Indian Aviation

Indian Aviation





Indian dreams are soaring to an all time. Scores of young Indians across the rural urban divide are united in their aspiration of flying high, both literally and metaphorically. The Indian aviation in India is one of the most vibrant sectors of its staggering compound annual growth rate of 18% in 2008 is still on an upward surge. The projected growth rate of India’s civil aviation passenger is a whopping 20%, one of the highest in the world.

Requirements are not so arduous.


A 12th Degree in science with a minimum of 50 to 60% marks is the basic.

The next step is training in flying and acquiring a Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

Before getting a CPL, you would learn from the scratch where you will get your Students Pilot License (SPL) (fully viva) conducted by DGCA (Directorate of Civil Aviation) members and then you will get a PPL (Private Pilot License ) and then finally the CPL where 200 hours of flying is done.


This consists of two medical examinations i.e. Class 2 and Class 1 medicals. Class 2 medicals are conducted by recognized DGCA doctors and consist of only 5 tests in general where as a Class I medical consists around 12 tests where every main part essential for a Pilot is tested in depth. A Pilot has to maintain his/her health carefully or else he/she will be grounded whatever experience they have.


Regardless of the validity of the CPL granted by say FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) USA or the European Joint Aviation Authority (JAA) a pilot cannot fly in the Indian skies without DGCA qualifications.


On average training can take anywhere from six months to two years depending on variable factors such as the student’s learning curve and the school’s curriculum. BUT BOTTOM LINE IS MONEY. Most students head to foreign schools because until recently the schools in India were both, very few and plagued by infrastructural problems. In India the school which gives the best training and has a beautiful infrastructure would be IGRUA (Indira Gandhi Rashtyra Udan Academy) It has its own beauty.For more details log on to Many Indian pilots have been placed in Indian Airlines or Air India where placements are great but IGRUA has a tough selection process for joining the school. Now recently another flying school has come and is been linked with IGRUA where both are been taken care by CAE ( Canadian Aerospace Engineering) will tell you soon… 😛


Coming to countries such as Philippines continue to attract students in droves because they seem to offer the best deals in terms of time and money. The approximate cost comes around 20lakhs but that is a misleading figure where that turns to be the minimum cost. Usually it amounts to 40lakhs. Be prepared for a substantial financial investment. He is wary of students who are mortgaging their all just to meet the stipulated fee.


Factors such as hike in Jet aviation fuel prices can increase training cost without warnings. To add to the problems there starts the horror stories of students being left in alien lands when the schools goes bust. Before opting for a pilot training the aspiring student needs to know all the pitfalls. Unfortunately there is a critical lack of organized information. My advice would be, before committing to a school and the training program the student should compare the widest range of options possible and the research should be intensive. Thanks to my friend Vinay where I learnt a lot from him and will still learn ..:D


~ by anand213 on February 23, 2009.

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