Female pilot in cockpit of helicopter before take off.

Helicopter Pilot

Helicopter Pilots fly helicopters to transport passengers, mail or freight, or provide agricultural, aviation or aerial surveillance services.

Overview

Helicopter Pilots fly helicopters to transport passengers, mail or freight, or provide agricultural, aviation or aerial surveillance 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 reports on mechanical condition.

Considerations

  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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To become a Helicopter Pilot

  • You need to pass practical and theoretical exams to qualify for your helicopter pilot licence before you can work as a Helicopter 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 a Helicopter Pilot. You can also train to become a helicopter 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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