How To Become A Pilot: Steps, Eligibility, License, Salary & Jobs

Become a Pilot StepsEligibility | License | Salary | Jobs

Everyone had a dream of flying in childhood. Most of them want to fly as a passenger and the rest of them want to become an airline pilot. Someone says right. In this, a blog we will discuss about How To Become A Pilot: Steps, Eligibility, License, Salary & Jobs

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Choosing a Pilot career can be a great step to your career because the demand of the pilots will be increased or we can say it becomes doubled in the coming 20 years, As per the report of Airport Council International.

So put the pedal on the accelerator and chase your dream to fly in the sky.

The demand for the Pilot

The demand of the pilots had increased in the last seven years because the air traffic was increased. Air traffic has been doubled in the past seven years. Airlines carried over Approx 100 million passengers. According to Airport Council International, Passenger traffic is expected to rise up to 4.5% by 2040. Over 50 million passengers will increase per annum. Pilot jobs and their steps are very important to know. As we all know if the traffic is an increased demand for the pilots also increases. To meet the demand of the pilot and air traffic, Airlines are hiring pilots in bulk per annum.

Air traffic assumption How To Become A Pilot

A career as a Pilot can be a good decision because you have an option to be a pilot as per your qualification. Means 10th pass students can obtain a Student Pilot License and after obtain a Private Pilot License. Then they can apply for the private pilot jobs and also they have the option to gain the commercial pilot license from commercial pilot training school to become a commercial airline pilot. After that, they can apply for Commercial Pilot jobs and Steps get a higher salary from a private pilot.

If you want to be Airline Transport Pilot then you have to gain Airline Transport Pilot license and type rating to apply for the first officer pilot jobs. There is a lot of job option and scope to be a pilot. I think you did not get what I am saying so let’s discuss it in a brief and lets you know the steps to become a pilot.

Steps to become a pilot

Becoming an airline pilot is a challenge because you have to qualify for all the exams and meet every requirement and qualifications to become a pilot. To become a pilot after 12th you have to gain some flight hours in airline pilot training from any Flight Training School in India or Abroad. Now let’s talk about how you can apply to be a pilot and let’s know about the related details to become a licensed pilot. Check out the Steps:

Step 1: Eligibility to become a pilot

The pilot job is a very specialized job which needs knowledge of air navigation and technical skills. For these technical skills, candidates have to complete at least their 10th or high school. Here is a list of different eligibility criteria required to apply for the pilot jobs.

Student Pilots:

For the student pilot certificate candidates have to at least complete their 10th or high school and the minimum age for the eligible student is the 16 years old. The student must be able to read write, speak and understand English as per the rule of Federal Aviation Regulation.

Private Pilots:

To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, A candidate must be at least 17 years old and have completed their 12th. Students have only eligible if they are able to read write, speak and understand English and also complete the necessary ground and flight training requirements as per the rule of Federal Aviation Regulation.

Commercial Pilots and Flight Instructors:

For this certification, Commercial pilot and flight instructor applicants must be complete his age of 18 years and also able to read write, speak and understand English as per the rule of Federal Aviation Regulation(FAR).

Airline Transport Pilots:

Eligibility for this ATP certification, Candidate must be 23 years old and have at least 1500 hours of experience in aircraft. For the Restricted Licenses, Candidate must have a degree in aviation from a recognized and approved university which has 1000 hours of total flight time. Most of the ATP applicant is 23 years old but some of the pilots get a restricted ATP certificate at age 21.

Step 2: Ground School and Flight Training for Pilot Certification

For the pilot certification, Each training plays major roles to get the certification and rating. This certification involves both ground school and flight training.

Ground School is prepared for the ground portion training and also for the FAA practical exam and written exam. For the practical exams, lots of instruction will be given to the students. At the large schools, Ground school training will be conducted in a classroom with instructions by more than one persons. Sometimes instructions are given by the flight instructor through the online learning program.

Ground school program covers all the items and materials in the curriculum which is necessary for the written exam. This also includes the “sign off” of the instructor to take the written exam.

