FAQ’S - CADET PILOT PROGRAM
1. WHAT IS THE CADET PILOT PROGRAM?
A. Cadet Pilot Programs have been established to cater to the growing global need for new pilots. Airlines invite young men and women who have passed their 12th or graduated from college and aspire to be airline pilots. It involves training the candidate in 2 phases so that she/he can act as a Jr. Co-pilot with particular Airline.
B. The first phase provides the required training to obtain an Indian Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Multi Engine (ME) and Instrument Rating (IR), followed by the second phase, which is Type Rating training for qualifying on the type rated A/C.
2. WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
a. Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Cadet program:
i. Aged between 18 and 35 years old (may vary for different airlines) and of Indian nationality or holding an OCI card;
ii. Achieved a minimum score of 51-60% each in Physics, Mathematics & English in (10+2) exam*;
iii. Possess a valid Indian Class 2 medical certificate** (No Limitations);
iv. Be in good physical condition with appropriate weight and height;
v. Be fluent in English – both written and verbal;
3. WHO WILL MAKE MY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS?
a. All candidates are responsible for their own travel.
4. WHO WILL PAY FOR MY MEDICAL INSURANCE DURING TRAINING?
a. The candidate is responsible for bearing the cost of personal medical insurance during his/her training. Cost is approximately USD $1500 for 12 months.
5. WHERE WILL I STAY DURING TRAINING AND WHO WILL ARRANGE IT?
A.) FTO’s will make arrangements for your stay during the CPL phase. The cost is included in the total fee.
B.) Full board accommodation will be arranged by FTO’s for your flight license conversion phase in India. Cost may or may not be included in the total fee.
C.) Bed and Breakfast stay will be arranged by FTO’s during the advanced Type Rating phase. Cost is included in the total fee.
6. WHO WILL ARRANGE FOR MY VISA FOR TRAINING?
A.) FTO’s will facilitate the Visa process for your training in the US, but you will be responsible for the cost to obtain your own visa & other necessary travel related documents in relation to the training.
(Note: The cadet must present a statement showing that they are able to support all required expenses.)
7. HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
A.) The duration of the CPL training is planned at 19 months including conversion to the Indian CPL; the type rating is planned at an additional 2 months. However, DGCA licensing, scheduling, and any other delays will extend the duration of the cadet program by an estimated 2 to 3 months.
8. WILL UNIFORMS BE PROVIDED?
A.) Yes, uniforms will be provided.
9. WHO WILL MEET ME ON ARRIVAL?
A.) FTO’s student services representative will meet you at the designated housing location when you arrive.
10. WHERE WILL I BE TRAINED FOR TYPE RATING?
A.) The Type Rating training will be conducted at type rating training center approved by Airlines.
11. HOW MUCH IS THE APPLICATION FEE ?
A.) Vary from 11000 to 25000 INR for a technical test, followed by an interview.
12. IS THERE ANY PAPERWORK THAT I NEED TO SIGN WITH AIRLINES?
A.) At the time of signing the Cadet Pilot Agreement, the candidate is required to sign a Specialized Training Agreement whereby the candidate commits to serve the particular airlines for a specified term, post successful completion of his/her training (both CPL & Type Rating).
13. WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROGRAM (ALL INCLUSIVE)?
A.) The total cost for this program is 80 Lakh to 1.15 cr, depending on the FTO for which you have applied/selected.
14. Is there an advantage for me to train in a foreign institute?
A.) Trainee pilot gets a dual license: As part of the Cadet Pilot Program with, you will graduate with a dual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Multi Engine Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating (ME CPL/IR)
B.) International Training Exposure: Cadets will begin their training experience in the US, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. Post successful completion of this training you will be eligible for a particular country’s CPL which would later be converted into a DGCA CPL. The program is designed to provide cadets with international exposure both professionally and culturally so as to expand your horizons and imbibe the best of diverse viewpoints and practices. This will stand you in good stead in your subsequent professional development. Exposure to flying and communicating at high density international traffic airports.
C.) World class, state of the art training facilities with exposure to Global best practices.
D.) Train in the World of Cadet Pilots: Various FTO’s trains pilots for various airlines such as British Airways, JetStar, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Jet Airways, EasyJet, FlyDubai, Royal Brunei etc. Cadets trained at these FTO’s get the opportunity to mix and mingle with their contemporaries training for various airlines from all over the world as well as qualified airline pilots who take up advanced training with these FTO’s.
E.) Round The Year Flying: All FTO’s situated at beautiful locations, particularly for aviators, it also benefits from over 300 flyable days per year, making the training schedule quicker and more predictable.
F.) Hassle free Selection Process: FTO’s deeply focuses on selecting the right kind of candidates for training expeditiously, in a hassle free manner.
15. How many hours will I train on an actual aircraft?
A.) For CPL – Students will fly minimum 200 hours in an actual aircraft.
B.) For Foreign License Conversion – Students will fly approx. 20 hours in an actual aircraft in a DGCA approved Flight Training Academy.
16. What aircraft will I be training on?
A.) Mostly, Cadets will fly Cessna 172, SR 20, and DA42 (multi-engine) aircraft. All aircrafts are equipped with modern “glass” cockpits and the latest avionics.
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