A commercial pilot is an aircrew officer in airlines who directly operates the flying controls of an aircraft. We called them aviator, airline pilot or airline captain also.
This is considered as an adventurous career which involved a high level of stress and responsibility in commanding aircraft under different weather conditions and in various difficult situations.
This career comes with lots of responsibilities, as you'll be responsible for hundreds of lives in an aircraft and taken them from one place to another safely.
Job and responsibilities of a pilot:
- Checking pre-flight plans before takeoff
- Checking the route that the aircraft has to fly along with meteorological information
- Obtaining and reviewing data, such as load weight, fuel supply, weather conditions, and flight schedule
- Operating radio equipment and contacts control tower for takeoff, clearance, arrival instructions, and other information
- Coordinating flight activities with ground crew and air-traffic control, and informing crew members of flight and test procedures
- Logging information, such as flight time, altitude flown and fuel consumption
To become a commercial pilot you need to get a pilot certificate issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). There are following types of pilots license issued by the authority and each has a minimum age criterion:
Student Pilot - 16 Years age
Private Pilot - 17 Years age
Commercial Pilot - 18 Years age
The cost of education to pursue this career is very high; it is around Rs 20- 25 lakh.
Pass the 10+2 with science stream - Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry being compulsory subjects with at least 50% of marks. This is the eligibility criteria to apply for the admission in any flying school.
In the flying school you'll get the required training and after completion of training can apply for the pilot license.
If you love travel, love to try different kind of food and have enough money to invest in training, then this is a perfect career for you.
This is not like a 9-5 and 5 days a week job. There a fixed number of hours for work set by the authorities and a pilot just need to complete these hours. Also, there is limit of work hours in a day.
Entry-level pilots can earn up to Rs 1.5 lakh per month with domestic airlines and even higher on international routes.
Senior pilots can earn in the vicinity of Rs 5 lakh upwards per month.
Other then these get attractive incentives too, such as getting free/concessional tickets for the family.