Flight training is also given by the flight instructor with a structured accredited syllabus. Candidates can also take private lessons with no syllabus till they met the requirements of the pilot license. Flight training is given in the flight training device or in aircraft.

Step 3: Search Flight School

Choosing a flight school is a difficult task. There are many flight training schools provide training to become a pilot. But choosing between them is a challenge. We have listed out three types of pilot training programs:

Fast-Track Airline Programs:

This type of programs is taking a short period of time and less costly way of being a commercial pilot. These programs are the flight programs which allows candidates to get the experience in a short span of time and also get the aeronautical ratings very quickly and safely.

Usually, Fast-Track Airline programme completed in one year it totally depends on your previous experience and ability to gain & learn. But sometimes it takes too much time to gain the experience to become a competitive applicant for the job.

Colleges and Universities:

In an airline pilot career, a college degree will improve the chance to get the job. Employers always want those applicants who have the ability to learn and demonstrated it. Most of the 90% pilots hired who have the 4 years bachelors degree. A college is an opportunity to improve your skills and also adapt and learn the changing in the industry.

The Local Airport FBO:

FBO or Fixed Base Operator is providing the training on aeronautical services with the permission of an airport at the particular airport place or nearby with the particular airport. These type of schools are not much regulated or maintained than the collegiate or fast-track airline programs. Their instructors are also changing frequently through which interruptions happen in the scheduling.

Apart from that, there are many factors which affect the choosing the correct flight school. These factors are the cost of the flight school, location of the flight school, Flight Instructor Experience and Credentials and availability, Course Structure and Traning Plans, Aircraft and Aircraft Maintenance, Job Placements, Environment, Review, and rating of the success of students etc.

So before choosing the flight school do deep research on all the nearby and best flight school according to your interest and always keep in mind that the place will be comfortable for you.

Step 4: Flight Training Program Types (Part 61 vs. Part 141 )

When choosing between flight training program people are always been confused. Basically, there are two types of flight training program one is Part 61 and another is Part 141. Part 61 and Part 141 training program means an approved school which has the authority to train pilots under some federal regulations. There is a little bit difference between these two flight training programs which you have to know while choosing between part 61 and part 141.

Part 61 flight training program is mostly offered by small flight schools. The instructor can modify the program to meet the students needs and requirements. Due to the more flexible training environment, Instructor can use any kind of training materials which they want to use during training and also give training to students in their own way. It may require more training hours because it is less structured.

Part 141 flight training program offered by mostly larger flight schools and institutions. It has a more structured training environment and it is also best for those students who want to make their career in aviation. Training is provided only by those instructors who are associated with the FAA-approved flight school.

For flight training, A more structured and details lesson plans curriculum is required which has to be approved from the FAA to train the students. Flight training schools come under FAA regularly monitors by the FAA to manage too many failures and poor performances.

Students require less flight training hours to complete the training or get a private pilot certificate. Such as 40 hours of flight time will be required for the Private pilot certification under 61 regulations and 35 hours of flight time will be required under the 141 regulations.

I think now you can decide yourself what kind of flight training program you have to choose to get the private pilot certification. As per your requirement and schedule, you can pick any one of the flight training programs which is more flexible and fits for you.

Step 5: Medical Certificate and Student Pilot Certificate: Beginning Point to your sky limit

A medical certificate and a student pilot certificate is acceptable evidence of the physical fitness and permission to fly alone in the aircraft which is provided by the administrator. A student has to obtain both of these certificates to fly solo in the aircraft.

Mostly Student Pilot Certificate and Aviation Medical Certificate both are same documents.

Student pilot certificate issued with the medical certificate by the administrator if you pass the aviation medical exam. It is mandatory in most of the flight training schools that the students have their student pilot certificate and medical certificate before the training. To obtain a separate certificate for a student pilot certificate and medical certificate, the student has to visit the FAA Flight Standards District Office.

Scheduling Your Aviation Medical Exam:

Aviation medical exam will be taken by the aviation medical examiner. You can find the aviation medical examiner on the FAA website, asking your flight school to recommend any aviation medical examiner or also on the internet.

