Travel the world, manage flight operations or help provide essential services with a career as a professional pilot.
What do professional pilots do?
- Fly light planes, helicopters or large aircraft, depending on their licence level and experience
- Transport passengers, mail and freight or provide other aviation services as required
- Facilitate research in fields such as surveying, meteorology or environmental sciences and monitor situations related to defence and border protection
- Train new pilots (with a Flight Instructor Rating)
Where do pilots work?
Pilots may work in
- Charter and sightseeing flights
- Transport for outback stations and the mining sector
- Military and border protection organisations
- Search and rescue operations.
With further experience pilots may find work in
- Multi-engine charter operations
- Regional airlines
- Specialist aviation services such as Royal Flying Doctor Service
- Major airlines in the role of First Officer.
With significant experience and managerial qualifications pilots are able to seek positions within major airlines as a
- Chief pilot
- Fleet manager
- Flight operations manager/inspector.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career as a pilot may be for you, if you
- Have good communication skills and can interpret and implement instructions efficiently
- Are able to use information from various sources and make decisions
- Are able to make accurate judgments quickly and remain calm in an emergency
- Have good eyesight (people with minor eyesight problems may still be able to become licensed pilots)
- Enjoy flying and have an interest in subjects like maths and physics.