Former Tornado GR4 Pilot
“Don’t be fearful of failing. I’ve failed many times throughout my entire career and actually we learn through failing.” Joining the RAF Air Cadets and then her University Air Squadron set Mandy on the path to becoming a pilot. At the end of her RAF service, she retrained as an airline pilot before opting for a complete career change. She now works as a motivational speaker.
More information about Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
- Studies flight plan, discusses it with flight deck crew and makes any necessary adjustments;
- Directs or undertakes routine checks on engines, instruments, control panels, cargo distribution and fuel supplies;
- Directs or undertakes the operation of controls to fly aeroplanes and helicopters, complying with air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures;
- Monitors fuel consumption, air pressure, engine performance and other indicators during flight and advises pilot of any factors that affect the navigation or performance of the aircraft;
- Maintains radio contact and discusses weather conditions with air traffic controllers;
- Performs specified tests to determine aircraft’s stability, response to controls and overall performance;
- Accompanies pupil on training flights and demonstrates flying techniques.
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