Aviation medical examiner is a doctor who performs the test on your physique or health. These examiners should be knowledgeable about the medicines and phycological factors used in flight and also suggest some improvement which helps you in flying. AME always know about you and your medical history very well and also make efforts to improve the value of your medical certificate.

Types of Aviation Medical Exams:

Students have the opportunity to get the first class, second class, and third-class medical certificates. All the students have to obtain at least the third-class medical certificate.  There are three types of Aviation Medical Exams or Certificates:

First-class medical certificate: First class aviation medical certificate is the requirement of the airline pilots. Any pilot who wants to get the job in airline transport as a pilot must pass first-class aviation medical certificate.

Second class medical certificate: Mostly Second class aviation medical certificate is the requirement of the commercial pilots. Flight engineers, navigators, and air traffic controllers also have to obtain the Second class aviation medical certificate.

Third class medical certificate: Student pilots, private pilots, Flight instructors need to obtain at least a third-class aviation medical certificate who served as a crew member or pilot in command.

The professional pilot has to obtain the first-class aviation medical certificate to confirm that their health and physique should be perfect before serving in flight training.

The expectation for Aviation Medical Exam:

At the Aviation medical exam, Doctor will examine your psychological condition and also physique. Aviation medical examiner asks questions about your health issues and performs some checkups and tests like hearing and vision tests. They also perform other tests like blood pressure, a urine test to check the protein and any other signs of diseases. Overall the exam is much simpler and easier.

After performing the examination, the Doctor has three options for the medical certification, they can approve the application, deny it or put it to the FAA for further processing.

When I didn’t get the Aviation Medical Certificate?

If your medical certificate has been denied or deferred the FAA for the review process that does not mean you will not get the job or never get a medical certificate. Firstly you have to know that Medical examiner hardly denies the medical certificate. Most of the time people pass the medical examination without any issue. But if it is denied then you can apply again for the review by the FAA.

People who have a major health problem, which can be an obstacle in the flying or can be risky for them and others, require further analysis and review by the FAA. After putting on the review procedure by the FAA, the Doctor will work with the FAA to find out further details about your medical conditions.

When FAA gives you clean chit about your health conditions and they are satisfied with that you won’t be risky for others then you will get a  “special issuance” medical certificate. If your application is denied by the medical examiner then you reapply after some time or when your medical condition improves.

Step 6:  Applying for Flight School

After finding a flight school which is more flexible and fits for you the next step is to apply for that flight school. For Applying you have to fill the application from it depends upon the flight school. Performa of the application may vary on different flight school. Some of the application proforma are simple, you do not have to give much information about yourself, but most of them are very lengthier. You have to provide lots of information and also attach some documents for verification.

For the Non-US citizens, this process is taking so much time because they have been performing a background check and also you have to acquire a visa. They will also ask for the Identification card like a passport or any other ID card and pilot certificates. At last, they will ask to submit an application fee for the flight school.

Step 7: Additional Requirements for Indian Applicants

For the Students who are non-Us resident, to take the admission in the flight schools in the US you have to provide a few additional details to start the training. These are the requirements you have to fulfil:

VISA: Non-Us Students should have the visa to begin the training in any flight school of the united states. A tourist visa will not apply for the Flight training program.

Proof Of Health/Accident Insurance: You have to obtain insurance when you taking admission in the flight school of united states. You have to show these listed proofs to get the training in flight school:

  • Proof of funds you are spending on flight training and also your personal expenses when you are in the US.
  • Register and submit your background details on website.

Step: 8 Private Pilot Certificate and Beyond: Turning Point to your sky limit

Most of the students want to become a professional pilot to get professional pilot jobs. There are lots of jobs are available for those students who have completed his graduation from an academy or university. To become a commercial or professional and to reach your goal, you have to obtain the following pilot certificates and ratings:

Private Pilot Certificate: Private Pilot Certificate is a driver’s license to fly a variety of aircraft and travel anywhere in the US. You can learn at this stage basic flight techniques and manoeuvres.
Instrument Rating: It is a rating which is added to the professional and commercial pilot license. The pilot has to obtain flight training for the instrumental rating from a certified Instrument Flight Instructor and must fly under Instrument Flight Rules. You can learn safely and efficiently operate a properly equipped aircraft inside clouds or in marginal weather conditions.

