- Commercial airline pilot: What I do and how much I make
- Commercial airline pilot: How I got my job and where I'm going
- Commercial airline pilot: My budget and planning for the future
- What does a commercial airline pilot do?
- How do you become a commercial airline pilot?
Commercial airline pilot: What I do and how much I make
Angelo talks about his work and compensation as a commercial airline pilot and other opportunities in the field.
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- why do people go to America to become a pilot and what GCSE do you need im 14 wanting to become a pilot for emirates(5 votes)
- Well people usually go to the US for flight school because it's cheaper, for the price of one hour in a Cessna 150 in Europe is about the same as an hour in a Cessna 182 in the US. I'm also a 14 year old trying to become a pilot, and at my age, I can already fly a glider solo.(3 votes)
- I want to be a first officer when I grow up it is my dream and was that and a320 or a 737-700(3 votes)
- 737-500 or 400, the A320 has a sidestick instead of a yoke(2 votes)
- finally someone understand me(3 votes)
- Hi, I hope everyone enjoys the video. Does anyone know if this career requires two hearings from both ears instead of hearing loss from either the right or left ear? Please let me know.(2 votes)
- Not sure but, it is possible. Check with your nearest civil aviation doctor. Remember, not a normal doctor. Check with a civil aviation doctor, they will be able to see if you are still eligible to become a commercial pilot.(3 votes)
- When did you start flying, and what type of airplane is that? Bombardier, a 737, a320,etc...(3 votes)
- That's definitely an classic 737(2 votes)
- What would your argument be if someone says flying (as a pilot) is too life threatening?(2 votes)
- Flying in general is much safer than other modes of transportation such as driving. However as the pilot the safety level of your flight ultimately depends on your decision-making and your competencies.(2 votes)
- Angelo, 29 Commercial Airline Pilot, Compass Airlines?(2 votes)
My name is Angelo Bautista. I'm 29 years old. I'm a commercial airline pilot. I work for Compass Airlines, and they contract with Delta and American Airlines, and we fly their smaller planes, and their shorter routes to the hub of Los Angeles International Airport. My number one responsibility as a captain of the airplane is safety. When I walk in the aircraft I check the maintenance log book and make sure the aircraft is air worthy. I check the weather, I check the flight plan and the fuel planning to our destination. I am also responsible for an on-time departure. With that being said, I have to communicate with a gate agent, the dispatcher, air traffic controller, ground crew members, flight attendants, and my first officer to keep everybody in the loop to make sure we push out on time. If there's any weather delays I make sure I promptly advise the gate agents and the air traffic controller, and also the passengers so they can be in the loop and be advised. My final responsibility is flying the airplane. Once the doors are closed I actually make an announcement to the passengers to introducing myself and my crew, giving them an expectation of the flight, if it's gonna be smooth or pretty bumpy. I also give them an estimated time of arrival so they know if we're gonna be late or on time or early. The commercial airplane pilot makes roughly around 15,000 to up to $250,000 a year. The reason why there's wide spread for that is when you're starting off in the airline business you start off on a small airplane getting paid less, right and then you work your way up to be a captain of a large aircraft for international flights, and that's where you get the paid the big bucks of 250,000 a year. I roughly make about 90,000 a year, and in my position as a regional airline captain that's pretty average. Benefits and perks of a commercial airline pilot is flight benefits. I can have my parents and my girlfriend fly for free anywhere in the US and anywhere international where a US carrier flies to, anywhere, anytime as long as there's a seat available. Other benefits I get as a commercial airline pilot, I get 401K, medical benefit, dental benefits and life insurance. A typical day for me is arriving at the gate 45 minutes early. Sometimes it's the mornings, sometimes it's the afternoon. It just depends on what schedule I was awarded with. I meet with the flight crew, with the first officer and two flight attendants and usually I have never flown with them before. And the reason behind that is I have a new crew every single time I fly in a series of flights. It could be a day trip meaning we go to Los Angeles and go to Dallas and back. Or I go to Los Angeles and we have five days worth of flying and we don't come back to Los Angeles until the fifth day. Some of the traits that you have to have in order to be a successful pilot I think you have to have good judgment. Also, you are stuck in the cockpit with somebody for an extended amount of time. You are flying with the flight attendants for extended amount of days, and I think you should be able to work as a team to solve problems, think on your feet, and fly the aircraft safely from point A to point B.