Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

Aircraft flight deck officers check, regulate, adjust and test engines and other equipment prior to take-off, navigate and pilot aircraft and give flying lessons.


New workers
£ 40,399
£ 72,801
£ 140,721

Available jobs

In the past year there were 23,495 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.

  • Performs specified tests to determine aircraft.

  • Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers.

  • Monitors fuel consumption, air pressure, engine performance and other indicators during flight and advises pilot of any factors that affect the navigation or performance of the aircraft.

  • Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.

  • Directs or undertakes routine checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution and fuel supplies.

  • Studies flight plan, discusses it with flight deck crew and makes any necessary adjustments.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Aviation

  • Invoicing

  • Marketing

  • Account Management

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Turbines

  • Flight Planning

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

  • Law Enforcement Operations

  • Flight Testing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Sales

  • Planning

  • Leadership

  • Detail Oriented

  • Microsoft Office

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.