Study Local and Go Global – Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

There is a phrase that says, Pilots need a hero too and hence God made Aircraft Mechanics.”

The field of Aircraft Maintenance is changing at a very fast pace since the time it first evolved. With the new changes taking place in the aircraft technology the role of aircraft mechanics has also evolved. It can be said that Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are the doctors for Aircraft, the way they know about the nuts and bolts of it is not every man’s job.

India is a developing nation and it is continuously growing, with the growth of aviation industry it has opened new avenues of growth and opportunities in terms of job opportunities for people. The latest buzz that has taken the country on a rise is Aircraft maintenance engineering course which has drawn the interest of youth primarily because of the practical learning and adventure that comes complimentary with this course. The rapidly changing field of aviation has opened up scope for new aviation companies to enter in this field. The open air policy has helped the entrance of many private companies to introduce airlines and feeder lines, apart from this there are many international airlines that operate from India leading to the rise of options in aviation field apart from pilot.

Let me illustrate some facts about AME course that will surely make you fall in love with this it:

  1. There is no other career opportunity than AME that gives you an option of practical hands-on training from the beginning of your curriculum. You get to feel and talk to flying machines out there.
  2. The course will take your adrenaline rush to its highest level when you get the real time training on airport and planes.
  3. An opportunity to study local and go global, the course has been designed in a manner that it helps you become eligible to work across the globe (obviously you need to fulfill some criteria defined by airlines of different nations)
  4. A new experience every day; if you have a personality who is looking to explore something new every day then my friend don’t miss out the chance to become and AME

If this has brought you on the edge of your chair ,then this is the moment for you to get your admission done but most of the people who are new to this field are unaware of eligibility criteria and Institutes for AME in India that can help you to shape your career. Let me take you through the journey of becoming an AME.

 

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There are plethora of flying schools offering this course but as a student you must know some key pointers about this course and affiliation which will pave your way to future glory. Here we have prepared a checklist that will help you gain an insight about the course and prepare your due course of action:

The first thing as a student you must know is, AME is not a diploma or a degree program, and it’s a training program, where you need to earn your license to be eligible to work as AME or Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Aviation has mainly two branches flying branch and maintenance branch wherein the flying branch is for the pilots, the maintenance engineer is those who take care of the maintenance of the flight. It is mandatory for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer to earn the licence from DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation) which you get once you are through with these 3 years of your training you get a licence called Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Certificate or BAMEC

  • An important point to note here is that the AME is further sub-divided into categories 1. Avionics Mechanical. As a part of mechanical curriculum of AME , you get training on light and heavy airframe, radio navigation, instrument system, piston engine, jet engine, heavy airplane, and instrument system. On the other hand avionics gives you a chance to study the electrical system, radio navigation and instrumental system of the plane. Furthermore, a good institute will give you a chance to learn everything on a real plane so that you get the best understanding of the concept
  • This was the story about the course and what makes you ready to pick up the tools and work on the plane but now is the time to see what below the iceberg. There is a good amount of hard work and perseverance with dedication required to transform you into a person who will be responsible for ensuring the safety of lives of so many people. I would like to compare an AME with a doctor and why I am persistently emphasizing on this fact is to make our young aspirants understand the importance of this field, like a doctor takes care of its patients and their wellbeing similarly AME takes care of the plane, they ensure that the plane is perfect to take off .

SO, now the question that comes up is, what does it take to become an AME, so my friend here is the pointers that will elucidate the eligibility criteria that you need to fulfil to become an AME:

  1. Students who have cleared 10+2 with PCM, or have a 3-year diploma course in any engineering branch or if you have BSc degree in Physics, Maths, and chemistry, you are eligible to register for this course.
  2. At the time of preparing your bucket list of institutes offering AME course to find out if they offer training on jet engine and heavy aircraft (a strict no-no to colleges who don’t offer it)

Once all the above-mentioned points get an answer YES, it’s time for you to kick start your preparation for admission. The aviation field is open for both male and female;

Amidst the flood of so many institutes there is our Flying school at Baramati, Carver Aviation which has created a benchmark of excellence to produce some of the best AMEs in the nation. Equipped with all the facilities for thorough theoretical and practical training Carver Aviation is undoubtedly best choice for pursuing your AME Training.

