Commercial pilot (except airlines) - Salary and Career
Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics

Commercial pilot (except airlines) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They operate small aircraft for the transport of passengers or cargo or in the performance of specialized services, such as: agricultural spraying, aerial photogrammetry, aerial advertising, launching parachutists and others, handling general systems and commands, applying air traffic rules and procedures for safety. They plan flight activities, inspect aircraft on the ground, externally and internally, contact control agencies and other aircraft, seeking information about meteorology, air traffic, situations at airports, and fill in on-board documentation. They can act in firefighting, rescue, rescue operations and train new students or pilots in specific aircraft.

How much does an Commercial pilot (except airlines) earn

A Commercial pilot (except airlines) earns between $1.803 and $15.286 per month, with an average monthly salary of $5.296 and a median salary of $3.846 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 575 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Commercial pilot (except airlines)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 5.296 63.549 1.324 25
1º Quartile 1.803 21.637 451 9
Median Salary 3.846 46.154 962 18
3º Quartile 11.658 139.894 2.914 56
Higher Salary 15.286 183.433 3.822 73

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium level technicians in transport services
      • technicians in air, sea and river navigation
        • commercial aviation pilots, flight mechanics

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Main workplaces

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics they work in air transport companies, inside aircraft, at irregular hours. Flight mechanics are salaried employees, with registration in the portfolio, the other occupations are performed by self-employed professionals. They work under pressure and uncomfortable positions for long periods. Sometimes with exposure to toxic material, radiation, intense noise and also ear damage, viral contamination and gravity acceleration.

What does it take to work in the field of Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics

These occupations are performed by self-employed professionals with specific qualifications, in the areas in which they are working. Intermediate level training is required, plus vocational courses, with a minimum duration of two hundred class hours as private helicopter pilots. To pursue a career as a commercial pilot, they must take another course of more than two hundred class hours, taught at aviation schools. After completing the courses, professionals are qualified by the Civil Aviation Department (DAC), which grants them licenses to work in the area. Pilots can assume different roles within the aircraft, such as commander or co-pilot. Flight mechanics, on the other hand, must have technical training in mechanics, with specialization in aircraft. They are assistants to the commanders and operate the aircraft's internal systems, under constant supervision. In modern airplanes, with automatic controls, there is no need for these professionals, being an occupation in extinction. Agricultural pilots typically work five months a year, spraying is a seasonal activity. All these professionals are exposed to radiation, intense noise, subject to ear damage, cataracts and viral contamination.

Functions and activities of Commercial pilot (except airlines)

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics must:

