Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers video

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Aircraft pilots fly airplanes and helicopters to do everything from crop dusting to intercontinental travel to traffic reports for radio stations. Flight engineers assist the cockpit crew in some larger airplanes by monitoring and operating many of the instruments and systems, but computers are rapidly eliminating this position. Generally, jet pilots earn more than pilots of propeller-driven planes do. And those who fly corporate aircraft or work for major airlines earn the most of all. Pilots must be in excellent physical condition, with 20/20 vision with or without glasses. And they must be able to quickly make accurate decisions under pressure. For this reason, pilots trained by the Armed Forces are highly valued by civilian companies and tend to have a special advantage when entering this very competitive profession. Those who can handle the stress of being personally responsible for the safety of hundreds of other people, find that being a pilot offers very high earnings, a bit of glamour and prestige, and excellent free-travel benefits for immediate family.

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