Helicopter Pilot

A Helicopter Pilot flies helicopters for a range of reasons such as scenic joy flights, bushfire fighting, police air work, flight instruction and corporate flights. Two common areas for Helicopter Pilots to work in are Offshore Oil and Gas and Search and Rescue. Providing offshore oil & gas support is a field that’s constantly growing and is a staple job of the helicopter pilot industry. Many helicopter companies have a large amount of work related to search and rescue, which carry out all emergency, aeromedical, and counter disaster operations.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Performing pre flight inspections of the aircrafts instruments, systems and controls.
  • Checking weather forecasts to create a flight plan.
  • Operating the controls and managing situation awareness during the flight.
  • Manage aircraft passengers.

Industry facts

  • Helicopter Pilots can work privately for individual employers, or offer flight services to a range of customers.
  • There are a variety of industries which Helicopter Pilots and Air Transport Professionals are employed in.
  • Due to the number of industries employing Air Transport Professionals there is favourable employment growth prospects from now to 2016-17.
  • Air Transport Professionals have a high proportion of full-time jobs.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence)

Estimated Salary

$40,056 – $146,963 (Median $70,089)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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