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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Take off is optional but landings is compulsory

Dear Fellow Pilot,

Before you take decision to become an International AirlinesPilot you must read following dos and don't for Pilots.

We have included this section to help and explain the opportunities available to those Trainees who continue to work towards the professional Pilot License level, and there after how to get about with their "way forward" plans. I've also thought it prudent to include some of the many pitfalls or setbacks that await the financially unwary in what is otherwise a very honorable profession. Every country has its own civil Aviation Department who manages Aviation activities. You must make sure here we are talking about only civil Aviation industry
Not defence flying. If you are planning to become a fighter Pilot, Sorry I also can't help you much.

Why should you become a Professional Pilot ?

- Passion
- Glamour
- Reputation
- Career

Before you begin

Before you embark, it is most important that you get a assessment from your country's "Civil Aviation Dept;" about the recognition of the license you are hoping to get, Is the License fully recognized by your civil aviation when you return back home., ..? Also read CAR [ Civil Aviation requirment ] throughly.
Know your Certificates :


About the Airline training industry

Aviation worldwide is a recurring market and the industry is affected predominantly by economics, politics and some part of the globe with acute terrorism..ect. 9/11 had a negative impact on the airline industry, while in other regions tourism sustained and some picked up and all the local airlines and charter companies fared rather well...Outside an Airline

Not all pilots choose an airline career. There are many other specialties just as rewarding. Other areas available are crop spraying, although I don't recommend it if you intend going the airline route. Airlines prefer hiring pilots with multi-crew, multi-engine experience from structured environments. Nevertheless – it is well paid but obviously seasonal. Some crop sprayers alternate their work between northern and southern hemispheres to work all year long. Possession of a "instructor rating" will always assist you in gaining hours without any
cost on flying, this also help you to maintain your licensecurrency at all times... Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has the ability to become aprofessional pilot. In fact, some people shouldn't fly at all! Not because they can't fly well - but because they can't think well! Cocky, over-confident, egocentric pilots are not desirable and tend to be short lived in this job. The saying "there are old pilots and bold pilots – but no old bold pilots" is true. With the responsibilities and consequences involved, you...

One small tip – guard your reputation well! Airlines do their homework meticulously. Internationally this is a close knit community and if you have a reputation as a heavy drinking Casanova or a flamboyant show-off, you can rest assured the selection board will know about it before you arrive for the interview. Better have some answers ready!


Obviously this is a difficult subject to generalise on as salaries vary extensively around the world. Crop spraying is renowned as being a well paid job but this will be cyclically dependant on the season and whether you are prepared to work in outlying areas and switch hemispheres as...
I hope my advice goes some way in helping you make a decision about your future. Obviously all the aspects cannot be covered in such a short section so if there's any further advice you need please feel free to contact myself. I would try my best to help you in your career path as Professional Pilot. 

Last but not least... Always remember 

Take off is optional but landings is compulsory..

Happy Landings........

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

What Education and Skills Required to Become a Pilot?

The type of degree you get depends on the type of pilot you wish to become. If you wish to fly for an airline or other corporation---large or small--you will likely need a college degree in math, physics, engineering or an aeronautical concentration. There are some colleges, like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, that provide both flight training and a degree, but you don't have to go to such a college to be employed as a pilot.

Flight Training
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that those who wish to fly airplanes or other aircraft train both on the ground and in the air for a certain number of hours. There are many flight schools certified by the FAA in the United States. All pilots must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, pilots must understand navigation techniques, FAA regulations and be able to fly by instruments only during periods of low visibility. To work for an airline, a pilot must be at least 23 years old, have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight experience and pass additional written tests and flight exams.

Pilots must have an FAA pilot's license. For some positions, like flying small amounts of cargo to remote locations in a small plane, this might be enough. However, pilots often increase their income potential by becoming licensed as flight instructors and then gain additional licenses as a commercial pilot. Each license has different ratings that a pilot can test and apply for. A new airline pilot may start out as a flight engineer for example, and may need to get a license as a flight engineer before flying.

A pilot needs additional skills that are not always tested for. For example, a pilot has to be able to take off and land a plane, sometimes under adverse conditions. Excellent math skills and the ability to assess a situation are a must. Often a pilot must do calculations to know what his instruments are telling him. Good organizational skills and the ability to perform calmly under pressure are skills that all pilots should have. Being a pilot can mean irregular schedules and mental fatigue, so having the skill to cope with those situations is also essential.

Perception Skills
Pilots must have the ability to differentiate between essential and nonessential information concerning the act of flying and have a sense of perceptual recognition (the ability to focus on essential information). Additionally, pilots must also have a sense of selective perception (the ability to visually focus despite numerous distractions).

Logic Skills
The ability to logically and quickly assess situations is imperative to flying aircraft. Logical reasoning is ability to practically evaluate a set of actions based upon given information. When flying aircraft, the pilot is required to navigate, communicate and operate the aircraft in a possibly changing environment. All of these processes require the ability to logically assess and think through any given situation.

Communication Skills
Communication is an integral part of safely flying an aircraft. A working knowledge of vocabulary and a high degree of word fluency is necessary to successfully become a pilot.

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1.Do I need TOEFL to enroll with the school?

TOEFL is not a requirement.
2. What are the eligibility requirements to enroll in a professional pilot program?

You should be medically fit.
You should be able to read, write, understand and speak English.
You should be at least 17 years of age to commence training and 18 years of age to qualify for Commercial Pilot License.
Indian DGCA requires you be a 10+2 graduate with Physics and Maths.
3. How old do I need to be to begin training?

Flight training can be started at any age, but the day you take the exam, you will have to be 17 for the private pilot test and 18 for the commercial pilot Test.

