Pilot is the professional title given to the person responsible for safely flying passenger, cargo or personal aircraft. The flight is usually led by two pilots. One is the captain, who is the command pilot, and the other is the second pilot. The second pilot maintains communication with the air traffic controller while the captain operates the flight systems. In some cases, such as long-haul flights, three or four pilots may be on board.
What Does a Pilot Do? What are their Duties and Responsibilities?
- Making sure that all information about the route, weather, passengers and aircraft is available,
- Creating a flight plan detailing the altitude, the route to be followed and the amount of fuel required for the flight,
- To ensure that the fuel level balances economy with safety,
- Making sure that all security systems are working properly,
- Informing the cabin crew before the flight and communicating regularly throughout the flight,
- Performing pre-flight navigation and operating systems checks,
- Communicating with the air traffic controller before takeoff, during flight and landing,
- Ensuring compliance with noise regulations during takeoff and landing,
- Making regular checks on the technical performance and position of the aircraft, weather conditions and air traffic,
- Keeping the logbook of the aircraft up to date,
- Writing a report at the end of the trip stating flight-related problems
What Training Is Required To Become A Pilot?
The training conditions sought in the person who wants to become a pilot are as follows;
- To become a pilot, it is necessary to be at least a high school graduate.
- High school graduates can receive paid training from any flight school licensed by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation,
- It is also possible to become a pilot by graduating from the four-year piloting department of universities with a bachelor's degree.
- It is necessary to successfully pass the Aviation English Proficiency Exam prepared by the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.
Features That Should Be in a Pilot
- Demonstrate excellent spatial awareness and coordination skills,
- Demonstrate good communication skills,
- Ability to perform teamwork and management,
- To have leadership qualities that can give clear commands to the cabin crew and passengers,
- Ability to think quickly and make decisions in difficult situations
- Being able to stay calm under stress
- Having discipline and self-confidence,
Pilot Salaries 2022
As they progress in their careers, the positions they work and the average salaries they receive are the lowest 26.000 TL, the average 52.490 TL, and the highest 76.860 TL.