Pilot Flying, Ground Training, & Recruitment

Commercial Pilot Training

The Indian Aviation industry has noticed a tremendous growth in number of Aircraft & Helicopters flying in India. The recruitment drive has been slow in the year 2009-2010 due to the economy downfall (recession). However, the industry is picking up and the recruitments are going to happen continuously for the next 5-10 yrs. There is a huge demand for Pilots in India. Helicopter industry in India has great potential for growth and demand for helicopter pilots will increase in the near future.

Pilot training on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters is available in India as well as in US, Canada and Australia. BNN Aviation will facilitate the pilots training in India and abroad for the individuals keeping the standards of training and finances in mind. It will also guide and help the budding pilots to get Indian CPL/CHPL. BNN Aviation will also help the candidates to find suitable employment after they finish their Pilot Licenses.

Training Related to Pilots Licenses

BNN Aviation will provide the following training to pilots to prepare them for the pilots examinations related to :-

  • Student Pilot License.
  • Private Pilot License.
  • Commercial Pilot License.
  • Commercial Pilot License (Helicopters).
  • Airline Transport Pilot License.
  • Air Line Transport Pilot License (Helicopters)

Recurrent Training of Pilots,Engineers.

BNN Aviation will facilitate Licensed pilot training in following areas:-

  • Crew Resource Management Training.
  • Dangerous Goods Awareness Training.
  • Human Factors Training.
  • Adverse Weather Operations- Monsoon Training.
  • Orientation to Civil Aviation Training.
  • Safety Management System Training.
  • Accident Prevention Training.
  • Accident Investigation Training.


  • Become a Pilot
  • How to Determine What You Need & Want
  • Compile a List of Choices & Schools
  • Take a Firsthand Look – It’s Your Money
  • Don’t Overlook Ground School
  • Training Aircraft
  • Flight Instructors
  • Cost
  • The Final Decision
  • A Checklist for Choosing a Good Flight School
  • Training Process
  • Training Centres in India

Become a Pilot

Learning to fly can be one of life’s most rewarding adventures. The freedom of moving in three dimensions is not only fun but can lead to interesting career and travel opportunities. To take advantage of aviation’s rewards, you must make sure you get the good, solid information that you’ll need to be a safe, confident pilot in the air. One of the most important steps in that process is finding the right flight school.

Without any aviation experience on which to base your decision, selecting a good school can be a formidable task. Aviation is procedural and not well suited to impatience. Whether you’re flying or picking a school, making rash, hurried decisions can cause dire consequences. Checklists are an aviation mainstay that ensures all procedures are accomplished and, therefore, make for safe flights. This same procedure can be applied to selecting a good flight school.

How to Determine What You Need & Want

At the beginning of your flight school search, it helps if you have a general idea of what you want from aviation. Why do you want to learn to fly? What is your ultimate, long-term aviation goal? Do you want to fly for fun, or are you seeking a flying career? Will your flying be local, or do you want to use general aviation aircraft to travel? Do you want to own an airplane or will you rent? These are questions you should answer before you start considering flight schools. And you should consider whether you’ll train full time or part time; that can make a big difference in your school selection criteria.

Compile a List of Choices & Schools

Once you’ve given some thought to what you want, start putting together a list of possible flight schools. Then request all available literature from each. Ask them to send an outline or curriculum for each program in which you’re interested, and a copy of the school’s regulations and flight operations procedures.

Don’t base your decision on the literature alone! You’re looking for informative substance, and this can be found as well in photocopied sheets as it can in full-color catalogs. While scrutinizing the material, take notes for use during the school visit, when you’ll check the veracity of its claims. Some things to look for:

  • The school’s philosophy, goals, and objectives, and how they match your needs.
  • Are there such benefits as housing, financial aid, and additional training, such as aerobatics, that will broaden your experience?
  • How important is flight training to the organization?
  • How long has the flight school been in business?
  • What about the school’s instructional staff, its enrollment numbers, and credentials?
  • How many and what types of aircraft are used in the school’s flight instruction program?
  • What are the school’s classrooms like?
  • What services are available at its airport (instrument approaches and control towers)?
  • What is the school’s reputation on regulations and safety policies?

