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Aircraft pilots and 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.

£90,699

Median Salary

New workers start around £45,558. Normal pay is £90,699 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £180,327.

Daily Tasks

  • Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.
  • Performs specified tests to determine aircraft.
  • Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers.
  • 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.
  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.
  • Directs or undertakes routine checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution and fuel supplies.
  • Studies flight plan, discusses it with flight deck crew and makes any necessary adjustments.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing

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