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An Airline Pilot is a pilot that works for an airline to transport cargo and passengers on flights both foreign and domestic. An Airline Pilot can fly for either commercial, business, or leisure purposes. Typically, flights will consist of two Airline Pilots controlling the aircraft, with one being the captain and the other being the supporting co-pilot.

Airline Pilots are responsible for the safety of their vessel, cargo, and passengers. They must operate navigational devices while flying as well as communicating effectively with crew members. As such, an Airline Pilot must possess a strong combination of technical and interpersonal skills.


Airline Pilot responsibilities may include:

  • Keep and review maintenance logs.
  • Perform an overall check of the aircraft before and after every flight.
  • Operate navigational devices.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with crew members.
  • Communicate a sense of trust and competency to passengers.
  • Create a flight plan based on weather, fuel levels, distance, etc.
  • Handle emergencies both internal and external as they arise.



Airline Pilots are expected to keep a level head while providing safe passage for their aircraft. In order to effectively provide a safe and pleasant experience, a skilled Airline Pilot will:

  • Provide direction and make decisions in case of emergency situations.
  • Operate on a strict schedule.
  • Follow strict procedures and protocol to ensure the aircraft is safe.
  • Stay focused on following the flight plan during long shifts.
  • Provide clear and friendly communication as needed.
  • Work with one or several other co-pilots.



Aircraft Pilots are highly qualified individuals who can expect to go through specialized training in order to fly commercially. First, you must obtain a Private Pilot Certificate, which will teach you the basics of flight. Then, you must earn an FAA certification in order to fly commercially. In addition to an FAA certification, a minimum of 2,500 logged hours flying will be required.

Instrument and Multi Engine rating tests can be taken to further demonstrate proficiency. Having a Bachelor’s Degree as well will help land you a job. 

Aircraft Pilots are also subject to strict physical and psychological guidelines and can expect to undergo evaluations at least once a year.



  • What would you do if you entered a thunderstorm?

  • How do you feel about flying in nighttime settings?

  • Explain what a Dutch Roll is.

  • How do you figure out the slope of a runway?

  • Can you describe what a legal missed approach is?

  • What is critical Mach?

  • What is the difference between Decision Altitude and Decision Height?