34-Aircraft pilots and related associate professionals

Job Title: 

Aircraft pilots and related associate professionals

Job Description: 

Fly aircraft to deliver people or goods. Some pilots fly aircraft to aerially spread fertiliser or bait.


Aircraft pilots and related associate professionals control the operation of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment, in order to navigate aircraft for transporting passengers, mail and freight and perform related pre-flight and in-flight tasks. They perform a multitude of tasks and are highly trained. Most pilots are employed in the commercial and military aviation fields. May fly fixed-winged aircraft on non-scheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Maybe required to be licensed, registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying body.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • flying and navigating aircraft in accordance with established control and operating procedures
  • preparing and submitting flight plan or examining standard flight plan
  • controlling the operation of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment and ensuring that all instruments and controls work properly
  • applying knowledge of principles and practices of flying in order to identify and solve problems arising in the course of their work
  • examining maintenance records and conducting inspections to ensure that aircraft are mechanically sound, maintenance has been performed and that all equipment is operational
  • signing necessary certificates and maintaining official records of flight
  • obtaining briefings and clearances before flights and maintaining contact with air traffic or flight control during flight

Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Work in small environments at high altitude operating short and long haul flights between airports, and use communications systems. They may work irregular hours. Some do shift work, or seasonal work (agricultural pilots), and often work in conditions that are noisy, and can be difficult or uncomfortable in bad weather. Their work is dependent on the type of aircraft they fly and the mission of the flight. They can be divided into two categories, namely private and professional pilots. Whether they?re dusting crops, transporting packages, or flying a commercial airline internationally, aircraft pilots have a responsibility for safe, efficient flight.


    All pilots cleared to transport cargo or passengers must have a FAA - approved commercial pilot?s license. Most airlines require at least 2 years of vocational technical college/polytechnic Diploma or Associate Degree and/or higher qualified graduates.

    Required Work Experience: 

    3 - 4 years and above.

    Probable Employers: 

    Etihad Airways, Air Force, Presidential Flight, Emirates Airlines

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:Flight Engineer - Flying instructor - Navigator (flight) - Pilot (aircraft)
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Captain - First officer - Line pilot - Charter pilot - Check airman - Flight operations director - Helicopter pilot - Commercial helicopter pilot - EMS helicopter pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot) - Agricultural pilot

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi