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Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, national, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
    • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
    • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
    • Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
    • Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
    • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
    • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
    • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
    • Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
    • Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
    • Confer with flight dispatchers and weather forecasters to keep abreast of flight conditions.
    • Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air traffic control and inform crew members of flight and test procedures.
    • Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights.
    • Brief crews about flight details, such as destinations, duties, and responsibilities.
    • Conduct in-flight tests and evaluations at specified altitudes and in all types of weather to determine the receptivity and other characteristics of equipment and systems.
    • File instrument flight plans with air traffic control to ensure that flights are coordinated with other air traffic.
    • Perform minor maintenance work, or arrange for major maintenance.
    • Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.
    • Direct activities of aircraft crews during flights.
    • Evaluate other pilots or pilot-license applicants for proficiency.
    • Instruct other pilots and student pilots in aircraft operations and the principles of flight.
    • Record in log books information, such as flight times, distances flown, and fuel consumption.
    • Load smaller aircraft, handling passenger luggage and supervising refueling.
    • Make announcements regarding flights, using public address systems.
    • Plan and formulate flight activities and test schedules and prepare flight evaluation reports.


    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


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    • Response Orientation

      The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.


    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 100750/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 960
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity


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    • Aircraft oxygen equipment
    • Aircraft guidance systems
    • Aircraft communication systems


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    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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