Remember, the sky is the limit for normal people but for AMEs sky is limitless, if you have perseverance and are ready to face challenges then this is the course for you.

Moreover, the Indian aviation industry is on standing on the verge of expansion which will pave the way for many national and international players to enter the Indian Aviation sector.

This is creating ample set of opportunities for those who aspire to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. In the year 2015-16, all the operational airports in India handled 223.6 million passengers and the total number of aircraft movements amounted to 1.79 million, the statistics are overwhelming and shows tremendous growth of Indian aviation sector. The increased number of flights shows the increased demand of AME’s to look after and maintain the aircrafts.

 

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR PILOT TRAINING..??

Let’s face it, paying for flight/ pilot training is very ritzy and upmarket, but no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid. Gone are the days when only the one from an affluent and lavish family could dream to become a pilot. Now the world wants to see the instinctive dexterity inside you and not the greenbacks inside your pocket. If you truly believe in the power of your dreams, you can accomplish something that you love passionately, by finding or making your own pathway to success.

Unfortunately, the overhead to learn flying with any pilot training institutes has been the biggest obstacle in becoming a commercial airline pilot. Unless you have a trust fund from your rich dad, the costs to become commercial pilots can seem to be an impassable mountain. But when you are investing in an education and skills that can literally take you any where you want to go in life, the sky is the limit for you.
Let’s learn how people with dream of making career in aviation can find their way to pay for flight school.
• One can look for the educational loans from the trusted sources.
• Ample Nationalized Banks do furnish the student loans for commercial pilot training such as State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Corporation Bank and Punjab National Bank.
• One can opt for private loan from a bank, credit union, person-to-person lender, family member, or friend.
• One can get a credit card especially for pilot training, including zero interest rate for the introductory periods ranging from six months to more than a year.
There is no need to confine you with these sources when multiple options are available. Although grants and scholarships are highly sought after as they don’t need to be repaid, but practically, this free money is never enough to earn your wings, so let’s carefully review and consider all of our funding options:
1. Financial Aid that Sets You for Take Off:
In the most general senses, the Pilot training in India can be segregated into two major aspects whether you wish to hold a Private Pilot License (PPL) or Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Now you have to take a single-minded decision to fly as a hobby or to make a career out of it.
If you are assertive to your flying aspirations, you must go for the commercial pilot training which is even more expensive but an intense training procedure as well. However, a commercial pilot license holder is never a professional Airline pilot, unless he undergoes a number of additional courses to supplement your flying qualifications. Thus, you are required to arrange the funds and financial aid accordingly to earn your wings.
2. Private student loans for pilot training schools:
The commercial pilots working for major airlines can earn a lofty income in six-figures a year. This may sound great to any human who aspire his dream to fly high up there. But, few students can afford to pay these costs to flying aviation academy out of their pockets. The private student loans can make it possible for the student to effectuate their career goals and dreams into reality.

3. Kinds of finance flight schools offer:

Several Indian flying schools or pilot training schools, accredited or non-accredited, have refined close business relationships with the banks and other private lenders for securing the students and making the finance accessible. Students should contact their school’s financial aid offices for details on possible loan programs which may be available to them.

