Flight Navigator

Air Navigator

Chief Pilot

Minimum ? 12th standard in Physics and Mathematics with Flight Navigator licence

Should have completed the performance of the duties of a flight navigator not less than two hundred hours of flight time acceptable to the Director-General, in aircraft engaged in cross-country flights, including not less than thirty hours by night

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

Advising pilot on position of aircraft, weather conditions and deviation from course during flights

Checking automatic position indicator, navigational instruments, radio direction-finding equipment, etc. to ensure their functioning

Directing course of aircraft in accordance with flight plan

Maintaining logbook of flights undertaken

Informing Pilot about unforeseen weather conditions

Maintaining logbook of flights undertaken

Handling the functions of a Pilot, during emergencies

Proficient in using radar charts and other navigational aids to position aircraft, identify weather conditions and deviation from course during flights

Adept in ensuring that automatic position indicator, navigational instruments, radio direction-finding equipment, etc. are functioning properly before flight

Well-versed in establishing position of aircraft during flight using navigational instruments and radar charts

Knowledge of plotting position of aircraft on charts using navigational instruments and radio direction-finding equipment as necessary

Proficient in informing Pilot about unforeseen weather conditions, such as storms and other atmospheric changes and suggests any necessary deviation from course of flight

Ability to undertake Pilot?s role in case of emergency

Good vision


Analytical skills

Ability to work under pressure

Good communication skills

Physically fit

Good mathematical skills

Critical thinking

Hardworking and persistent

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

Need not 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 1 hours a month. This may vary from airline to airline

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is considered to be mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health risks include working at odd hours, stress, working under pressure, extensive use of computer, etc.

Occupational hazards include fatigue, accident, eyestrain, headache, sleep deprivation, jet lag, etc.

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Overview of the Aerospace and Aviation Sector 


The Indian civil aviation industry is on a high growth trajectory. India has a vision of becoming the third largest aviation market by 2020 and is expected to be the largest by 2030.The civil aviation industry in India has ushered in a new era of expansion driven by factors such as low-cost carriers (LCC), modern airports, foreign direct investments (FDI) in domestic airlines, cutting edge information technology (IT) interventions and a growing emphasis on regional connectivity. In terms of market size, the Indian civil aviation industry is amongst the top 10 in the world with a size of around US$ 16 billion.

India?s scheduled airlines carried 67.73 million passengers in 2014 compared with 61.42 million passengers in 2013, and 58.81 million in 2012, according to the DGCA. Air traffic in India grew between 20 and 40 per cent for six years starting 2003, when low-fare airline Air Deccan was launched, making it possible for more people to travel by air. Aircraft movements, passengers and freight at all Indian airports are expected to grow at a rate of 4.2 per cent, 5.3 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively, for the next five years, according to estimates by Airports Authority of India (AAI).

There is large untapped potential for growth in the Indian aviation industry due to the fact that access to aviation is still a dream for nearly 99.5 per cent of its large population, nearly 40 per cent of which is the upwardly mobile middle class. Thus with the growing aviation industry the demand for various profession such as navigator, etc. is bound to increase. The manpower employed in Indian aviation industry is expected to increase from 62,000 in FY-2011 to 117,000 by FY-2017 and further to 350,000 new employees in next decade to facilitate growth.

Airlines across India

Indian defence services ( air force and navy)

Towns and cities across India

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Civil Aviation Training College

Navigation Training School, Begumpet

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