Flying schools have reported an increase in the number of students from middle-class families, a vocation which usually had takers largely from the well-to-do section of the society. Education loans have enabled aspiring pilots from these middle-class families to take wings.
Though the average cost of pilot training in India is around Rs 13 lakh, high salaries and shorter gestation periods have led to this trend. The average salary of an entry-level pilot is Rs 1.5 lakh and the training period is about two years. Owing to the shortage of pilots in the country, students from flying schools are being instantly picked.