It is an acknowledged fact that domestic air traffic in any country grows at approximately double the rate of GDP growth. Starting from an extremely low base of about 15 million annual passengers in India, the growth is expected to be exponentially higher. In fact, the recent statistics of the Ministry of Civil Aviation shows growth in excess of 20% per annum. This is also confirmed by a few top officials of Human Resources of leading commercial Airlines.
The promise and the potential of the Indian aviation market are excellent. Over 135 aircrafts have been added in the last two years alone. By 2010 Indiaâ€™s fleet strength will stand at 500 to 550 aircrafts. Civil Aviation today is considered a dynamic service industry. From its relative seclusion, it is now a center stage phenomenon that is playing a key role in determining Indiaâ€™s economic future.
With the sector expanding at a fast pace, the number of aircrafts being used is on the rise and so is the need for pilots and aviation jobs are set to take off. Not surprisingly, aviation school is the latest buzzword among students as India would require 7,500 â€“ 8,000 pilots and a higher number of air cabin crew by 2010. However, there are not enough full fledged aviation institutes resulting in shortage of trained pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, ground staff and cabin crew.
Since the last three years, India has not managed to produce enough pilots and as such the domestic airlines have had to import pilots. The root cause of this problem is the fact that there are only six flying schools out of the thirty nine existing ones which are operational. Most of these are located in the hinterland, further aggravating the issue. Moreover, there is a dearth of instructors most of whom are roped in by private airlines as pilots, informs, founder & Chairman, Indian Aviation Academy.
The authorities are also aware of the problem of the shortage of trained pilots and are now considering relaxing the upper age limit of pilots to 67 years as against the current 65 years. Also, the current boom in the aviation sector is attracting a lot of Indians working abroad in International carriers.
Job opportunities in this sector are immense and so is the remuneration. Commercial airlines provide employment to many in various occupational areas. They represent a cross section of opportunities within the aviation industry, with jobs ranging from telephone sales to pilots to catering. This diversification can be broadly characterized by the terms customer contact and non-customer contact roles, which include the above and more job areas as follows:
1. Airline pilot
2. Aircraft maintenance engineer
3. Cabin crew
4. Customer Service Agents
5. Administrative staff
Indiaâ€™s aviation job demand is getting bigger.
The countryâ€™s aviation sector is slated to cruise far ahead of other Asian giants like China or even strong economies like France and Australia. Seeing the scope of this industry, the government has taken measures to cope with the shortage of skilled manpower especially pilots which are the followings:
1. For issue of Commercial Pilotâ€™s License (CPL), the number of hours reduced from 250 hours to 200.
2. Rules have been amended to enable the pilots to exercise the privilege of their license up to 65 years.
3. Pilots leaving an airline have to give six months notice period and secure a no objection from current employer and such similar steps.
Clearly, opportunities are flying high for the countryâ€™s aviation and a lot is in store for this sector.