

CDSE (Combined Defence Services Examination): For graduates who studied physics and maths in 12th

NCC entry: For first-class graduates with physics & maths in 12th; who possess air wing ‘C’ certificate Short-service commission entry: Open to first-class graduates who studied physics and maths at 10+2 level

Note:  Women can join only through SSC. The maximum age for applying is 23 barring NDA, where the maximum age is 19

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Though cadets undergo three years’ training at the National Defence Academy, flying is taught at different academies run by IAF

PROS AND CONS

  • You live an exciting life and get to handle flying machines
  • You may not get to fly until you quality some key examinations
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