Aircraft pilots fly airplanes and helicopters. They transport people, cargo, and mail. Helicopter pilots fight fires and help with police and rescue work. On a large aircraft, there are usually two pilots in the cockpit. Pilots plan their flights and check the weather. They check the engines, controls, and cargo. They keep careful records.
• Pilots start engines and operate the controls of a plane.
• Pilots look at data
• Pilots develop a flight plan.
• Pilots check aircraft before flying.
• Pilots use radios to talk to the control tower for takeoff and arrival times.
• Pilots keep a log of how much fuel is used, weather, and how high the plane flies.
• Pilots may also teach others how to fly a plane.
Where and When:
• Pilots cannot fly over 100 hours per month or more than 1,000 hours per year.
• They often stay overnight away from home.
• Pilots fly at all hours of the day and night.
What or Who They Work With:
• Work with flight controls on the plane
• Landing gear
• Pilots work with people at the airport such as air traffic controllers.
• Pilots work with flight attendants.
• They work with other pilots such as a co-pilot.
Education and Training:
• Many have a 4-year bachelor's degree
• Some have 2 years of college
• Complete training at a flight school
• Complete training in the military for flying
• Pilots must have a license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.
• To get the license pilots must take many classes and practice flying in flight simulators.
• They must practice flying a real plane
• Have a medical certificate showing the person is in good health and have 20/20 vision with or without glasses.
• Be at least 23 years old
• Be able to read, speak, and write English
• Pass a written test about flying a plane
• Pass a test actually flying a plane
• Fly a plane for at least 250 hours
Related School Subjects:
• Computer Operations
• Foreign Languages
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