Airline Pilot Job Description


An airline Pilot is an individual who fly passengers and cargo on either international or local destinations for business, commercial or leisure purposes. Depending on the kind of aircraft and length of the journey, an aircraft is normally operated by two, three or four pilots. Before a flight, airline pilots check air traffic condition, weather condition and other flight-related tasks, making sure that controls on the aircraft are functioning.


Airline Pilot makes sure data about the passengers, weather, aircraft and route are correct. To make sure it correctly reflects the expected outcome of the flight, airline pilots analyze the flight plan and determine appropriate routes based on various factors such as flying altitude. Airline pilots manage the loading and fuelling of the aircraft by calculating how much fuel to take, ensure that safety procedures are being implemented before, during and after the flight and provide the crew with briefing before and after flight. Airline pilots also maintain communication with cabin crew during flight, checking navigation and operating systems before flights. An airline pilot communicates with air traffic control throughout the journey and provides updates to passengers during flight using the public address system. In emergencies, a pilot reacts quickly and decides necessary solutions to the problem, while keeping everyone safety onboard in mind.

Education and Training Requirements

Airline Pilot should acquire a degree or HND and complete at least five of GCSEs Grade A-C in English, mathematics, science (as physics), at least two A-levels or Scottish Higher, preferably in physics and mathematics. Those with a scientific or aeronautical engineering degree or possess previous work experience have an advantage over other candidates.

Knowledge and Skills Requirements

Airline pilots must have excellent communication skills and the ability to perform calculations mentally. Other important skills of airline pilots include the ability to think and react correctly in emergencies, problem-solving and analytical skills, advanced math skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and computer skills. Airline pilots must also have perfect eyesight, speak English or other languages fluently, communicate clearly, exude confidence, and work independently or as part of a team.

Working Conditions

Airline Pilot is always on-call or standby. Pilots working for short-haul airlines frequently have their working shifts by one or two months ahead. Pilots who fly in long-haul airline experience longer periods of time away from home. Airline pilots must also be willing to adjust with different time zones.


An Airline Pilot may receive an average pay of $84,000 per year. The amount of salary of an Airline Pilot may vary because of benefits, company, experience, industry and location.

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