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Commercial Flight (SOC CODE: 53-2011.00)

Job Description Overview

Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. Requires Federal Air Transport Pilot certificate and rating for specific aircraft type used. Includes regional, National, and international airline pilots and flight instructors of airline pilots.

Related Careers

  • Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  • Commercial Pilots
  • Pilots, Ship
  • Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
  • Ship and Boat Captains
  • Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge
  • Flight Attendants
  • Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
  • Transportation Managers
  • Air Traffic Controllers

Sample Job Duties

  • Work as part of a flight team with other crew members, especially during takeoffs and landings.
  • Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  • Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
  • Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
  • Steer aircraft along planned routes, using autopilot and flight management computers.
  • Check passenger and cargo distributions and fuel amounts to ensure that weight and balance specifications are met.
  • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
  • Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Commercial Flight AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S0912

      The Commercial Flight curriculum prepares students for careers as aircraft pilots as well as related ground occupations in aviation. Students have the opportunity for optional flight training with commensurate college credit. The pilot license is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement.

      This program prepares students for military and civilian aviation careers through transfer programs to bachelor’s degree aviation curricula throughout the nation. With concurrent flight training, students may achieve the commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

      Aeronautics Website

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      Core Courses
      AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
      AERO 102Aviation Weather3
      AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations3
      AERO 150Commercial Pilot Ground School3
      AERO 152Air Transportation3
      AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
      AERO 202Aircraft and Engines3
      AERO 250Navigation3
      AERO 252Instrument Ground School3
      Total Units28

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AIRT 151Aircraft Recognition and Performance3

      Note: The Commercial Flight faculty recommend that students complement their studies with selected elective courses chosen from the list above. Students should meet with a professor of commercial flight to help them determine which electives would best suit their career plans.

      Aeronautics Website

    • FAA Aircraft Dispatcher

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate E0408

      Mt. San Antonio College maintains a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Aircraft Dispatcher (AD) Program. This program prepares students to enter employment as a certified aircraft dispatcher in the airline industry, air-medical industry, corporate aircraft operators, and aviation weather service companies. Completion of this program leads to a Certificate. Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA written, oral, and practical tests for the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.

      Aeronautics Website

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      AERO 254Aircraft Dispatcher Operations4
      AERO 258Multi-Engine Turbine Aircraft Operations3
      Total Units7

      Aeronautics Website 

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