SALARY/BENEFITS Starting $75,389.  Eligible for Non-Competitive promotion to MSP Pilot III and MSP PIlot IV and Competitive promotion to MSP instructor Pilot positions when qualified.  PLUS, Annual Cost-of-Living step increases contingent upon funding; Exceptional Retirement Package; Outstanding Emp

Helicopter Pilot II - Pilot In Command

Maryland State Police - Aviation Command • 
Middle River, Maryland, USA
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Starting $75,389.  Eligible for Non-Competitive promotion to MSP Pilot III and MSP PIlot IV and Competitive promotion to MSP instructor Pilot positions when qualified.  PLUS, Annual Cost-of-Living step increases contingent upon funding; Exceptional Retirement Package; Outstanding Employee Benefits; multi-mission platform; New AW/139 aircraft and more.  
An MSP Pilot II, Pilot-In-Command, is the Full Performance level of civilian helicopter pilot work in the Maryland State Police Aviation Command (MSPAC). Employees pilot helicopters as enumerated in the MSPAC Standard Operating Procedures and as directed by the Director of Flight Operations or the Commanding Officer of the MSPAC. Flight operations will be conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and MSPAC rules and regulations for search and rescue missions, medical evacuation operations and other law enforcement related missions.  Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees receive moderate supervision from the Sworn Section Supervisor of MSPAC and technical training from MSP Pilot Flight Instructors and the MSP Chief Pilot.  The
Pilot-in-Command assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB (Second-In-Command) and all other pilots assigned as the
Employees in this classification are assigned shift work including holidays and weekends and are subject to 24-hour on-call during emergencies and staff shortages. Employees are required to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions.  The work involves hazardous conditions such as maneuvering helicopters in congested
or unusual terrain.

The MSP Pilot II is differentiated from the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB in that the MSP Pilot II acts as Pilot-in-Command of the assigned aircraft.  The MSP Pilot II assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB.  The MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB act as Second-in-Command of the assigned aircraft and perform intermediate level pilot duties under close supervision while the MSP Pilot II performs the full range of pilot duties under general supervision.  The MSP Pilot IA, MSP Pilot IB and MSP Pilot II classifications are supervised by MSPAC Sworn Supervisors.  
EXAMPLES OF WORK (Examples are illustrative only)
  • Assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB; 
  • Provides advice and guidance to the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB regarding operational procedures and FAA rules and regulations;
  • Briefs crew members and passengers on aircraft protocol;
  • Performs line pilot functions to include flying helicopters as Pilot-in-Command or as Second-in-Command in departmental aircraft for aero-medical missions; search and rescue missions; homeland security; disaster assessment and other law enforcement related missions; 
  • Performs pre-flight and post-flight inspections in accordance with the regulations and standards of the MSPAC and FAA; 
  • Performs maintenance functions to include cleaning aircraft interiors and exteriors, refueling and adding necessary fluids, and replacing light bulbs as necessary;
  • Performs routine maintenance of hanger and office facilities; 
  • Completes required training courses and exercises in compliance with MSPAC and FAA regulations.  Maintains all required licenses and flight certifications; 
  • Operates specialized flight-related equipment, such as tow motors; 
  • Makes go/no-go flight decisions concerning weather conditions, maintenance, and other flight safety considerations;
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Knowledge of FAA rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of flying techniques required for day, night and instrument flying conditions;
  • Knowledge of aircraft maintenance procedures;
  • Knowledge of MSPAC standard operating procedures, policies, rules and regulations governing pilot duties; 
  • Skill in piloting helicopters;
  • Ability to assign, review and critique work of the MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot IB;
  • Ability to make safe and rational go/no-go flight decisions and to determine if weather and other flight safety considerations are within acceptable ranges;
  • Ability to fly helicopters in potentially hazardous conditions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
Job Requirements:

Education:  Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.
Experience:  Completion of 2000 helicopter flight hours as an FAA Certificated pilot.

  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate.
  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an acceptable Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Instrument Helicopter Rating as determined by FAA regulations and as required by the MSPAC .
  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an FAA 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certification.
  • Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle driver’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
  • Candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, formal interview and a complete criminal background investigation to include a polygraph examination by the Maryland State Police (MSP) Department before a permanent appointment can be made.  A criminal conviction record may be grounds for rejection of the applicant.  Physical examinations may be waived by the Department’s Medical Director upon presentation of current FAA 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certificate.
  • Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.
  • Candidates will be required to sign an MSP Aviation Pilot Candidate Obligated Service Agreement as a condition of employment.  
  • Employees in this classification will work 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts during training.
  • Employees are subject to call-in on a 24 hour basis and are required to provide the employer with a contact phone number.  
  • Employees will work weekends, holidays and are subject to emergency call out.
  • Only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be considered for this classification. It is essential you provide complete and accurate information on your application and Supplemental Questionnaire.  The examination consists of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of this classification.
  • Successful candidates will be placed on the employment list categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED OR QUALIFIED and remain eligible for consideration for at least one year from the date of examination. This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees
  • From any computer supporting Internet Explorer versions 6-9, go to Maryland’s
  • In “Filter Open Jobs” enter Maryland State Police in Department and hit the GREEN Search tab
  • Scroll down and click on the Job Title and the Job Bulletin will appear
  • Hit the BLUE “Click HERE to apply” and follow the instructions for completing the application.
We are totally committed to making your experience with the MSPAC a rewarding one.  Should you have any questions or experience difficulty navigating the On-Line Applicant process please feel free to contact Mr. Jay Diggs at or Ms. Christina Blake at or either at 410-238-5800. For additional information on the MSPAC you are encouraged to visit our web site at WWW.MDSP.ORG.
Salary Range: $75,389-$99,482
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