How sakshi started her dream in becoming a Pilot :
How to become a pilot ?
I have seen most of us asking how to become a pilot. Here, I have tried to cover most of the important things that I have learned the hard way.Becoming a commercial pilot is a step by step process, so we must go step by step. So this guide will also show how to become a commercial pilot step by step.
We can become a pilot after 12th and Graduation.
Eligibility to join a flying school :
12th class should be passed with science stream with 55% Aggregate Marks in physics,chemistry and maths. Applicable for both 12th passout and Graduate Student.
How to join a flying school ?
1) To qualify the written test.
2) Crack the Interview .
3) Qualify the Medical Test.
Generally the course duration is 15-18 months.
Licenses to become a pilot :
Student Pilot License (SPL): First License needed till one earns 40-50 hours of flying and receives a Private Pilot License (PPL). SPL is valid for 24 months
Private Pilot License (PPL): Minimum requirement to fly an airplane with passengers. One can get PPL after 40 hours of flying + clearing written and practical test
Commercial Pilot License(CPL):
1). Minimum requirement to get a job as a pilot .
2). Must be above 18 years of age .
3). Must complete 200 hours of flying (including 150 hours solo flying, 25 hours of cross country, 10 hours of Instrument flying, 5 hours of night flying) + written test conducted by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) .
4). Must be physically and mentally fit.
Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL): A top pilot license which mandatorily requires 1500 hours of flying + Clearance of written test conducted by DGCA.
Now-a-days CPL Holders need to posses a type rating certificate in order to get more oppurtunities.
Type Rating Certificate : A type rating is a regulating agency's certification of an airplane pilot to fly a certain aircraft type that requires additional training beyond the scope of the initial license and aircraft class training. What aircraft require a type rating is decided by the local aviation authority.
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What they are
Responsible for performing pre- and post-flight aircraft inspections.
Responsible for selecting safe and efficient flight routes.
Responsible for determining risks that may occur.
Responsible for keeping accurate records for compliance purposes.
Communicating with required agencies and personnel.
Ensuring the safety and comfort of the passengers, crew, and aircraft.
What they need
Having good organizational skills.
• Being able to make quick decisions.
• Having math skills.
• Having good reflexes.
• Being able to stay calm under stressful circumstances.
• Having high attention to details.
• Being able to speak more than one language.
• Having analytical skills.
• Being able to work for long hours.