Last updated November 29, 2021

Pilots fly and operate aircraft like airplanes and helicopters for airlines. They also prepare the aircraft for flight, which includes ensuring there are no mechanical defects with the aircraft, verifying that scheduled maintenance is done and any repairs are complete, and checking the route of flight as well as departure, destination and alternate airports to make sure the flight is safe for weather conditions. Pilots also make sure the aircraft is properly balanced with passengers, cargo, baggage and fuel load.