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Flight Engineer

Job Summary

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.

Primary responsibilities

  • 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.

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