Career as a Pilot


Summary

A Pilot is someone who is in the aviation industry, and who is able to operate aircraft in order to transport passengers or goods from one location to another. They are employed by commercial airlines, corporations, or governments. In some cases, pilots are self-employed or work for an individual to provide private transport in small aircraft or private jets. Aviation is a diverse career field with many opportunities in both the public and private sectors and even opportunities to work in an educational setting.

Depending on what area of the industry the pilot works in, they may be responsible for transporting civilians, members of the military, private goods, commercial products, or other types of cargo. The type of aircraft used depends on the pilot's specialization. Some pilots fly helicopters while others fly larger commercial aircraft to transport tens or even hundreds of passengers. Other pilots fly cargo planes to move large amounts of mail, automobiles, industrial equipment and other goods from one area to another.

The most well-known pilots are those who work for an airline company, flying passengers who are commuting or vacationing. Their primary responsibility is to operate the aircraft, but their day consists of many hours performing other tasks. Pilots check the weather and confirm flight plans before departing. They also perform pre-flight inspections and check flight logs prior to departure. During the flight, pilots are responsible for the safety of all crew and passengers on board. In the private sector, pilots typically fly smaller planes like jets or light aircraft. They are employed by businessmen or celebrities and provide on-demand service for all their client's traveling needs. A private aviator may work as an independent contractor and offer service for-hire to many customers, or be employed solely by a corporation or wealthy individual.

The duties of pilot includes to follow a checklist of preflight checks on engines, hydraulics, and other systems, ensure that all cargo has been loaded and that the aircraft weight is properly balanced and they also check fuel, weather conditions, and flight schedules. They also contact the control tower for takeoff and arrival instructions and to start engines, operate controls, and steer aircraft along planned routes. They are also engaged to monitor engines, fuel consumption, and other aircraft systems during flight and also to navigate the aircraft, using cockpit instruments and to ensure a smooth takeoff and landing.

Work Environment

Due to constant changes in airline itinerary and frequent shifts in schedules from weather and equipment malfunctions, pilots may work late at night, on weekends, and even on holidays. Flight shifts also are variable, because airline companies operate flights throughout the day. Flight assignments are based on seniority. In general, that means that pilots who have worked at the company for a long time get preferred routes. Pilots spend a considerable amount of time away from home because flight assignments often involve overnight layovers

Entry Level Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Science with Physics ,Chemistry and Mathematics should pass with minimum marks 50% as compulsory subjects, Aviation, Aeronautics.
  • Diploma in any Engineering discipline.

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