Ottawa - ON
Job Description: Pilot
Pilots play a huge role in the transportation, shipping and tourism industries, flying people, supplies and cargo to destinations across the country and around the world. Pilots are employed by airlines, and fly predetermined routes of varying lengths and distances. Pilots can also be employed by private companies, transporting large amounts of goods and charted flights. While people often imagine pilots flying off to faraway travel destinations, many pilots transports products and good across the country, playing an important role in the fast-shipping for many companies. The majority of commercial flights will have at least two pilots, so teamwork is an essential part of time job. Pilots need to have strong technical skills and leadership abilities, as the captain of a flight is always a pilot.
5 Requirements To Be A Pilot
- Graduate from an accredited pilot training program, many companies also require university degrees and/or college diplomas.
- Successfully complete the Commercial Pilot License – Aeroplane exam and practical flight test
- Complete mandatory in-flight hours to gain practical experience with fixed-wing aircraft
- Pass a medical and vision exams to assert that you are physical fit to fly
- Must extremely detail-oriented and follow every single procedure, regular and law to the absolute letter
What Does A Pilot Do ?
The exact daily life of a pilot varies depending on if they are a commercial or a private pilot, and if they are transporting passengers or cargo. All pilots will still be responsible for prepping the aircraft and the crew for the next flight, performing safety checks and providing any updates. Many pilots fly regular routes in order to better manage their in-flight hours. There are limits on the amount of hours a pilot can safely fly with time off, so ensuring that they have a proper schedule is very important. Pilots work as teams successfully operate aircraft of various sizes. While automated controls now make the process easier, pilots still are still responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft at all times.
- Perform a detailed check-up to make certain the aircraft is operating properly
- Perform safety checks and ensure that all required maintenance has been completed
- Brief the crew regarding the current flights, including all important details
- Communicate with air traffic control before takeout and during the flight
- Pilot the aircraft, working with one or more co-pilots
- Carefully monitor instruments during flights, including altitude, speed and fuel consumption
- Lead the flight crew, addressing any issues right away
- Inform the crew of new information during the flight, addressing passengers if necessary
- Respond and manage any emergencies situations
- Make a proper flight report and log after safely landing
How To Become A Pilot
Pilots have specific and rigorous training requirements that they must fulfill in order to enter the profession. Pilots must graduate from a certified aviation school, pass all exams and complete the required amount of in-flight hours in order to receive their pilots license. There are different licences for commercial pilots and air transport pilots, and further certifications for each type of airplane. The job role is regulated by Transport Canada, part of the Federal Government.
Sectors Recruiting For A Pilot
Pilots are recruited by the aviation, shipping and transport sectors.
Career Outlook For A Pilot
The long-term employment outlook for pilots is considered to be good in most of the country. There are predicted to be more than 14,000 job openings in the sector over the next ten years, predominantly due to retirements. This means there will be good opportunities for the estimate 9,000 job seekers looking to enter the industry.
Where Does A Pilot Work
A pilot works for an airline, providing either passenger transport or commercial transport. They spend the bulk of their time piloting an aircraft, ensuring its safe operation at all times. While pilots can operate out of a homebase airport, there is obviously a great deal of travel and different locations involved.
Related Job Titles
According to the CNP code (national classification of occupations), here are the additional titles for a pilot:
- Airplane pilot
- Aviation pilot
- Chief pilot
- Flight engineer
- Second officer - air transport
- Captain - air transport
- Check pilot
- Test pilot
- Helicopter pilot
- Pilot instructor
- Relief pilot
Companies Recruiting For Pilot
Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures - QC
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