 

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General eligibility criteria of the banks:
1. One must be an Indian national
2. One must be aged between 16-35 years
3. The flying school opted by the student must be approved by DGCA in India or any equivalent approving body abroad.
Loan details:
1. Expenses covered under the loan:
• Fee payable to College/ School/ Hostel
• Exam/ Library /Lab fees
• Caution deposit / Refundable deposit asked by the institution
• Purchase of Books/ equipments/ instrument/ uniforms
• Travel expenses/ passage money for studies abroad
• Purchase of computers – essential for completion of the course
• Any other expense required

2. Quantum
• Studies in India – Max Rs. 15 Lakhs
• Studies in Abroad – Max Rs. 20 Lakhs
3. Margin
• Upto Rs.4 lakhs – Nil
• Above Rs.4 lakhs
– Studies in India 5%
– Studies abroad 15%

4. Documents required:
* Completely filled Application Form with Photographs.
* Letter of admission from the Institute.
* Cost break up of the program from the Institution stating the Tuition fees- term-wise, year-wise and any other expenses.
* Students entire academic record in the form of mark sheets starting from class X to the last qualifying exam cleared.
* Declaration/Affidavit confirming that no loan has been availed from other Bank/Institution.
* Address Proof: Passport, Driving license, Ration Card, Voter’s ID card, Bank statement.
* ID Proof: Photo Pan Card, Passport, Driving License or Voter’s ID card.
* Signature Proof: Bank Signature Verification, Photo Pan Card, Passport, Driving License or Voter’s ID card.
* Age proof: Birth Certificate or 10th Class passing Certificate.
5. Documents Required Post Loan Sanction:
* Education Loan Agreement.
* SI/ECS Mandate as applicable.
* Post Dated Security Cheques as per Bank Policy.

Making a long story short, chances are, you may need a combination of the resources listed above for your flight/ pilot training financing. The bottom line is that if you really, really want to learn to fly, you’ll do whatever it takes to earn your wings. And that’s a good thing, because nothing is sweeter than achieving your lofty aviation goals. So go out there and make it happen!

How to convince my Parents to let me be a Pilot

The most frequently asked question of any prospective pilot trainee is not how good the opportunities are or how safe the life of a pilot is, but “How do I convince my parents??

“…nothing is harder in the world, than convincing someone of an unfamiliar truth.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

But you know what, the truth is, you don’t need to convince your parents…If you are convinced yourself that you want to become a pilot, just drop us a message at www.carveraviation.com, and we will take care of that bit for you.

But you can certainly make our job a bit easier. In our experience, parents mostly are against aviation as a career opportunity because of four main reasons. Here I am going to arm you with some weapons which would help you dismiss a few of your parent’s worries.

  • Safety:

The first and foremost query of a parent is not if my child will get a job, nor about the investment they have to make on you. The first query that a parent makes is always about the safety. “How safe is the life of a pilot?”

For some unknown reasons most parents think flying is a very dangerous job. Whereas, in reality, the total number of fatalities due to flight accidents over an entire year is less than the deaths due to road accidents in a day. So next time your parents question your safety, assure them that safety is of paramount importance to any Aviation company. You could add that during the time you would be with ACAPL as a trainee you would be taught first-hand about all those safety precautions by our very talented and watchful flight instructors. Our young and dynamic flight instructors make the overall security of each and every trainee their prime responsibility.

  • Gender Biases:

The next thing that parents often say is that flying a plane is not a job for women. What they do not realize is that flying is one of the most gender-neutral careers to ever exist. To be a pilot you need the zeal, the desire and perseverance & obviously none of which has anything to do with gender.

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Captain Aakansha Kudale -Carver Aviation

 

  • Market Volatility:

Next they ask about the volatility of the market. They fear that their kids might end up unemployed and waste their lives. This is again nothing but a myth. The middle class is moving from travelling by rail or roadways to flying from place to place. It’s easier, time-efficient and even the business class is not that hefty. The premium is not that high. To boost the aviation industry, the Government of India has allowed a 49%FDI in its budget. The results of all these can be seen already as the employment opportunities are only growing day by day. May it the commercial airline pilots or private chartered pilots, the demand for both are increasing at a rapid pace.

  • Financial Investment:

Next, they question the affordability of the course. A figure as high as 30 lakhs might seem unaffordable to some, but here you can make them understand that there are various loans that are available for this License as well. There is hardly a student out there, who is going through with the program without availing the option of a loan. To encourage flying as a career option, the Govt. of India also has a scholarship program as well, where they give 100% scholarship to SC/ST candidates. So in reality, being a pilot is not at all an unaffordable dream.

