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Choosing the right career is a major task, and no-one should rush into a career in aviation without preparing themselves beforehand with as much information as possible. If one or more members of your family already work in the aviation industry, then it is easy to ask them about their duties, their working hours, and the rewards and responsibilities of their chosen profession. However, most of us are not so fortunate, and we know very little about the work of a Pilot or an Air-Traffic Controller other than what we see on the television or in movies. So how do you choose the career that is right for you?

What Do Pilots Do?

Airline pilots fly aircraft, and not just any aircraft but huge machines weighing up to 400 tons and carrying up to 500 passengers. As well as controlling the aircraft, pilots plan routes, assess fuel requirements and liaise with other personnel including air traffic controllers, ground staff and cabin crew. It is a highly responsible job because the safety of everyone on board rests with the pilot and his/her ability to quickly analyse complicated flight data and respond appropriately. The work can be tiring and even a bit lonely because of long hours, constant traveling and nights spent away from home. To compensate, salaries are generous, and they usually include a good benefits package. Pilots must have excellent analytical, numerical and co-ordination skills. They must be in excellent health and be able to pass a Colour Vision Test. It is also important to be self-disciplined, to have strong self-confidence, and to work well as a member of a team.

What Do Flight Dispatchers Do?

Flight Dispatchers work in cooperation with Pilots and Meteorologists to produce flight plans and weather reports that enable aircraft to arrive at their destinations on schedule with maximum payloads and minimum operating costs. The Dispatcher maintains a constant watch on all flights dispatched and is the go-between for the Pilot and ground service personnel. Flight Dispatchers work indoors at the airport in a busy atmosphere surrounded by people, computers, weather charts, fax machines, telephones, and intercom systems. They frequently work under pressure, especially when flying weather is bad. They must make many rapid decisions concerning safety, flight regulations, and the economy of operations. Shift work is normal. Candidates must have excellent vision and hearing as well as strong spoken communication skills. While much of the work is computerized, complex mental calculations are often required.

What Do Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Do?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers perform routine maintenance, servicing, repairs and inspections on aircraft. Some Engineers specialize in Structures & Mechanical Systems, while others specialize in Avionics, which involves electronic and electrical systems such as navigation, communications, flight data and control systems. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work in hangars, on the flight line, or in repair shops. Noise levels can be high and emergency repair work is often done outside in difficult weather conditions. Climbing ladders and lifting weights up to 25 kilos are a normal part of the work. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work under a lot of pressure to maintain airline flight schedules and to minimize inconvenience to customers, but they can never sacrifice high standards in order to speed up the job. Candidates should have good analytical skills, a detailed understanding of complex technology, above-average mechanical and mathematical ability, and a desire to work with their hands. They should also demonstrate strong personal integrity, an appreciation of the importance of doing a job carefully, and the desire to learn throughout their career.

What Do Air Traffic Controllers Do?

Air Traffic Controllers maintain radio/radar contact with aircraft, providing them with advice and instructions, as well as information about weather conditions and safe flight paths. They work either in control towers, which give a 360-degree view of the airfield, or in control centres where aircraft are viewed and controlled via radar. The work of an Air Traffic Controller can be tiring and uncomfortable: you may be constantly working in front of computers in a seated position, wearing a headset, often with dimmed lighting. Shift work is a standard requirement. The job carries a high level of responsibility and can be pressurized at times. Controllers must be able to understand and quickly analyze complicated radar and computerized flight data, and to respond appropriately. Problem solving skills, decisiveness and the ability to remain calm when under pressure are important - particularly when dealing with emergency situations. Candidates must be healthy, articulate, observant, capable of concentrating for long periods of time and must have a clear voice and excellent hearing, eyesight and colour vision. Numerical, technical, team-working and interpersonal skills are also important.

What Do Meteorologists Do?

Meteorologists analyse weather data and prepare weather reports and forecasts for Flight Dispatchers, Pilots, and other airline personnel concerned with weather information. They also assist the Flight Dispatcher in preparing flight plans. Meteorologists work indoors at the airport, using weather facsimile machines, teletype machines, computer terminals, weather charts and other meteorological data. Shift work is usually required. Candidates should possess excellent analytical, team-working, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Computational and mathematical abilities are also essential, as well as good problem-solving skills.

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