Minimum Requirements to be a Pilot in India

Introduction

So you want to be a Pilot??. Well, I am a firm believer that if you put in enough efforts, you can achieve anything. But in todays competitive world is just effort enough?. What is actually needed, is to focus your efforts in the right direction. I hope my posts give your efforts a direction.

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Medical fitness needed to be a pilot

Introduction

Medical fitness has always been the most important aspect of a pilots life. If your not medically fit as per governing authorities in your country, you cannot fly. Its been one of the frequent questions I have been getting from budding pilots.

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Life of a Helicopter pilot

Introduction

My name is Capt Sanjith Christopher, and I’m a helicopter pilot. I have been flying since the last 4 years. I have accumulated around 2000 hours of helicopter flight time as of now. Though its not much, but its pretty good for a guy who is 26 years old. The machines I have flown are Schweizer 300, Robinson 22, Robinson 44 and Dauphin AS365N. Presently,  I am flying for the Indian Govt and my base of flying changes every month.

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How much money do you need to be a pilot??

Introduction

How much money do you need to become a pilot?? Well, I get this question a lot, and my answer is  also the same, ALOT!!

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How to become a Commercial Pilot in India

First lets cover what are the basic prerequisites to be a Commercial pilot in India. So I’m not going to waste your or my time introducing myself, you can find that in the about section.  As most of you are going to be school and college students who are going to read this. I will break it down in points, like school days!!

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DGCA class 1 medical application detailed guide

Introduction

The first step to becoming a pilot, not only in India but anywhere in the world is medical. In India, the most important part is your class 1 DGCA medical. So, to complete your medicals, first comes a class 2 medical and then comes the DGCA class 1 medical. The class 2 medical is valid for 2 years and class 1 is valid for 1 year if your age is less than 60 years.

DGCA class 2 medical

Class 2 medical is quite simple. Just click on this link:

https://www.dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/?page=jsp/dgca/InventoryList/personal/medical/class2/class2.pdf

And choose a doctor who is near your area. Only choose a doctor from the above list.
The doctor will send you a mail regarding all the tests you need to do and the documents you need to carry.

You will have to create an EGCA login before you go to the doctor. You can click here for a step by step guide to get an egca login.

Blood and urine tests, ECG, EEG, chest x-ray, and audiometry are a few regular tests the doctor might ask you to carry from outside or do it in his own lab. The doctor will carry out BMI, blood pressure, physical examination and ENT tests.

The doctor will approve all your reports will send them to DGCA, Delhi for approval. If everything is in order, DGCA will approve it and grant you a PMR. A PMR is a file in your name which has your PREVIOUS MEDICAL RECORDS.

Finally, you can login into egca and get your class 2 medical assessment.



DGCA Class 1 medical

Now that your class 2 medical is over, time for your initial class 1 medical!!.

You can click on the following link to choose your class 1 medical examination centre: https://www.dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/?page=jsp/dgca/InventoryList/personal/medical/class1/c1exam.pdf

So there are 6 airforce centres and one civil centre in Mumbai which is the Nanavati hospital. The list also mentions Apollo hospital, Chennai, but on enquiring with them they said they have discontinued. Incase of Civil centres you can directly call them and request for an appointment. But for Airforce centres you need to go via DGCA. The DGCA has set up a centralised appointment system. All you need to do is fill up a form and send it on dgcamedicalappointment@gmail.com . Heres the form for your reference.

Dgca class 1 medical

A few things to keep in mind while you apply

When you apply for your class 1 medical, keep in mind that you choose a date that is a month ahead. The request can be made as early as 90 days before the ‘intended date of medical examination’ and upto 15 days before the ‘intended date of medical examination’. Requests received earlier than 90 days will be kept pending. Requests received late shall not be acted upon. Give minimum two and max five choices of centres from among the list of centres.

You are required to give minimum two and max five choices of centres from among the list of centres. The appointment is granted as per availability of a slot at the centre on the date requested for. If a slot is not available in the first choice then the other choices would be considered serially.

Medical will not conducted on some days at the examination centre and you will have to choose your date accordingly. Here the link from where you can find out the operational days and other details: http://164.100.60.133/medical/Procedure%20for%20DGCA%20Centralised%20Appt%20&%20PMR%20Fwd%20System.pdf

In a few days you will receive a mail from DGCA with your appointment details. DGCA will forward your PMR to the medical examination centre. And you are all set to go.

FEE for medicals

You will have to pay a fee at https://bharatkosh.gov.in. Rs 3000 is the service for the medical. You will have to pay for the tests conducted separately. Overall for class 2 and 1 medicals you can keep a budget of Rs 30000. But this is subjective to the tests that the doctor prescribes.

Conclusion

Remember one thing, be well dressed and well groomed when you go for your medicals. Be polite and avoid getting into arguments for a smooth ride. Do not forget to carry all the documents, test reports, photographs and the fee receipt as mentioned in the appointment mail. If you drink or smoke, avoid it a few weeks prior to your medical. Do well!!.

