Cargo Pilot

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Cargo pilotCargo emoji.png is one of the jobs (and skills) available in Transport Tycoon. As a cargo pilot, you will transport goods to and from various airports. You will have to start off with a small plane and gradually work your way up to take control of huge cargo planes. Like any tiered job, your pay will depend heavily on your progress within the skill.

Getting Started

ATC is mandatory, make sure to fully read this guide before flying. Failure to follow ATC can result in punishment leading up to bans.
This job makes use of the Trunk, make sure to know how it works as without it, you will not be efficient.
  1. Visit any Job CenterJobCenter.png (except for Life Invader) or have the appropriate job card and change your job to Cargo Pilot.
  2. To buy your first plane, you will need to visit the Aircraft Dealership Aircraft Shop.png , located on the north-western side of the airport behind the Los Santos Customs LS Customs.png (You MUST use a cargo-specific aircraft for this job, no exceptions. You will also be required to have Strength level 8 to carry the cargo).
  3. Once you have bought your plane you will need to taxi to a yellow crate Air Cargo.png , a menu on the right side of the screen should pop up, if not, try to position yourself differently, so that the plane icon overlaps the crate icon on your minimap.
  4. Purchase some cargo of your choice (Based on levels & stocks), It will display the airport it can be taken to, these airports will give you the reward.
    • Make sure to also fill up the Trunk of the cargo plane you are using!
  5. Unlike Airline piloting, your destination is not shown on your minimap, so if you don't know where the airport you're flying to is located, be sure to open your map before takeoff and mark it by double-clicking on the yellow crateAir Cargo.png at the destination airport. A map of all airports can be seen below.
  6. Once you have delivered the Cargo, you will be rewarded with money and EXP.

Note: Cargo will eventually deplete in high-demand areas, meaning that longer routes are more sustainable. Delivering and Taking cargo depletes stocks.

If airports are not loading then navigate to Settings → Advanced Graphics → High Detail Streaming While Flying and turn it on

Cargo Planes

Below are the requirements and costs of all available Cargo Aircraft.

Name Price Level Requirement Weight Capacity
$60,000 Cargo Piloting Level 1 200kg
Cuban 800
$250,000 Cargo Piloting Level 5 500kg
Cargo P-3 Orion
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$650,000 Cargo Piloting Level 12 1000kg
$1,500,000 Cargo Piloting Level 25 1500kg
$3,000,000 Cargo Piloting Level 38 2000kg
Airbus Beluga
$19,000,000 Cargo Piloting Level 55
Airline Piloting Level 30
$50,000,000 Cargo Piloting Level 72
Airline Piloting Level 60
$120,000,000 Cargo Piloting Level 90
Airline Piloting Level 90


Unlock Cargo Pilot Level requirement
You can now use the Mammatus 1
You can now collect cargo at LSIA 1
You can now do aerial PostOP deliveries 5
You can now use the Cuban 800 5
You can now move cargo from PostOP to San Chianski 5
You can now move cargo from LSIA to San Chianski 10
You can now use the Cargo P-3 Orion 12
You can now move cargo from SSIA to Mt. Gordo 15
You can now move cargo from Chumash Island to Pacific Ocean 20
You can now move cargo from Mt. Gordo to Paleto Bay 25
You can now use the Titan 25
You can now move cargo from San Chianski to SSIA 30
You can now process 2 crates of cargo at once 30
You can now move cargo from Paleto Bay to Zancudo 35
You can now use the EMB-390 38
You can now move cargo from Zancudo to LSIA 40
You can now move cargo from SSIA to Chumash Island 40
You can now move cargo from Pacific Ocean to LSIA 45
You can now move cargo from San Chianski to Pacific Ocean 50
Unlocked the Airbus Beluga (also needs Airline Pilot lvl 30) 55
You can now move cargo from PostOP to SSIA 60
You can now move cargo from Chumash Island to San Chianski 60
You can now move cargo from Pacific Ocean to Zanduco 70
You can now process 4 crates of cargo at once 70
Unlocked the DC-10F (also needs Airline Pilot lvl 60) 72
Unlocked the A350-900 (also needs Airline Pilot lvl 90) 90
You can now move cargo from Zancudo to Mt. Gordo 90

