Airline pilots fly passengers and/or cargo on long or short-journey flights for leisure businessor commercial purposes The aircraft is usually operated by two pilots; one will be the captain who is the pilot in command, while the other will be the supporting first officer.The captain has the overall responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft and the safety of crew and passengers.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Ensuring all information on the route, weather, passengers and aircraft is received; Using that information to create a flight plan which details the altitude for the flight, route to be taken and amount of fuel required; Ensuring the fuel levels balance safety with economy and supervising the loading and fuelling of the aircraft; Ensuring all safety systems are working properly; Briefing the cabin crew before the flight and maintaining regular contact throughout the flight; Carrying out pre-flight checks on the navigation and operating systems; Communicating with air traffic control before take-off and during flight and landing Ensuring noise regulations are followed during take-off and landing; Understanding and interpreting data from instruments and controls; Making regular checks on the aircraft's technical performance and position, on weather conditions and air traffic during flight; Communicating with passengers using the public address system; Reacting quickly and appropriately to environmental changes and emergencies; Updating the aircraft logbook and writing a report at the end of the flight noting any incidents or problems with the aircraft
The usual qualifications needed to begin training as a pilot are a minimum of five GCSEs and two A-levels. A degree or postgraduate qualification is not required.Required skills for an airline pilot include:an understanding of maths and physics;an ability to understand technical information, as pilots need to know how their aircraft works;excellent spatial awareness and coordination;good communication skills;team-working skillsthe ability to think quickly and make decisions in difficult situations;the ability to remain calm under pressurediscipline, self-confidence and commitment;leadership skills, with the ability to give clear commands to cabin crew and passengers
Salaries vary according to the airline that you are employed with, the type of aircraft you are flying and your experience. The starting sallary for a newly qualified first officer may be around £21,000. starting sallaries for those in larger companise are higher at around £22,000 to £24,000. sallaries for more experienced pilots could range from £36,000 to £48,000. the starting salary for a captain with a medium-sized airline may range from £57,000 to £78,000. those with major companies could earn from £97,000 to more than £140,000