Take a Firsthand Look – It’s Your Money

If you do nothing else in your school search – visit the school!
Your first contact will likely be an admissions officer or the chief flight instructor. Listen closely and ask questions about everything. Don’t be shy. If you don’t understand something, ask! During your tour, ensure that no area is left unvisited, from administrative offices to the maintenance area.
Interview the school’s chief flight instructor or his or her assistant. Some questions to ask:

  • Are progressive flight-checks given? (These checks evaluate your progress during the training program.)
  • What’s the instructor-to-student ratio? (Generally speaking, an instructor can adequately educate four of five full-time students, or 10 or more part-timers, depending on their schedules.)
  • Who schedules lessons, and how is it done?
  • What are the insurance requirements of the school, and how do its liability and collision policies work? Will you be responsible for a deductible, and how much is that deductible in the event of a loss? What is your coverage as a student?
  • Who keeps your records? (This is important because poor documentation can cause you to repeat training.)
  • What happens when weather or maintenance problems cancel a lesson? Who’s responsible for rescheduling lessons and reporting maintenance problems?

After the official tour, get away by yourself and talk to other students in training. Ask them to rate the training’s quality and explain what problems they’ve had, if any, and how they were dealt with.

Don’t Overlook Ground School

Learning to fly requires that you obtain the ability to manipulate the controls of the airplane and make it perform certain maneuvers. However, there is another aspect of learning to fly, and that is the academic knowledge required to understand how, where, and when to fly safely. This is accomplished in ground school.
Ground school takes two basic forms: an instructor teaching a scheduled class or a self-paced, home-study program uses video or audio tapes and/or a computer-based program.
Which is better depends on you. If you’re a self-disciplined self-starter, the self-paced video programs can’t be beat. You can “attend” ground school on your schedule and review the tapes as needed. If you need the discipline of the classroom, well, the choice is obvious. Perhaps the best option is a combination of the two. Many schools have a traditional classroom ground school and a resource room that contains self-paced materials for additional study.
Many local community colleges or independent ground schools are also an option. Although technically not part of ground school, instrument ground trainers (or simulators) are being used by a number of schools in primary training, and they are a real benefit in instrument training.

Training Aircraft

The training airplane is where you practice in the air what you’ve learned on the ground. High wing or low, it doesn’t make much difference. What’s important is how well the airplane is equipped and maintained. It’s also important that the school’s trainers are dedicated to training and not to rental.
How many trainers a school has depends on the number of active students. Generally speaking, one trainer serves four or five full-time students. This ratio may be higher with part-time students. Another consideration is the fleet’s mix of primary, advanced, and multiengine trainers.
Because trainers are flown often and sometimes hard, how a school maintains its training fleet is important for both safety and scheduling. Asking questions about maintenance policies and procedures should be part of every school interview.

Flight Instructors

A good flight instructor is important because your life will depend on what he or she teaches you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the training and experience of the flight instructors. You might ask what the average flight time is and what the pass/fail rate is among the instructors. (A pass rate of 100 percent doesn’t indicate good instruction.) You might also talk to some of the other students at the school to ask about their flight instructors.
Your primary instructor should be at least a certificated flight instructor (CFI). Ensure that your instrument instructor has an instrument instructor rating (CFII). Instrument training received from a non-rated instructor can cause problems when it comes to meeting FAA requirements.
A good way to get acquainted with your instructor is to take an introductory lesson (not just a demonstration ride). During your lesson, assess your instructor’s attitude. Only you can determine what personality best fits yours, but you want an instructor who expects perfection, who will work with you until it’s achieved, and who cares about you as a person as well as a student.


