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Pilots fly various types of aircraft, including light planes, helicopters or airline aircraft, depending on the aircraft type they are approved to fly. They may transport passengers, mail and freight within Australia, internationally on scheduled airline and unscheduled charter services, or provide other aviation services as required.

Duties & Tasks
Pilots may perform the following tasks:
  • prepare flight plans based on weather forecasts and operational information
  • make sure aircraft are properly loaded for a safe and efficient flight
  • check fuel requirements and fuel quantities prior to flight
  • check on the maintenance status of aircraft prior to flight
  • conduct checks of flight controls, instruments and aircraft engines
  • fly aircraft according to established operating and safety procedures under a range of flight conditions, including extreme weather and emergency situations
  • make sure that passengers are correctly informed of emergency procedures, and maintain care of passengers
  • provide passengers with information and weather details
  • take bookings, load aircraft and generally assist in the promotion and running of the company.
  • Working conditions
    Pilots' duties vary according to the size and nature of the company they work for.
    Personal requirements
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • able to make accurate judgments quickly and remain calm in an emergency
  • able to use information from various sources and make decisions
  • able to speak, write and understand English.
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