Helicopter Pilot – How to become Helicopter Pilot?


Helicopter Pilots manages the helicopter flight controls to have a safe flight.  Helicopter Pilots are mainly needed in defense organizations for navigation. They can also find remarkable career in the fields of fire fighting, offshore support, law enforcement, agriculture, news media, photography and aerial survey.

Qualifying Exam

Helicopter pilot should need helicopter pilot license from any Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approved Institute. Two types of helicopter pilot licenses are available, which are given below.

  • Private Helicopter Pilot’s License (PHPL)
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s License (CHPL)

Who are eligible to apply?

Candidates who have passed tenth or its equivalent from any recognized Board can apply for Private Helicopter Pilot’s License (PHPL). Candidates who have passed plus two with Physics and Mathematics or its equivalent from any recognized Board/University can apply for Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s License (CHPL). These candidates also need Medical Fitness Certificate from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) empanelled doctor or Medical Establishment adequate to issue pilot license. Candidates can either obtain license by joining defense service or flying club or Institute approved by Directorate General of Civil Aviation. For joining defense service, candidates need to pass National Defense Academy (NDA) exam or Combined Defense Services (CDS) exam. Candidates who are qualified plus two exams can apply for National Defense Academy exam. Only graduates can apply for Combined Defense Services exam.

Key elements in the process

  • Pass 10th or its equivalent
  • Qualify NDA exam (optional)
  • Pass 12th or its equivalent
  • Qualify CDS exam (optional)
  • Join Defense Service (if qualified NDA or CDS exam)
  • Join flying club or Institute approved by DGCA
  • Obtain PHPL (if passed 10th)
  • Obtain CHPL (if passed 12th)
  • Apply for job

Skills required for Helicopter Pilot

Helicopter pilots should be highly skilled persons as they are committed to complete their task in any risky condition. They need immense patience and self confidence. They should have knowledge in the areas of air navigation and operation of intricate aircraft controls. They should be able to interpret meteorological reports.  They also possess excellent communication skills to interact with the passengers, co-pilots and air traffic control. They should also have the ability to sense spatial requirement to land the flight at any time.



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11 Responses to “Helicopter Pilot – How to become Helicopter Pilot?”

  1. 11
    Abhishek sharma:

    i also want to know about how many percentage want to qualify nda exam?nd which reference nd which referenfe for iaf?

  2. 10
    kranti patel:

    i want to know about how many percentage want to qulify NDA exam ?
    Which reference is good prepration for NDA/NA ?

  3. 9

    Is physics degree is eligible for nda exams

  4. 8
    sangeeta suthar:

    can i join iaf or army or navy?? I am doing b.tech in computer science and engineering. I am in first year

  5. 7
    shubhham tripathi:

    I want become fly leftinent in air force to achieve this aim’ what should i do ?

  6. 6

    Now, i am doing mechanical engineering .. i want to work in the national defense… so what should i do ?? what are the jobs wil be provided if i get passed in the cds exam

  7. 5
    aman bal:

    sir, i m in +2 nd i want know that know what can i do for become a helicopter pilot…..?

  8. 4

    syllabus of NDA test ?

  9. 3
    Bipin sourabh:

    Sir,i have eye sight problem.For me there is any seat in NDA

  10. 2

    sir i am in class 8 now . My aim is to become a pilot in Indian airforce . I want to know some tips to become a pilot.And what are the qualification should i take to become a pilot .
    its your grateful honor and my humble request to guide me in a right way and secure my future

  11. 1

    what are the requirements for joining NDA?