Cargo pilot 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.
- Visit any Job Center (except for Life Invader) or have the appropriate job card and change your job to Cargo Pilot.
- To buy your first plane, you will need to visit the Aircraft Dealership , located on the north-western side of the airport behind the Los Santos Customs (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).
- Once you have bought your plane you will need to taxi to a yellow crate , 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.
- 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!
- 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 crate at the destination airport. A map of all airports can be seen below.
- 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.
Settings → Advanced Graphics → High Detail Streaming While Flyingand turn it on
Below are the requirements and costs of all available Cargo Aircraft.
|Name||Price||Level Requirement||Weight Capacity|
|$60,000||Cargo Piloting Level 1||200kg|
|$250,000||Cargo Piloting Level 5||500kg|
|$650,000||Cargo Piloting Level 12||1000kg|
|$1,500,000||Cargo Piloting Level 25||1500kg|
|$3,000,000||Cargo Piloting Level 38||2000kg|
|$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 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 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
|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|