Commercial Pilot Certificate: For being a commercial pilot you have to already obtain a private pilot certificate and also has to complete relevant written exams. Commercial pilot certificate permits you to fly as a pilot and get paid for your work.
Multi-Engine Rating: Applicant of Multi-engine rating already have a commercial pilot certificate. You can learn in multi-engine rating operate an aircraft as a pilot with more than one engine. It’s a very important step to get a job in the airline.

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI): A CFI teaches everyone how to fly aircraft. Flight instructor enhances the knowledge and skills of the pilot to get higher level pilot license and certificate.

Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument (CFII): CFII teaches pilots how to fly aircraft in instrument conditions and also make sure that pilots maintain their proficiency. Flight instructor can obtain instrument flight time and higher pay if they add instrument rating in their certificate of CFI.

Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI): MEI can help to improve the skills of the pilots and also obtain the hours and experience to be an instructor.

Airline Transport Pilot: ATP has at least 1500 hours of experience in aircraft. It is the highest level of aircraft pilot certificate or license.

Speciality Courses: Specialty flight training can help to improve the skills and experience and also gain flight hours. But these course certifications like Glass Cockpit Training or Aerobatic Training does not consider as a professional pilot certification.

Jet Training: These courses will help you to get the particular aircraft type job and train you with flying jets. After you can be a professional pilot in airline, corporation or charter company.

Career Path to become a Pilot

Step 9: Obtaining Flight Hours and Experience

To be on a higher level of the aircraft pilot, pilot certification is not enough. Sometimes it also not enough to get the job as a commercial pilot. An applicant has to complete the minimum number of hours of flight training. It’s very common to have the pilot certification and still not getting the job due to not having enough qualification.

To become an airline or commercial pilot, Applicant has to gain more flight hours than the training. That’s why many applicants must obtain a CFI certificate to gain flight hours. They also work for some years to gain the experience for being applicable in an airline charter or corporate company.

When A pilot gains enough flight hours then they can apply for a job at the airline. After that, they can get the experience of flying aircraft in the airline and after some years they will qualify for the first officer position.

Step 10: Professional Pilot Career

For every profession, training is the easiest part. Getting a job after training is the most challenging and difficult part. There are many types of commercial pilot jobs are available for the graduates and applicant can try for that also.

Good news is that the airline industry facing the shortage of pilots. So, Students can apply in the airline industry with complete qualification, degree, Skills and minimum flight hours for the particular pilot job.

Every pilot jobs have their own requirements and if you want to get a particular job then you have to make sure that you must meet the requirements and qualifications for the job.

Requirements to Become a Pilot

Basic requirements for being a pilot is the age must be in between 18-33 years old and height should be 155 cm to 200 cm. Now let us discuss the major requirements Criteria.

Education/Qualification to become a pilot

Pilot education requirements are a candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in Aircraft operations, aviation, aeronautical engineering, or a related field. The applicant has to complete their two months of ground training from a certified flight school and also they have 1500 hours of flight experience.

Student Pilot Requirements: Candidate should have completed his 10th or high school from a recognized board and must be 16 years old.

Private Pilot Requirements: Applicant must have 12th pass with the subject of physics or mathematics from a recognized board and completed his age of 17 years.

Commercial Pilot Requirements: Candidate should have completed his 12th from a recognized board and must be 18 years old.

Air Transport Pilot Requirements: Candidate should have graduated in aviation from a recognized university and at least 23 years old.

Other Requirements

To become a commercial pilot a Commercial pilot license is required & instrument rating certification might be asked and also for airline transport pilot, instrument rating certification or airline transport pilot certification are required. Strong communication, problem-solving, and observation skills are required for a pilot and also they should have good depth perception, vision, and reaction time. The candidate has the ability to operate aircraft computer and navigation systems. You should have to be passionate about flight and sky.

Types of Pilot License/Certificate

Private Pilot License

To become a Private Pilot, Applicant should have a private pilot license or certificate. Duration of private pilot license course is 1 year and minimum eligibility is 10th pass or high school from any recognized board.

Top colleges and institutes in India which gives admission for the Private pilot certificate.

