Pilot minimum requirements

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.

I have written before about How to be a commercial pilot in India . So this time I would like to talk about the minimum requirements you should have even before you think of becoming a pilot in India.

So we know basically there are three steps towards our goal.

  1. Student Pilot Licence (Aeroplanes/Helicopters)
  2. Private Pilot license (Aeroplanes/Helicopters)
  3. Commercial Pilot License (Aeroplanes/Helicopters)

Now to the above if you want, you can add Instrument rating, Type rating, Instructor rating etc. But the above three are the bare minimum steps. And lets look at the requirements one by one.

Student Pilot License (Aeroplane/Helicopter)

Age: 16 years and above.

Educational qualification: Shall have passed Class Ten or its equivalent examination from a recognised Board.

After you have both of the above requirements you should clear your medicals and pass an oral examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology and Aircraft and Engines. All as per the syllabus prescribed by DGCA.

You need this license along with an FRTOL to start flying.

Private Pilot license (Aeroplanes/Helicopters)

Age: 17 years and above.

Educational Qualification: shall have passed Class Ten or equivalent Examination from a recognised Board.

After you have both of the above requirements along with an SPL.

Note: Your class 1 medicals should be valid.

You will have to pass a written examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology and Aircraft and Engines. All as per the syllabus prescribed by the Director-General.

Note: So if you have a valid Private Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes/Helicopters) or a Commercial/Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes/Helicopters) you need to pass an examination in Aircraft and Engines only.

Flying: You will have to fly a total of 40 hours on Aeroplanes/ Helicopters as per syllabus prescribed by DGCA.

Commercial Pilot License (Aeroplanes/Helicopters)

Age: 18 years and above.

Educational Qualification: He shall have passed Class Ten plus Two or an equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics, from a recognized Board/University.

After you have both of the above requirements along with an PPL.

Note: Your class 1 medicals should be valid.

You will have to pass a written examination Air Regulations, Air Navigation Meteorology and aircraft and Engines and Signals (practical) examination for interpretation of aural and visual signals, as per the syllabus prescribed by the DGCA.

Note: The holder of a current Commercial Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes/Helicopters) applying for the license shall be required to pass an examination in Aircraft and Engines only.

Flying: You will have to fly a total of 200 hours on Aeroplanes and 150 hours in Helicopters as per syllabus prescribed by DGCA.

Conclusion

I hope I was able to add some value and reading through was worth your time!!.

Thankyou for your time!!.

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Reference: https://dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/

10 thoughts on “Minimum Requirements to be a Pilot in India”

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