CAE is proud to partner IndiGo in the delivery of a Domestic Pathway for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme. Selected cadets will be train in CAE/ NFTI, Gondia in India. This self-sponsored Domestic Pathway is jointly designed by CAE and IndiGo to enable you to train for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL), UPRT and an Airbus A320 Type Rating with CAE before going on to fly as an A320 First Officer with IndiGo.
The unique IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme is specifically designed for individuals with no previous flying experience who would like to embark on a career as a pilot. The programme comprises three phases of training.
Phase 1: Ground Theory & Flight Training
This phase provides the cadets with the training required to obtain a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and to complete the required Multi-Engine piloting experience.
Cadets will first undertake 615 hours of theoretical knowledge training and flight training for the CPL, MEIR at our Academy in Gondia.
Phase 2: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
Upon graduation from the DGCA CPL training programme at NFTI/CAE for cadets in the Domestic Pathway, Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) must be completed prior to the commencement of the A320 type rating. This additional training can be completed in 3-4 days and will be conducted at an overseas facility designated by CAE and approved by IndiGo. CAE will assist cadets in making these arrangements.
Phase 3: Type Rating
Once the cadets have obtained their CPL and UPRT, they move on to the Type Rating (TR) training phase to qualify as a co-pilot on the Airbus A320 aircraft. Type rating training will be conducted at one of CAE’s global network of training centres such as Bangalore, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid or Dubai.
Note: The duration of the CPL training is planned at 17 months, which comprises theoretical knowledge training, followed by practical flying training. UPRT and the Airbus A320 type rating is planned at an additional 2 and half months. However, DGCA licensing, scheduling, cadet performance, weather, and any other delays will extend the duration of the cadet programme.
|Commercial Pilot License (CPL) with Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)||INR 40,00,000|
|Upset Prevention & Recovery Training||USD $5900|
|Airbus A320 Type Rating*||USD $37, 195|
|Note: Pricing is inclusive of appropriate taxes as per location.
*As on date. Future fees structure will be applicable when you reach that stage.
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Candidates who are successful through the application stage will be invited to attend our Assessment Session. Testing and final selection for the IndigGo Programme is ongoing throughout the year. This process comprises three stages:
Selection Phase 1: Written Test
Applicants who are successful at phase I will proceed on to phase 2.
Selection Phase 2: CAE Aircrew Selection System (CASS)
Candidates will perform two online profiling tests before presenting themselves at one of the test-centres spread across India for an interview, a physical assessment, psychometric test and a debriefing session.
The applicant will move on to the next phase upon successful completion of phase 2.
Applicants who are successful at phase 2 will be invited to attend the final selection phase with IndiGO.
Selection Phase 3: Interview
The final selection phase consists of a group discussion and personal interview with IndiGo.
Successful candidates will be notified individually.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the Indigo programme:
* If an applicant has graduated in engineering with an aggregate score of 55 % or more, the eligibility criterion of 12th with 51% except in English can be overlooked.
** Candidates not possessing an Indian Class 1 medical can apply for the Indigo programme with a Class II medical, however they must possess an Indian Class 1 medical prior to commencing on the programme.
Q. Who will make my travel arrangements?
The candidate is responsible for the entire training, including the cost of the training, accommodation, food, travel, insurance, etc.
Q. What is UPRT?
Upset Prevention and Recovery Training will deliver the skills required by a pilot to safely prevent and recover from an airplane upset, a precursor to Loss-of-Control in Flight (LOC-I). LOC-I is a leading cause of fatalities in aviation worldwide. This additional training can be completed in 3-4 days and will be conducted at an overseas facility designated by CAE and approved by IndiGo.
Q. How do I arrange travel, food, accommodation, and other arrangements for UPRT?
In addition to the instructional fee which will be paid directly to the overseas school, cadets must also pay for visa, airfare, accommodation and food expenses during this training. CAE will assist the cadet with making these arrangements.
Q. Who will pay for my medical insurance during training?
Medical insurance for the stay at Gondia is highly recommended and it should be borne by the student.
Q. Does the fee in India include the cost of medical expenses and DGCA exam fees?
The fees in India do not include the cost of the DGCA exams and DGCA Medical Exam.
Q. What are the required documents needed before training?
Written Paper Screening
CASS Assessment Screening
Note: All documents specified above should be submitted a week prior to the screening date.
Q. Where will I stay during training and who will arrange it?
CAE will make arrangements for your stay during your training in Gondia. However, during the Airbus A320 Type Rating training phase, the cadet travel arrangements to the country/city remains at his/her cost.
Q. Who will arrange my visa for training (if applicable)?
CAE will facilitate the Visa process for you but you will be responsible to obtain a visa at your own cost & other necessary travel related documents.
Q. How long is the programme?
Note: the programme may go longer than 19 months depending on cadet performance and DGCA license issuance.
Q. Will I be provided a uniform?
Yes, uniforms will be provided.
Q. Who will meet me on arrival at CAE’s Aviation Academy in Gondia?
A student counselor in Gondia will coordinate arrival schedules and transportation.
Q. Am I paid anything during the training period?
Yes. After being selected for this programme, the candidate will be offered a conditional Letter of Intent (“LOI”) by IndiGo. Thereafter he/she will enter into an Agreement with IndiGo as a “Cadet Pilot” and he/she will be entitled to a lump sum stipend as applicable.
On obtaining a CPL issued by DGCA India, the Cadet Pilot will be paid an enhanced monthly stipend.
Q. What is the minimum and maximum age for applicants?
Minimum Age: At least 17 years or older as of application date for the IndiGo Cadet Pilot Programme.
Maximum Age: 30 years at the time of appearing for the Selection Phase 1
Q. Where will I be trained for CPL and Airbus A320 Type Rating?
The CPL phase of training will be conducted at CAE’s Aviation Academy in Gondia, India.
The Airbus A320 Type Rating training will be conducted at a CAE type rating training centre approved by IndiGo.
Q. How much is the selection fee?
Candidates have to pay INR 2500/- for the first phase of the assessment process which is a written exam.
After the result of the first phase has been declared, the eligible candidates will be advised via e-mail to deposit the CASS Assessment fee of 400 USD + applicable service tax in advance.
Payment needs to be made to the following account:
Only those candidates who have paid the CASS Test Fee in advance as stipulated by CAE will be accepted to participate in the selection process. Candidates are required to bring along Proof of Payment such as a scanned copy of the Deposit Slip or the UTIN Pin from Bank as Proof of Transaction on assessment day. No demand drafts will be accepted.
Q. What is the total cost of the programme and what is the payment schedule?
The total cost for CPL training is 40,000,00/- plus 15% Service Tax, UPRT training is 5900 USD Plus 37,195 USD for the Airbus A320 training and the fee does not include cost of medical certificates, food and accommodation, visa, transportation other than local.
Q. Is there any paperwork that I need to sign with IndiGo?
At the time of signing the Cadet Pilot Agreement, the candidate is required to sign a Specialized Training Agreement whereby the candidate commits to serve IndiGo for a specified term, post successful completion of his/her training (both CPL & Type Rating).