The objective of aviation industry is to transport people and goods throughout the world. Aviation deals with traveling by plane. With the industry expanding rapidly, a large and highly skilled workforce will always be in demand. Pilot training and cabin crew are some of the popular courses in aviation.
10+2 with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject
Note: If you don’t have Physics & Maths in 10+2 you have an option of passing these two subjects at 10+2 level from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Commercial Pilot Training/Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
CPL: 1 year or more
CPL: INR 20,00,000 to INR 50,00,000
Air Force Pilot Training: Free, post selection
Student Pilot License (SPL): First step to get a CPL. It is similar to a learner’s license. Age must be 16 years, minimum high school/ 10+2 (Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject) and Class II Medical Certificate as per DGCA.
Private Pilot License (PPL): After obtaining a SPL, there is a choice of getting either a Private Pilot License (PPL) or a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). PPL is for those who want to pursue flying as a hobby. Age must be 17 years, minimum high school/10+2 (Physics and Maths as compulsory subjects with 50% marks in each subject) and a medical fitness certificate from the AFCME (Air Force Central Medical Establishment) or IAM (Institute of Aerospace Medicine). Alternatively, you could directly enroll for the Private Pilot License once you have cleared Class XII and are 17 years old. After a total of 60 hours of various flying exercises and rigorous training, PPL is obtained.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL): The final step to becoming a commercial pilot, CPL, is obtained after you have finished at least 200 hours of extensive flying. CPL is for those who want to secure a full time job. But it is necessary to hold at least a Private Pilot License before you start training for the CPL.
Air Force Pilot Training o Age ranges from 17-23 years
o Physically and mentally fit
Prem Mathur- First Indian woman pilot in 1947
Gul Panag- Certified pilot in 2016 (Private Pilot License- PPL)
Ayesha Aziz- Fighter pilot (youngest pilot in India)
Durba Banerjee- First Indian woman commercial pilot
Hardit Singh Malik- First Indian fighter pilot
Commercial pilots get attractive remuneration and incentives, such as getting free/concessional tickets for the family. Salaries for commercial pilots range from INR 25,000 to INR 5,00,000 per month, depending on the airline.
Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL) stems from the understanding that the youth in India form one of the most vulnerable groups, who on the one hand are expected to be the leaders to determine the destiny of India, and on the other lack essential information and opportunities to succeed in life.