Chief Pilot Aircraft

Aeroplane Chief Pilot

Minimum ? Graduate with Airline Transport Pilot?s License

Current Class-I Medical Fitness Certificate

Pass psychological and aptitude tests

Atleast 250 hours of flight experience

(These are basic flying hours and subject to change depending on the airline)


The tasks a Chief Pilot Aircraft is expected to perform include:

Directing operations of flight department of airline

Conducting indoctrination training for new pilots and refresher training for experienced pilots

Reviewing reports on pilot performance

Forwarding reports to airline control authority

Discussing operation and personal problems with sub-ordinates to improve morale and efficiency

Ensuring that company training module adhere to legal requirements and are adopted to type of aircraft in use

Accompanying flights to observe performance of pilots

Conducting training classes for flight personnel covering emergency procedures and use of survival equipment 

Well-versed with technical manuals of aeroplane and equipment manufacturers

Knowledge of government regulation affecting flight operations

Proficient in preparation of flight crew schedules and assignment of personnel

Knowledge of various types of aircraft

Proficient in providing advice during contract negotiations with pilot union

Knowledge of emergency procedures and use of survival equipment

Knowledge of drawing up new air-routes and conducting aerial surveys

Well-versed with subjects such as Air Regulations, Aviation Meteorology, Air Navigation and Air Technical

Accident free record for last years


Ability to make quick decision

Good moral character

Physically fit

Good vision

Mentally alert

Good hearing 


Calm composure 

Team player

It is a desk job but one needs to be on their toes

Need to handle a team

Travelling is a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Working hours include around 70 hours for 16 days a month. This may vary from airline to airline

Shift system is available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 198 (section 87)

Health hazards include working at odd hours, working under constant pressure, risk of accident, etc.

Occupational hazards include overexertion, jet lag, sleep deprivation, injury, stress, etc.

For candidates with 2-3 years of experience or more - INR 42,000 to INR 50,000 per month

 (These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Current and Future Trends of the Aviation Sector in India


The aviation sector today supports 56.6 million jobs and produces over US$ 2.2 trillion of the global gross domestic product (GDP). The Government plans to invest US$ 12.1 billion in the airport sector during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (of this US$ 9.3 billion is expected to come from India?s private sector) towards construction of new, low-cost airports and development of existing ones.


According to the Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India, India would be the third largest aviation market by 2020. The foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in air transport (including air freight) during April 2000 to March 2014 stood at US$ 495.24 million, according to data with Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).


The Indian civil aviation industry is among the top 10 globally with a size of around US$ 16 billion, according to a recent KPMG report. The aviation industry presently supports about 0.5 per cent of the India?s GDP. This sector caters to about 150 million passengers daily, with the potential to grow further. By 2020, traffic at airports in India is anticipated to reach 450 million. Indian carriers plan to double their fleet to around 800 aircrafts.


The growth in Indian aviation has created significant employment opportunities. With passengers and aircraft fleet likely to double by 2020, the need to strengthen the human resource development infrastructure is immediate. As per KPMG estimates, the total manpower requirement of airlines is estimated to rise from 62,000 in FY-2011 to 117,000 by FY-2017. It is estimated that the sector, overall, will need about 350,000 new employees to facilitate growth in the next decade. This indicates good job opportunities for Chief Pilot Aircraft and other professionals.

Airlines across India

Cities across India