What does a RAF Wing Commander do?

Pilots transport, people, military, private goods, commercial products, and other types of cargo including mail on airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Pilots work for a specific airline, the military, or as independents or with private aviation companies. They are often part of a flight crew with a captain and a first officer or copilot. The trio works together to fly and navigate the aircraft safely.

Pilots perform regular inspections of the aircraft, paying attention to factors including fuel, equipment, and aircraft navigation systems. Pilots operate aircraft safely and maintain professionalism at all times. They monitor weather conditions and communicate with air traffic controllers throughout the duration of the flight and stay in close communication with copilots and flight crew. Pilots update and reassure passengers and crew should an emergency arise, and they determine the safest routes when they analyze flight plans prior to takeoff. Pilots must anticipate potential issues and maintain professionalism when emergencies arise, and they remain up-to-date with aircraft advancements and equipment. Pilots need a bachelor's degree in aircraft operations, aviation, aeronautical engineer in, or related fields; pilots also must complete two months of ground training and are required to complete more than 1500 hours of flight experience.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

RAF Wing Commander Salaries

Average Base Pay

£83,482 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£77K
Median: £83K
£106K
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RAF Wing Commander Career Path

Learn how to become a RAF Wing Commander, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Pilot
£41,155/yr
L3
Senior Pilot
£39,964/yr
L4
Staff Pilot
£39,964/yr
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Read what RAF Wing Commander professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
PIAPIA
Airline Pilot
18 Apr 2021

“It was my dream to join the airline and travel the world plus good salary package”

Royal Air ForceRoyal Air Force
Royal Air Force
21 Aug 2020

“Great way to undertake different roles / locations within each trade whilst still furthering your career.”

Out of the blueOut of the blue
Pilot
1 Aug 2021

“Still ok i like experience time well spent good pay doing what i love good weather.”

Surdex Co.Surdex Co.
Pilot
10 Jan 2020

“Ron Hoffman is an excellent CEO as well as pilot; understands the role of pilots on the road.”

AirAsiaAirAsia
Airline Pilot
18 Nov 2020

“best supporting and encouraging for our career”

Delta Private JetsDelta Private Jets
Line Captain
16 Jul 2021

“Fun Place to work and the people are very nice and helpful.”

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines
Airline Pilot
20 May 2021

“It is very fun and the pay is great.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Air Force Pilot
15 Sep 2021

“Extremely satisfying and exciting career.”

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