In childhood, many of us had a dream of becoming a pilot in life. But most of us don’t know the exact process on how to become a pilot in Bangladesh.
To become a pilot in Bangladesh you have to pass the HSC exam with 2.5 in Physics and Mathematics. Then you can sit for an admission test according to the rules of CAAB. After getting an SPL license you need to acquire a PPL license. At last, you need to get a CPL license to fly any commercial aircraft.
Now is the time to fulfill the dream. Without the right idea or direction, the dream will be no longer an opportunity to be touched.Currently, there are several pilot courses in the country. Let’s see the detailed process on how to become a pilot in Bangladesh.
If you want to be a pilot of any aircraft, including Pilot Bangladesh Airlines, you will need to get a minimum GPA of 2.5 with Physics, mathematics, from the science department at the HSC level.
You have to be Minimum 16 years of age and must be physically fit.
In addition, you should be proficient in speaking and writing English. Those who have graduated can also apply for admission to the pilot course.
Admission to the Flying Training Academy can be done in the country or abroad after HSC.
First, you need to apply for a Private Pilot License (PPL) after completing ground and flying training.
According to the rules of the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB), you have to fly for at least 40 hours to get a license. The minimum age is 17 years.
After obtaining the PPL you have to apply for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). In this case, you have to do flying 150 hours.
The minimum age for CPL should be 18 years. If you pass the exam, you can apply as a first officer or co-pilot in airlines abroad.
Before entering the pilot course, you must first pass the admission test. This test is done in two steps – oral and health examination.
The oral examination usually questions science and general knowledge. It depends on the respective academy. And health tests are done at civil aviation approved diagnostic centers.
Those who pass the admission test will be considered eligible for the pilot course. However, there are three more steps you need to take to become a pilot.
After the Ground Course, you have to get an SPL or Student Pilot License. Then get a PPL (Private Pilot License), and finally get a CPL or Commercial Pilot License.
The three-month theory course provides training on aerospace and air law.
In addition, concepts such as aircraft general knowledge, flight performance and planning, human performance and limitation, navigation, operational schedules and the Principal of Flight were discussed.
How to get Pilot License
After the ground course, the concerned academy takes the written test. The examination requires applicants to apply for an SPL or Student Pilot License in Civil Aviation for direct aviation.
After the application, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) takes the test. The SPL is given only after passing the CAAB examination and the CMB (Certified by the Medical Board) health examination.
You need to apply for a PPL or Private Pilot License by obtaining the aviation certificate for 5 to 7 hours of flying with this license.
During this time, you have to gain the experience of running a cross country flight (traveling from one district to another) with a three-month theory class.
Then, once again after passing the written and the health test, a private pilot license will be obtained. No commercial aircraft can be operated with this license. Therefore, a CPL or commercial pilot license is required for employment as a pilot.
To get this license, you should have experience of flying for 150 to 200 hours. In addition, you have to pass the written and health examination.
Along with the experience of running a cross country flight and a three-month theory course certificate. Getting CPL means a guaranteed job.
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There is a huge demand for skilled pilots at home and abroad at present. According to a report by the international airline, The International Air Transport Association, 17,000 new pilots are needed every year.
From this it can be understood that the need for skilled pilots in the international arena. This is a job where the job seeks the candidate.
It takes a maximum of one and a half to three years to do aeronautical courses. The PPL course takes six months.
And the CPL course takes a year. Admission to aviation courses can be done in two sessions, January-February and July-August each year.
These are the place that is available in Bangladesh who are providing courses- Civil Aviation Academy Training Center, Bangladesh Airlines Training Center, Bangladesh Flying Academy and Fly Aviation Limited, Arirang Aviation Limited and Galaxy Flying Academy Limited.
Bangladesh Flying Academy and General Aviation Limited
Admission can be done in two sessions a year. The duration of the course is three years. The course fee is Tk 20 lakh. Address: Bangladesh Flying Academy and General Aviation, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (to the right of VVIP Terminal), Uttara, Dhaka.
Galaxy Flying Academy
Admission can be done in three sessions a year. The course duration is 18 months. The course fee is Tk 28 lakh. Address: Home-20, Lake Drive Road, Sector-7, Uttara, Dhaka.
