India DGCA
Program

The India DGCA approved CPL IR program with Skyborne offers you an exciting route to the flight deck.

Overview

TRAIN THE SKYBORNE WAY.

Complete your US FAA 141 training at our flagship academy in Vero Beach Florida, USA. Then complete your DGCA approved Flight License Conversion with our in-country partner in India. Explore this website to learn all about Skyborne’s World renowned training facility.

All information about the training program, entry requirements, selection process, accommodation and pricing can be found below. Please read through everything before applying on this page and please contact us should you have any questions before making your application.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once you are ready to apply, simply use one of the “Apply Now” links on this page. You will then be asked to complete the online application form and, subject to you meeting the entry requirements, you will be invited to complete the online elements of the Skyborne selection process.

course REQUIREMENTS

WHAT YOU NEED TO START YOUR JOURNEY

First, you must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training course.

  • Indian National or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) holder
  • Eligible to hold a US Visa for the purpose of study
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, an Indian passport with unrestricted rights to live and work in India and travel worldwide
  • Have a DGCA computer number

We recommend you successfully complete your DGCA CPL theory exams (Air Regulation, Navigation & Meteorology) before you commence your flight training. However, if you have not completed these exams, or are in the process of doing so, don’t worry – you are still eligible to apply. If your application is successful and you pass the selection process, we will offer you a place on the training program and allow you time to complete your DGCA CPL theory exams before you begin your flight training.

EDUCATIONAL

You must have:

  • 10+2 with in English, Maths and Physics OR
  • A higher Degree in those subjects

MEDICAL

You must hold a current and valid DGCA Class I Aviation Medical Certificate and obtain a US FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate before you commence your flight training.

LANGUAGE

You must be fluent in English – both written and spoken. As a guide, you must be proficient enough to achieve IELTS level 5.5 minimum, or equivalent English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) test score.

SELECTION PROCESS

We review all online applications and, subject to you meeting our entry criteria, you will be invited to complete our web-based selection process. This is a series of online psychometric, numeracy and aptitude assessments.

We use the AON assessment tool to help determine, whether or not you have the core competencies needed to successfully commence the India DGCA program. You will also be required to complete a 30-minute telephone interview with one of our experienced pilot assessors. During your training with Skyborne, we help you develop those core skills, knowledge and attitudes to become an effective commercial pilot.

Unlike most flight training organisations, we do not charge for selection.

Ready to apply? Before you start, please ensure you have access to the following:

  • Valid passport or other proof that you are and Indian National or
  • All details of educational achievements, including education establishments, dates attended, subjects and grades achieved
  • Details of any work experience, including dates and company details
  • Proof of English language proficiency (where English is not your native language)
  • A contact number and personal email address
  • Details of any previous flying experience, including licence and hours flown

The process will only take around 15 minutes and you will need to complete the form in one sitting, so please ensure you have enough time.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everybody at Skyborne for today. It has been a pleasure, which is not how I would usually describe an assessment day! I hope I am successful in being selected as the experience has confirmed that Skyborne definitely feels like the right place for me.”

JAMES KIRK

training footprint

PREPARING CADETS FOR AIRLINE OPERATIONS IN A TRULY INTEGRATED AND PROGRESSIVE WAY

Skyborne takes a truly integrated approach to your airline pilot training, using our many years of experience to devise the best curriculum for you to learn the necessary skills to become an airline pilot. Training takes place in two phases and the whole course takes approximately 14 months to complete.

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THE INDIA DGCA PROGRAM IS A FULL-TIME COURSE THAT TAKES APPROXIMATELY 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DURATION: 12 MONTHS

PHASE 1: US FAA CPL SEIR

You will complete your US FAA 141 CPL SEIR in Skyborne Vero Beach, USA.

Course Program (hours): 272.5 hrs

  • SE CPL IR Flight Training on the Piper Warrior = 216.5 hours
  • ME Flight Training on on the PA-44 Seminole = 15 hours
  • Simulator training = 41 hours

Your training will be in compliance with the Indian DGCA minimum hours requirements.

DURATION: 2 MONTHS

PHASE 2: US FAA TO INDIA DGCA FLIGHT LICENCE CONVERSION

This phase of training will be completed in India and will require you to take the DGCA-examined flight test to convert your US FAA CPL IR to DGCA CPL IR. Skyborne has partnered with training providers in India to deliver this phase of training.

Location

VERO BEACH, FLORIDA, US

You will complete your training at our high-quality Vero Beach training facility, making use of our premium equipment and highly experienced instructor team. Our fair-weather climate means that it is always good time to join us!

Accommodation is included in the course cost.

For more information, please visit Accommodation Name‘s website.

FINANCE AND FUNDING

The entire course costs $95,000 the equivalent of INR 6,650,000 (1 US$ = INR 70.0*) and is paid according to the payment schedule below. Payments are to be made to Skyborne Aviation Limited in US$.

This includes the Flight Licence Conversion in India.

For full pricing details please get in touch by email.

*Conversion rate for guidance at time of writing

COURSE PRICE $95,000 

Course Duration: Approx. 70 weeks
Payment % of total price Actual sum When due
1 10% $9,500 To secure course place
2 15% $14,250 30 Days prior to course commencement
3 25% $23,750 90 Days after course starts
4 25% $23,750 150 days after course start
5 25% $23,750 210 days after course start

FUNDING OPTIONS

Optimum Credit

We are working with Optimum Credit, the UK’s leading provider of second charge mortgages, to enable you to borrow money to cover your course fees, subject to status.

