CHIEF PILOTDepartment: Charter and Aircraft ManagementLocation: Naples, FL | APFPosition Level: Manager, PICTravel: 50% or moreSchedule: Full-timeAircraft: Citation Excel - Priority for upgrades as the fleet grows  OBJECTIVEThe central purpose of the Chief Pilot (CP)position is to ensure that every

Chief Pilot - Part 135

Jet 1 • 
Naples, Florida, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Job Description:
CHIEF PILOT
Department: Charter and Aircraft Management
Location: Naples, FL | APF
Position Level: Manager, PIC
Travel: 50% or more
Schedule: Full-time
Aircraft: Citation Excel - Priority for upgrades as the fleet grows 
 
OBJECTIVE
The central purpose of the Chief Pilot (CP)
position is to ensure that every flight operating under Jet 1’s Part 135 Air
Carrier Certificate and Part 91 Aircraft Management program is continuously
conducted safely, in compliance with all FAA and other government regulations,
in conformance with operational specifications, and ultimately with the
customer’s experience and high degree of satisfaction in mind, while upholding
the values of an outstanding family business environment.
 
POSITION SUMMARY
The Chief Pilot is a critical leadership role for the Charter & Aircraft Management Department. The CP will bring in and maintain a strong track record in aviation that includes a focus on safety and successful management of the pilot workforce. The CP will provide day-to-day leadership and motivation for the pilot team to deliver excellent technical and operational performance needed to achieve overall department goals. This includes recruiting, training, career path management, and aircraft operating standards. Additionally, the CP will support Jet 1’s exceptional customer service interest with clients while utilizing the services offered within the department.
 
DIRECT REPORTS
Flight Crew (Captains & First Officers), Scheduling, Contract Pilots
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assist with the development, communication, and implementation of efficient operational procedures, policies, and effective growth strategies
  • Ensure that the department flight operations are properly staffed, organized, trained, and directed to fulfill its responsibilities
  • Drive department to achieve business goals and objectives
  • Ensure that the department and personnel have the adequate resources needed to perform their jobs successfully and efficiently
  • Maintain a fair and balanced schedule for flight crews and manage time off requests around flight scheduling
  • Coordinate with the scheduling team to ensure proper scheduling of aircraft and pilots, as well as tracking of flights
  • Assist in promoting a healthy culture for the department and the pilot team that benefits employee engagement, happiness, customer loyalty, safety, integrity, and overall excellence
  • Support the Director of Operations when conducting performance evaluations for the department that provides feedback to and from the employees, as well as a planning for corrective actions needed to be successful in their role 
  • Support the Director of Operations while performing basic HR functions for the department including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding of new pilots and counseling or discharging of personnel
  • Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the FAA
  • Prepare and maintain all pilot training, flight and duty, and proficiency records
  • Coordinate with the Director of Operations on crew status for flight operations and training events
  • Maintain all record keeping, including those that FAA and the company requires
  • Ensure aircraft documents, checklists, publications, and databases are continually up to date
  • Manage iPad EFB program and tablets including updates to documents
  • Oversee and schedule training resources and their execution, including aircraft training flights, simulator, enroute flight checks, ground school, and other learning courses used by department
  • Conduct basic indoctrination and emergency training, as well as other internal training to include customer service
  • Coordinate with the Director of Operations and Director of Maintenance on the timely communication and correction of mechanical repairs, as well as planned inspections or maintenance work on the fleet around scheduled flights
  • Perform flight duties as Captain on qualified aircraft based on scheduling needs and crew capacity
  • Serve as a check airman on one assigned aircraft
  • Hold regular pilot meetings and maintain constant communications with flight crews
  • Ensure policies and procedures are followed and paperwork is submitted by crews in a timely and legible manner
  • Exercise operational control over the scheduling and conduct of flights
  • Represent the department with charter and aircraft management clients, networking functions promoting the department, and with business partners serving department needs
  • Spend time approximately 50% flying and 50% office duties
  • The Chief Pilot may delegate some of these duties, but retains overall responsibility
 
ENVIRONMENT AND WORK CONDITIONS
The work environment or conditions described below are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this position and may vary on a given day depending on needs.
  • General office conditions
  • General flight conditions in aircraft
  • Outside on active ramp with aircraft and moving ground handling equipment
  • In hangar or active maintenance operation on occasion
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice based on the needs of the department and company. To perform this job successfully, the candidate will possess a proficient level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed within this description. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
Job Requirements:
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
  • Must hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP)
  • Must have served for at least 3-years as a Chief Pilot for a Part 135 or Part 121 turbine multi-aircraft operator [or] have served at least 3 out of the last 6 years as PIC in a department that performed turbine multi-aircraft operations under Part 135 or Part 121
  • Extensive knowledge of FARs, ACs, SAFO/InFO, and FSIMS 8900
  • Solid understanding of SOPs and industry best practices
  • 3+ years within general aviation and equivalent operational experience to include familiarity with aircraft maintenance scheduling, crew and staff management, and customer relations
  • Check airman, instructor, and safety manager experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
  • Understanding of business operations concepts including budgets, planning, sales projections, financial performance, and reporting
  • Analytical ability to evaluate data and information to make operational decisions
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) and effective interpersonal aptitude
  • Proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office products and scheduling software
  • People management, conflict resolution, and resource allocation
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities
  • Ability to prepare and complete reports pertaining to department and position
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have acceptable driving record
  • No accidents, incidents, or violations within the previous five years
  • Current First Class Medical certificate
  • This position may require working evenings and weekends, and on scheduled company holidays to accommodate the needs of the customers and department operations
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen. Jet 1 is a Zero Tolerance Drug Free Employer, including pre-employment and random drug screening
  • Ability to travel for the position as needed
  • Must live/move within one hour drive of KAPF airport
Salary Range: 150000-Neg
Relocation: Yes
Travel: Yes
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