CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Commercial Pilots

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Summary Job Description Tasks
Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly.
Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight according to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
Consider airport altitudes, outside temperatures, plane weights, and wind speeds and directions to calculate the speed needed to become airborne.
Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights.
Obtain and review data such as load weights, fuel supplies, weather conditions, and flight schedules to determine flight plans and identify needed changes.
Plan flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments.
Use instrumentation to pilot aircraft when visibility is poor.
Check baggage or cargo to ensure that it has been loaded correctly.
Request changes in altitudes or routes as circumstances dictate.
Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights.
Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air traffic control, and inform crew members of flight and test procedures.
Write specified information in flight records, such as flight times, altitudes flown, and fuel consumption.
Teach company regulations and procedures to other pilots.
Instruct other pilots and student pilots in aircraft operations.
Co-pilot aircraft, or perform captain's duties if required.
File instrument flight plans with air traffic control so that flights can be coordinated with other air traffic.
Conduct in-flight tests and evaluations at specified altitudes and in all types of weather to determine the receptivity and other characteristics of equipment and systems.
Rescue and evacuate injured persons.
Supervise other crew members.
Perform minor aircraft maintenance and repair work, or arrange for major maintenance.
Fly with other pilots or pilot-license applicants to evaluate their proficiency.
Plan and formulate flight activities and test schedules and prepare flight evaluation reports.
Pilot airplanes or helicopters over farmlands at low altitudes to dust or spray fields with fertilizers, fungicides, or pesticides.
Check the flight performance of new and experimental planes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Night Vision The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
AV8 software Data base user interface and query software
AeroPlanner Information retrieval or search software
AirSmith FlightPrompt Data base user interface and query software
Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Logs PPC Data base user interface and query software
Electronic aircraft information databases Data base user interface and query software
Flight simulation software Flight control software
MJICCS PilotLog Data base user interface and query software
Navzilla Route navigation software
Nimblefeet Technologies Captain's Keeper Data base user interface and query software
Notam Development Group Airport Insight Information retrieval or search software
Pilot Navigator Software Load Balance Analytical or scientific software
Polaris Microsystems AeroLog Pro Data base user interface and query software
Polaris Microsystems CharterLog Data base user interface and query software
RMS Technology Flitesoft Data base user interface and query software
SBS International Maestro Suite Calendar and scheduling software
Skylog Services Skylog Pro Data base user interface and query software
doXstor Flight Level Logbook Data base user interface and query software
Air conditioning systems Aircraft environment regulators
Air data computers Flight computer systems
Air pressurization systems Aircraft environment controllers
Airborne collision avoidance systems ACAS Aircraft warning systems
Anti-skid systems Aircraft anti skid controls
Autobrakes Aircraft braking systems
Automatic direction finder ADF radio systems Aircraft guidance systems
Automatic landing systems Aircraft steering controls
Autopilot systems Flight computer systems
Calculators Calculators or accessories
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
Cockpit displays of traffic information CDTI Aircraft guidance systems
Continuous flow emergency oxygen systems Aircraft oxygen equipment
De-icing equipment Aircraft deicing equipment
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital communications display units DCDU Aircraft communication systems
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Distance measuring equipment DME Aircraft guidance systems
Electro-hydraulic control systems Aircraft hydraulic systems
Electronic flight instrument systems EFIS Aerospace cockpit display panels
Emergency exit slides Aircraft escape or ejection systems
Emergency life rafts Aircraft escape or ejection systems
Emergency pressurization systems Aircraft environment controllers
Engine anti-icing equipment Aircraft onboard defrosting or defogging systems
Engine fire detection systems Aircraft warning systems
Engine fire extinguishing systems Aircraft fire control or extinguishing systems
Engine indicating and crew alerting systems EICAS Aircraft warning systems
Equipment cooling controls Aircraft cooling fans
Fire suppression and control systems Aircraft fire control or extinguishing systems
Flight director FD systems Flight computer systems
Flight management systems FMS Aircraft guidance systems
Flight simulators Aircraft flight simulators or trainers
Fuel control systems Aircraft fuel management systems
Global positioning system GPS devices Aircraft guidance systems
Ground proximity warning systems GPWS Aircraft warning systems
Head-up guidance systems HGS Aerospace head up display HUDs
High frequency HF radio communication systems Aircraft communication systems
Hydraulic landing gear systems Landing gear assemblies
Inertial navigation systems INS Aircraft guidance systems
Instrument landing system ILS localizers Aircraft guidance systems
Instrument landing system ILS receivers Aircraft guidance systems
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Local area augmentation system LAAS receivers Aircraft guidance systems
Long range navigation systems LRNS Aircraft guidance systems
Mechanical nose wheel steering systems Aircraft steering controls
Microwave landing system MLS receivers Aircraft guidance systems
Multipurpose fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Navigation mode selectors Aircraft guidance systems
Nondirectional radio beacon markers Aircraft navigation beacons
Oil filter pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Oil filter wrenches Specialty wrenches
On-board intercom systems Aircraft communication systems
Passenger oxygen control systems Aircraft oxygen equipment
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Plotters Plotter printers
Pneumatic emergency brake systems Aircraft braking systems
Portable collision avoidance systems PCAS Aircraft warning systems
Power brake systems Aircraft braking systems
Power generation and distribution control systems Aircraft power supply units
Recirculation control systems Aircraft environment controllers
Stability augmentation systems SAS Flight computer systems
Traffic alert and collision avoidance system TCAS Aircraft warning systems
Transponder landing systems TLS Aircraft guidance systems
Ultra high frequency UHF radio communication systems Aircraft communication systems
Very high frequency VHF radio communication systems Aircraft communication systems
Very high frequency omnidirectional range VOR systems Aircraft guidance systems
Vise grip pliers Locking pliers
Windscreen ice control systems Aircraft onboard defrosting or defogging systems
Wing anti-ice systems Aircraft onboard defrosting or defogging systems
Yaw damper systems Aircraft steering controls
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
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Aerial Hurricane Hunter
Aerial Sprayer
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Agricultural Pilot
Air Ambulance Captain
Air Tour Pilot
Airplane Patroller
Airplane Pilot
Balloon Pilot
Charter Pilot
Check Airman
Chopper Operator
Commercial Airplane Pilot
Commercial Helicopter Pilot
Commercial Pilot
Corporate Pilot
Crop Duster
EMS Helicopter Pilot (Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot)
Emergency Medical Service Rotary Wing Pilot (EMS Rotary Wing Pilot)
Executive Pilot
First Officer
Fixed Wing Pilot
Flight Instructor
Flight Operations Director
Flying Instructor
Helicopter Pilot
Line Pilot
Mapping Pilot
Photogrammetry Airplane Pilot
Private Pilot
Rotary Wing Line Pilot
Spray Pilot
Test Pilot
Transport Pilot
Utility Pilot
CompGeo Occupation Group: Transportation
Job Family: Air Transportation
Benchmark Title: Commercial Pilots
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