Responsible for assisting the captain by monitoring the flight instruments, handling radio communications, watching for air traffic, and taking over for the pilot as needed.
- Assist the pilot with taking off and landing the plane.
- Assume command of the aircraft if captain is incapacitated.
- Fly for airlines that transport people and cargo on a fixed schedule.
- Fly aircraft for other reasons, such as charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography, and crop dusting.
- Perform pre-flight checklist on engines, hydraulics, and other systems.
- Take information from air traffic controllers.
- Ensure that all cargo has been loaded and that the aircraft weight is properly balanced.
- Communicate with flight attendants and perform crosschecks.
- Receive takeoff and landing instructions.
- Handle flight emergencies.
- Operate controls and steer aircraft if pilot is incapacitated.
- Greet people leaving or coming aboard plane.
- Check fuel and weather conditions.
- Maintain flight schedules and alert ground and crew to possible delays.
- Take turns flying the plane to avoid fatigue.
- Create a flight plan which details the altitude for the flight, route to be taken and amount of fuel required
- Regularly check aircraft's performance and position.
- React to environmental changes and altitudes.
- Update aircraft logbook.
- Note any incidents that occurred during the flight.
- Ensure noise regulations are followed during take off and landing.