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Pilot

Operate aircraft, including performing comprehensive checks of aircraft systems and schedules.
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What's it like to be a Pilot?

Pilots are trained to operate aircraft, including airplanes and helicopters, in order to transport passengers and goods between locations. Flying aircraft includes takeoff and landing, staying in touch with the control tower on departure, and requesting permission to land on approach to destinations.

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A commercial airline pilot is usually assisted by a Copilot, but in smaller aircraft, the Pilot must navigate in addition to monitoring engines, fuel, and aircraft systems throughout the flight.

Pilots also file flight plans, perform maintenance checks and ensure the craft is ready for departure.

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How to become a Pilot


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To become a Pilot you need a licence, which requires many hours of practical and theoretical training. Specific training requirements vary depending on the type of licence you want.

  1. Complete high school. While a high school certificate isn’t always a formal requirement, secondary education will teach you math and English skills that are important for Pilot roles.
  2. Choose the licence type you want to pursue and a flight school that aligns with your goals. Two common licence types are Private Pilot Licences (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licences (CPL).
  3. Hold a current medical certificate. There are different types of medical certificates required depending on the licence you’re pursuing.
  4. Complete the training required for your chosen licence type. A PPL usually involves 55–60 hours of flight training over 2–12 months. A CPL usually requires at least 150 hours of flight training over 12 months.
  5. Pass an exam and flight test to earn your licence and fly solo.

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Latest Pilot reviews

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Nov 2018
Commercial Pilot Helicopter an adventure of a lifetime!!
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Operations
The good things
I have been a Rotary Wing Commercial Pilot for Five years and initially started my flying career in the Military as an Aircrewman. After I completed my initial CPL-H licence it took quite a bit of ti...
The challenges
There are Seven individual theory subjects that must be passed as you progress through your commericial pilot training and they will require your full attention to complete prior to completing the act...
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Oct 2018
ROV pilot, is Life changing experience and learning. I now have skills that have followed me a long way.
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Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering
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5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Electrical and comms
The good things
As an ROV pilot i endured some of the best times in my life. I travelled the world and got to learn and associate with other cultures. Learnt skills from some of the most knowledgable specialists in t...
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The role entails many challenges, from meeting client expectations and deadlines to fault finding a dead sub on deck in the heat whilst be waited upon to be back in the water to continue mission criti...
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