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Aircraft Pilots & Flight Engineers

Aircraft flight deck officers check, regulate, adjust and test engines and other equipment prior to take-off, navigate and pilot aircraft and give flying lessons.

Tasks

  • Studies flight plan, discusses it with flight deck crew and makes any necessary adjustments
  • Directs or undertakes routine checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution and fuel supplies
  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
  • Monitors fuel consumption, air pressure, engine performance and other indicators during flight and advises pilot of any factors that affect the navigation or performance of the aircraft
  • Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers
  • Performs specified tests to determine aircraft’s stability, response to controls and overall performance
  • Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.

Entry Requirements

Entrants with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III or a BTEC/ SQA award can apply for an airline sponsorship. Private residential training is available to candidates with GCSEs/S grades or appropriate BTEC/SQA or GNVQ/GSVQ awards or to holders of Private Pilots Licences who have 700 hours flying experience. Normal colour vision is required and candidates undergo a medical examination. Training lasts up to 15 months and consists of courses of study and flying instruction. Airlines may have additional age and height requirements.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £33,000 per annum and can progress up to £119,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,672 employed Aircraft Pilots & Flight Engineers in the region.

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