About Us Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. BAI was formed in 1983 in Austin, Texas. Shortly thereafter, in 1987, BAI extende

DHC-8 Instructor/Check Pilot

Berry Aviation • 
San Marcos, Texas, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

About Us

Berry Aviation, Inc. (BAI) is a trusted leader in private aviation, with a portfolio of services that includes Government, Private Charter, Scheduled and On-Demand Freight, Maintenance, and FBO operations. BAI was formed in 1983 in Austin, Texas. Shortly thereafter, in 1987, BAI extended its aviation services by becoming a Department of Defense CARB Approved Air Carrier with worldwide operating authority and has provided specialty aviation services to various branches of the U.S. Military and other U.S. Government organizations. BAI conducts CONUS and OCONUS operations with a fleet of over 31 aircraft, with past and current OCONUS operations including, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Johnston Island, Afghanistan, Peru, and Africa.


Our customers include all branches of the U.S. Military, Fortune 500 companies, NASCAR teams, and other Part 135 and 121 Air Carriers. BAI has twice been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Award for Excellence. BAI has grown into a dynamic, customer-focused company with the knowledge, experience and manpower to operate on short notice with turnkey safe aviation services. All flight operations are conducted by comprehensively trained and experienced pilots working closely alongside our 24-hour dispatch personnel to maintain a thorough emphasis on safety and on-time arrivals.


We are experiencing continued success and growth as BAI is always expanding our operations into new markets. Services are provided with the utmost security and safety measures.


Berry Aviation, Inc. is a privately held certified small business employing approximately 250+ employees. Today the corporate headquarters that oversees the worldwide operation is located at the San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYI) 1807 Airport Drive San Marcos, TX 78666.



Serves as a ground, flight simulator, and aircraft Instructor Pilot/Check Pilot (IP/CP) to accomplish required training and testing in accordance with 14 CFR Part 135, Operations Specifications, and company training program requirements. The DHC-8 IP/CP conducts required training and testing for pilot, instructor, and check pilot candidates and coordinates with the Chief Pilot and Director of Training on matters relating to DHC-8 operating procedures, training, and testing.


The DHC-8 IP/PC will maintain Pilot In Command (PIC), IP, and CP qualification in the DHC-8 and any special mission capabilities associated with DHC-8 flight operations. The incumbent will be available to function as PIC, as needed, in both revenue and non-revenue flight operations, domestically and internationally.


Job Requirements:


  • Provides ground and flight training and ongoing mentoring as assigned for IP/CP candidates’ initial qualification, recurrency and requalification curriculums and modules in accordance with the company Pilot Training Program for the DHC-8.
  • Provides classroom instruction, flight instruction, and pilot testing in special operations/special missions capabilities (e.g., Radar Approaches, Night Vision Goggles, Aerial Delivery, etc.).
  • Provides classroom instruction in both aircraft and non-aircraft-specific subjects including non-aircraft-specific subjects delivered for pilots not assigned to the incumbent’s base aircraft type(s).
  • Provides pilot flight instruction in flight training devices, simulators, and aircraft as assigned.
  • Administers oral, written, and practical testing of pilots in accordance with applicable CFRs, OpSpecs, the company training program, and appropriate testing standards.
  • Completes, with timeliness and accuracy, all required documentation following training and testing activities.
  • Assists the Director of Training (DOT) in researching, evaluating, and implementing new or revised training systems, policies, procedures, and techniques.
  • Codifies standardization areas and topics as liaison between Chief Pilot and DOT.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and liaison between line-of-business and field units and the DOT for validation and verification of training programs and protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Training.



Required Experience:

  • Hold a DHC-8 type rating.
  • Prior flight instructor in multi-engine land airplane and instruments as CFII/MEI, FAA Certificated Air Carrier IP, or equivalent military experience.   Must possess Airline Transport Certificate; Airplane Multi-engine Land (ATP-AMEL)
  • Must possess a Class I Medical Certificate
  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, interpersonal skills and professional demeanor.
  • Must possess valid Passport.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain or currently hold an active Secret Clearance or higher.

Preferred Experience:

  • Possess a good working knowledge of office suites computer programs.
  • Prior experience in NVG operations and aerial delivery.
  • Prior or current as FAA Certified or military Check Pilot 
  • Prior flight or simulator instructor in the DHC-8 
  • Type rated in the DHC-6-200 or DHC-6-300 

 Physical/Environmental Requirements:

  • Be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs., perform assigned pilot duties involving confined sitting for up to 10 flight hours per day and be exposed to a wide variety of environmental and weather conditions while working outside including, but not limited to, extreme heat, cold, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Must reside or be willing to relocate to CONUS; preferably the Austin-San Antonio area.
  • Be able to travel to accomplish training and job duties up to 60% of the time.
  • Be able to work in a variety of environments including indoor, outdoor, and austere operating environments within hostile areas of operation that may include threats from enemy combatants both in the air and on the ground.

This description is not intended to be all-inclusive and management reserves the discretion to assign additional duties and/or change job requirements at any time with or without prior notice. This describes the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.


Furthermore, this job description does not create any contractual obligation or legal right. All Berry Aviation, Inc. employees are employed "at will," which means that either the employee or Berry Aviation, Inc. may end the relationship at any time, with or without notice.

Berry Aviation, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. All conditions and privileges of employment are administered to all employees without discrimination or harassment because of race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, special disabled veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. The Company will comply fully with all applicable state or local fair employment laws that forbid discrimination or harassment on the basis of other protected characteristics.

All new employees will be required to verify employment eligibility in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Berry Aviation participates via E-Verify.

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