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Want to be a pilot? The sky's the limit

January 25, 2007
Over the last few years, the number of airlines criss-crossing the Indian skies has increased manifold. Simultaneously, air travel has much more affordable; if you book enough in advance, flying no longer causes a dent in your pocket.

Part II: The highs and lows of being a pilot
Part III: How to train to be a pilot
Part IV: Pilot's training too expensive? Here's help
Part V: 'Why I like being a pilot'

As a result of this increase in air travel, and in the number of airlines, the demand for pilots have increased as well, both in the domestic and international sectors.

In fact, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel expects the Indian aviation industry to create 40 lakh jobs in the next 10 years. He feels that, after IT, ITeS and telecom, the aviation industry is the next growth area that will open a lot of opportunities for youngsters.

We launch a five-part series that will give you the lowdown on this industry. We explore the career scope, work profile of various kinds of pilots, a pilot's lifestyle, training schools, admission criteria, cost of courses and loans/ scholarships available.

We begin by taking a realistic view of the job prospects in this promising field.

Text: Richa Pant

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