Overview In the last four to five years, there have been a number of airline carriers who have launched training programs for aspiring pilots. They provide the opportunity to initially train in India and later go abroad to acquire actual flight training at a reputed aviation training institution. Air Asia is one such carrier, which provides the initial training in India through ground school sessions and simulator course training. This is followed by flight training in New Zealand to get certification as an Airbus A320 pilot.
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Features of the program After the initial four-month training course on the ground in India, your destination is New Zealand where you spend 12 to 14 months for flight training. In India, the ground training modules will equip you with hand-eye coordination expertise and impart the relevant technical knowledge. There will be exams as well, to ensure that you are truly prepared for embarking on a real flight.
The first series of flights will enhance your psychomotor skills and once you have acquired the relevant skills, you will get a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). This will allow you to be part of the crew on a flight as Second Officer. On completing 1500 flight hours, you head upward to the position of a Second Officer. This means that you are a trainee Captain under a mentor. After you have logged in 3000 flight hours and more and have also successfully passed all the relevant exams, you get the four stripes of Captain. Note that you need to covert the overseas Commercial Pilot License for Indian use.
You can also compare Air Asia's training program with that of IndiGo's cadet pilot training program.
Program phases and fees The assessment and training fees are separate. There are three phases of the program, the first phase of which is the online screening wherein your eligibility is checked to know your suitability for the course. This will include education criteria, physical standards (height and eye sight), and assessing your general personality The fee for this is Rs.3,500/-.
Then is the second phase, scheduled at Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai where you undergo, firstly, a Quantitative Critical Thinking (QCT) test to assess language and verbal understanding, numerical proficiency, and critical thinking. Then are Psychological Screening (PAS) tests. The fee for this phase is Rs.4,000/-.
The third phase is to test Psychomotor skills, Spatial Ability, and Physics, for which the fee is Rs.3,600/-. The spatial ability test will assess your hand-eye co-ordination, your ability to do multi-tasking, and your short-term memory.
Finally, there will be an interview, either a personal one, or in front of a panel. The training then begins, with a fee of Rs. 2,00,000/- for ground training in India. The Flying training in New Zealand (which includes CPL + MEIR) costs Rs. 40,00,000/-.
Note: It is advisable to confirm the fees for each phase at the time of application, as these could go up with a possibility of escalated costs to be incurred for the training. Need funding? You could apply for an SBI Education Loan for pilot training.
Who can applyNationality: You must be an Indian national or have an Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) status.
Age requirement: You should be in the age group of 18 to 28 years.
Educational Qualification: On the academic front, you should have passed 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics, with an aggregate score of 60% and a minimum score of 60% in each of the subjects of Math, Physics and English.
Fitness: You must be physically and mentally fit with good health, with Class I and II unrestricted medical certification. Ensure that you fulfil all the requisite medical requirements as per DGCA guidelines (www.dgca.nic.in).
Where to applyInterested candidates have to first register and then apply online at the Air Asia Cadet Pilot Training program application website.
Contact information Airasia [India] Limited,
Alpha-03 Building, Ground Floor, Kempegowda International Airport,
Bangalore - 560300
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