Flying High – Indian Aviation Industry
The Indian Economy is booming with a steady pace for quite some time. With this many job opportunities are being created in various domains. The Aviation industry is one such domain. In early days, scope of a career in this sector was very limited. But now, due to the arrival of a number of domestic and international Airlines with cheap airfares, the need for airline staff has risen.
The current growth rate in domestic and international travel exceeds 25%, the highest in the world. The Indian domestic market grew at almost 50% in the first half of 2006.
Key Segments in Aviation Industry
The jobs in the Indian Aviation Industry basically falls under the following categories:
1. Aviation Manufacturing
This domain is related to designing, construction, operation and analysis of airplanes,missiles and spacecraft. This is a field for aspiring Aeronautical Engineers. This industry offers interesting opportunities to do research, design and development. Aeronautical engineers supervise the manufacture of air and space vehicles. The technologies that are developed by the aeronautical engineers are deployed in defence systems, as well as space exploration, in addition to aviation.
An airline owns aircrafts and has partnership with a number of airlines in order to attain mutual benefit. Airlines jobs include the jobs of flight attendant, air hostess, cabin crew, front desk jobs, airline ground crew jobs and so on.
An Air hostess takes care of the passengers. They see whether the guests are served properly, their comfort demands are met and they have to display the safety instructions etc.
A front desk job requires the employee to properly handle the flight booking, verification procedures, ticket bookings, allotting other seats to customers in case of flight cancellation, to check that the flight is available or not and so on.
A Flight attendant is responsible for the enjoyable and safe journey of the passengers. S/he has to check that the safety belts are tightly wound or not, all the airplane doors are secured, all bins are closed. S/he also has to give a warm welcome to the passengers.
3. General Aviation
The job of ‘Flying’ other than those done by the registered airlines and the military is considered General Aviation(GA). In the US, General Aviation have 1.3 million jobs all across the country. The jobs in this industry ranges from flight instructor to mechanic to dispatcher to executive chef. Many of these positions require a college degree, technical school education, specialized career training, or Federal Aviation Administration certification and offer high wages with good job security.
However, in India,GA has not yet found its potential. It has been the most neglected sector in Civil Aviation. There are no separate guidelines for general aviation, no concept of FBO’s, helicopters or GA terminals. During the ‘Civil Aviation Week 2007’, Captain Karan Singh said, “The general aviation sector still has large scope for growth, by the intervention of private players and the availability of the purchasing power among the classes. Financing has become easier, banks are ready to invest in this new sector and the change in mindset of the new generation leaders has a new rise for general aviation.”
4. Aviation-related Government Agencies
These include airport management and operations, airport planning, aviation safety regulation, etc. The jobs in this category include air traffic control, aviation safety, customs, immigration, airport security and airport authority staff and met department. This is again based on the Airport Authority of India policies.
Training courses in Aviation
In order to get into the industry, there are various courses available:
1. PPL/CPL: CPL
2. Flight Attendant Training: This includes training for becoming air hostess, flight attendants and cabin crew.
3. IATA course:International Air Transport Association(IATA)