So, if you really want to be a pilot, now is the time to claim your license. And who better to guide you in the process than ACAPL with their state-of-the-art infrastructure, large fleet of operational air-borne flights and young, talented and easily approachable flight instructors.

So drop a message now and let us help you make your dream come true

Contact us at:

Website: http://www.carveraviation.com 

Phone numbers: 9767000030/ 022-23827374

E-mail ID: info@carveraviation.com

Guest Editor: Chayan Bhattacharya

Why Indian flying schools are better than their foreign counterpart?

Should I get my CPL (commercial pilot license) from India or abroad?
This is a question that must have crossed every aspiring pilots’ mind. There is no fixed answer to this question, the answer is very relative. But we at Academy of Carver aviation Pvt. Ltd. hereby can guide you to clear your doubts.
“Necessary steps will be taken to open more flying schools to meet the shortage of commercial pilots in India”, told by the Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on the sidelines of Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Civil Aviation Security.

This statement clearly depicts the deficiency of pilots in the country and how aviation ministry is doing all the efforts to produce efficient indigenous pilots.

According to sources, there is a shortage of more than 1,000 commercial pilots in the country. To meet the shortage, the airlines are compelled to hire expert pilots by paying around 60% hiked salary.
There is excessive demand of commercial pilots in the country along with the scarcity of trained pilots to meet the demand.
That highlights the ample opportunity for students to join Indian Flying Schools and fill the gap. Also the exponential growth of the Aviation Sector again gives one more reason for students to join Indian Flying Schools.
Till December, 2014, India had 269 foreign pilots. According to International Civil Aviation Organisation, there will be requirement of nearly 50,000 pilots between 2010 and 2030 world over given the growing aviation industry.
Every person wishes to have a handsome salary with a dream job and what better than to get the satisfaction of both by fulfilling your flying dreams with ACAPL and landing a job with handsome salary.
Now the question arises why NOT to choose a foreign flying school
Disadvantage of having a foreign license
Students who complete their training overseas earn a commercial pilot licence from the country they are trained in. They have to then appear for two exams and medical test to convert the licence to an Indian commercial pilot licence. They are qualified to fly aircraft in the country only after they successfully complete these procedures.
If students turn to overseas options because they hope to get their training and licence quicker, they find themselves in for a long wait upon their return: exams to convert their foreign licences into Indian commercial licences are held once only every three months. And regulations demand that conversions be done within six months—meaning, if students don’t pass, they likely have to leave again for training.

I guess this must have cleared your doubts.
Not yet? Okay relax!

The fees that you would be paying and the rental expenses that you will bear after joining a foreign flying school just to get the license in a short period of time. And if I say that all this can be done at your motherland within a budget, completing the same no. of flying hours in less than an year.
Amazed?
Yes, you must be, ACAPL brings to you the best infrastructure with huge fleet of aircraft at the school to fulfill your dream without any hassle.

Indian flying schools empowering women
India’s track record as far as empowering women are concerned is hardly a straightforward one. The legal system is deeply patriarchal even as women are able to held positions of political and corporate importance, even earning more respect than their male counterparts on occasions.
The matter of the fact is that every now and then, Female pilots are challenging the traditional patriarchal system. And as long as we have that, we have hope.
India has 5,100 pilots (Approx.) of which approx. 600 are women, which makes India’s 11.7% average of women pilots higher than that of the world’s 3 percent. The International Society of Women Airline Pilots also states that there are close to 4,000 women pilots in the world, which would mean that India has 15% of the world’s women pilots. “This is definitely one trend which flies in the face of global opinion of India being a regressive place for women,” told Harpreet Singh Dey, President of the Indian Women’s Pilot Association to the Economic Times. Dey, who was the first Indian woman to pilot a local carrier’s international flight in 1988, also argued that families are backing women who wanted to pursue the profession regardless of whether they are married or not.

