Québec - QC
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.
- 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
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