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Airline Captains - Physical Demands

Airplane pilots frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Sit for long periods of time.
  • Repeat the same movements.

It is important for airplane pilots to be able to:

  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
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  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.
  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • See objects in very bright or glaring light.
  • While looking forward, see objects or movements that are off to the side.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • See objects in very low light.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for airplane pilots to be able to:

  • Determine from which direction a sound came.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
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  • Move arms and legs quickly.
  • Keep or regain the body's balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.