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Commercial Pilots

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, national, and international airline pilots.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Use instrumentation to pilot aircraft when visibility is poor.
    • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight according to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
    • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
    • Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly.
    • Consider airport altitudes, outside temperatures, plane weights, and wind speeds and directions to calculate the speed needed to become airborne.
    • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
    • Obtain and review data such as load weights, fuel supplies, weather conditions, and flight schedules to determine flight plans and identify needed changes.
    • File instrument flight plans with air traffic control so that flights can be coordinated with other air traffic.
    • Check baggage or cargo to ensure that it has been loaded correctly.
    • Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights.
    • Plan flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments.
    • Rescue and evacuate injured persons.
    • Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.
    • Co-pilot aircraft or perform captain's duties, as required.
    • Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air traffic control, and inform crew members of flight and test procedures.
    • Request changes in altitudes or routes as circumstances dictate.
    • Write specified information in flight records, such as flight times, altitudes flown, and fuel consumption.
    • Supervise other crew members.
    • Instruct other pilots and student pilots in aircraft operations.
    • Teach company regulations and procedures to other pilots.
    • Fly with other pilots or pilot-license applicants to evaluate their proficiency.
    • Perform minor aircraft maintenance and repair work, or arrange for major maintenance.
    • 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.
    • Plan and formulate flight activities and test schedules and prepare flight evaluation reports.
    • Pilot airplanes or helicopters over farmlands at low altitudes to dust or spray fields with fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides.
    • Check the flight performance of new and experimental planes.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

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

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Transportation

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

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • 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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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 101320/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,810
    • Yearly Projected Openings 190

    Typical Education

    Personality

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

    Tools

    • Flight computer systems
    • Aircraft warning systems
    • Aircraft guidance systems
    • Aircraft communication systems
    • Aircraft braking systems

    Technology

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

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