Profession helicopter pilot

Helicopter pilots fly helicopters in order to transport passengers and cargo from one place to another. They plan flights using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments. Prior to departure, they inspect helicopters following checklists to detect leaking hydraulic fluid, inoperative control, low fuel level, or other unsafe conditions.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Freight transport methods

    Understand different modalities of transport such as air, sea, or intermodal freight transport. Specialise in one of the modalities and possess a deeper knowledge of the details and procedures of that modality.

  • Visual flight rules

    Types of flight rules which are a compilation of regulations that allow pilots to fly aircrafts in clear as well as unclear weather conditions whereby it is declared that outside visual reference to the ground and other obstructions are not safe.

  • Airport planning

    Know airport planning for different types of aircrafts; use that information to mobilise resources and people in order to handle the aircrafts while they are in the airport.

  • Geographic areas

    Know the geographic area in detail; know where different organisations carry out operations.

  • Common aviation safety regulations

    The body of legislation and regulations that apply to the field of civil aviation at regional, national, European and International levels. Understand that regulations aimed at protecting citizens at all times in civil aviation; ensure that operators, citizens, and organisations comply with these rules.

  • Air traffic control operations

    Understand the tasks performed by air traffic controllers, including Interaction and effective communication between aircraft and air traffic controllers; execution of follow-up activities, and ensuring smooth operations during flights.

  • Aircraft flight control systems

    Know the setting, features and operation of aircraft flight control systems. Manage flight control surfaces, cockpit controls, connections, and operating mechanisms required to control the flight direction of an aircraft. Operate aircraft engine controls in order to change aircraft speed.

  • Air transport law

    Know air transport laws and regulations. Due to the nature of aviation, knowledge of air transport laws partially overlaps with knowledge of international law.

  • Civil aviation regulations

    Know civil aviation regulations, rules and signals, including marshalling signals.

  • Aviation meteorology

    Understand aviation meteorology to deal with the impact of weather on air traffic management (ATM). Understand how thorough changes in pressure and temperature values at airports can create variations in head and tail-wind components, and may impose low visibility operating conditions. Knowledge of aviation meteorology can help to reduce negative impact on the ATM system by diminishing disruption and the consequent problems of disturbed flow rates, lost capacity and induced additional costs.

Skills

  • Comply with air traffic control operations

    Act in compliance with instruction provided by air traffic controllers.

  • Undertake procedures to meet aircraft flight requirements

    Ensure that operation certificates are valid, guarantee that take-off mass is a maximum of 3,175 kg, verify that the minimum crew is adequate according to regulations and needs, ensure that the configuration settings are correct, and check if engines are suitable for the flight.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Comply with checklists

    Follow checklists and ensure compliance with all the items included in them.

  • Operate radio navigation instruments

    Operate radio navigation instruments to determine the position of aircraft in the airspace.

  • Address aircraft mechanical issues

    Identify and resolve mechanical issues which arise during flight; identify malfunctions in fuel gauges, pressure indicators and other electrical, mechanical or hydraulic components.

  • Ensure aircraft compliance with regulation

    Ensure that every aircraft complies with applicable regulation and all components and equipment have officially valid components.

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with regulations

    Conduct tasks and procedures to ensure that aviation certificates maintain their validity; undertake safeguarding measures as appropriate.

  • Operate two-way radio systems

    Use radios that can receive and transmit sound signals in order to communicate with similar radios on the same frequency such as mobile phones and walkie talkies.

  • Handle stressful situations

    Deal with and manage highly stressful situations in the workplace by following adequate procedures, communicating in a quiet and effective manner, and remaining level-headed when taking decisions.

  • Possess visual literacy

    Interpret charts, maps, graphics, and other pictorial presentations used in place of the written word. The graphics used vary from process to process; therefore, the professional must have sufficient knowledge of the field in order to follow and use the information presented.

  • Follow verbal instructions

    Have the ability to follow spoken instructions received from colleagues. Strive to understand and clarify what is being requested.

  • Operate radar equipment

    Operate radar screens and other radar equipment; ensure that aircraft fly at a safe distance from one another.

  • Implement airside safety procedures

    Apply a series of airfield safety rules and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for airport crew.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Have spatial awareness

    Be aware of your position and the space around you. Understand the relationship of objects around you when there is a change of position.

  • Perform flight manoeuvres

    Perform flight manoeuvres in critical situations, and associated ‘upset’ manoeuvres, in order to avoid collision.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Read 3D displays

    Read 3D-displays and understand the information they provide on positions, distances, and other parameters.

  • Perform routine flight operations checks

    Perform checks before and during flight: conduct pre-flight and in-flight inspections of aircraft performance, route and fuel usage, runway availability, airspace restrictions, etc.

  • Apply signalling control procedures

    Control train movements; operate railway signals and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely, on correct routes, and on time.

  • Undertake procedures to meet helicopter flight requirements

    Ensure that operation certificates are valid, guarantee that take-off mass is a maximum of 3,175 kg, verify that the minimum crew is adequate according to regulations and needs, ensure that the configuration setting is correct, and check if engines are suitable for the flight.

  • Perform take off and landing

    Perform normal and cross-wind take-off and landing operations.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Comprehensively inspect aircraft

    Conduct inspections of aircraft and aircraft components, namely their parts, appliances, and equipment, to identify malfunctions such as fuel leaks or flaws in electrical and pressurisation systems.

  • Ensure compliance with civil aviation regulations

    Ensure best practice standards are adopted and all regulatory requirements met

  • Use meteorological information

    Use and interpret meteorological information for operations dependent on climatic conditions. Use this information to provide advise on safe operations in relation to weather conditions.

  • Respond to changing navigation circumstances

    Respond decisively and in sufficient time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations while navigating.

  • Operate cockpit control panels

    Operates control panels in the cockpit or flight deck according to the needs of the flight. Manage on-board electronic systems to ensure a smooth flight.

Optional knowledge and skills

have computer literacy create a flight plan carry out navigational calculations act reliably