Job Description

A commercial airline pilot is responsible for getting passengers to their destination safely. The role involves being able to anticipate changes and solve problems effectively and efficiently. You will usually work alongside another pilot during a flight.

The Job Scope

  • Carrying out pre-flight checks to the aircraft, making sure the health and safety systems are working
  • Devising a flight plan using information about the weather, passengers, aircraft and route
  • Checking data throughout the flight and making decisions about changes where necessary – such as altering the route
  • Following instructions from air traffic control
  • Respond to passengers’ questions about flights, travel routes and arrival time
  • Communicating with passengers about the progress of the journey
  • Thinking and acting quickly when faced with sudden changes to environmental conditions and emergencies
  • Noting down deviations from the flight plan during the journey
  • Writing reports about any in-flight issues.

Skills Required

Academic Requirement

The process that leads to becoming a qualified pilot is like a step ladder. You start initially by becoming a private pilot, then a commercial pilot, and finally an airline transport pilot.

PPL (Private Pilot License) is an entry level course that equips cadets with the foundations skills to pilot a single piston-engine aircraft with confidence.

Private Pilot License

  • Minimum age of 17
  • Fluent in English Language
  • SPM/O-level/Equivalent
  • Completion of a Class II medical examination

Salary Range

  • Junior first officer/second officer
    (Basic salary + flying allowance + sector allowance + EPF) = RM9,000.
  • First officer (Upon completing more than 1,500 hours)
    RM12,000 – RM13,000
  • First Officer (Upon completing >2,500 hours – 3,000 hours)
    RM16,000 – RM20,000+
  • Captain
    • RM35,000+ (1st year)
    • RM40,000 – RM45,000+ (8th year onwards)
    • RM45,000 – RM50,000 (12th year onwards