Being a Commercial Airline Pilot

Job description

A pilot is responsible for flying the plane, including take off, and landing, and for the safe travel of the planes passengers. They need to know how the mechanics of an airplane work.

Why I chose this career

I chose this because I think it would fun to fly airplanes for a living.

Skills needed to be a pilot

To be a pilot you need excellent communication skills and knowledge of science as it applies to flying aircraft. You also need to take flight school to learn how to fly a plane.
This falls under physical science.

Education needed to be a commercial pilot.

To be a commercial pilot, you need to have a pilots license and 250 hours of flight experience. You dont need a college degree, but you do need a good sense logic as well as responsibility.


1] Once a pilot is licensed, the pilot must act in a professional manner. A license can be revoked or suspended for adequate cause, such as when the pilot has operated the plane while intoxicated. The pilot has the right to appeal to a court an administrative body's decision to deny licensure or to impose discipline.

2] Flights longer than 8 hours require 3 pilots (1 captain and 2 first officers) to rotate flying duties. Flights longer than 12 hours require 4 pilots (1 captain and 3 first officers). They usually fly 3-4 hour shifts.

3] In May 2010, median annual wages of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $103,210

4] Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flights often involve overnight layovers. Those who fly international routes may experience jetlag. Many have variable schedules. Jetlag: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jetlag