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Radio Operator, Aircraft

Aliases: Radio Officer Aircraft, Airplane Radio Operator, Radio Flight Officer

Industry/Sector(s): Telecom


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Radio Operator, Aircraft is expected to perform include:

  • Operating and adjusting radio equipment onboard an aircraft in flight to maintain contact with ground station
  • Exchanging messages to inform the pilot about weather conditions, landing instructions, etc.
  • Inspecting equipment including the radar before undertaking flights
  • Operating the radio to send and receive messages and maintain contact with ground stations
  • Receiving weather information and other messages in prescribed codes from Control Tower Operator and transmitting them to Pilots during flights
  • Operating radio navigational equipment and frequently tuning to detect or listen to international distress signals
  • Maintaining a log of all messages and instructions received and despatched
  • Operating a direction finding equipment and reporting readings to the pilot
  • Performing radio repairing task in case of emergency
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Travelling is required for the job
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is suitable for candidates with One Leg (OL) and One Arm (OA)

This may vary from organization to organization

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, graduation with any specialization

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • Thorough knowledge of operating radio equipment on​board aircrafts
  • Knowledge of receiving and transmitting code messages by radio telephone or radio-telegraph system
  • Understanding and knowledge of frequencies and wavelengths
  • Knowledge of weather reporting
  • Skilled in maintaining wireless equipment, recording of messages received or sent and carrying out minor repairs and replacements of parts
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Planning and organizing skills
  • Relationship management skills​
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 
  • Loyola College
    http://loyolacollege.edu/ 

  • St. Stephen's College
    http://ststephens.edu/ 

  • St. Xavier's College
    http://xaviers.edu/main/ 
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=old-undergraduate-courses

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Radio Operator Aircraft → Second Engineer → Chief Engineer → Chief Officer → Captain

The progression is indicative

EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants – Rs 10,000 to Rs 16,000 per month

These figures are indicative and subject to change 

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Airline companies 
  • Airline agencies
  • Airports
KEYWORDS 
  • Radio Operator
  • Airline Radio Officer
  • Flight Radio Operator
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 3521.1500 Radio Operator, Aircraft
ISCO 2008 3521 Broadcasting and Audio-Visual Technicians
NIC 2008 61900 Other telecommunications activities
QP Reference Not available Not available
NSQF Not available Not available
REFERENCES 
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