Profession private pilot

Private pilots operate non-commercial airplanes for leisure with a limited amount of seats and engine horsepower. They also provide private transport for people.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Pre-flight procedures for IFR flights

    Understand pre-flight duties while preparing an IFR flight; read and comprehend flight manual.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Civil aviation regulations

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

  • Geographic areas

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

Skills

  • 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.

  • Implement airside safety procedures

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

  • Comply with air traffic control operations

    Act in compliance with instruction provided by air traffic controllers.

  • 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.

  • Identify airport safety hazards

    Spot threats related to security at the airport and apply procedures to counteract them in a quick, safe, and efficient way.

  • 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.

  • Follow airport safety procedures

    Comply with airport safety procedures, policies and legislation to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, and to ensure the safety of passengers.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • 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.

  • Perform take off and landing

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

  • 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.

  • Read 3D displays

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

  • Operate radio navigation instruments

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with regulations

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

  • Ensure efficient communication in air traffic services

    Ensure the implementation of an efficient communication exchange in air traffic services (ATS) involving airport movement areas. Follow procedures within the network.

  • Perform flight manoeuvres

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

  • 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.

  • Ensure compliance with civil aviation regulations

    Ensure best practice standards are adopted and all regulatory requirements met

  • Operate radar equipment

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

  • Apply airport standards and regulations

    Know and apply the accepted standards and regulations for European airports. Apply knowledge to enforce airport rules, regulations, and the Airport Safety Plan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

work in an aviation team make independent operating decisions use meteorological information