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

Flight mechanic - 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 Flight mechanic earn

A Flight mechanic earns between $1.300 and $8.911 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.689 and a median salary of $3.306 according to an Averwage.com 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 85 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Flight mechanic

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.689 44.263 922 19
1º Quartile 1.300 15.595 325 7
Median Salary 3.306 39.670 826 17
3º Quartile 6.796 81.553 1.699 35
Higher Salary 8.911 106.935 2.228 46

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 Flight mechanic

Commercial Aviation Pilots, Flight Mechanics must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Flight mechanic the most in the job market

    • regular passenger air transport
    • retail trade of new parts and accessories for motor vehicles
    • maintenance and repair of motorcycles and scooters
    • plastic material packaging manufacture
    • maintenance and mechanical repair services for motor vehicles
    • washing, lubricating and polishing services for motor vehicles
    • installation and maintenance of central air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration systems
    • agricultural support activities
    • earthworks
    • rice cultivation

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