 

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“Flying schools are churning out a higher number of women pilots every year,” added Dey, as 170 pilot licenses were given to women in 2014, a five percent increase from the previous year. Sanjiv Kapoor, Spicejet’s Chief Operating Officer, said that the number of women pilots in the airlines increased to 15% from 11-12% two years back while Jet Airways, Indigo also stated that the percentage of women pilots in the respective airline stands at more than 10 percent.
Indian flying school more youth oriented
An Indian national can obtain a commercial pilot licence (CPL) at the age of 17, and the lure of a prestigious career and lucrative salary is drawing more young people to the profession.
The ministry is planning to increase capacity at IGRUA to produce 200 pilots every year.
The average age of trainers has also been reduced to 27 years.

I hope this article must have helped you all in clarifying your doubts.

Guest EditorSushree Purnam Mohanty

Mr. Marc Carvalho- Messiah of Indian Aviation

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living..!

With a deep sigh, all we can do now on the eternal rest of our mentor Mr. Marc Carvalho is just to commemorate the reminiscences that can take us on a wonderfully pleasing trip to the flashback and leave a grin of pride on our faces. It was in the Year 1964 on May 5th, a true leader with the determination to climb up the impassable mountains and with the urge to soar in the blue sky, was born. Mr. Marc Carvalho commenced his career in Aviation in the year 1987 and in the year 1995 he became the Founder and CEO of Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd. 

Marc Sir, being the support system to each and every member of the academy, nurtured the dreams of all in a collective form. He played a number of roles that portrayed himself as a shining example like an epitome in the lives of his disciples. Not just as a true leader, also as a great human being, he thoroughly devoted himself to serve with his deep-seated love and affection to every person associated with his life.

 

Like a gardener, he planted the roots of the young shoots (Aviation academy students) and kept on watering them until they grew out to be the strong and still trees (Pilot, Engineers and likewise). Like a lamp, he enlightened the paths for success while brightening his own pathway to achieving his dreams. Like a mentor, he empowered his mentees to foresee a possible future in the Aviation Industry, and made them believe that it can be obtained. He shared his wisdom and knowledge, which he gained in the lifespan (during 1987-1996) as a Cabin Crew Member in Air India Ltd., with the mentees to help them improve. Above all, like a mother, his tenderness towards all his students has been a sustaining force in a way that no one can explain. It has been made of the deep devotion and sacrifice. It has been everlastingly endless, unselfish and enduring come what may. Like a mother’s hand that rocked the cradle had proved to be the hand that ruled the world of Aviation Industry in India.

Marc Sir will be long remembered not just for his magnanimous contribution towards changing the face of Aviation in India, rather also for his tireless work for the people & society which are deeply expressed by the way he used to get into anyone’s trouble and solve it.

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Mr. Marc had suffered through the brain tumor since last few years but despite his worsening illness, he never grumbled or complained about his sometimes obvious discomfort, which again shows that he has always lead his life with example considering this as a very rare virtue in any man.

The almighty god must have patted his back that he survived all the stiffest challenges throughout and has been the Messiah in the Aviation Industry. It’s very hard to forget someone who has given us so much to remember. We pray to our god, the saints and the angels with every fiber of our body to let us be able to overcome the grief and pain of his death. Alike him, we must never spent our lives, but invest it and we must rekindle the praiseworthy memories that we have furnished with him. His great life has been a prism and we must bathe in those rays that find their ways to us.

This person was powered by the fire of endeavor and his memory is honored by the creation of this Academy that nurtures the dreams of the people who want to spread their wings in the sky.

There is a lot more to write about him but no fancy words can suffice to explain the feelings and respect we have in our hearts for him!

Marc Sir, we know you’d be with us today if the heaven wasn’t so far away because Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. We share our deep condolences to your family to come out of this biggest grief.  May your divine soul eternally rest there in peace. You will always be remembered and so your learning will.

RIP..!!