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All about Aviation: Becoming a Commercial Pilot

It’s the dream of many to fly in the skies and control a vehicle that carries hundreds across the skies. It’s quite easy to become a commercial pilot. All you need is the grit and determination and the correct know-how. 

Commercial pilots work for companies that offer charter flights, provide rescue operations, do aerial photography, or provide flights for other reasons. Professional pilots need certain soft skills—or personal characteristics—that are fundamental to succeeding in the profession.

 For example, communication is an important part of the job, so active listening and speaking skills are beneficial to becoming a pilot. Also, critical thinking skills help pilots recognize problems, identify possible solutions, and then evaluate which one will have the best outcome. Good time management skills come in handy for maintaining tight schedules. 

A few natural criteria are important like good vision. You can become a commercial pilot with a high school or equivalency diploma, but if your ultimate goal is to fly for a regional or major airline, you will need to earn a bachelor’s degree. Many airline pilots begin their careers as commercial pilots. Usually, if you want to become a pilot, you need to start at the age of 17. For becoming a Commercial Pilot, the students need to get a license and start as a trainee. There are chances to become a Capitan by the time you turn 25 depending upon experience and skills.

In India, if one aspires to become a Commercial Pilot, he must have a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the authority that gives CPL. Initially, the candidates who aspire to become a Commercial Pilot must have passed +2. They need to join in a pilot training course in a DGCA-approved institution. The candidates who want to join in DGCA-approved institutes need to clear a written test. Apart from the written test, the candidates must be medically fit as per DGCA Class I medical assessment rules. For getting eligible for Commercial Pilot License, the candidates must complete 200 hours of flying. Passing theory paper is also mandatory to apply for CPL.

Before gaining the CPL, a candidate has to undergo thorough training not only in flight but also in the science and mechanics involved in flying an aircraft. Candidates have to take their training very seriously as the lives of hundreds of passengers will depend on their expertise. Cockpit Resource Management, Air Regulations, Air Frames and Engines, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation, Flight Planning etc, are some of the things aspiring pilots learn during the Commercial Pilot Training. A fresher has chances to earn around Rs.10 to 15 lakh per annum depending upon the airlines.

Senior commercial pilots working with reputed airlines earn Rs.65 lakh to Rs.1 crore per annum.

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