Pilots and navigates the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Works as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
- Uses instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
- Starts engines, operates controls, and pilots airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
- Contacts control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
- Monitors gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
- Responds to and reports in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
- Steers aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
- Checks passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
- Monitors engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
- Inspects aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
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