Pilot (Air Transport)

Air Transport Pilots operate and fly planes, helicopters and other air transportation. They must complete comprehensive training programs and be able to safely operate large equipment while ensuring the safety of passengers.

Duties and tasks

  • Communicate with air traffic controllers and follow all regulations and directions from traffic control
  • Control aircraft and monitor performance, reporting to air traffic controllers on operations and getting feedback
  • Fly aircrafts maintaining operation controls, safety regulations and communicating with other air transport professionals
  • Follow all aircraft operating procedures and routine maintenance checks prior to take-off, including preparations in the cockpit and inspecting the aircraft
  • Give flight information to flight crews and air traffic control staff on flight length, altitude and logistics
  • Instruct pilot students on operating an aircraft and supervise in-flight trainings
  • Review flight plans prior to flights, especially weather conditions, aircraft logistics and maintenance, and take-off and landing sites

Skills required

  • Excellent Flying Record
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Technical Abilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Air Transport Pilots typically work varied schedules according to the flights they are scheduled to fly. They are required to travel for significant periods of time, flying to one city then possibly staying overnight to fly another aircraft the following day.

Professional associations / Industry information

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
The Australasian Marine Pilots Institute
The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Airline Passenger Officer
  • Airline Pilot
  • Flying Instructor
  • Helicopter Pilot
  • Military Pilot
  • Tower Controller