Pilot Instructor (Aviation) - Salary and Career
Aeronautical piloting professionals

Pilot Instructor (Aviation) - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They pilot large airplanes or helicopters to transport passengers or cargo on national or international flights, conduct navigation by operating the aircraft's systems, following a pre-established flight plan and applying air traffic rules and safety procedures, giving flight instructions theoretical and practical lessons in aero clubs or airlines, carry out flight tests on prototypes with the purpose of approving new models and types of aircraft, perform special flights on aircraft that have just left the production lines or maintenance workshops.

How much does an Pilot Instructor (Aviation) earn

A Pilot Instructor (Aviation) earns between $1.100 and $18.821 per month, with an average monthly salary of $4.528 and a median salary of $1.212 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 285 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Pilot Instructor (Aviation)

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 4.528 54.338 1.132 23
1º Quartile 1.100 13.200 275 6
Median Salary 1.212 14.544 303 6
3º Quartile 14.354 172.243 3.588 72
Higher Salary 18.821 225.851 4.705 94


Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals of the exact sciences, physics and engineering
      • professionals in air, sea and river navigation
        • aeronautical piloting professionals

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Main workplaces

Aeronautical piloting professionals these workers work in areas linked to air transport, research and development, public administration, defense and social security, recreational, cultural and sports activities. They are registered employees. They work with occasional supervision, individually and in teams, in vehicles and at irregular hours. Eventually, they work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation, spend long periods in uncomfortable positions, at great heights, confined and exposed to toxic materials, high temperatures, intense noise and sunlight.


What does it take to work in the field of Aeronautical piloting professionals

To enter these occupations, it is necessary, at least, to complete high school, three to four years of professional experience and a basic qualification course of up to two hundred class hours for the Flight Instructor and more than four hundred class hours for the others. This family is composed of professionals who reach the levels of experience and technical competence required by the DAC - Department of Civil Aviation to be qualified as PLA - Airline Pilots (airplane) or PLAH - (helicopter). With the growth of the Brazilian aviation industry, the test pilot course was created at the CTA, which is enabled by the DAC.


Functions and activities of Pilot Instructor (Aviation)

Aeronautical piloting professionals must:

  • planning flight;
  • manage the flight;
  • flying aircraft;
  • give flight instruction;
  • manage your flight;
  • establish communication;
  • deliver flight instruction;
  • perform test flight;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • pilot aircraft;
  • delivery flight instruction;
  • manage flight;
  • participate in aircraft projects;
  • perform production and maintenance flight;
  • execute test flight;
  • plan flight;
  • participate in aircraft design;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate self-confidence;
    • optimize flight plan (route, altitude, speed);
    • prepare aircraft systems;
    • deliver theoretical courses;
    • take off;
    • approve test programs;
    • perform limit maneuvers;
    • evaluate student;
    • make decisions;
    • explain maneuvers;
    • according to relevant regulations;
    • providing support services and comfort material for passengers;
    • mitigating risks;
    • perform external inspection of the aircraft;
    • monitor risk tests;
    • synchronize activities with crew;
    • define regulatory verification methods;
    • flying aircraft within operational limits;
    • validate simulation models;
    • establish communication with other aircraft;
    • work as a team;
    • demonstrate adaptability to the environment;
    • demonstrate instruments and their purposes;
    • demonstrate physical and psychological ability;
    • use standard phraseology;
    • participate in the analysis of consequences of possible failures;
    • interpret weather information;
    • check actions and procedures of each stage of the flight through the checklist;
    • push aircraft;
    • demonstrate oral and written expression;
    • provide information to passengers;
    • master the english language;
    • validate normal procedures;
    • handle aircraft controls;
    • drop aircraft;
    • schedule student instruction;
    • prepare aircraft for overnight stay;
    • taxir aircraft;
    • work as a team;
    • prove regulatory compliance;
    • position student in cabin;
    • fall aircraft;
    • calculate fuel quantity;
    • forward student to proficiency exam;
    • evaluate operational limits;
    • demonstrate discipline;
    • release student for solo flight;
    • get information about the weather conditions of the route and destination;
    • consult publications and aeronautical information;
    • demonstrate self-control;
    • evaluate flight quality;
    • approve functionality of aircraft systems;
    • land aircraft;
    • produce aeronautical information;
    • check aircraft documentation;
    • complete flight plan;
    • inform positions;
    • monitor aircraft systems;
    • guide student on each phase of flight (taxiing, takeoff, ascent, descent, landing);
    • record student performance;
    • request air traffic authorization;
    • demonstrate humility;
    • approve flight manual;
    • fly in formation;
    • represent the aircraft operator;
    • open aircraft flight domain;
    • check aircraft performance;
    • validate emergency procedures;
    • monitor aircraft supply;
    • follow air traffic guidelines;
    • consult aircraft operating manuals;
    • assist student in the execution of maneuvers;
    • perform ascent to cruise level;
    • act in emergency situations;
    • enter occurrences in the logbook;
    • proceed to descent the aircraft;
    • demonstrate interpersonal skills;
    • demonstrate persistence;
    • check flight quality;
    • conduct cruise flight (navigation);
    • analyze risk levels;
    • teach student in flight planning and management;
    • demonstrate quick thinking;
    • report emergency situations;
    • coordinate crew activities;
    • manage conflicts;
    • supervise student in the execution of maneuvers;
    • demonstrate maneuvers;
    • learn about the weather conditions of the route and destination;
    • establish communication with air traffic agencies;
    • check systems functionality;
    • analyze test results;
    • create reports;
    • develop normal and emergency procedures;
    • check cargo and passenger manifest;
    • adjust the student's instructional program;
    • demonstrate spatial orientation;
    • check compliance with approved project;
    • establish contact with the company;
    • measure aircraft performance;
    • coordinate test safety team;
    • calculate aircraft weight and balance;
    • demonstrate motor coordination;
    • define cabin layout;


    Sectors that hire Pilot Instructor (Aviation) the most in the job market

    • flying courses
    • social, sports and similar clubs
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • other sports activities
    • higher education - undergraduate and postgraduate
    • associative activities
    • technical level vocational education
    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • aircraft maintenance and repair
    • preparatory courses for contests




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