Pilot Training

Process to become a Pilot

Eligibility to become a Commercial Pilot

  • Minimum of 17.5 years
  • 12th Pass with Physics and Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in English language.
  • Medically fit by an approved DGCA empaneled doctor

Once the above conditions have been met, the candidate can enrol with a Flight Training Institute. At the institute, the student undergoes a minimum of 200 hours of flight training. Most of this flight training is done on a single engine training aircraft. For job prospect point of view, to train for a minimum of 15 hours on a multi engine aircraft and get a ME endorsement. The student is also required to clear five DGCA theoretical exams, namely

  • Meteorology
  • Navigation.
  • Air Regulation
  • Technical-General
  • Technical-Specific

In addition to this the candidate also has to clear a Radio Telephony (RTR) exam conducted by WPC. On completion of above requirements, DGCA issues a Commercial Pilot License to the student.
In the current times it is been observed that the most of the candidates choose to join Flight Training Schools in a foreign country. The Indian DGCA recognises a CPL issued by any International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) member countries- almost all the countries of the world are member of ICAO. After successful completion of training in a foreign school, the student shall be issued a CPL by the Aviation Regulatory Authority of foreign country. Every country has its own prerequisites for issuance of a CPL. It is very important that the candidate confirms that the foreign CPL requirements meet the Indian DGCA requirements. Two of the major DGCA requirements to be met are to have minimum 50hrs of Solo Cross Country flying and 50hrs Pilot in Command (PIC).
On returning to India, the candidate has to convert the foreign CPL to DGCA CPL. The conversion process involves clearing of two theoretical exams by DGCA namely, if not cleared before joining the foreign school:

  • Composite(combination of Navigation and Meteorology)
  • Air Regulation.
  • Radio Telephony (RTR)
  • Skill Checks- 8 hrs flying
  • Technical-Specific

On completion of above conversion process and on the basis of the foreign CPL, DGCA issues an Indian CPL to the Student.
Once the candidate is issued an Indian CPL, he/she can apply for a job at an airline or company. As an inexperienced and low time pilot, the initial job that a candidate can apply is the position of a trainee first officer or a junior first officer. It is very important to realise a fact that as an Indian citizen, the candidates first job has to be in India.
In India the vacancy for the post of trainee first officer or a junior first officer is generally offered under two eligibility criteria.

  • CPL: under this the vacancy is open to Indian Citizens holding an Indian CPL, no experience required.
  • ATPL with experience: the candidate needs to have an ATPL with al teast 1500hrs of flight experience.
  • Type Rated: under this the vacancy is open to Indian Citizens holding an Indian CPL with Type Rating on the mentioned aircraft, no experience required.

Private Plot License

A short program suitable for individuals willing to pursue the love of flying as a hobby. The holder of a PPL can fly an aircraft of upto 12,500 lbs for personal purposes only.
The private license allows individual citizens to operate non-commercial aircraft for personal or recreational purposes. Most typical among these types are the aircraft manufactured by Cessna, Piper and Beechcraft, in addition to hundreds of amateur, or experimental built aircraft models

Instrument Rating

Instrument rating refers to the qualifications that a pilot must have in order to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). It requires additional training and instruction beyond what is required for a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate, including rules and procedures specific to instrument flying, additional instruction in meteorology, and more intensive training in flight solely by reference to instruments. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical test (known more commonly as the check ride). The check ride is divided into an oral component to verify that the applicant understands the theory of instrument flying and an actual flight to ensure the pilot possesses the practical skills required for safe IFR flight.
The modern aircraft has the abilities to fly in high altitude, rough weather and low visibility provided the pilots have the required trainings and endorsements too.

Commercial Pilot License

A commercial pilot license (CPL), is a type of pilot licence that permits the holder to act as a pilot of an aircraft and be paid for his/her work.
The basic requirements to obtain the license and the privileges it confers are agreed internationally by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). However the actual implementation varies quite widely from country to country. According to ICAO, to be eligible for a commercial pilot license, the applicant must;

  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.
  • Already hold a private pilot license.
  • Have received training in the areas of a commercial pilot.
  • Successfully complete the relevant written exams.

