Pilots are responsible for flying aircraft, like planes or helicopters. An airline pilot is responsible for flying passengers and cargo on long-haul or short-haul flights.
The day-to-day schedule of pilots can vary greatly. Examples of tasks might include running routine checks of all the safety equipment on-board in case of an emergency, making contact with air traffic control to coordinate take-off and maintaining contact throughout the flight, using on-board controls to analyse flight data and make any necessary changes and reacting to changing weather conditions and adjusting the flight plan accordingly. See our full pilot job description to find out more.
- First Officer
Starting salary: £20,000 - £30,000 (depending on flying time, flying experience, aircraft type and airline)
Experience co-pilot of captain: £38,000 - £90,000
Experienced captain: £140,000+
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