Courses in Aviation Industry

Published On: 18 Dec 2008

 | Last Updated On: 07 Jul 2012

For most of us, the fascination to fly never wears off. Earlier, air travel was a privilege only a few could afford, but today air travel has become much cheaper and can be afforded by a large number of people.The Indian aviation industry is one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world. From being primarily a government-owned industry, the Indian aviation industry is now dominated by privately owned full-service airlines and low-cost carriers.

The rapidly growing aviation industry in India has witnessed a remarkable transformation with the entry of private airlines and low cost carriers. India has 454 airports and airstrips; of these, 16 are designated international airports.

Most students are attracted to this career mainly because of the high-flying life it offers. As a benevolent, non-profit organization, Career in Aviation Courses, assists students to explore the wide variety of opportunities in the aviation industry and is advancing the future of aviation careers through scholarship opportunities.

Personality:

Air hostesses and flight stewards need to have a hospitable and pleasant personality.Pilots, cabin crew and air traffic controllers also need to have a high level of concentration and focus as there is a lot of minute observation and immediate response required in such technical posts and these are also positions of great responsibility as the lives of the passengers depends on the proper functioning of the air plane .

Aviation Courses:-

Aviation isn't just flying, or "piloting." Aviation courses in India deal with Flying Operation (jobs performed by Pilots), Aircrew (such as Air Hostesses), Aircraft, Air Traffic Management, Technical aspects of Flight, Aviation Safety, Regulatory Policies and economics of airport. Aviation being a broad field, there are many courses and training programs on offer. The following list of aviation courses are offered in India: -

  • Aviation Safety Training Instructor
  • Flight Attendant
  • Flight Deck Crew
  • Pilot training in Indian Aviation
  • Commercial Pilot Training
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Cabin Crew & in-Flight Services
  • Air Hostess Courses

Bombay University or Mumbai University now offers a 3 year B.Sc. course in aviation. The course is being conducted by the Institute of Aviation and Aviation Safety (IAAS), an educational wing of the Mumbai based Federation of Indian Pilots. This course also trains students to be pilots and thus also offers commercial pilot's licenses (CPL) if one wishes to become a pilot. The fees for such a course including the charges for getting a CPL are very high - Rs 12 lakh for the three year course.

Course Fee:

Preparing for a career in aviation doesn't come easy on the pocket. Careers in the aviation industry are much sought after as they are very well paid. Not too many people go in for careers in aviation as the courses are very expensive. However with student loans and high pay packages once one finishes the course and gets a job that is a lesser problem nowadays.

Institutes:

The courses related to the aviation industry, if done from a recognized and prestigious institute, is highly beneficial to all those who wish to be a part of the aviation sector in diverse job profiles. Aviation courses have to be pursued from different institutes depending upon the kind of course and the type of specialization.

Top Aviation Institutes:


Aviation job profiles:

Aviation offers plenty of jobs, but you have to choose smartly from your area of interest!

  1. Jobs for Pilots: Candidates with training in flying may join any of the reputed airline companies in India or abroad as pilots.
  2. Jobs for Aeronautical Engineers: Candidates with degrees in aeronautical engineering have excellent career opportunities in the aviation industry. Several aircraft manufacturers hire aeronautical engineers for entry level openings as well as senior positions.
  3. Jobs for Air Hostess: This profession attracts smart and young women who love to do a lot of traveling and believe in hard work. Several companies offer lucrative pay packages and other facilities for the pleasure of their employees in this field of work.
  4. Jobs in Airline Ticketing: Candidates with the requisite qualification may join any of the airline companies. The job includes reservation and booking of flight tickets for the customers. You will also have to help them in planning their route.
  5. Customer Service Jobs: There is a great demand for young and hardworking people in this field. Customer satisfaction is the main priority for all the airlines today. Customer service executives are entrusted with the duty of looking after various problems and requirements of the clients.

Nature of Work:-

The nature of work is different for different types of workers in the aviation industry. Whereas being a pilot or an air hostess is most advertised, there are other equally lucrative options in the aviation industry. Those desirous of a career in aviation sector have plenty of option to look out for. From customer support, ticket reservation, transportation of perishable cargo, regulation of traffic to cargo reservations, aviation administration and cockpit resource management, the aviation sector offers plenty of job opportunities.

Airline Companies:  -

The following list of companies in India offers various jobs in the aviation sector: -

  • Indian Airlines
  • Kingfisher Airlines
  • Haytrans I Pvt Ltd
  • Flywell Aviation Pvt Ltd
  • Deccan Airlines
  • SRC Aviation, Panda Logistics Ltd
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bird Group
  • Trans Asian Aviation
  • Varman Aviation Pvt Ltd

These companies look out for candidates who have been trained through professional aviation courses.

Career Scope: -

Although the aviation sector in India climbed to the ninth position in the world aviation market in 2007, 2008 witnessed the aviation sector battling multiple demons - rising jet fuel prices, and later, the slump in business, as travellers chose cheaper modes of travel under threat of recession. Kunal Vasudeva, Head, Kingfisher Training Academy, states, "From an output perspective, are most airlines recruiting? The answer is no. Will they recruit in the near future? Hopefully, yes. While earlier, airlines may have recruited 15 students, today just three or four make the cut.

However, what's important is that the current batch of students will graduate next June or July, and hopefully, the economy will tide over by then." However, things aren't quite as easy for students, who've already graduated. Ratan K has completed his pilot training course, but has been unable to land a job as a pilot. He says, "There are no openings right now. There are about 6000 people looking for jobs, with may be about 120 to 130 openings available only."

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