Helicopter Pilots will transport people for business or leisure, they will fly workers and supplies to offshore oil rigs, they are also used by the emergency services to transport people to hospital, rescue people or by the police to locate or monitor situations. The work of a helicopter pilot can be very varied and interesting. Another route to becoming a pilot is to join the army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force as a trainee pilot.
Helicopter Pilots are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Commercial helicopter pilots require a Commercial Pilot Licence or the more advanced Airline Transport Pilot's Licence. Entry onto the CPL (H) course requires at least five GCSE's at grades 9-4 (A-C) including English, maths and physics. The CAA require a minimum flight time of 45 hours before a Private Pilot's Licence can be issued.
- You will need excellent hand to eye co-ordination
- The ability to take responsibility for your passengers and other crew members
- Good concentration skills
- The ability to remain calm in a crisis
- Excellent communication skills
£45,000 to £55,000