Compared with most of your current activities, learning to fly is expensive. But remember, you’re investing in your education, in skills that will open new worlds and opportunities. Flying is an activity of purpose, productivity, and pleasure. It’s also a never-ending learning process and as with all education, your initial training provides the foundation for all that will follow.
Looking at the bottom line, you’ll notice that, adjusting for location and differences in training programs, schools more or less charge about the same. Only you can determine if what you get for your money is fair. As with any other major purchase, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.
When comparing costs, make sure you’re comparing “apples with apples.” Some schools in USA base their prices on the FAA minimum-time requirements, such as 40 hours for a private certificate. Others base their prices on a more realistic figure that’s the average of what their students accomplish. Some include books and supplies, ground school, flight testing, and FAA written examination fees. Others don’t. In other words, read the fine print, and ensure you’re making a comparison of equals!
Because most schools require partial or full payment before training begins, financing your flight training, especially if you are in a professional pilot program, will be your greatest challenge.. Schools also offer “block time” prices if you pay for a certain amount of training, or flight time, in advance, which can often offer substantial savings.
Some schools guarantee their training – that you’ll earn your certificate for a fixed price no matter how long it takes. Read the fine print carefully, because many of these guarantees expire after so many flight hours. If you haven’t achieved your goal in this time, the school will still train you, but you’ll have to pay for the training that takes place above the guarantee’s ceiling.
Also inquire about refunds. Most schools require that you pay for part or all of your training in advance, which prevents you from training and running before the bills are paid. But if you must stop training for some reason, you should know if and how much of your money will be refunded.
Unless your instructor’s fees are part of a “package price” program, know how you are charged for his or her educational services, and how much you’re charged for aircraft rental.
Aircraft rental and the instructor time in US are usually charged by the Hobbs meter, which is a timing device activated by oil pressure. If the engine is running, so is the meter. Even if you’re sitting on the ground, you’re still charged for it.
Also learn if the instructor is paid for pre- and post-flight briefings in addition to flight time. These are crucial parts of every lesson, and if the instructor is not paid for them, you may get abbreviated briefings before you start the engine, and then get the rest of the briefing while the engine and the meter are running.
There’s an old saying that says, “Time is money.” In your research, make sure that you’re getting the best quality training for your dollar.

The Final Decision

What flight school you ultimately choose depends on the quality training you desire in a method convenient to your schedule. In earning your private pilot’s certificate, you will have achieved a “license” to learn. Aviation is an ever-changing activity, and good pilots are always learning.
Perhaps the final deciding factor between several schools that are running in a dead heat is personality. Like people, schools have personalities. Some are deadly serious, while others are more familial in nature. Only you can select the one that matches your personality.

A Checklist for Choosing a Good Flight School

  • Determine your aviation goals. Are you learning to fly for fun or do you plan to pursue a career?
  • Compile a list of schools to examine, and request literature from each. Review material from each school and answer the questions outlined earlier in this brochure.
  • Once you’ve done your “homework”, visit the final two or three schools that pass the test. Ask questions and get a feel for the personalities of the schools. Ask specific questions and insist on specific answers. Talk to other students and flight instructors.
  • Once you’ve decided on a school, be sure a written agreement outlines the payment procedures.

Overall growth in the world’s air travel industry is expected to remain at about 5 percent per year for the next 20 years. While the US market may see little immediate growth, the forecast is positive for long-term growth. And the outlook is even better for the rest of the world. New markets are emerging in China, India and the Middle East, indicating that the overall growth in these countries will be much larger than that of other countries.
Boeing’s 2013 Current Market Outlook reports that nearly half the world’s aviation growth will be fueled by China and India markets over the next 20 years. Specifically, Asia Pacific Airlines will nearly triple its fleet by 2032, with an expected growth of 12,820 new aircraft over this time period.
The current growth of the regional airline market, increasing industry organization and modernization of infrastructure is the source for quick industry progression in the Asia Pacific area. Increased efficiency and demand in China and India is creating a market for single-aisle and regional aircraft. Single-aisle aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 will make up about 70 percent of future aircraft orders, according to Boeing.
Air carriers in India plan on adding 5,000 new jobs as they prepare for new airline entries and an increase in passengers. Air Asia, Jet Airways and IndiGo all claim to be increasing their hiring initiatives for the remainder of the year. And at the Paris Air show, Boeing and Airbus both came away with numerous orders for new aircraft, supporting the fact that the airline and cargo industries are maturing globally.
The demand for pilots will be at an all-time high over the next 20 years, according to some industry experts. Most of the expected pilot shortage will be experienced in China and India, with a smaller demand felt in the United States and Middle East. According to Boeing’s 2013 Current Market Outlook, Asia is expected to need 185,600 new pilots between now and 2031. Europe comes in second, demanding about 100,000 new pilots and North America should require about 70,000 new pilots over the next 20 years.


  • Aged over 18 years old to commence training
  • Completed Secondary School education achieving national qualifications in English Language, Mathematics and Science subjects
  • Proficient in the English language
  • Capable of holding a Class 1 Pilot Medical Certificate
  • Successfully complete and pass the assessment process for your preferred training program


Prior to enrolling on any CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Pilot Training Program, you must possess a valid Class 1 Medical Certificate. All pilots are required to have this certificate throughout their entire flying careers. Further information on this can be obtained from your local aviation authority but a typical medical examination would include:

  • Review of your medical history
  • Hearing and vision tests
  • Lung function and heart tests
  • Blood and urine analysis
  • General physical examination

Whilst a medical certificate is not required to attend our assessments, we recommend that you thoroughly check that you meet the qualifying criteria for a pilot medical certificate before embarking on the application and selection process for a program.