  • Loans of up to $200,000 to cover course fees and living expenses are offered at a personalised interest rate dependent on your circumstances.
  • You must be a UK or EU national with rights to live and work in the UK to be considered and the loan must be secured against a UK residential property.
  • For more information, please email our sales team or contact Optimum Credit directly on 0808 1969 622

PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.

SKYBORNE GUARANTEE

This is a form of “money-back guarantee”, which is offered to trainees on the UK CAA Integrated ATPL course. The Skyborne Guarantee covers an element of training overrun and financial cover in the unlikely event you do not complete your training program due to performance reasons. Upon course completions refresher training and continuous support continues through our Skills Continuation Training. Skyborne cover the cost of quarterly refresher training and Instrument Rating (IR) revalidation, ensuring graduates are well prepared for airline assessment. When called for selection by a partner airline, Skyborne will provide selection preparation training, including flight instruction in the B737 MAX simulator. Please contact our sales team for more information.

FAQs

I do not meet the minimum academic requirement, what can I do?

If you do not meet this requirement, you can pursue these subjects via the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). NIOS results are acceptable.

How can I prepare for online testing?

It is in your best interest not to prepare for the online testing. It is designed to identify whether you have the basic aptitude to successfully complete your course of training with Skyborne. Preparing for the test will increase the risk of masking your true aptitude (natural ability to meet the competencies required to pass the course). However, having said that, you can look at the types of tests you will undergo by accessing the cut-e testing site at: https://assessment.aon.com/en-us/online-assessment/practice-assessments. These are not the exact tests you will be attempting, but they will give you an idea of what to expect.

Is there an age restriction?

You must be aged 18 on the first day of the selection process.

Shoud I complete the DGCA written exams or RTR prior to start of the program?

The advantage having completed the DGCA 3 exams (Navigation, Meteorology & Air Regulations) and having the Radio Telephone licence is that you can commence flight training in the next available course which we schedule every month. However, for all those of our selected cadets who haven’t completed the DGCA exams and the RTR, Skyborne can facilitate an introduction to our Flight Licence Conversion Partner in New Delhi.

AIRLINE PLACEMENT

At Skyborne we are committed to providing you with the best possible prospects of placement with a partner airline.

A dedicated and expert team is responsible for closely liaising with a range of partner airlines to facilitate your placement. Your training program is designed with airline operations in mind. Whether it is airline-style briefings, aircraft handling techniques, threat and error management or simply the uniform you wear, your skills, knowledge and professional development are managed with airline placement constantly in mind.

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PARTNER AIRLINES

Skyborne has trusted relationships with some of the world’s leading airlines to offer the best possible career opportunities for our graduates. Our combined experience means we are perfectly placed to understand exactly what airlines are looking for in their pilots.

Degree Program

BSc (HONS) AVIATION MANAGEMENT WITH COMMERCIAL PILOT TRAINING

Skyborne Airline Academy

Enrich your Integrated ATPL studies with an undergraduate degree from the University of West London.

At Skyborne we are passionate about improving your career prospects. Cadets enrolled in our UK CAA Integrated ATPL program can now choose to combine their studies with a BSc (Hons) in Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training, in partnership with University of West London.

Studying for a university degree alongside your flight training will provide you with a distinct advantage over your peers; enabling you to graduate better prepared for airline operations, equipped with the necessary management and business skills to support your future.

The Skyborne degree program has been created with you in mind, drawing upon the skills and knowledge of lecturers from the University of West London, as well as our highly-experienced teaching staff, to ensure you graduate ready to keep up with the demands of the aviation industry.

You will complete your BSc (Hons) Aviation Management with Commercial Pilot Training at our Gloucestershire Airport HQ in the UK, making use of our premium equipment and education-focused training facilities.

To achieve your degree, you will undertake additional study during your Integrated ATPL course at the end of each training phase. The six modules will be completed in addition to your ground school and core flight training.

• Introduction to Airline and Airport Management
• The Aviation Experience
• Contemporary Issues in Aviation Management
• Research Methods
• Threat and Error Management
• Cadets will also be required to submit a written dissertation at the end of their pilot training

Course fee is £22,200.

All enrolled students will be eligible for the “Aviator Bursary” totalling £9,000 towards the course fee, the largest bursary awarded by UWL.

Adding the degree option to your Integrated or Combined Modular ATPL program with Skyborne will mean you are eligible to be considered for student loan funding of up to £22,200 towards your overall course fees.

Please contact us for more information.

Upon successfully completing the Skyborne selection process, you will be eligible to be accepted onto the University of West London Degree Program.

ATPL Cadet Video Diary

A Day in The Life of Integrated ATPL Cadet Pilot James Kirk

Ever wanted to see a day in the life of a Skyborne cadet? Then follow James Kirk as he takes you through the preparation, flight, and debriefing process that cadets go through at our academy. Follow James as he takes a local IFR route from Gloucester to Cardiff and back, and see the tasks that our cadets undertake on a daily basis through their training.

As well as seeing James take to the skies, you’ll be able to see some of our stunning facilities and equipment for yourself. If this video diary prompts you into wanting to learn more, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Skyborne today. Be sure to email any questions to fly@skyborne.com, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.