Chief Pilot

Direct operations of flight department of the airline.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$47,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chief Pilots do?

Directs operation of flight department of airline: Conducts indoctrination training for new pilots and refresher training for experienced pilots. Reviews reports on pilot performance and forwards reports to Federal Aviation Administration. Discusses operational and personal problems with subordinates to improve morale and efficiency. Studies technical manuals of airplane and equipment manufacturers and government regulations affecting flight operations to ensure that company training manuals adhere to legal requirements and are adapted to type of aircraft in use. Represents company in advisory capacity during contract negotiations with pilots’ union. Accompanies flights to observe performance of pilots [CHECK PILOT]. Conducts training classes for flight personnel covering emergency procedures and use of survival equipment. Directs preparation of flight-crew schedules and assignment of personnel. May interview and hire flight personnel. May pilot airplane on scheduled flights.

Should I be a Chief Pilot?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Airplane Pilot, Chief

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