While some very large multinational corporations that own their own jets hire pilots full time, others may lease planes or contract services from corporate jet providers. In any case, the aircraft pilot for corporate jets typically makes daily or almost daily flights; they frequently transport corporate executives to various meetings and site visits.
Corporate aircraft pilots must be well-versed in filing flight plans for all upcoming trips and understand how to change and file new plans quickly as is dictated by the passengers or clients. The pilot also needs extensive flight experience and must be familiar with all facets of the different aircraft he or she will be asked to fly.
The corporate aircraft pilot is also the point person for jet safety. It is up to the pilot to report any non-optimal flight issues as they occur and perform regular inspections of his or her craft, in addition to those normally performed by maintenance and repair workers. The pilot also plots efficient flight paths that not only conserve time for the passengers, but also allow the pilot to take advantage of any beneficial fuel prices at various stops that can save money for the client or company.
A corporate jet pilot typically needs all required licenses and certifications to operate fixed-wing jets, along with at least 2,500 hours of flying experience for these craft. Typically, an FAA health certification is also required. Corporate jet pilots typically work during the business week, but they may be required to work weekends as well. Travel and overnight stays for pilots are common.
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Jet Tasks
- Acquire clearance from control towers before takeoff and arrival.
- Inspect aircraft for defects before boarding and ensure that all weight distribution and fuel amounts comply with regulation.
- Regulate aircraft performance and speed, and steer aircraft with autopilot and flight management computing assistance.
- Respond and report in-flight emergencies.