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.
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.
“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 Editor– Sushree Purnam Mohanty