India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Gen. (Dr.) V K Singh, informed the Lok Sabha that 993 Commercial Pilot Licences (CPLs) and 407 Airline Transport Pilot Licences (ATPL) have been issued this year till July 24. In 2022, a total of 1,165 CPLs and 720 ATPLs were issued. Currently, there are 36 Flying Training Organisations (FTOs) operating at 57 bases in the country. An individual can apply for CPL after completing 200 hours of flying and fulfilling other requirements.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issues three types of licenses – CPL, ATPL, and Private Pilot Licence (PPL). The DGCA-approved AME Training Institutes provide around 3,500 engineers annually for the aviation industry’s demands.