  • operating aircraft;
  • act in emergency and abnormal situations;
  • act in emergency situations and abnormalities;
  • draft operational plan;
  • operate aircraft;
  • act on emergency and abnormal situations;
  • report;
  • perform specialized services;
  • inspect aircraft and equipment;
  • acting in emergency situations and abnormalities;
  • interpret air traffic rules;
  • acting in emergency and abnormal situations;
  • trace operational plan;
  • communicate;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • work safely;
  • draw operational plan;
  • act on emergency and abnormality;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate leadership;
    • plan route and flight level (altitude);
    • examine cargo lashing;
    • determine maximum takeoff and landing weight;
    • consult depv publications (directory of electronics and flight protection);
    • check aircraft operating systems;
    • take aerial photographs;
    • perform hovering;
    • provide de-icing on the aircraft (winter operation);
    • provide suitability of the aircraft to the type of service;
    • regulating systems that make up the aircraft;
    • participate in safety training;
    • apply instrument flight rules;
    • express yourself verbally;
    • drop (drop) cargo and/or fuel;
    • release (release) advertising banner;
    • fighting fire;
    • handle portable oxygen bottles;
    • control powers and speeds according to flight phases;
    • check the execution of the actions of the other crew and ground auxiliaries;
    • supervise maintenance services and purchase of components;
    • analyze helipad dimensions;
    • communicate by signals;
    • wear personal protective equipment;
    • apply visual flight rules;
    • adjust engine power;
    • living with differences;
    • taxir aircraft;
    • monitor authorized route and altitude;
    • check weather conditions;
    • prove to be physically fit;
    • check cargo weight;
    • monitor height and application ranges by gps (global position system) and or flag;
    • check destination operational conditions and alternatives;
    • report incidents to commander or maintenance;
    • demonstrate logical reasoning;
    • perform inspection flights on high voltage lines;
    • determine engine powers according to tables;
    • check emergency and safety equipment;
    • calculate number of flights for spraying;
    • train flight simulator emergency procedures;
    • schedule preventive, periodic and corrective maintenance;
    • provide suitability of the aircraft for the type of service;
    • check commissariats (food, beverages, lanterns, pharmacy);
    • disable predicted systems;
    • submit the revalidation of physical capacity, technical qualification and vaccines exams;
    • manage lifting winch (external load);
    • adapt to the diversity of cultures;
    • operate climb;
    • make decisions;
    • fight causes of emergency;
    • identify the abnormality or emergency;
    • examine fuel (quantity, quality and type);
    • manage stress;
    • controlling powers and speeds according to flight phases;
    • adapt to different climates and times;
    • prepare flight notification;
    • manage procedures;
    • perform abandonment procedures;
    • demonstrate self-control;
    • recognize application area (agricultural and aerophotogrammetry);
    • express yourself in a foreign language (english);
    • take off aircraft;
    • fishing (hook) advertising banner;
    • fighting causes of emergency;
    • submit to the revalidation of physical capacity, technical qualification and vaccines exams;
    • wear oxygen mask (flight without pressurization, above 10,000 feet);
    • perform rescue and rescue operations;
    • carry out check list of each phase of the operation (check list already prepared);
    • check types of loads and packages on board;
    • show patience;
    • monitor systems that make up the aircraft;
    • flight at low altitude;
    • track navigation and fuel consumption;
    • calculate fuel quantity;
    • show patience;
    • examine load positioning and distribution;
    • operate descent;
    • spatial orientation;
    • prove motor coordination for handling panels and other commands;
    • interpret charts and maps;
    • proceed to departure and taxi;
    • shut down engines;
    • obtain landing site authorization;
    • activate alternative systems;
    • obtain authorization for landing site;
    • search for fuel supply points;
    • fill in on-board documentation;
    • perform engine, system and instrument checks before takeoff;
    • provide decontamination of the spray system;
    • proceed with departure and taxi;
    • operate cruise;
    • launch paratroopers;
    • communicate the aircraft's operational restrictions to the commander;
    • operate approach;
    • perform checklist of each operation phase (check list already prepared);
    • perform stunts;
    • demonstrate use of emergency equipment;
    • reset aircraft performance;
    • communicate an emergency to the control bodies via phone or codes;
    • maintain contact with control bodies and other aircraft;
    • perform check list of each operation phase (check list already prepared);
    • maintain contact with control agencies and other aircraft;
    • determine speed and position of;
    • check the execution of actions by other crew members and ground auxiliaries;
    • activate ground support;
    • land aircraft;
    • consult aircraft manuals;
    • check existence and conditions of landing site;
    • perform external inspection of the aircraft;
    • show motor coordination for handling panels and other commands;
    • follow instructions from air traffic control agencies;
    • handle fire extinguishers;
    • check aircraft documentation, manuals and navigation folders;
    • operate agricultural spraying system;
    • analyze runway conditions (length, surface type, altitude and temperature);
    • manage emergency and abnormality procedures as per check list";
    • obtain flight authorization;
    • work as a team;
    • fill out security advisory;

    Sectors that hire Commercial pilot (except airlines) the most in the job market

    • air taxi service and aircraft rental with crew
    • soybean growing
    • other air transport services for non-scheduled passengers
    • holdings of non-financial institutions
    • breeding cattle for beef
    • air transport auxiliary activities
    • air cargo transport
    • other holding companies
    • building construction
    • retail sale of new cars, vans and utility vehicles

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