4. What is the difference between PPL and CPL?

PPL is Private pilot license for does who want to be pilot only as hobby. That is why PPL is also called as hobby pilot license. CPL is Commercial pilot license who want to get a job as co-pilot in any airline besides the license holder should not hold any record of accident for last one year.
5. How long will this course take and how much it cost?

The more frequently you train, the more information you retain, the faster your flying skills develop and the faster you get through your training. Because the fact is everyone learns differently and the time taken for this is money.

6. What is the difference between FAA and DGCA?

DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation):
It is the regulatory body in the field of Civil Aviation primarily dealing with safety issues.It is responsible for regulation of air transport services to/from/within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations,air safety and airworthiness standards.Due to insufficient trainingfacilities in India, very large numbers of candidates have earned their Pilot's License from different countries of the World.
FAA(Federal Aviation Administration):
It is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation with authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S.
7. Can I convert foreign license in to Indian License?

Yes, you can convert your FAA license or any foreign license in to Indian license. This conversion is called DGCA conversion. The requirements for coversion of their foreign licences to corresponding Indian licences are

Pass written examination in the following subjects in accordance with the syllabus prescribed by the Director General of Civil Aviation :
1. Air Regulation
2. Navigation, Flight Planning and Meteorology (composite Paper).
1. Pass Practical Test in Morse Code (Reception - Aural) at the rate of 8 words per minutefor commercial Pilot Licence, Instrument Rating and Senior Commercial Pilot License/Airlines Transport Pilot Licence.
2. Shall be in possession of a current Certificate of Proficiency for operation of RadioTelephony apparatus on board an aircraft as issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications under the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Rules, 1954.
3. Shall demonstrate his competency to the satisfaction of the DGCA approved Examiner by undergoing a Skill Test by Day and Night. The candidate shall also undergo Oral Test with the Examiner in various aviation subjects including Navigation Meteorology, Aircraft & Engine and Instruments, and performance wherever applicable.

8. What category visa do I get?

You get an M1 student visa.
9. What is a Visa pack?

Visa pack contains the essential documents required for you to obtain a visa and bank loans if necessary to fund your flight training.

It will have the following documents:
Letter of Acceptance.
Processed I-20.
Letter addressed to your banker for loan release.
10. What is I-20?

Form I-20 is a certificate of Eligiblity For Nonimmigrant(M-1) student status. It is a United States Department of Homeland Security document issued by colleges, universities, and vocational schools that provides supporting information for the issuance of a student visa or change of status (F, J and M non-immigrant statuses). Since the introduction of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), the form also includes the student tracking number (SEVIS number) for the student and program.
11. What is SEVP I-901?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) I-901 is a form required by the US government for students aspiring to come to the United States of America for Flight Training. It is a prerequisite to getting your visa. You will need to show an I-901 receipt to your adjudication officer at your visa interview.

13. How do I get a student visa? Is it guaranteed?

A student visa is not guaranteed on the issuance of the I-20 form alone by our school If you are interested in obtaining a student visa we can send you documentation with proper documents that convince the US consul that you are not an intending immigrant by producing a valid reason to return back to India and by showing proof of your permanent ties in India.
TSA ( Transport Safety Administration )

14. What is TSA?

Transport Safety Administration, Alien flight Student Program is to ensure that Non-US Citizen Candidates seeking training at flight schools regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do not pose a threat to aviation or national security. This site contains the application for aliens seeking to train at FAA-regulated flight schools. Candidates are required to complete this application prior to beginning flight training.
15. Is TSA required for VISA?

TSA is not required for visa. However, TSA clearance is required for all flight training in USA.

16. Could I get Education loan for Pilot Training?

Yes you could, you avail the scheme of loan from any nationalized bank.
17. What are the eligibilities demanded for Educational loan?

Should be between 17-26 years.
Should have secured admission to Pilot Training/learning Course at identified training center recognized by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and in reputed Institutes/ Organizations outside India .
No minimum qualifying marks to be insisted upon.
18. What Should I do to get the education loan from bank?

You should furnish evidence of security that you have to the nearer bank with which you have an account.
19. What kind of Security demanded by bank?

Collateral security of 100% of the loan amount in the form of Pledge of FDR/NSC/KVP etc or Equitable Mortgage of House Property.
Satisfactory 3rd Party Guarantee of 2 Persons of sufficient means and standing.
No guarantee is required in case of full liquid security (i.e. Pledge of FDR/NSC/KVP etc.).
However, in cases where collateral security is given by third party, personal guarantee of such third party should be obtained.

20. Do I need to come U.S.A and look for accommodation?

We would take care of organizing your accommodation for you.
21. What kind of accommodations can you arrange for students?

Falcon Flight School is able to provide accommodation for you for the entire duration of the course. The accommodation is very comfortable and is ideal for someone studying for the aviation career. You will be sharing the house with other students,normally from the same course that you are on. The accommodation is provided on a self catering basis you provide your own food. All rooms include a bed,storage facilities, and study facilities are provided either in the room, or as a separate study within the house. You will need to provide your own bed linen, towels, cleaning items, food.
22. Can I do my own cooking?

Yes, your apartment has a cooking unit. You can do your groceries at your local grocery store and manage your cooking.
23. How much do I need to manage my food expenses?

This is a variable amount. As guide line, one can manage food expenses between $150 and $200 a month. This would be more if you eat out all the time.
24. How can I manage my personal funds while I am in the US?

Once you reach here, we will help you set up a bank account. Apart from your course fees, your living expenses can be brought as traveler check and deposited into your bank account for your living expense management.

26. What is the weather like in.....?

In fact, we actually have excellent flying weather all throughout the year. The temperatures rarely fall below 70, visibility is great 99% of the time,and the winds are not a problem.

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