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Do you feel stagnant and stuck??

stagnant

Introduction

Have you felt stagnant and that you are not growing when people around you is making progress and moving ahead?. Do you feel lost and stuck while everyone around you seems to be moving forward in their personal and professional lives? Have you felt unhappy waking up in the morning unsure of where your life is heading? We have all been there at some point in our lives. Sharing with you some of the lessons I have learnt in my journey.

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Scholarships for flying training 2022-23

Introduction 

To start off, we all know, to be a pilot is expensive. And good scholarships is the need of the hour. It’s very difficult for a middle class individual to afford such an expensive education. Even if he/she is able to arrange that money, a lifetime is spent in repaying the debts. The aviation field is only being ruled by the elite and rich. I strongly believe it’s time this changes. 

These are strong words, but flying being such an expensive field, is creating rich pilots but maybe not talented ones. So the need for the hour is scholarships in the field of Aviation. An aviation scholarship will create a pathway to flying for even the middle and lower classes of our society and bring fresh talent in. The unaffordable nature of flying training is slowly leading to a drain of talent in the field of aviation. 

I have mentioned this previously as well, To fly, is a privilege. I keep saying this because its a difficult field to enter into. You not only need strong finances but also the brains to step into this glorious field.  Those who are talented, do not have the money and those who have money, aren’t talented enough.



Scholarships by the government

When it comes to scholarships, I’m sorry to say that Government of India has not many programs that support flying. But let me still list out a few. You can check out a few like-

  1. Scholarship by Ministry of Tribal Affairs
  2. Scholarships by Rajiv Gandhi foundation
  3. The DGCA scholarship

I tried to research into these scholarship programs. On calling up these organisations, they said that the scholarship program is still there, but they will announce when and how the grants will be available. Especially with covid coming into the picture, companies have also stopped giving scholarships. But you can surely enquire into scholarships listed above. 

Scholarships by private entities

1. Hercules training academy scholarships

An academy run by Indian armed forces veterans has listed out a scholarship on their website. Eligible candidates will be able to apply for FLYING TRAINING and GROUND TRAINING scholarships of up-to Rupees three lakh fifty thousand (INR 3,50,000/-) and Rupees one lakh fifty thousand (INR 1,50,000/-) respectively. Heres the link- https://herculesaviationtraining.com/scholarship/

2. SBM scholarship for flying training

Santosh Babu Memorial Scholarship for Flying Training  is in fond and proud remembrance of the brave officer. He will continue to inspire generations to come. The total amount available towards the scholarship is Rupees Thirty-Five lakhs (INR 35,00,000/-) to be distributed equally among ten students.

3. SAM SCHOLARSHIP FOR GROUND TRAINING

Sunil Agnihotri Memorial Scholarship for Ground Training is dedicated to providing a merit-based platform to students to kick-start their aviation careers. The total amount available towards the scholarship is Rupees Thirty lakhs (INR 30,00,000/-) to be distributed equally among twenty students.

4. Sapno Ki Udaan Scholarship

SAPNO KI UDAAN, the initiative will help those bright young women who are unable to pursue their dreams due to lack of financial support. Honda will provide 100% scholarship to 20 deserving young females from Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan & Karnataka in becoming commercial pilots. It will bear the entire cost of training right from their selection to a training period of 18 months in one of India’s leading flying schools and later will assist them in getting jobs as commercial pilots. Heres the link- https://www.honda2wheelersindia.com/CSR/Home/ProjectSpecific/46

5. JRD TATA Scholarship

This is a grant for candidates who are keen on pursuing the Commercial Pilots License course or for those who would like to pursue type rating after obtaining their license to fly a certain type of aircraft. This grant is offered to students pursuing the course in India or overseas, and subject to their performance during the interview. Heres the link: https://www.tatatrusts.org/our-work/individual-grants-programme/education-grants

Conclusion

I am also striving to create a scholarship program since years now with initiatives like #Aviationforall where I aim at launching scholarship programs for Individuals who cannot afford flying training. I have been collecting money by teaching aviation subjects on various platforms and all the money goes into the scholarship program. Hopefully such programs come ahead soon. 

Maybe this write up might have just made you upset. I would still say that, if you have a dream and the passion to achieve something, no matter how hard it is, you will find a way. There is always a way, you just need to find it. Dream, believe, work, achieve, that’s been my motto all my life.

If you have any further doubts, feel free to contact us- http://www.stupidindianpilot.com/contact-us/

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Plan your Sunday for a productive week

productive week

A productive week is all we need in life. We all have different plans on how to use and spend our Sundays. Though there is no right or wrong way to it the following points will ensure that you have a productive week.

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A covid flying story- The Old Man

Covid flying

Covid flying- Introduction

Covid flying has been the most worthwhile flying i have ever done. My name is Capt Sanjith Christopher, a pilot flying for the Government of India. We were carrying out a lot of medical evacuation all around the country during the peak of covid. Back in August 2020, I arrived in Aizawl, the capital city of Mizoram. I had been to Mizoram many times for flying. But this time Mizoram looked different. The street that once was bubbling with crowds and busy markets was now empty. Covid had hit the state quite bad and we were here to help.

