COMMERCIAL PILOT

COMMERCIAL PILOT

A BRIEF INTRO

A commercial pilot is an aviator who files an aircraft – a 100+ seater or a small private jet, a Chopper or the cargo carrier – to ferry passenger or to deliver goods. A pilot must acquire a commercial licence before s/he flies

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

9 am: Scrutinize pre-flight schedules

9:30 am: Ascertain various parameters and study the meteorological data given by the air traffic controller

10 am: Inspect instruments and equipment, fuel requirement and instruct the staff to look after the loading and refilling

10:30 am:  Brief the crew before take-off

11 am: Take off and fly, managing the flight, regularly communicating with the air traffic control

2 pm: Give landing message to passengers

SALARY STRUCTURE

Starting salaries are around Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.5 lakh per month  for co-pilots. The increase with time and experience. Experienced pilots can rake in Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh per month  and the pay package can range up to Rs. 6 lakh per month. However, in order to get very high salaries you have to undergo numerous trainings and very impressive work experience

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Agility and physical fitness
  • Ability to take split-second decisions
  • Courage to face challenges  like that of rough weather to some terrorist threat or a bomb scare
  • Ability to stay focused for long hours

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Clear 12th with English, maths and physic and then you can undergo a pilot training course from a reputable DGCA- approved institute. You have to undergo medical fitness test before applying and must meet the eligibility conditions of the DGCA’s Class I medical assessment rules. You have to complete minimum 200 hours of flying plus you have to clear theory exams to become eligible to apply for the commercial pilot licence (CPL). Once in a job, you get further training.

RELATED WEBSITES

  • Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh igrua.gov.in
  • Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics aaa.co.in
  • Carver Aviation, Baramati, Maharashtra carveraviation.com
  • Chimes Aviation Academy, Sagar, MP caaindia.com
  • Gujarat Flying Club, Vadodara www.gujaratflyingclub.com

PROS AND CONS

  • Attractive salary from the beginning
  • Exciting job that takes you to new places
  • Exorbitant training cost, which can be sometimes above 20 lakhs. Higher the level of training higher the cost
  • After a few years, one tends to develop partial deafness

 A Scene inside the Cockpit of Airplane

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