Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

OCCUPATION DESCRIPTION

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

SKILLS & REQUIRED SKILL LEVELS
Core Skill Levels Required:
  • Operation and Control: 5.62
  • Operation Monitoring: 4.88
  • Judgment and Decision Making: 4.25
  • Critical Thinking: 4.12
  • Monitoring: 4.12
  • Reading Comprehension: 4
  • Time Management: 4
  • Active Learning: 4
  • Instructing: 4
  • Complex Problem Solving: 3.88
  • Mathematics: 3.88
  • Active Listening: 3.88
  • Speaking: 3.75
  • Coordination: 3.62
  • Systems Evaluation: 3.38
  • Management of Personnel Resources: 3.38
  • Social Perceptiveness: 3.38
  • Writing: 3.38
  • Troubleshooting: 3.25
  • Systems Analysis: 3.25
  • Learning Strategies: 3.25
Supplemental Skill Levels Required:
  • Science: 3.12
  • Quality Control Analysis: 3.12
  • Service Orientation: 3
  • Negotiation: 2.75
  • Persuasion: 2.75
  • Operations Analysis: 2.38
  • Management of Material Resources: 2.12
  • Equipment Maintenance: 1.75
  • Management of Financial Resources: 1.25
  • Programming: 1.12
  • Technology Design: 0.38
CORE TASKS
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  • Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  • Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
  • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
  • Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
  • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
  • Confer with flight dispatchers and weather forecasters to keep abreast of flight conditions.
  • Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights.
  • Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.
  • Direct activities of aircraft crews during flights.
  • Brief crews about flight details, such as destinations, duties, and responsibilities.
  • Record in log books information, such as flight times, distances flown, and fuel consumption.
  • Make announcements regarding flights, using public address systems.

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