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1,200 commercial pilot hopefuls have INR1,600 crore invested in training, but face waning job prospects.

It costs upwards of INR50 lakh to get a licence to fly a commercial plane. Pilots’ salaries shot up during the last ten years, but new hopefuls armed with licences will find only jobs that pay less. Industry veterans think this will wean out those aspiring to enter aviation only for its glamour and monies.
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9 Jun 2020 9 Mins Read 11 comments
A passenger (L) watches as a pilot performs technical and safety checks before a flight in a Cessna 172 plane at the London North Weald Airfield on August 1, 2017. Getty Images
A passenger (L) watches as a pilot performs technical and safety checks before a flight in a Cessna 172 plane at the London North Weald Airfield on August 1, 2017.
Kolkata-based Aniruddha Dalui, 20, had secured admission to an engineering college, but instead chose to learn flying at Bhubaneswar. He is lucky. His father, a civil engineer, can spend the money to see his son fly. “Nobody in my friend circle or family is a pilot, but I was always fascinated by Tom Cruise as the fighter pilot
crashed while landing at the airstrip on Monday morning after a training sortie. “My family is tense,” the aspirant says. “These things (accidents) will happen. It’s just that this time we lost one of our own and he was a great guy. But it doesn’t change my mind. I’ll become an aviator.” (Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Kolkata-based Aniruddha Dalui, 20, had secured admission to an engineering college, but instead chose to learn flying at Bhubaneswar. He is lucky. His father, a civil engineer, can spend the money to see his son fly. “Nobody in my friend circle or family is a pilot, but I was always fascinated by Tom Cruise as the fighter pilot crashed while landing at the airstrip on Monday morning after a training sortie. “My family is tense,” the aspirant says. “These things (accidents) will happen. It’s just that this time we lost one of our own and he was a great guy. But it doesn’t change my mind. I’ll become an aviator.” (Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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