Non-jet commercial pilots often work for corporations and wealthy individuals and must have the FAA Commercial License with Instrument Rating and First Class medical, as well as a certain number of total flight hours and the FCC-restricted radiotelephone operator permit. Strong communication skills are essential in this position to work well with others, and pre-flight inspections are usually necessary to ensure that navigation, safety, and operating systems are working properly. They also check regular maintenance logs and must be able to recognize mechanical discrepancies and report airplane problems and other issues to the appropriate department. These pilots must maintain navigation manuals and charts and complete checklists properly, and preparing the weight and balance forms for each flight is also part of the job.
Non-jet commercial pilots may have to supervise fueling and baggage loading and ensure that appropriate servicing of their aircraft is up-to-date for safety reasons. They must be flexible in order to travel frequently and attend mandatory training, and in communicating with air traffic controllers during take-off, flight, and landing they must speak clearly and professionally. Some may be responsible for training new or junior commercial pilots, and aircraft logbooks must always be updated with flight issues and incidents as they arise.
Commercial Pilot, Non-Jet Tasks
Check current and forecast weather information.
Obtain proper clearances to begin flight.
Devising a flight plan.
Pilot or copilot a wide variety of aircraft.