Average total fees of the aviation institutes and colleges in India are INR 1 to 50 lacs per annum. To take admission in aviation colleges, the candidate should have to qualify the entrance exam and appear in all the round of the counselling.

Commercial Pilot License

Commercial pilot license permits the holder to fly an aircraft and get paid for their work. Eligibility to become a Commercial Pilot is a candidate should be passed 10+2 with physics and maths from a recognized board. Duration of the Commercial Pilot License course is 1 Year.

Top Colleges and institutes which provide admission for Commercial Pilot License in India:

Average tuition fees of the aviation institutes and colleges in India for Commercial pilot License are INR 30–40 lakhs per year. The candidate has to qualify the entrance exams and the counselling to take admission to a particular college.

Airline Transport Pilot License

Air Transport Pilot should have to gain Air Transport Pilot license and also type rating. Candidate should have completed graduation in aviation from approved universities or colleges with 1000 hours total flight time. Air Transport Pilot course duration is 30 months and average total tuition fees are INR 80 lakhs to 1 crore per annum.

List of major colleges and institutes in India which provide admission for Air Transport Pilot license:

The candidate has to qualify the entrance exams and the counselling to take admission to a particular college.

Certified Flight Instructor License

Flight Inspector teaches other people how to fly an aircraft. To become a Certified Flight Instructor, Applicant should have the ATP license and also Flight Inspector License. To gain Certified Flight Instructor License, your age should be 18 years old and should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. Must gain 15 hours as a pilot in command and have a logbook of their flights.

Duration of Certified Flight Instructor License course is 3 months and average tuition fees are INR 50- 70 lakhs per year. The candidate has to qualify the written and practical exams to become a licensed flight instructor.

Other Aviation Programme Options

  • ATPL Theory Full Time
  • ATPL Theory Distance Learning
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)
  • Jet Orientation Course (JOC)
  • Combined MCC/JOC
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC)
  • Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

List Of Pilot Jobs Options After A Pilot Certification

If you have a bachelor degree in an aviation field then get flight training from a certified institute and gain at least 1000 flight hours to get a pilot certificate. After completing the flight training you will get a pilot degree or certification from a flight school. There are many types of commercial pilot jobs options available for graduates with pilot certification:

  • Regional Airline Pilot
  • Major or International Airline Pilot
  • Corporate Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Contract Pilot (for a private owner)
  • Freight/Cargo Pilot
  • Flight Instructor
  • Ferry Pilot
  • Banner towing Pilot
  • Sightseeing/Tour Pilot
  • Agricultural Pilot/Crop Duster
  • Skydiver Pilot
  • Photographer Pilot
  • Airshow Pilot
  • Demo Pilot (aircraft sales)
  • Medical Evacuation Pilot
  • Humanitarian/Charity Pilot
  • News/Traffic Pilot
  • Pipeline Patrol Pilot
  • National Defense or Border Patrol Pilot
  • Firefighting or Forestry Pilot

Salary of a Pilot

Salary of a pilot is depended upon the experience, Skills and Job role and responsibilities. The fresher pilot is different for different designations according to Salary pay or pay scale. Here we have discussed the average pay salary in India and also international pilot salary given to the pilots:

Private Pilot Salary

‪Average Private Jet pilot salary is Rs. 6,760,205($94,411) per annum. According to payscale, the Minimum salary of a Private pilot, Aircraft Pilot or Corporate Jet is Rs. ‪3,909,006($54,592)‬ and maximum salary pay is ‪Rs. 11,848,744($165,476) per year‬.

Commercial Pilot Salary

Average Commercial Pilot salary is Rs. 6,760,205($‪33138.81‬) per annum. According to payscale, the Minimum salary of a Commercial Pilot is Rs. ‪176,874($‪2470.17‬)‬ and maximum commercial airline pilot salary is ‪Rs. 10,026,416($‪140025.92‬) per year‬.

Airline Transport Pilot Salary

Average Airline Transport Pilot salary is Rs. 1,245,845($‪17399.10‬) per annum. According to payscale, the Minimum salary of an Airline Transport Pilot, Copilot, or Flight Engineer is Rs. ‪200,377($‪2798.40‬)‬ and maximum salary pay is ‪Rs. 7,441,451($‪103925.10‬) per year‬.

