While we may think of commercial airline pilots as the person on the other side of the microphone when we take a flight on a jumbo jet, in reality those jobs are at the top of the heap in this profession. Many commercial jet pilots fly for dedicated freight or shipping companies. Many others work for smaller regional airlines or charter companies also.
A commercial jet pilot will typically specialize in a few varieties of aircraft and become fluent and familiar with the operation of that particular type of plane. The pilot learns to correctly prep and inspect various gauges and readouts in pre-flight checks, as well as determine all weather conditions that may affect his or her flight plan. Most jurisdictions also require commercial pilots to file flight plans prior to taking off. In commercial aviation, typically a pilot also tends to work certain areas or flight corridors. This helps improve efficiency for commercial pilots in both the freight and passenger transportation fields. This is also something of a quality-of-life issue for pilots, as it helps to ensure that they spend more time at home between flights.
Most commercial aviation companies have steep hours-in-air requirements before hiring pilots. As a result, the overwhelming number of commercial airline pilots will get their start flying for a branch of the military. This experience is seen as crucial for many employers in this field, as it ensures pilots are experienced with a variety of conditions, including the ability to fly and land using instruments in inclement weather. Commercial pilots will also need to have a commercial licensure issued by the proper authorities, as well as any specialty certification to operate the aircraft they will be flying. Most pilots work fairly long hours, including weekends and holidays. Even with regional corridor work, it is not unusual for a pilot to spend only a few days per week at home during busy times of the year.
Commercial Pilot, Jet Tasks
Monitor numerous factors, such as fuel, altitude, and weather conditions, adjusting flight plans accordingly.
Inspect aircraft before a flight, ensuring that all components, electronics, and mechanics are in good order.
Provide high-quality customer service to flight passengers and crew.
Pilot a commercial jet in the transportation of passengers and goods nationally or internationally.
Adhere to all safety standards and procedures.