Helicopter pilots operate helicopters usually in single-pilot operations. They fly over various types of terrain for many purposes. They can work for the military and commercial airlines but some participate in firefighting or other disaster mitigation missions. They also do search and rescue missions or medical transport. Some spray crops for the agricultural industry while others work in the travel field taking interested customers on sightseeing tours of spectacular views. Many helicopter pilots do search and patrol missions for law enforcement agencies. For each field specialized training if often required. For example those in law enforcement must be trained as police officers as well. Helicopter pilots must possess and maintain a valid certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They are responsible for keeping flight logs and aircraft records in compliance with FAA regulations and they are required to supervise ground personnel who carry out routine pre- and post-flight maintenance activities. In addition they make sure that there is a strict schedule of major preventive maintenance. Helicopter pilots must have good color vision and excellent eyesight with or without corrective lenses and they are prohibited from using tobacco products either on duty or off duty. The website www.eduers.com reports that helicopter pilots earn between approximately $35 and $43 an hour which amounts to $73000 and $90000 annually with 40 work hours a week. According to the website www.buzzle.com helicopter pilots’ earnings depend on their certification educational qualifications location or “base” and very importantly on their hours of flying experience.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Certification and/or License|
|Tasks:||Performs daily routine maintenance.
Maintains flight logs.
Ensures flight safety.
Trains helicopter crew.
|Also Called:||Helicopter Operator
Helicopter Flight Instructor
Helicopter Medical Transporter