Corporate non-jet aircraft pilots are responsible for flying and navigating non-jet airplanes, such as helicopters and single-engine airplanes. They must be reliable, able to comply with schedules, and follow regulatory authority and company rules and regulations and other directives governing aircraft operation at all times.
These aircraft pilots must fully understand Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), conduct pre-flight inspections,and work closely with aircraft engineers and maintenance technicians. In preparing for flights, they must study weather conditions prior to takeoff, en route, and at the destination. They must familiarize themselves with alternate airports and calculate aircraft weight and fuel on-board and may also directly supervise first officers and flight attendants. If necessary, they must decide whether to cancel or delay flights for safety reasons or make decisions to deviate from planned routes and/or destinations. They may be required to represent the company when dealing with business associates, government officials, or clients.
A bachelor's degree may be required for this position, and some employers may consider a high school diploma or equivalent for candidates who have sufficient flight hours and relevant experience in place of a degree. Recent experience as a corporate pilot captain is often necessary, and many employers require applicants to possess first-class medical certificates and pass background checks and drug tests.
Aircraft Pilot, Corporate Non-Jet Tasks
Review and calculate aircraft weight and balance, fuel requirements and performance.
Study weather conditions at destination, enroute, alternate airports and departure points.
Comply with schedules and other directives governing the aircrafts operation.
Act as pilot in command when assigned by scheduling.
Make the decision to start, delay, or cancel flights and deviate the flight from the planned route or destination depending on operating conditions.