The human heart has always craved, yearned and longed to fly high and deep in the sky like birds to breathe its liberating air. Well, human civilization has to wait till the 20th century, when the Wright brothers with their invention of the aircraft gave human civilization those wings to rove the sky. And in 21 century with the emergence of globalization, the airline industry has grown to an unprecedented level. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry. Around the world air routes have expanded, as it is one of the favorite modes of communication of people.
Career & Job
There is a huge career opportunity for candidates who have always harbored a dream to fly. Now, they can fly and earn handsomely as well. Besidesthe love, for flying a candidate should also have a well-cultivated mind for taking up this challenging job as a commercial pilot. A candidate should have patience, discipline, balance, a highly alert mind, sharp eye and dedication towards the job. This is a challenging job which demands hard work, problem-solving skills, and cool calculative mind to face any crisis situation.
Ways to Become a Commercial Pilot
There are two ways by which a candidate can become a commercial pilot -
1- A candidate can join any private commercial pilot training center which is approved by the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). In India there are 43 private pilot training centers or Flying Clubs.
2- A candidate can become a commercial pilot by joining the flying branch of NDA or CDS. For this, a candidate is required to qualify the competitive entrance exam on an all India level. The exams are conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
Stages of Becoming a Commercial Pilot
A candidate should, first of all, obtain the PPL (Private Pilot License) and thereafter he can easily get the CPL (Commercial Pilot License).
The process of licensing is not an easy one. A candidate is required to pass the rigorous physical as well as written test to get the license.
What is PPL?
A Private Pilot License authorizes a pilot to fly only privately hold aircraft. He or she is not authorized to draw a salary for the service. The DGCA has specified certain conditions which an applicant is required to qualify in order to get the license.
What is CPL?
A Commercial Pilot License authorizes a pilot to fly aircraft or airplanes. He or she is authorized to demand remuneration for delivering his or her service. The DGCA has specified certain conditions which an applicant is required to qualify in order to get the license. The specified conditions are in consonance with the International Civil Aviation organization.