Commercial Pilot Job Description


Responsible for operating commercial aviation vehicles and taking passengers from one place to another.

Primary responsibilities

  • Act as the pilot in command of a single pilot aircraft, or as co-pilot of a multi-pilot aircraft.
  • Operate different types of aircraft, such as airplanes, helicopters, gyroplanes, balloons and airships.
  • 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.
  • Start engines.
  • Use cockpit instruments.
  • Inform passengers if turbulence is worsening.
  • Turn on fasten seatbelt sign.
  • 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.

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