How to become a pilot

Millions of people around the globe dream to become a pilot. The profession of a pilot sounds fancy. All they do is fly and navigate planes from one place to another. But becoming a pilot is not an easy task. There are different categories of pilots including fighter pilot, commercial pilot (CPL), etc. To become a pilot you need to have a pilot’s license or a pilot’s certificate. It’s similar to the road transport license. Without a driver’s license, you cannot drive a car. Without a pilot’s license, you cannot fly a plane. But there are a few safety aviation rules and regulations imposed by the government institutions. 

The FAA ( Federal Aviation Administration) is the one imposing the aviation rules. The FAA is a governmental body of the United States which has the power to regulate all aspects of civil aviation in that nation as well as the surrounding international waters. Its main duty is to ensure aviation safety. There are several main categories of pilot license including :

  • A commercial pilot (CPL)
  • Private Pilot (PPL)
  • Airline transport pilot (ATP)
  • Multi-crew pilot (MCP)
  • certified flight instructor (CFI)
  • Sports pilot 
  • IAF pilot 

How to become a pilot? 

  Do you also dream of flying through the clouds? Do you also imagine yourself flying a plane with hundreds of people in it? Do you get excited at the thought of flying over the mountains? 

Being a pilot will fulfill all your dreams and take you high, literally. 

But how does one begin with? 

There are two ways you can get into the aviation field –

  1. Indian Defense Forces. 
  2. Civil aviation. 

Indian Defense Forces : 

Becoming a pilot in the Indian Air force is not an easy task. It requires hard work, courage, and determination. Without will power, you cannot get into the Air force. 

If you want to fly a plane, but also spend less on the training, becoming a pilot in the Air force is the best path. The Indian Airforce has imposed a set of rules to get into the IAF. There are different levels of the test before getting into IAF. There are quite a few requirements for getting into the Air force, if you do not satisfy all the requirements you may not get qualified.

  1. The training in the Air force is rigorous and hardcore. One needs to have a lot of strength and stamina for this training. Without proper health, you cannot pass the qualifying rounds. 
  2. A flying officer in the IAF requires a 6/6 vision. If you do not meet this requirement, you might consider reducing your power before taking up the exams and the interview. 
  3. If you are looking for a career in a fighter pilot, you will be trained to fight in their fighter jets. It also includes fighting or attacking the enemies in fighter jets and protecting the civilians. 

There are several ways you can get into the IAF 

  • NDA ( National Defense Academy). The candidates willing to join the flying branch of IAF must take up the National Defense Academy exam conducted by UPSC ( Union public civil services). If they pass the exam they are eligible to become a flying officer. 
  • CDS (Combined Defense Service Examination). Male Candidates willing to become a flying officer can also take up the CDS ( also conducted by the UPSC). Right after their 12th. If they pass the exam, they are eligible for an interview. Three years of training in the Indian Military Academy (IMA) will get you the permanent commission’s officers’ post or you can be posted as a pilot in the IAF with a handsome salary. 
  • AFCAT (Air force Common Admission Test). This test is conducted by the IAF twice a year, once in November and once in February. It is open for both male and female candidates who have graduated and hold a degree. They are hired for ground duty for navigation rather than a flying officer. They can serve the IAF for 14 years. 
  • NCC (national cadet corps): This is a special entry for the candidates willing to join the IAF for short intervals. It is for the post of permanent commission officers. 
  • There is also a special technical entry for candidates studying engineering. They can directly apply for the interview without taking up the SSB ( Student’s selection board). 

Many inspirational people in this field can inspire you to take up IAF as your career. 

Abhinandan Varthaman and IAF pilot were held captive in Pakistan after his aircraft shot down in an aerial dogfight. 

Gunjan Saxena is also known as the Kargil girl was the first female pilot in the combat. 

Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi is an Indian pilot from MP. She was declared as the first combat pilot. 

Commercial pilot 

Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate planes, aircraft, helicopters, etc. If you dream to become a pilot, not only can you get a CPL but you also get paid in lakhs. A fresher commercial pilot may draw a salary of 1.5 lakhs per month. With more training and experience it might go up to 5 or 6 lakhs per month. Being a commercial pilot is both exciting and risky. This is because hundreds of passenger’s lives are in your hand. A slight malfunction may cost you your life. It gives you a lot of responsibilities in your hand. 

  • To begin with, one must take up physics, chemistry, and mathematics as core subjects in the science stream. 
  • Right after the boards, take up the Pilot Aptitude Test. The next level is the interview and medical examination. After this, you can take up training in a flying school. To get into the flying school you need a minimum of 50% in 12th. 
  • Apply for a student pilot license which will be eligible for 16 years. This requires the candidate to appear for another entrance examination. Before completing a course, the candidate must have finished at least 250 hours of flying in the training before obtaining a commercial pilot license (CPL). 
  • In addition to that, you need to be fluent in at least three different languages. 
  • There are various institutions where you can pursue flying training- 
  1. Bombay flying club, Mumbai
  2. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, Gondia. 
  3. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy, Rae Bareily. 

Taking up the pilot as your career has a lot of scopes because you are paid in lakhs for flying a plane. In both ways, you need to be confident, with good decision-making skills. Once you invest in the pilot school, you can later become a successful pilot earning in lakhs. 

If you have what it takes to be a pilot, all you need is to make up your mind and body for opting for this career. 

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