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Aircraft loaders may do some or all of the following

  • drive baggage and freight between planes and airport terminals or cargo buildings
  • load and unload aircraft
  • operate motorised equipment such as cargo and belt loaders, lift trucks, ramp tractors and loading systems
  • help position loading ramps, passenger ramps and other equipment
  • help guide planes into their berth and secure the aircraft
  • drive tugs – vehicles used to push or pull planes into position on the runway or tarmac.

Aircraft loaders need to have

  • knowledge of baggage and freight handling, as well as stacking and lifting techniques
  • knowledge of how to handle dangerous goods
  • an understanding of airport regulations and procedures, and safety and emergency procedures
  • driving skills
  • time management skills
  • basic maths skills.

Aircraft loaders need to be

  • responsible and careful
  • able to work quickly and efficiently
  • logical and practical
  • able to work to deadlines
  • detail-oriented
  • able to work well as part of a team.