The job of a commercial pilot is the most glamorous and exciting job in aviation. It attracts many youngsters as it provides opportunity to travel around the globe. However, the job of a commercial pilot makes him/her responsible for the aircraft he/she flies and the lives of passengers. The initial training is for 8 to 12 months depending on various factors like the country and the flight school chosen for the purpose of training.
Academy of Aviation, Farmingdale | Coast Flight Training- Montgomery Field- San Diego
The Ottawa Aviation services Inc., | Selkirk College, Ottawa
Bombay Flying Club | National Flying Training Institute (NFTI)
Flying an airplane is great. Getting paid to do that is even greater. During the course of the same day, you could be 'brunching' in Frankfurt, 'lunching' at Atlanta and dining in Texas. With the introduction of new low cost airlines, the aviation industry has gained a new momentum worldwide. An airline could initially hire you as a Trainee First Officer and then after a period of 6 months promote you as the first officer. After gaining airline experience, the airline would promote you to a captain after a period of 3-5 years.
The demand for skilled, qualified pilots is ever present throughout the world. As governments plan to widen the air services network, the demand for this profession continues to grow. The employment opportunities in this profession are available in the government and private airlines (domestic & international), cargo planes, charter planes, private planes.
Jobs & Salary
As a commercial pilot with the right number of flying hours, the opportunities are immense. Besides flying a commercial airline, you could opt to fly for a cargo company such as Blue Dart, take up corporate/business flying or work as a flight instructor at flying clubs, or flight school.
The different airlines in India include:
- Jet Airways, with JetKonnect as its subsidiary
- Indigo Airlines
- Air India
As a commercial pilot, you will invariably make tons of money. It’s the time that is scarce. In fact, on one occasion the following conversation was recorded during the flight.
|Position||Compensation per month (INR)|
|Trainee First Officer||75,000-90,000|
|First Officer||1,20,000-1,60,000 lacs|
|Senior First Officer||2,00,000-2,50,000 lacs|
There is also an extra pay per every extra monthly hour. Allowances include housing, transportation, family education, medical, dental, life insurance etc.
Pros & Cons
When we think of a pilot, we think of a smart individual dressed in an impeccable uniform ushered straight through the airport terminal into the cockpit of an aircraft. The cabin crew is usually so mesmerized by the charismatic persona of the pilot that they fail to notice the poor passengers.
Following are some of the advantages of being a commercial pilot:
- If you like to travel, this job is perfect for you. You will get to travel the world.
- The pay is excellent.
- People are likely to look at you in awe.
- You only have to work 20 days in a month.
A famous quote of George Bernard Shaw says "Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute." Following are some of the downsides of being a commercial pilot:
- The work hours are erratic.
- Family and personal life may have to be compromised.
- The job can tax both your mind and body.