Responsible for monitoring and controlling various aircraft systems, including fixed-wing (airplanes), rotary wing (helicopters), and space flight (ISS). Works in close coordination with the two pilots during all phases of flight.
- Monitor aircraft systems, including engines and other critical flight systems.
- Diagnose and rectify or eliminate problems that may arise.
- Sets and adjusts engine power during take off, climb, cruise, go-arounds, or at any time the pilot flying requests a specific power setting to be set during the approach phase.
- Monitors and adjusts fuel, pressurization and air conditioning, hydraulic, electrics, ice and rain protection, oxygen, fire and overheat protection, and powered flying controls.
- Take on preflight and post flight inspections.
- Ensure that the weight and balance of the aircraft is correctly calculated to ensure the center of gravity is within limits.
- Cross check pilot selections.
- Exercise extensive mechanical and technical knowledge of aircraft systems and aircraft performance.
- Sit behind the co-pilot in the cockpit, facing sideways to operate a panel of switches, gauges and indicators.
- Monitor the forward instruments, pilot selections and adjust the thrust levers located on the center pedestal.
- Set the engine power.
- Troubleshoot and suggest solutions to in-flight emergencies and abnormal technical conditions.
- Compute takeoff and landing data.
- Review and carry out necessary actions to rectify flight problems.
- Read checklists and execute actions required under the captain's orders.