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Commercial Pilot

To become a Commercial Pilot, one must possess CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence). This Licence is issued after a candidate clears the training program from an Institute recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority of that particular country (DGCA in case of India). But to join CPL training program, a candidate has to meet certain minimum Educational qualifications requirements. Here they are-

* The candidate must have cleared 10+2 Science stream schooling with Physics and Mathematics as the main subjects

* The minimum marks required is 50% (may vary from Institute to Institute) aggregate marks



A Commercial Pilot has to be fit- physically and mentally. That’s why, during the selection process, lots of emphasis is laid on the medical status of the candidate. Here are some medical standards set by authorities, which interested candidates have to satisfy in order to get selected into CPL training program-

* Eye sight specifics- one eye has to have perfect eyesight, without any defects (6/6). It is allowed to have certain imperfection in the eyesight of the other eye (6/9). But this imperfection should be correctable to 6/6

* Candidate must not have any serious physical deformity. Also, he/she should not have any kind of mental disorder, or any history of having such mental illness



In case you have passed 12th Science, you may join a CPL training program if you meet the above mentioned educational and medical standards. You may approach private institutes, fill forms and get started. Most institutes have a Pilot Aptitude Test, which a candidate must clear, in order to get selected. The Aptitude test is a 3 stage process, comprising of- written examination,Interview and the Aptitude Test. The written exam deals with subjects like- Mathematics, Geography, General Knowledge, English skills etc. This is followed by an Interview.

Candidates who manage to clear these two stages are called for the third stage- Pilot Aptitude Test. After the final stage, medical examination is conducted. Finally, a merit list is prepared, based on the performance of candidates in each stage of the selection process as well as the medical examination. Based on merit, deserving candidates will be selected and trained to become Commercial Pilots Students who want to fly for recreation/hobby can do PPL (Private Pilot License) for which they need to be 10th Pass with at least 50 % marks. 



Air Regulations

  • Aircraft Act, 1934 – Chapter I, Section Short title and extent, definitions, power to detain aircraft, penalty for act in contravention of rules made under the act, penalty for flying so as to cause danger;
  • Aircraft Rules, 1937;
  • rules of the air;
  • appropriate air traffic services practices and procedures.


Aircraft General Knowledge

  • Principles of operation and functioning of aeroplane power plants, systems and instruments;
  • Operating limitations of appropriate aeroplanes and power plants; relevant operational information from the flight manual or other appropriate document;
  • Use and serviceability checks of equipment and systems of appropriate aeroplanes;
  • Maintenance procedures for airframes, systems and power plants of appropriate aeroplanes


Flight Performance and Planning

  1. Effects of loading and mass distribution on aeroplane handling, flight characteristics and performance; mass and balance calculations;
  2. Use and practical application of take-off, landing and other performance data;
  3. Pre-flight and en-route flight planning appropriate to operations under VFR; preparation and filing of air traffic services flight plans; appropriate air traffic service procedures, position reporting procedures; altimeter setting procedures; operations in areas of high density traffic.


Aviation Meteorology

  • Interpretation and application of aeronautical meteorological reports, charts and forecasts, use of, and procedures for obtaining, meteorological information, pre-flight and in-flight; altimetry;
  • Aeronautical meteorology; climatology of relevant areas in respect of the elements having an effect upon aviation; the movement of pressure systems, the structure of fronts and the origin and characteristics of significant weather phenomenon which affect take-off, en-route and landing conditions; hazardous weather avoidance;


Air Navigation

  • Air navigation, including the use of aeronautical charts, instruments and navigation aids; an understanding of the principles and characteristics of appropriate navigation systems; operation of airborne equipment; practical aspects of air navigation and dead reckoning techniques;
  • Practical air navigation using radio navigation aids;
  • Use, accuracy and reliability of navigation systems used in departure enroute, approach and landing phases of flight; identification of radio navigation aids;


Operational Procedures

  • Use of aeronautical documentation such as AIP, NOTAM, aeronautical codes, abbreviations and instrument procedure charts for departure, en-route, descent and approach;
  • Appropriate precautionary and emergency procedures; safety practices associated with flight under IFR;
  • Action to be taken to avoid hazardous weather, wake turbulence and other operating hazard



The Candidate has to complete 200 Hours (Two hundred hours) of flight time for obtaining the Commercial Pilot’s License. This flight time includes:

(i) One hundred hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command.
(ii) Twenty hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot-in-Command.
(iii) Ten hours of instrument time.
(iv) Five hours of flight time by night.



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