Myths & FAQ's
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Myth : A good understanding of Mathematics is required prior to training.
Fact : Although a pilot needs to be able to work through a variety of calculations prior to and often during a flight, the vast majority of such calculations utilise common sense, rather than complicated mathematical formulae. As an individual continues through his or her training, so the volume of mathematical calculations increase, however, the learning process is a gradual one. Rest assured that the majority of pilots flying today, took their school mathematics classes no further than the minimum required level. So if you feel you're not mathematically minded - don't worry, common sense is far more important.
Myth : A good understanding of weather is required prior to training.
Fact : Weather is indeed for many, amongst the most difficult of topics to understand. However, don't let this put you off. Each Licence/Certificate or rating requires a greater and deeper knowledge of weather and its effects. As a consequence you will find the learning process is a gradual one, taking you step by step, or Licence by Licence, through the relevant information required by each pilot. If you're keen to learn though, it's a fascinating subject !
Myth : To fly a Helicopter, you must have a "fixed-wing" Licence or Certificate.
Fact : Inaccurate ! No prior training is required to embark upon a Helicopter Private Pilots Licence/Certificate. Indeed sometimes it's a greater disadvantage for an individual to learn to fly helicopters if they already posses fixed-wing skills, as opposed to the individual who has no prior flight experience.
Myth : There are major age restrictions for various Licences / Certificates or ratings.
Fact : While there are some age restrictions placed on the variety of different qualifications, on the most part an individual under the age of 60 should worry more about passing a medical.
Myth : There are restrictions on those 35yrs or older who wish to embark on a professional flying career.
Fact : While it's true that many organisations prefer hiring qualified pilots of a "younger" age, you shouldn't forget that you too have positive benefits to offer i.e. maturity; work experience in other fields, etc... On the flip side of the coin, research also shows that some organizations prefer hiring more mature pilots, (with of course the required qualifications), over those of a younger age. The implication here is that once the individual is employed, there's a greater chance the Company will be able to retain that pilot as there maybe little chance of receiving work elsewhere at such an age. Hence the employer is still likely to gain many years of work from the pilot (age depending).
Myth : Majority of professional pilot jobs are filled by ex-military pilots.
Fact : Currently the majority of pilots hired by airlines (both large and small) and Corporate Companies still originate from the civilian sector, NOT the military sector. Although military pilots are regarded as skilled, disciplined and well trained, there has been a steady decline of exiting pilots from the armed forces around the world due to cut backs and therefore an increase in the demand for civilian trained pilots. Indeed in some more recent circumstances, some Companies have exhibited a trend towards excluding certain types of military pilots who exude "harsher" flying techniques and a more traditional approach to cockpit management than the modern CRM (Crew Resource Management) techniques taught.
Myth : All flight school guarantees aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Fact : Incorrect ! Guarantees provided by flight schools come in a variety of forms. Be careful to look at what it is the school is offering to guarantee. Is it their service and quality. If so, shouldn't one expect such a guarantee. After all you wouldn't buy a new car without a warranty, or contract a builder without the builder guaranteeing his workmanship. However, be careful of those schools guaranteeing a qualification, or a qualification in a specified period of time ! Take a close look at any contract you may enter into, and make sure you're satisfied by the school's approach and their answers to your questions. Ultimately, satisfy yourself !
1. What is the entry-level qualification for a pilot to join an airline and what does he join as?
A: The min. requirement that any airline generally wants is a pilot to have is a basic Commercial Pilots License, with an Instrument Rating and preferably a Multi Engine rating. When the pilot joins an airline, he joins as a trainee pilot and then he undergoes the various training program conducted by the airline as per their requirements. Once successfully completing theses training programs one is released to fly as a first Officer (often called as Co- Pilot).
2. Can I join this course if I have studies Commerce or Arts?
A: Yes u can definitely join this course and pursue a career as an airline pilot provided you have cleared the 10+2 level exam from a recognized board. But in the case of Commerce or an Arts Student, he/she will have to appear for an isolated paper in math’s and physics at the 10+2 level from a recognised education board.
3. Is the Indian CPL valid anywhere else in the world?
A: Yes, Certainly the Indian CPL is valid all over the world and it is fully convertible to a license of any other country as per the rules of that country.
4. How does an Airline Choose its Pilots ?
A: Usually an airline will place an ad in the leading newspaper of the country and then call for applications, Once received they will then short list the candidates for a written exam, if successful in the written exam they would want them to undergo a IPT test (Instrument Practical trainer test) which is done on a basic procedure trainer like the ATC 710. The last block is that of a personal interview which is conducted to assess the individual’s personality and temperament. (May differ from employer to employer)
5. How does one choose which aircraft to fly as a basic aircraft to be included in the license as a rating?
A: One can choose any aircraft below a weight of 1,500 Kgs; in this category a lot of options are available like the Cessna 152. The basic criteria in choosing the aircraft is easy availability, low maintenance, safe, easy to fly and understand etc.
6. Can I join the air force with a CPL or how do I join the air force ?
A: One cannot join the air force with a CPL since the air force has different criteria for selection and their training methods are very different as they fly a different category of aircraft and fly it for a different purpose from the one employed in training you as a commercial pilot. In order to join the air force one can either go through the NDA or through the short service commission. But for a flying job in the air force one has to go through the NDA.
7. Can I join Defense other than Indian Airforce?
A: Yes. You can join Indian Navy as a Pilot for which the req. is CPL with Graduation. However you can also join Indian Coast Guard as a Pilot req is Just an CPL.
8. Who is the potential employer for a pilot with a basic CPL in our country ?
A: One can be employed with Air- India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Air Deccan, Indian Coast Guard, various flying schools employee you as an instructor and also flying schools outside India can employ you.
9. What is the Minimum height that one must have in order to become a pilot ?
A: There is no particular height one has to have, the individuals legs should reach the rudder pedals when he has his hands on the control and he should be able to see outside over the instrument panel.
10. What is the eyesight one must have? Are glasses permissible ?
A: Yes, One can have glasses and still be flying as a commercial pilot; the max glass power allowed in aviation is ± 3, which is again at the discretion of the medical examiner. Your glasses power can increase with age.
11. What are the reasons for one not to clear in the medical examination ?
A: A normal human being will not fail the medical examination unless something is severely wrong with his body like a hole in the heart, migraine, Colour blindness, asthma, epilepsy, polio etc.
12. What is a Computer No. and How to obtain this?
A: A Computer no. is issued once in a lifetime by Central Examination Organisation a wing of DGCA indulge in conducting Exams for Pilot, AME's etc. It is necessary to sit for an Exam. You need to Fill and send the Form Called Appendix I which is available at http://dgca.nic.in to CEO.
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