Regular airline pilot - Salary and Career
Aeronautical piloting professionals

Regular airline pilot - 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 Regular airline pilot earn

A Regular airline pilot earns between $2.108 and $17.553 per month, with an average monthly salary of $6.288 and a median salary of $4.857 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 2.666 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Regular airline pilot

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 6.288 75.454 1.572 31
1º Quartile 2.108 25.299 527 11
Median Salary 4.857 58.284 1.214 24
3º Quartile 13.387 160.640 3.347 67
Higher Salary 17.553 210.636 4.388 88

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 Regular airline pilot

Aeronautical piloting professionals must:

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

  • Activities

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

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