I hope you have done your Class 2 medical by now and passed with flying colors.
Now the next step is to enroll in a flying school. There are many flying schools in India and abroad.
INDIA (All names are clickable links) :-
IGRUA is a government body which offers courses such as ab-initio to Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), simulator training as per candidate’s requirements, multi-engine endorsement, instrument rating, CRM workshop, MCC course and ab-initio to Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) course for foreign nationals as per regulatory requirements in their respective countries. The aircrafts used for training at this institute are TB-20, Zlin, DA-40 and DA-42.
However, if you thought you can simply pay the fee and get admitted to this flying school then you are wrong. Candidates are shortlisted for selection on the basis of a two hour written test followed by a pilot aptitude test. Once a candidate clears these two rounds they are eligible to appear before an interview panel which consists of representatives from NACIL, DGCA, a psychologist and IGRUA examiners.
The Course Fee for Ab-initio to CPL Course with I/R and multi-engine endorsement is Rs. 38,00,000 and no GST is applicable on the same at present.
Established in 2007, NFTI is one of the nine flying schools established by CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, which is one of the best flying schools in the world. It is located at Gondia in Maharashtra and is also sometimes referred to as CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Gondia. Other locations in the world where CAE has centres are Oxford, Amsterdam, Brussels, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Phoenix and Rae Bareli in India. NFTI trains candidates on a modern training fleet of DA 40 and DA 42.
Candidates are offered 19-month pilot training programs which comprises of ground school courses which are in accordance to instructions as laid out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
This flying club came into existence in 1951 and till 1982 it maintained and operated aircrafts belonging to the MP government. The club is also known to train Indian Air Force pilots from time to time. MPFC has a fleet of Cessna -152/A, Cessna -172R and multi engine six-seater aircraft P-68C-TC and Baron G58 for training aspiring pilots.
Established in 1994, this flying school operates from its own hangars at SV Patel International Airport Ahmedabad and Mehsana Airfield. AAA presently has five single-engine aircraft Cessna 152/ Cessna 172 and one single/multiengine flight simulator. AAA presently has four ground instructors and five flight instructors for a batch of 70 students.
Operating since 1928, the Bombay Flying Club is affiliated to the Mumbai University and DGCA. The father of aviation in India, Mr. JRD Tata in February 1929 obtained his pilot license from this flying school. The club has a fleet of PIPER PA18, Cessna 152A, Cessna 172, Cessna172R (glass cockpit-like airlines aircraft cockpit)-Single Engine & Seneca (twin engine) aircraft.
This flying school offers a BSc in Aviation/ Aeronautics degree and apart from this interested candidates can even receive training in aircraft maintenance engineering and cabin crew training.
The Gujarat Flying Club doesn’t have a website. However the link will provide you with contact numbers for the club. The flying club operates out of Vadodara, Gujarat. It has 2 Cessna 152 Aerobatic version, and 2 Cessna 172R which are glass cockpit(instrument panels same as used in modern airline jets). The flying club provides valuable opportunity to complete all CPL flying including Instrument flying at the airport itself.
These are some good flying schools in India. However, most flying courses and training is very expensive to the tune of over Rs 25 lakh. So, you may want to consider taking a student loan for it. Some good news here is that some states in the country such as Bihar or Chattisgarh sponsor selected students to receive pilot training at different state flying schools. So, research well before you decide to take off.
Here is the link to the DGCA listing of all flying schools in India registered and approved by them:
Keep tuned for my next post which will be regarding doing your flying training abroad.