Commercial pilot - Salary and Career
Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics

Commercial pilot - 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 earn

A Commercial pilot 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

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

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Commercial pilot 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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