Admission can be done in three sessions a year. The course duration is 18 months. The course fee is Tk 30 lakh. Address: House 42, Lake Drive Road, Sector 7, Uttara, Dhaka.
Course Can be done from any foreign country also. This course can be completed in one and a half to two years from Flying Academy. In all, the cost will be between Taka 30 to 32 lakh.
In addition to passenger transport, the number of planes is increasing day by day. Aircraft There is a demand for airlines in many private airlines, including Bangladesh Airlines.
The airlines are hiring with attractive salaries. The remuneration of pilots is fixed as a bell. The average monthly income of a CPL licensed pilot is about Tk 2 lakh. Overseas airlines increase this amount.
Various airlines issued notification of hiring pilots at different times. As a first officer or co-pilot, monthly salary can be Tk.75000 to 100000.
Types of Pilot
There are two types of pilots,
1) Military Pilot
2) Civilian pilots
Military pilots are those that function pilots within the Defense. Bangladesh Navy, Air Force and military. And civilian pilots passed from flying schools/ academies to various airline companies as pilots.
Military Pilots are called GD Pilots or GDPs (General Duty Pilots). Apply immediately after HSC. Generally, the Bangladesh Air Force is assigned to the G DP post.
Applying as a pilot to the military and Navy isn’t a priority. They were called according to the requests. In this case, they are not pilots from the cadets. After commissioning at a different branch, the pilots either train in the Air Force or train at the Flying Club.
In addition to military pilots, there are civilian pilots who are skilled at flying fixed-wing aircraft. Pilots of Bangladeshi airlines usually carry passengers by plane on models such as Boeing 777-300 ER, Boeing 787-8, Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, ATR 72-500, Bombardier Dash 8.
There is no flying school for helicopters. Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), a body that controls all operations of civil aviation in Bangladesh.
Career in Bangladesh Air force
Working in the Bangladesh Air force is a matter of great honor for any Bangladeshis without a doubt. You can immensely contribute to the country from this sector.
Not only that as a career you shouldn’t have any concern in how good is this. Bangladesh Air Force offers really handsome salary scale and other allowance that can be considered a dream job in the civilian world.
Take a look at the salary scale of different rank category officers in the Air force.
Commissioned officer Salary
|Rank||Total Pay Allowances|
|Pilot Officer||Tk. 36,263.00/-|
|Flying Officer||Tk. 45,194.00/-|
|Flight Lieutenant||Tk. 52,249.00/-|
|Squadron Leader||Tk. 87,518.00/-|
|Wing Commander;||Tk. 89,688.00/-|
|Group Captain||Tk. 92,931.00/-|
|Air Commodore||Tk. 96,034.00/-|
|Air Vice Marshal||Tk. 98,319.00/-|
|Air Marshal||Tk. 103,166.00/-|
|Air Chief Marshal||Tk. 108,841.00/-|
source: Bangladesh air force
Not only the monthly payment option you will get other allowance including Food, medical, education, transport etc. See here if you are eligible to apply for Bangladesh Air Force.
Benefits of being a pilot
- This profession has the opportunity to be established at a young age which is less in other professions. Especially in Bangladesh, earning a six-digit salary for any ordinary employee in Bangladesh, even though it seems almost impossible at the age of 24-26, it is not impossible for a pilot.
- For those who have a hobby of traveling around the country and abroad, this job is a dream job.
- If you are a pilot, you will get various facilities from the government and the opportunity to go on a mission.
Setbacks of being a pilot
- The family and personal life have to be sacrificed. You might have to spend your time in the sky on Eid or other festivals.
- Courage is very important in this profession. In any adverse situation, there are many reports of pilots being injured and killed in plane crashes. There are countless examples of pilots saving lives, even sacrificing their own lives. And it is easy to see that it is dangerous to be a military fighter pilot.
- Obey the rules and keep the weight under control. Regular pilots have to take health checks. So that they are always fit to fly the plane.
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Men or women who are dreaming of being a pilot and get the thrill of flying between the white cloud of blue sky, we are wishing everyone all the best. We hope many of you become a pilot in Bangladesh and live your dream of touching the sky very soon.
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