1. Who is a first officer?
In commercial aviation, the first officer is the second pilot (also referred to as the "co-pilot") of an aircraft. The first officer is second-in-command of the aircraft to the captain, who is the legal commander. Before progressing to First Officer, comes the role of trainee co-pilot.
It takes approx 1 year with an airline to become a trainee co-pilot. Then after around one year and clearing the check ride, the trainee co-pilot qualifies for the right seat as a First Officer.
2. How and when can one become a captain?
Commander and Captain are used in-lieu of each other. It requires a total experience of 1500 flying hrs, an ATPL License, 1000 hrs of cross country flying and 500 hrs on type of aircraft to become a Captain. On an average it takes around 4 to 5 years to become a Captain after becoming a First Officer.
3. How can I choose the right aviation academy for my CPL Course?
We recommend following points to be taken into consideration while looking for a right academy :-
- Cost and duration of the course
- Fleet and availability of aircraft i.e aircraft to student ratio
- No. And nature of flight and ground instructors
- Number and nature of flight and ground instructors
- Availability of a maintenance team
- Availability of fuel
- Infrastructure of the academy
- Reputation of the academy
- Feedback from other students
- Boarding and lodging facilities
4. What are the job prospects in India?
With the introduction of low cost airlines in India and Asia region, job scenario in aviation sector is looking up. Also, with the importance of time over money is a major key in making a transition from the railways to the airlines, as a primary mode of transport.
5. How long can a person work as a Pilot?
Govt. of India allows a person to fly commercially up to the age of 65 years, which is subject to being medically fit.
6. What remuneration can a person expect as Commercial Pilot ?
Generally, airlines offer from Rs. 40,000/- upwards to a freshly inducted pilot. After successful completion of type training on the specific commercial aircraft, his salary may stand revised to appx. INR 70,000/- to INR 1,00,000 per month. Salaries of captains normally range from INR 1.25 lacs and above.
7. Any suggestions for aspiring pilots ?
Aviation is a sector that demands discipline, dedication and determination . If you plan to make aviation as your career, you must first earn the basic pilot certificates and ratings. Apart from your ratings and Commercial Pilot License, it requires good aptitude and honed interpersonal and decision making skills to be a good pilot.
While majority of aspiring pilots wish to fly for the airlines, there are several interesting and good paying jobs in India, for e.g. Charter flying; Corporate flying; Flight instructors; Aerial patrols, etc.
8. Does one require special skills to be a pilot?
Good numerical, analytical and logical reasoning ability are essential skills for pilots. Interpersonal skills with good communication are an added advantage.
9. Which all papers one need to pass as per DGCA ?
As per DGCA standards, one need to pass the following papers :-
- Air Regulations
- Air Navigation
- Aircraft technical General
- Aircraft Technical Specific