A certificate/license will contain a number of sub-qualifications or ratings. These specify in more detail the actual privileges of the license, including the types of aircraft that can be flown (single-engine or multiengine), whether flight under instrument flight rules is allowed (instrument rating)

Multi Engine Rating

Multi-engine rating is an important step to become a pilot-in-command of an airplane having more than one engine. The work of multi-engine rated pilots is quiet challenging and at the same time exhilarating because flying a multi-engine aircraft is not easy as a single-engine airplane. Such pilots experience significant enhancement in terms of speed, performance and power. It is never be easy for pilots to control the twin-engine aircraft especially when engine fails. That’s why it is necessary for single-engine private and commercial pilots to go under professional training to get the certificate.
A Multi Engine Rating in the Indian Professional Pilot Program requires a candidate to have at least 10 hours of instructional flight on a DGCA approved twin or a multi engine aircraft. Most companies require 25 hours on a multi engine experience, with at least 15 hours on an actual aircraft. A multiengine rating is a step toward flying professionally for airlines and charter operators.

Indian Professional Pilot Program

The Indian Professional Pilot Program must comply to DGCA flight training program and aircraft requirements. The Indian Commercial Pilot Program should meet the minimum 200 hours of flight training. The student pilot has to achieve the Instrument Rating and the Multi Engine Rating for a part of the program.
As most of the candidates seek training in a foreign country, it is necessary to compare the foreign program with the Indian program. Most of the countries adhere to ICAO’s minimum 200hrs criteria yet there may be minor to major differences between the requirements for the foreign CPL and Indian CPL.
The Indian Professional Pilot Program(s) conducted by Star Educare are designed keeping in mind that the candidate fulfils the DGCA requirements along with the foreign requirements without any extra training. The candidate is benefitted as our programs save time and expense.
The training program and costing varies at each location due to the difference in the local CPL requirement. For details you are kindly requested to contact us.


In the Flight Training theoretical studies or the Ground Classes bears a very important role. 200 hrs of aircraft training alone is not sufficient for a candidate to hone the skills of flying. Ground Classes a play very vital role for a trainee pilot.
Clearing DGCA papers requires proper guidance and tutoring. Our classes are conducted by trained and experienced Instructors. Covering all the subjects of DGCA namely- Air Navigation, Meteorology, Air Regulation, Technical (General) Technical (Specific).
Classes are conducted for 6-7 hours a day Monday to Friday. Our aim is to provide conceptual learning to our students. The target is not to just clear the DGCA papers but to impart knowledge that should stay with the student for long.
DGCA conducts examinations every 3 months. At our centre our goal is to prepare the student well enough so paper is cleared in the first attempt. Our teaching module is designed so that entire course is taught and revised in 10 weeks.

Radio Telephony Restricted

The cockpit crew requires this license is required to communicate with the ground staff. In most of the countries with the RTR(A) the CPL is not issued. In India, RTR(A) is very important and is issued by WPC (Wireless Planning and Coordination). There are two ways of obtaining RTR:

  • WPC conducts RTR examination once every two months. This examination is conducted at two levels i.e. Part 1, Regulations and Procedures and Part 2, the viva. Both the levels have to be cleared in one attempt.
  • When a candidate trains in a Common Wealth Country like South Africa, Canada, New Zealand etc., the RTR issued in these country is converted into a RTR permit with out undergoing any examinations.

As RTR examination can be demanding and tricky, Star Educare conducts comprehensive preparation classes before each attempt.

Visa Processing

A very important aspect of training in a foreign country is acquiring the visa. Dreams are shattered when the candidate is refused/rejected a Student Visa especially by countries like USA, Canada, New Zealand and more. For the benefit of our students- their goals and aspirations, we at Star Educare put great emphasis on the visa application process. With our experience of more than a decade and trained staff we have been very successful with respect to getting visa(s) for our candidates.

Housing / Accommodation

One of the apprehensions about going a school in a foreign country can be arranging for a clean, safe and affordable housing. A comfortable living environment is key to proper learning.
The team of Star Educare regularly travels to all of our partnered training locations not to access just the training facilities and standards but also the housing/accommodation services and availabilities. At all of our locations we have shortlisted a number of accommodation providers of whom the candidate can choose.
The candidate has the freedom to make his/her own housing arrangements. This service is on demand and the candidate will have to request for it alt least 15 days before arriving to the destination.

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