Whilst gaining some flying experience can be beneficial and can help you determine whether flying is the career for you, it is not an entry requirement for the majority of our training programs. The exceptions to this include our Modular Training Program where some previous flying experience and qualifications are necessary to embark on the more advanced modules of pilot training.


Entry criteria for airline-mentored programs are developed in conjunction with airlines partners and can in some cases be more stringent than typical minimum requirements.

Training Process

Basic qualification for pilot training is successful completion of 10+2/equivalent with 50% marks in Physics and Maths.
The applicant should have completed 17 years of age. The first step in Pilot training is acquiring of Student Pilot License (SPL).
Thereafter he can start flight training to get Private Pilot License (PPL). This includes 60 hours of flying comprising 20 hours of dual flying, 20 hours of solo flying and 5 hours cross country flying. Theoretical examination’s have to be passed in subjects like Air Regulation, Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Aircraft and Engines,After PPL another 190 hours of flying training is required for Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) i.e., a consolidated 250 hours of flying training. A flight radio operators license and radio telephone license have to be obtained. During CPL, the candidate should have exposure to a range of aircraft and fulfill other conditions like specified hours of solo flying, cross country flying and height flying. Theoretical papers have to be cleared and medical tests passed. It usually takes 2 to 3 years before required flying hours and classroom learning are completed. Entry to the PPL course is through an entrance test conducted at certain centers. The test is based on subjects like English, General Knowledge, Math’s, Physics and Chemistry. Applications are called in April and sent to The Director General of Civil Aviation (Training Section) Technical Centre, Opp. Safdarjang Airport, New Delhi-110 003.

Training Centres in India

1. Academy of Carver Aviation Pvt. Ltd.Doddanavar Trade Centre, Near Fort,Dharwad Road,5:16 AM 1/9/99Belgaum-16.
2. Andhra Pradesh Flying Club, Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.
3. Assam Flying Club, Guwahati Airport, Guwahati-7.
4. Bangalore Aeronautics Technical Services, Mysore Aerodrome, Karnataka.
5. Bihar Flying Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Patna-1.
6. Coimbatore Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
7. Faculty of Flight Safety Services, Delhi Flying Club Ltd. Safdarjang Airport, New Delhi-110 003.
8. Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Indore-452 005, MP.
9. Flytech Aviation Academy, 102, AI-Kauser, Road No. 10, West Maredpally, Secunderabad-500 026.
10. Government Aviation Training Institute, Civil Aerodrome, Bhubaneshwar.
11. Government Flying Training School, Jakkur Aerodrome, Yelahanka Post, Bangalore-560 064.
12. Gujarat Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Hasni Road, Baroda-390 006, Gujarat.
13. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, Fursatganj Airfield, Rea Bareli-229 302, Uttar Pradesh.
14. Jamshedpur Co-operative Flying Club Ltd. Sonari Aerodrome, Jamshedpur, Bihar.
15. Ludhiana Aviation Club, Civil Aerodrome, PO Sahnswal, Ludhiana, Punjab.
16. Nagpur Flying Club, Sonegaon Aerodrome, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
17. Orient Flight School, Administrative Office 40, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai-600 016,
Operations at Civil Aerodrome, Pondicherry -605 008.
18. Sahara India Aviation Academy 249/250, Block A, Road No.6, National Highway No. 8, Mahipalpur (Near I.G International Airport) New Delhi-110037.
19. The Bombay Flying Club, Juhu Aerodrome, Juhu, Mumbai-400 049.
20. Udan Flying School, Indore-452 005, Madhya Pradesh.
21. West Bengal Flying Training Institute, Behala, Calcutta-700 060.
22. Career Aviation, #102 VBF Plaza, Airport Road, Bangalore – 560 008 Website : www.careersaviation.com
23. Chimes Aviation Academy (CAA),Dhana Airstrip, PO Dhana,Sagar, MP, India 470 228 ,Phone Numbers : 07582-308100,98736 24. AeronautX Flight Training, 402 Belfer, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400,050 Tel: +91.98190.19098 Website: www.AeronautX.in