Certified Flight Instructor Salary

Average Flight Instructor salary is Rs. 4,846,230‬($67,681) per annum. According to payscale, the Minimum salary of a Flight Instructor is 2,182,848‬($30,485)‬ and maximum salary pay is RS. ‪7,439,727‬($103,901) per year‬.

Job DesignationSalary Pay (Per Annum)
Average Salary PayMinimum Salary PayMaximum Salary Pay
Private Pilot SalaryRs. 6,760,205($94,411)Rs. ‪3,909,006($54,592)‬Rs. 11,848,744($165,476)
Commercial Pilot SalaryRs. 6,760,205($‪33138.81‬)Rs. ‪176,874($‪2470.17‬)‬Rs. 10,026,416($‪140025.92‬)
Airline Transport Pilot SalaryRs. 1,245,845($‪17399.10‬)Rs. ‪200,377($‪2798.40‬)‬Rs. 7,441,451($‪103925.10‬)
Flight Instructor SalaryRs. ‪4,846,230‬($67,681)Rs. ‪2,182,848‬($30,485)‬Rs. ‪7,439,727‬($103,901)

Top Flight Schools, Colleges and Institutes of Aviation

Too many things have been confused people. Popular and best things always being easier for them. Similarly choosing between too many colleges and institutions is a challenge. So we have listed out some popular and best colleges for Aviation Programs and Certification/License.

Colleges and Institutes of Aviation in India

There are lots of institutes and colleges in India to taking admission in aviation. Explore all the institutes and colleges cant be possible. That’s why here we discussed some filtered list of Colleges and Institutes of Aviation in India which can be more easier for you. Check it out:

International Flight Schools/Institute and Universities Of Aviation

Every Indian want to go abroad but studying in abroad is a dream come true. There are many popular and best also available in the UK and Australia to get a bachelor’s degree or certification/License in aviation. But as you know go through all the institutes and universities will not be possible. So we are here to give the list of popular universities and Flight Schools of  Aviation in the UK and Australia. Check it Out:

Cost to become a pilot

Do many applicants have a question in their mind that how much does it cost to become a pilot? Cost of the Flight training program will depend on many factors and variables. These factors are:

  • Flight School
  • Aircraft
  • Navionics used
  • Duration of the Training Program
  • Housing and Training Materials

And many more.

Pilot Course Fees are depended on the university to university and School to School. Every University, College and Institute have their own fee structure. But there is some average value to be calculated for the cost of aviation course or certification.

Pilot Course Fees in India is different for all the level of pilot certification or license.

Average total fees of the Private Pilot License are INR 1 to 50 lacs per annum. Commercial Pilot License Course fees are INR 30–40 lakhs per year. For Air Transport Pilot License, average total tuition fees are INR 80 lakhs to 1 crore per annum. And last but not least Average tuition fees of Certified Flight Instructor License are INR 50- 70 lakhs per year.

Job DesignationPilot Course Fees (Per Annum)
Minimum FeesMaximum Fees
Private Pilot License CostINR 1 LakhINR 50 Lakhs
Commercial Pilot License CostINR 30 LakhsINR 40 Lakhs
Airline Transport Pilot License CostINR 80 LakhsINR 1 Crore
Flight Instructor License CostINR 50 LakhsINR 70 Lakhs

If you want to know about the exact cost of the training program then you can call on a particular training school and ask them or you can visit your nearby Flight training school.

Pilot Aviation Courses

Different College provides different courses. Every Student whether it is 10th Pass, 12th Pass and a Graduate in any subject can apply to become a pilot. There are so many courses available to be a pilot.

For 10th pass there is Student pilot Certification Course is available. To become a pilot after 12th, students can apply for the Private Pilot Certification Course, Bachelor’s Courses and all the Diploma courses related to aviation flight certification or aviation ground certification. Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree can take admission in the Commercial Pilot Certification Course.

