Pilot, Glider

Glider Instructor

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 Glider is expected to perform include:

Operating glider to glide and soar in air with the help of rising air currents (thermal currents)

Checking controls fitted in the glider

Ensuring that end of wire-rope stretched from wire-rope drum of stationary winch engine stationed at other end of field is fixed to glider

Directing Signalman to signal Winch-Engine Operator about readiness for take off

Releasing wire-rope from glider by manipulating release knob after glider is airborne and gains maximum height through air-currents

Maintaining flight for required time and landing glider at landing area by manoeuvring controls

Knowledge of various types of gliders

Well-versed with weather conditions specially air currents

Knowledge of government regulations affecting flight operations

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

Knowledge of emergency procedures and use of survival equipment

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

Accident free record for last years


Ability to make quick decisions

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

May need 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 are 6/8 hours everyday for 6/7 days a week. 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, working under constant pressure, risk of accident, etc.

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

Will be updated

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.

Airlines across India

Airlines across India