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Flying training- Tips to save money

Save money in flying training


Flying training hack – Introduction

Flying training is one of the most expensive courses to be in. On an average the cost to be a pilot conventionally is anywhere between 50-60 lakhs INR. Almost, 90 percent of the students take a loan to get this training done. A lot of money gets spent unnecessarily, this is what i have realised during my flying training is. There are a few things i wish i could have done differently and saved some money. So that you guys dont make the same mistakes i did. I am listing out a few tips to save money during your flying training. Here we go.

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Requirements to be a Commercial Pilot- Helicopters

helicopters

Introduction

Many of us dream of being a commercial pilot in Helicopters. But very few of us know the way. Well, I’m here to tell you the requirements towards being a commercial pilot. In this part I’m not going to talk about the fee structure but the necessary requirements. Well, what a joke, isn’t money the most important thing to be a pilot??. If you want to know how much money is needed click here. In any case, without these basic requirements even money can’t help you. So lets go ahead.



Age requirement to be a commercial pilot- Helicopters

He/She shall be not less than Eighteen years of age on the date of application.

Educational qualifications

He/She shall have passed Class Ten plus Two or equivalent examination. You should have Physics and Mathematics, from a recognized Board/University.

Medical Fitness to be a commercial pilot- Helicopters

He/She shall produce on a prescribed proforma a certificate of physical fitness from an approved Medical Board after undergoing a medical examination. He shall have established his medical fitness on the basis of compliance with the requirements as notified by the Director-General under Rule 39B. Click here to know about 39B.



Knowledge

He/She shall pass a written examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Meteorology and Technical examinations. A Signals examination for interpretation of aural and visual signals as per syllabus, will also be held. You will also need to give an RTR exam conducted by WPC.

Flying experience to get a commercial pilot license- Helicopters

An evidence of having satisfactorily completed not less than one hundred and fifty hours of flight time. It shall include:.

1. not less that fifty hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command of a helicopter.

2. Should not have less than ten hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot-in-Command of a helicopter.

3.  Not less than ten hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command of a helicopter within a period of six months. It should be immediately preceding the date of application for licence. Out of which not less than five hours of flight time by night. It shall include not less than ten take-offs and ten landing patterns by night.

4. not less than ten hours of instrument instruction time of which not less than five hours may be instrument ground time.

Skill

He shall have demonstrated his competency to perform the procedures and manoeuvres. As prescribed in the syllabus by day and night to the satisfaction of an approved Examiner. It should on the type of helicopter to which the application for licence relates. It should be within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application.

Conclusion

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Requirements to be a Commercial Pilot- Aeroplanes

Introduction

Many of us dream of being a commercial pilot in aeroplanes. But very few of us know the way. Well, I’m here to tell you the requirements towards being a commercial pilot. In this part I’m not going to talk about the fee structure but the necessary requirements. Well, what a joke, isn’t money the most important thing to be a pilot??. If you want to know how much money is needed click here. In any case, without these basic requirements even money can’t help you. So lets go ahead.

Age requirement to be a commercial pilot- Aeroplanes

He/She shall be not less than Eighteen years of age on the date of application.

Educational qualifications

He/She shall have passed Class Ten plus Two or equivalent examination. You should have Physics and Mathematics, from a recognized Board/University.

Medical Fitness to be a commercial pilot- Aeroplanes

He/She shall produce on a prescribed proforma a certificate of physical fitness from an approved Medical Board after undergoing a medical examination. He shall have established his medical fitness on the basis of compliance with the requirements as notified by the Director-General under Rule 39B. Click here to know about 39B

Knowledge

He/She shall pass a written examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Meteorology and Technical examinations. A Signals examination for interpretation of aural and visual signals as per syllabus, will also be held. You will also need to give an RTR exam conducted by WPC.



Flying experience to get a commercial pilot license- Aeroplanes

An evidence of having satisfactorily completed not less than two hundred hours of flight time. It shall include:.

  1. Not less than one hundred hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command. Out of which not less than fifteen hours shall have been completed within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application for licence.
  2. Should not have less than twenty hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot-in-Command. It should include a cross-country flight of not less than three hundred nautical miles in the course of which full stop landings at two different aerodromes shall be made.
  3. Not less than ten hours of instrument time. Out of which not more than five hours may be on an approved simulator.
  4. At least five hours of flight time by night. It should include a minimum of ten take-offs and ten landings as Pilot-in-Command as carried out within six months the date of application for licence.

Skill tests

He shall have demonstrated his competency to perform the procedures and manoeuvres prescribed in the syllabus to the satisfaction of an examiner. It should be on the type of aeroplane to which the application for licence relates. Also, within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application. The competency shall be demonstrated as in:.

  1.  general flying test by day.
  2. general flying test by night.
  3. A cross-country flight test by day. It would consist of a flight of not less than two hundred fifty nautical miles. In the course of which at least one full stop landing at an aerodrome other than the aerodrome of departure shall be made.
  4. A cross-country flying test by night. It would consist of a flight of not less than one hundred twenty nautical miles. Also returning to the place of departure without landing elsewhere. 



Conclusion

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