If you’ve ever heard that pilots are “just” taxi drivers in the sky or that being a pilot is “easy” for a friend who has done it on a computer flight simulator, you may be frustrated with the simplistic view of piloting held by many members of the public. First of all, pilots have to undergo extensive training to operate aircraft and second, there’s much more to piloting than flying the plane.
More Detailed Job Description for Pilots
The job of a pilot is a complex and varied one. Before the 1980s, flights often needed a flight engineer, a navigator, and a pilot. But improvements in technology have eliminated the need for as many people in the cockpit, meaning the pilot has taken responsibility for these roles.
Below is a more detailed and up-to-date description of what a pilot does:
Pilot Navigator – You’ll need to plan the route, check the weather, know which diversions are available and how to get them. Additionally, you’ll need to know how to program and monitor the onboard navigation systems.
Pilot Engineer – Pilots need to have a comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems to be able to handle problems that might occur. If a malfunction or emergency occurs, it will be displayed on an electronic panel and action must be taken to fix the problem.
Computer Technician – Fewer people in the cockpit means there’s more technology aboard. All of this technology needs to be monitored and programmed, which is where you come in. Pilots today have to understand a variety of computer systems that help navigate, communicate, and fly the plane.
Communications Officer – Pilots need to be able to communicate well, not only in aviation terms but also on an interpersonal level. Pilots need to be able to establish rapport with the crew, effectively exchange information with strangers, and communicate relevant information to passengers.
To learn more about what a pilot does or how to train to become a pilot, please contact Elevate Aviation here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our services include pilot services, pilot training, instruction, aircraft management, rentals, and more.