Helicopter Pilot job description

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Helicopter Pilots are required to fly fixed-winged aircrafts on nonscheduled air carrier routes. Their duties vary according to the organization they work for, such as news agencies, emergency rescue groups, military forces, etc. Professionals who work in emergency services usually face challenging weather conditions in order to rescue victims of fires and accidents or from natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, among others.

Helicopter Pilots usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Planning flight routes.
•   Monitoring engine operation.
• Contacting control towers.
• Checking cargo.
• Writing in-flight records.


• Having problem-solving skills.
• Being detail-oriented.
• Having manual dexterity.
• Being able to operate helicopters in surveillance situations.
• Having mechanical skills.
• Being able to perform or supervise helicopter maintenance.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to take off and land on small targets.
• Having excellent reflexes.
• Being able to work under pressure.


The first step to be a Helicopter Pilot is qualifying as a student pilot by meeting some requirements related to health checks to have permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to start learning. Those who complete forty hours of flying practice are eligible to apply for a private helicopter license. This process is composed by three examinations including written, oral, and practical parts. Candidates who complete this license process can gain a commercial license by completing 150 hours of flying experience and written examinations. Another alternative to enter to this sector is a career in the military forces.

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