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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Aeroplane Pilot


An Aeroplane Pilot can operate as a pilot of single pilot aircraft or the co-pilot of a large airline aircraft. In fact, the role of a Pilot varies depending on the size and nature of the employing company. Roles may include transporting passengers, mail and freight within Australia or overseas, or providing other aviation services within agricultural, medical or aerial photography roles. Pilots typically are able to remain calm under pressure and make accurate decisions based on various sources of information.

Pilot responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing flight plans based on weather forecasts and operational information
  • Verifying the maintenance status of the aircraft
  • Watchkeeping
  • Carrying out checks of all flight controls, instruments and aircraft engines

The career opportunities within the aviation sector are many and varied. As a Pilot, roles are available in the military and with large commercial or small private operators – within Australia, and around the world.

Industry facts

  • Air passenger movements within Australia are predicted to double to 279 million a year within 20 years.
  • Approximately 460,000 new commercial airline pilots will be needed worldwide by 2031.
  • This occupation is recognised internationally.
  • Pilots can fly during the day and night.
  • Recent growth in regional aviation has been stronger than in established capital city routes. This reflects the increase in scheduled services to regional growth areas, as part of the mining boom

Entry Qualifications


  • Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) – CPL (A)

Security clearance:

  • You will need an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) and must be eligible to hold a Flight Radiotelephone Operator Licence to work in this role.

Training qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane/Helicopter Licence)

Estimated Salary

$42,000 – $160,000 (Median $82,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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