Here we have listed out some certification courses in which you can apply to be a pilot. Have a look:

  • Bachelor Of Business Administration [BBA] (Aviation)
  • Bachelor Of Business Administration [BBA] (Airport Management)
  • Bachelor Of Science [B.Sc] (Aviation)
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME)
  • Master Of Science [M.Sc] (Aviation)
  • Student Pilot Certification/License
  • Private Pilot Certification/License
  • Aviation in Diploma
  • Airport Management in Diploma
  • Ground Staff And Cabin Crew Training in diploma
  • Aviation Hospitality in Diploma
  • Diploma In Airfare And Ticketing Management
  • Commercial Pilot Certification/License

How Long Does It Take To Become A Pilot

Time duration to become a pilot is depend upon the Qualification. If you are a 10th pass Student then firstly you have to gain Student Pilot License which has Course duration is 6 months and then you have to gain Private Pilot License which takes 1 year to be complete. After that, you can apply for Commercial Pilot License which also takes 1 year of course duration.

You can also apply directly to the Private Pilot License Course if you are a 12th pass and your age is 17 years old. This way also take the same time duration of 1 year to gain a Private Pilot License Course.

There is also a way to apply directly to the Commercial Pilot License Course when you have completed your graduation in aviation. But the age must be 18 years old and the Commercial Pilot License Course duration is also 1 Year in this way.

Admission Procedure to get Pilot Degree

Every academy has a different procedure to take admission for flight training. There are some requirement criteria has been set which you have to meet. Requirement Criteria we have been discussed above.

Now we will let you know about the Common Admission Process which has been followed by every flight school or academy.

Admission Test

Candidate has to qualify to Admission test which is taken by the Flight Academy. Admission Test can be online and offline both depend upon Flight school. Subjects, on which the question would be asked, are Maths, Physics, English, Geography.

Procedure And Application Fee

For the Admission Test or procedure, you can contact the Administrator of the Flight Academy or School. You should also have to send your passport copy if you want to get admission in abroad. For the Admission Test firstly you have to Pay the administration or application fee. Then they will let you know further details of the admission test.

Apply for Admission

After the Admission test result, You will get the application form and then you have to submit the application form with the enrollment fee.

Medical Examination

Before starting the Flight training program, Candidate has to contact the aviation medical examiner for the medical examination. A candidate who does not pass the medical exam can claim full enrollment fee refund.

Subject Requirements To Become A Pilot

Did you know what you have to study in 10th and 12th to become a pilot in the future? You should have a little theoretical knowledge also rather than practical. And that theoretical knowledge you can gain from your 10th and 12th subjects.

Now we will let you know which subjects you have to choose to be a pilot in the future.


For being a Private pilot you should have to choose the science stream because physics and maths these two subjects are mandatory to take the admission for a pilot.


 Maths Subject is mandatory because a pilot has to do some calculations of the distance needed for the takes off. A pilot should also have knowledge of trigonometry, functions, and limits.


Communications is the most important part for the pilot to talk with their co-pilot on the radio. To send messages to their flight attendants and communicate with the passengers English will be mandatory. They should able to speak, read and write English fluently.


A pilot has to familiar with the surroundings that’s why they should have knowledge of geography. They should know how to read the maps and also knows which country is safe for the emergency landing.

List of Recruiting Companies

After completing the flight training and gaining the pilot certifications, Candidate wants to get the job. That’s why we have listed out Top of the recruiting companies in aviation. Have a look at it:

  • Air India
  • Indigo
  • Jet Airways
  • Indian Airlines
  • Indian Navy
  • HAL
  • NAL
  • BSF
  • Indian Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Reasons to Become a Pilot

In childhood, Everyone has a dream to be a pilot but the question is how many of them achieve it. When we get older our passion and dream become changed because we think there is no life of being a pilot. I think everyone has their own perception with their dreams, jobs, and career.

Now here we will let you know why you have to be a pilot. Be with us and Just check it out:

  • People who love travelling can be a pilot because you can travel the whole world in this profession.
  • Pilot demand becoming high timely and there is no recession can come till people travelling from the flight.
  • A pilot has their own cabin on the flight it means you can have their own office in the sky.
  • As we know its a high profile profession so that you can increase your skills and knowledge.

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