Airline Captain (pilot)
“I’ve always loved flying and I’ve always loved planes. From a very young age I was lucky enough to be flying backwards and forwards from Kenya to visit my family.” After A-levels in maths, chemistry, German and PE, Michelle gained a degree in chemistry and then took an 18-month flying course to train as a pilot.
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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