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Aeroplane Pilot

Aeroplane Pilots fly aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight, or provide agricultural, aerial surveillance or other aviation services.

Overview

Aeroplane Pilots fly aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight, or provide agricultural, aerial surveillance or other aviation services.

Day-to-day

  • prepares and submits flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance
  • flies aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
  • provides flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff
  • completes cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine that aircraft are acceptable for flight
  • monitors aircraft performance and reporting on mechanical condition.

Considerations

  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become an Aeroplane Pilot

  • You need to pass practical and theoretical exams to qualify for a pilot licence before you can work as an Aeroplane Pilot. The Civil Aviation Authority issues pilot licences. Flight training is available through private flying schools. Completing a formal qualification through either Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university may improve your chances of getting a job as an Aeroplane Pilot. You can also train to become an Aeroplane pilot with the Australian Defence Force.

    Take a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence)

  • Registration with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority is required.

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