Most of the people think that the only job associated with aviation is that of flying an air craft. Just a few know that there are additional jobs as air hostess. Beyond that very few are aware of any other avenue. The reality is miles away from such a scenario. There is a plethora of jobs in the aviation sector. And that is not all. An increase in aviation activity in the country, that has already set in, will spur a growth in all fields.

The jobs of this field can be divided into two major categories:-
Direct: As Pilots, Cabin Crew, Air Traffic Controllers, Air Craft Maintenance Engineers and Support services.
Indirect : Such as Research, Design & Development, Aircraft Manufacturing Industry, Aeronautical Education and space systems.

The Pilot:
Flying is a thrilling activity. A Boeing 747 aircraft, carry 500 passengers, weighs some 50000 kg. The aircraft flies at a speed of more than 900 Kmph, which is about seven times faster than our fastest train Shatabadi Express. And while doing so, the pilot is busy looking for the enemy aircraft, tracing him down and preparing himself to shoot the enemy aircraft with his guns, rockets and missiles. Well the scene is much more real and trilling. Thus there are two types of flying careers:
Commercial Pilot : To become a pilot, one has to go through three stages of acquiring Student Pilot License (SPL), Private Pilot License (PPL) and Commercial Pilot License (CPL).
Military Pilot in Air Force, the Navy, the Army or the Coast Guard : The route is either through NDA or Combined Defence Services Examination. In addition, ther is Short Service Commission for women in the Idain Air Force.

Cabin Crew:
These are the people who are responsible to look after the passengers. The male crew is referred to as flight stewards/ pursers while female crew is called Air Hostess. The job of cabin crew demands attention, responsibility and a pleasing personality complimenting with glamour and excitement. A cabin crew has to work continuously and efficiently in the confined and restricted space of the aircraft. As airlines operate around the clock and the year around ,cabin crew may have to work at night and also on holidays and weekends.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers:
Aircraft is a fascinating piece of engineering. It has a multitude of systems. Each system is further divided into many sub systems and each of these sub systems in turn has a large number of components and parts. Thus an aircraft will have tens of thousands of parts, each one having distant and important role to play just like each system of your scooter or car is expected to do. The aircraft once it gets started and goes up in the air, must not fail, come what may. Such a challenge is met by a breed of people in aviation industry maintenance engineers.
There are jobs both in commercial airlines as well as in four arms of the Defence Forces. To work in commercial airlines, one has to acquire Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) License , which is issued by Director General Civil Aviation. A job of maintenance engineer in the Defence forces is through selection by the Service Selection Board (SSB).

Air Traffic Controllers:
Pilots fly the aircraft, but Air Traffic Controllers supervise and control their movements so as to ensure that it operates safely without any untoward accident or incident. Their job is highly skilled, carries a great responsibility and demands alertness and dedication of the highest order. These are two different avenues for jobs as Air Traffic Controller: In Civil Sector and in Defence Forces (Air Force and Navy).

Support Services:
The airline industry is one of the most dynamic industries today with a variety of operations in many fields. There are various types of job prospects in various fields of aircraft operations and airlines management like Airport Manager, Public Relation officer, Commercial Superintendents and Assistants , Flight Handling Officers, Crew Schedulers, Ticketing & Reservation Staff, Tourist Information Centres.

Research Design and Development:
Today, more than 30,000 skilled scientists and technologists are working in 51 laboratories located nationwide are working for the development of aviation related equipment and systems. It can accommodate qualified personnel from various disciplines of engineering and science. Prominent aviation related agencies are Gas Turbine Research Establishment, Aero Nautical Defence Establishment, Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment, Aeronautical Development Agency, National Aerospace Laboratories.

Manufacturing Industry:
There are technicians and engineering who manufacture aircraft which contain as many as few lakh components, the safety and reliability of these components being beyond the imagination. The requirement is fail safe components and systems. Presently the agencies involved in this task are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Limited.

Controlling Organizations:
Aviation industry is unique in one respect. It has to be strictly regulated and controlled since it demands high level of skills and warrants even higher levels of security. Thus there are certain agencies which control and govern various aspects related to flying. Two of the important organizations that do so and offer a variety of jobs are:
AAI (Airport Authority of India) :- It manages air traffic services in the entire Indian airspace extending beyond the territorial limits of the country as per the requirements of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is manned by dedicated team of professionals including managers and engineers.
Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) :- It is responsible for lying down rules, regulations and their implementation for ensuring the safety of aircraft operations. The Aircraft Act, Aircraft Rules and the Civil Aviation requirement issued from time to time by the DGCA.

Some Pilot Training Institutes:
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy (IGRUA), Fursatganj Air field, Rae Bareli -229302
The Honorary Secretary Bombay Flying Club Juhu Aerodrome, Santa Cruz, Mumbai- 400054.
The Honorary Secretary, Delhi Flying Club Limited, Safadarjung Airport, New Delhi- 110003.
The Principal, Government Flying Training Institute, Jakkur Aerodrome, Yelahanka, Bangalore -560054.
The Honorary Secretary, North India Flying Club, Civil Aerodrome, Jalandhar Cantt, Ludhiana, Patiala -147001.
Orient Flight School, 40 GST Road,, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai- 600016.
Ahemdabad Aviation & Aeronautics Limited, AAA Hanger, Near Old Terminal, Airport Ahemdabad- 380012.
TAAL flying Academy, 1010, 10th floor, Prestige Meridian 129, MG Road, Bangalore- 560001.
Tatanagar Aviation Pvt. Ltd., Sonari Aerodrome, Jamshedpur- 831011.
Rajputana Aviation Academy Pvt. Ltd. , 6-B,Ganga Path, Suraj Nagar (West), Civil Lines, Jaipur- 302006.

AME Training Institutes:
School of Aviation Science & Technology Delhi Flying Club, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi- 110003.
Flytech Aviation Academy , Road no. 10, Maredpally West, Hyderabad- 500001.
Institute of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Old Airport Road, Gautam Nagar, 4-71/1, Ferozguda ,Secunderabad- 500011.
Aeronautical Training Institute Lucknow, Airport Lucknow -226001.
Rajiv Gandhi Aviation acadeymy, 190, Plassy Lane, Bowenpally, Secunderabad -500011.
Bombay Flying Club, Juhu Aerodrome, Santacruz (w), Mumbai- 400059.
Indian Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Sonari Aerodrome, Jamshedpur.
Indian Institute of Aeronautics, 18/55, Punjabi Bagh (West) New Delhi- 110026.
VSM Aerospace, No. 103/2, Sri Rama Vidyalaya, Jakkur Layout, Banglore -560006.
Hindustan Aviation Academy, PB No. 3776, Chinnappa- Nahally, Marathahally Post Banglore- 560037.

Some Institute offering Air Hostess Training:
Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, SCO 118-120, Ist Floor, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh -160035. Website: www.frankfinn.com.
Flytech Aviation Academy, 102, Al-Kauser Road No. 10, West Marredpally, Secunderabad -500026. Website: www.flytechaviation.com.
Air Hostess Academy, SCXO 485-486, IInd Floor, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh -160035. Website: www.airhostessacademy.com.

Information Related to
Indian Air Force:
JD Personnel,
Air Headquarters, DISHA, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi- 110011.
Website: www.careerairforce.nic.in.

Indian Navy:
Directorate of Manpower Planning & Recruitment (R&R),
Room No. 204, C Wing, Sena Bhawan, IHQ- MOD(N), New Delhi- 110011.
Website: www.nausenabharti_mail.in.

Indian Coast Guard:
Director (HRD),
Post Box No. 127, Noida -201301.
Website: www.indiancoastguard.org.

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