Aircraft pilot or flight engineer

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Aircraft flight deck officers check, regulate, adjust and test engines and other equipment prior to take-off, navigate and pilot aircraft and give flying lessons.

Current Entry Requirements

Entrants with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III or a BTEC/ SQA award can apply for an airline sponsorship. Private residential training is available to candidates with GCSEs/S grades or appropriate BTEC/SQA or GNVQ/GSVQ awards or to holders of Private Pilots Licences who have 700 hours flying experience. Normal colour vision is required and candidates undergo a medical examination. Training lasts up to 15 months and consists of courses of study and flying instruction. Airlines may have additional age and height requirements.

Typical education level:

Level 4-6

Typical Tasks

  • Studies flight plan, discusses it with flight deck crew and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Directs or undertakes routine checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution and fuel supplies.
  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.
  • Monitors fuel consumption, air pressure, engine performance and other indicators during flight and advises pilot of any factors that affect the navigation or performance of the aircraft.
  • Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers.
  • Performs specified tests to determine aircraft's stability, response to controls and overall performance.
  • Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.

Desired Skills

Critical Thinking
Active Listening
Reading Comprehension
Active Learning
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