Pilot Aircraft

Instructor Pilot

Instructor Flying

Agriculture Pilot

Minimum ? Graduate with Airline Transport Pilot?s license

Class-I Medical Fitness Certificate

Passed psychological and aptitude tests

Minimum 250 hours of flight experience

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


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

Flying aircraft for specialised purposes such as testing aircrafts, instructing trainees in flying, dropping supplies, making aerial surveys, spraying pesticides, etc.

Operating controls of aircraft on scheduled routes or chartered flights

Observing gages, meters and other cockpit instruments to control aircraft and detect engine irregularities

Using navigational aids to direct course of aircraft in flight

Training Pilots in operation of particular types of aircraft such as jet aircrafts, single or multiengine aircrafts, helicopters etc.

Demonstrating and explaining methods of control and operation of aircraft to students or trainees

Flying aircraft or helicopters at low altitude with slow speed over agricultural fields to spray or dust fields with fertilizers or pesticides

Flying aircraft at high altitudes, over hills and dales to drop supplies and make aerial surveys and take aerial photographs 

Knowledge of flying aircrafts of all sizes, transporting passengers and cargo across the state and around the world

Proficient in examining the airplane?s control equipment 

Well-versed in determining the weather and flight conditions

Knowledge of checking the landing gear and requesting clearance to land from the air traffic controllers

Proficient in preparing flight report

Well-versed with subjects such as air regulations, aviation meteorology, air navigation and air technical

Knowledge of navigation techniques and flying instruments

Well-versed with the principles of safe flight

Accident free record for last years


Ability to make quick decisions

Good moral character

Physically fit

Good vision

Mentally alert

Team player

Good hearing ability


Calm composure

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

Needs to handle a team

Travelling is a part of this job

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 considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous 

Health hazards include working at odd hours, stress, working under constant pressure, risk of accident, exposure to toxic chemicals in case of agriculture pilot, etc.

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

For freshers - INR 40,000 to INR 45,000 per month

For candidates with 3-4 years of experience or more - INR 80,000 to INR 1,00,000 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 Ajit Singh, 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.

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