7.4. Fulltime pilots on the company payroll vs contracted pilots

A company might not have enough work to hire a fulltime pilot or it might prefer using contract pilots for other reasons. In any case the company as the operator has the responsibility to ensure that the pilots it contracts are fit for the job.

Refer to the section on background tests for pilots for additional information.

Refer to the section on certification and currency requirements for additional information.


  1. Contract pilots lack the required certification, currency, experience or background.

Audit Steps

  1. Review the internal process to ensure contract pilots are qualified for their job.
  2. Analyse the occupancy level of specialized pilots, flightcrew and maintenance personnel.


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