Commercial Pilot License (CPL): This is issued only after the authorities are fully satisfied with the competence of the candidate. In-depth knowledge of four specific subject areas and 250 hours of flying, including 150 hours solo, 25 hours cross-country, 10 hours instrument flying and five hours night flying, are essential.
Medical fitness has to be certified either at the Air Force Central Medical Establishment, Subroto Park, New Delhi, or the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Vimanpura, Bangalore.
Subject knowledge is assessed through a written test held at the metros three times a year.
Passing rigorous flying tests is vital. The minimum age for certification is 18 years.
The candidate should have procured the certificate of proficiency issued by the Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing, and must have a Radio Telephoning Receiver qualification.