We know: How to Become a Pilot
What do pilots do?
Most airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers transport passengers and cargo, but 1 out of 5 pilots is a commercial pilot involved in more unusual tasks, such as dusting crops, testing aircraft, directing firefighting efforts, monitoring traffic, and rescuing and evacuating injured persons.
Whatís the standard pay for pilots?
According to the governmentís Occupational Outlook Handbook, earnings of airline pilots are among the highest in the Nation, and depend on factors such as the type, size, and maximum speed of the plane and the number of hours and miles flown.
In 2002, median annual earnings of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $109,580. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,800. More than 25 percent earned over $145,000.
Median annual earnings of commercial pilots were $47,970 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $33,830 and $70,140. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,100, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,460.
What kind of training is required to be a pilot?