Perform routine preflight checks, maintain radio communication with air traffic control, monitor flight systems and navigation, and safely execute takeoffs and landings. Lead the flight crew and take responsibility for the flight operation and schedule. Utilize an extensive control panel, computerized flight system, and instruments in the cockpit of the aircraft, especially for flying at night or in inclement weather.
Skills and Knowledge (Strengths and Talents)
Challenging environment – the cockpit may be cramped and noisy, and high levels of responsibility may lead to stressPhysical fitness – must pass a physical exam for health and visionLicense – requires a pilot’s license specific to the type of craft being flownTechnology – Use computers, electronic equipment, communication equipment, and navigation software Listening – actively attend to what others are communicating, evaluating your own understanding and asking questions as needed while not interrupting at inappropriate times Critical thinking – use logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions, determine the validity of conclusions, and identify the pros and cons of different approaches Navigation – knowledge of geography and use of navigational systemsMathematical proficiency – understand and apply mathematics related to flightScience – knowledge of the physics of flightAttention to process – remain attentive during flights to ensure that the flight plan is proceeding as planned, watching for warnings or issues