Career outlook for pilot - helicopter
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would transport passengers in a helicopter for business, leisure or to respond to an emergency.
For example, you might transfer oil rig workers to an offshore platform, or take business clients between cities as part of a charter service.
It’s a responsible job; the crew and passengers will rely on you for a safe journey. They’d expect you to remain calm and act decisively if there was a crisis.
Before a flight you would:
- Check weather conditions and airspace restrictions along your planned route
- File flight plans
- Work out fuel requirements and maximum loads
- Check the helicopter's equipment and instruments
- Carry out safety checks
- Gain clearance from air traffic control to take off
During the flight, you’d use a range of instruments to navigate, control height and speed, and communicate with air traffic controllers.
After landing, you would fill in the post-flight paperwork, including a duty hours log, before preparing for the next flight.
You would fly single- and multi-engine helicopters. You might fly on your own or, on a larger helicopter, work as part of a team with a captain and co-pilot.
As well as being able to concentrate for long periods you’d need excellent hand-to-eye coordination and spatial awareness.
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