Career outlook for pilot - airline
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would fly people and cargoes thousands of miles around the world. Everyone on board would rely on you to make sure the plane leaves and arrives safely and on schedule.
You'd direct the work of the aircraft crew during the flight and take charge to lead the team calmly in an emergency.
- Carry out pre-flight checks of instruments, engines and fuel
- Make sure that all safety systems are working properly
- Work out the best route based on weather reports and other information from air traffic control
- Follow airport approach and landing instructions from air traffic control
- Check flight data and make adjustments to suit weather changes
- Keep passengers and crew informed about journey progress
- Write flight reports after landing, including about any aircraft or flight path problems
If you pilot a small plane you might help to load and unload luggage or cargo.
On flights taking a short amount of time - short haul flights - you would normally work in a two-person team with a pilot (captain) and co-pilot (first officer).
On long haul flights, you would often also have a flight engineer on board, who would check the instruments. You'd need to be able to read maps and 3D displays.
You might also work in other areas of aviation, such as crop spraying, flight testing and flight training.
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