Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors (NOC 2271)

About this job

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Air pilots:

  • fly fixed wing aircraft and helicopters to provide air transportation and other services such as crop spraying and aerial surveying.

Flight engineers:

  • assist air pilots with monitoring, troubleshooting and maintenance of aircraft systems and with pre- and post-flight inspections.

Flying instructors:

  • teach flying techniques and procedures to student and licensed pilots.

Air pilots, flight engineers and flight instructors are employed by airline and air freight companies, flying schools and by other public and private sector aircraft operators.

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  • navigator - air transport
  • pilot, commercial
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  • pilot, relief
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  • pilot, air patrol
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  • pilot, business aircraft / corporate

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$100,276

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Air Pilots:

  • Conduct pre-flight inspection of aircraft and check passenger and cargo distribution to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met
  • Co-ordinate flight activities with ground crews and air-traffic control, inform crew members of flight and test procedures and direct activities of aircraft crew during flights
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions and other information
  • Conduct in-flight tests and monitor functioning of aircraft equipment and systems during flights, maintain communications with flight dispatchers and weather forecasters and respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions
  • Prepare flight evaluation reports
  • Train pilots to use new equipment, or prepare them for examinations to re-validate or upgrade existing licences
  • May fly new or experimental planes to examine their flight performance and safety
  • May participate in search and rescue operations, forest firefighting, aerial surveying, crop dusting and other services.

Flight engineers

  • Inspect aircraft prior to takeoff according to pre-flight checklist and verify passenger and cargo distribution to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met
  • Assist air pilots in monitoring aircraft systems, equipment and functions during flight
  • Make in-flight repairs, such as replacing fuses and adjusting instruments, and follow emergency procedures to compensate for equipment malfunction or failure
  • Perform post-flight inspections, record equipment malfunctions and corrective actions taken during flight and report required repairs to ground maintenance personnel.

Flying instructors:

  • instruct student pilots in procedures and techniques of flying aircraft and in ground-school subjects such as navigation, radio procedures and flying regulations
  • train licensed pilots for additional certification

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school, or inside an airplane or helicopter. Also, work circumstances may be treacherous, a potential source of injuries and produce sufficient noise to cause marked distraction or possible loss of hearing.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Pilots and flight engineers

  • Completion of secondary school and graduation from a certified flying or aviation school are required.
  • A university degree or college diploma may be required.
  • A commercial pilot's licence or an air transport pilot's licence is required.
  • Additional licences or endorsements to fly different types of aircraft are required.
  • Flight engineers require a flight engineer license issued by Transport Canada.
  • Structured training is provided by employers.

Flight instructors

  • Completion of secondary school and graduation from a certified flying or aviation school are required.
  • A university degree or college diploma may be required.
  • A commercial pilot's or an air transport pilot's licence is required.
  • Transport Canada ratings and endorsements to provide instructions on different types of aircraft are required.

Skills

  • Directive
  • Motor Coordination
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • General Learning Ability
  • Finger Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Aviation Related

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
120
Average annual employment growth:
0.0%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,320
Average annual employment growth:
0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
870
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
150
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
220
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
400
Average annual employment growth:
3.0%
Expected number of job openings:
260
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
860
Average annual employment growth:
-0.6%
Expected number of job openings:
180

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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