ATC (Air Traffic Control)

ATC on takeoff Take Off.png

ATC is a big part of both Airline and Cargo piloting. Here we will discuss what ATC is, why it is important, and how to operate. ATC, like used in the real world, is used in TT to alert other pilots of everyone else's surroundings. Our ATC system is primarily used for landing and taking off on runways. The reason this is so important is to avoid air traffic collisions.THIS IS A MANDATORY RULE TO FOLLOW. To use the ATC system in-game, you will need to be in a plane. Press the TAB key to open up the ATC menu, you will see a list of airports, select the one you are at. The closest airport will be marked with a green ribbon. Check if the runway is clear (yellow color on map), and then request takeoff before entering the runway. (If you are unsure which runway is which, refer to the airport runway maps below.) Double-check if the runway has changed to a green color. If it has, you will have a few seconds to initiate takeoff.

ATC on landing Land.png

ATC on landing is a very similar concept. When you approach your destination airport, think of which runway best suits you. Consider your current Bearing, Plane, and Distance. At airports, there are 3 types of Runway: MAIN, JET, and SIDE. Learn to use these appropriately and many players will thank you for it. Firstly the JET runway. As implied by the name, this runway is for small aircraft. Usually, these runways have far less wingspan accommodation and running length. When new to airline piloting, please ensure you use these runways (when available) as to not inconvenience larger aircraft such as an A350. The second runway is MAIN, this is a large runway that can accommodate both Heavy and Light aircraft and is usually the player's first choice. SIDE is the same as MAIN despite location and name, used for when airport traffic is heavy and Pilots need an alternate runway to land at.

Heavy and Light Aircraft Distinction

When you are new to Cargo Piloting, you will start out in a light aircraft. As you fly you will most likely see in the chat that a [HEAVY] plane has requested takeoff or land. Bigger aircraft's speed, wingspan, and stopping distance increase, meaning they are unable to land on JET runways. This is why it's important to land at JET runways if you are able to, meaning that the MAIN/SIDE runways are available for heavier planes to land.

Airport Destination Overview

You can refer to the following map for an overview of all airports with their identification codes and MAIN, SIDE and JET runways.


Airport Runway Maps

Air Cargo (Destination) List

You get 0.45 Cargo Pilot XP, 0.35 Player XP & 0.35 Strength XP for each cargo delivered (x1)
From To Cargo Level
Los Santos International Airport (LSIA) Chumash International Airport (CIA) 1
San Chianski Airport (SCA) 10
PostOp Airport Pacific Ocean Airport (POA) 1
San Chianski Airport (SCA) 5
Sandy Shores International Airport (SSIA) 60
Pacific Ocean Airport (POA) Mount Gordo Airport (MGA) 1
Los Santos International Airport (LSIA) 45
Fort Zancudo (ZAN) 70
San Chianski Airport (SCA) Paleto Bay Airport (PBA) 1
Sandy Shores International Airport (SSIA) 30
Pacific Ocean Airport (POA) 50
Mount Gordo Airport (MGA) San Chianski Airport (SCA) 1
Paleto Bay Airport (PBA) 25
Paleto Bay Airport (PBA) Sandy Shores International Airport (SSIA) 1
Fort Zancudo (ZAN) 35
Sandy Shores International Airport (SSIA) Los Santos International Airport (LSIA) 1
Mount Gordo Airport (MGA) 15
Chumash International Airport (CIA) 40
Fort Zancudo (ZAN) PostOp Airport 1
Los Santos International Airport (LSIA) 40
Mount Gordo Airport (MGA) 90
Chumash International Airport (CIA) PostOp Airport 1
Fort Zancudo (ZAN) 1
Pacific Ocean Airport (POA) 20
San Chianski Airport (SCA) 60