Chief Pilot


Chief Pilot


Full Time

Airport Base:




Reports to:

Director of Operations

Position Description:

An Immediate opening for a Chief Pilot for a part 135/91 operator. Alerion Aviation is a part 135/91, ARGUS Platinum and IS-BAO Stage III rated operator with locations in Southern California, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and South Florida. The Chief Pilot has responsibility for supervising all activities of the flight department, both in the air and on the ground, and may assist and oversee duties of operational control when delegated by the Director of Operations for safe and legal operations conducted by the Company and its employees. Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the items listed in the job requirements.

Position Requirements:


  • Operates company aircraft in a safe and efficient manner, while ensuring total compliance with all government rules and regulations, manufacturers’ limitations and manuals, and to the Safety Management System
  • Coordinates flight operations and scheduling with Dispatch, Charter Sales and Manager of Flight Operations and Training
  • Ensures all proper pre-flight inspections and preparations have been performed prior to takeoff, including, but not limited to, those related to the aircraft he/she may be flying on and other equipment, airport and runway suitability, requisite documentation and publications (for domestic and international customs, airport authorities, regulatory agencies, etc.), fuel, passenger services items, weather conditions enroute and at the destination(s), permits, aircraft maintenance services and storage, etc.
  • Coordinates and reconciles maintenance scheduling with the maintenance department and charter sales in order to avoid conflicts (to the highest degree possible), ensuring maximum uptime and availability
  • Confirms that all embarked persons (both crew and passengers) possess valid and current passports, visas, and/or official documents of U.S.A. resident status (“green cards,” when applicable) that are appropriate for the flight and takeoff/landing jurisdiction
  • Completes and submits all requisite reports to operations, accounting and maintenance departments in an accurate and timely manner
  • Maintain currency and training on a company aircraft type as required for Part 135
  • Ensuring that all flight crew are certified and supervised according to the requirements specified in the Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Coordinates contract pilots, as necessary, and helps performs first line review and approval of all associated scheduling, costs, and expenses, while observing company specific guidelines
  • Hires and supervises all flight crew personnel within the flight department
  • Ensures aircraft assignment is clean and prepared for flight, with all provisions on board for the passengers’ safety, comfort, and enjoyment; as well as managing other flight crew members and their aircraft assignment readiness
  • Supervises in addition to the Manager of Flight Operator and training the activities of the flight crew, and coordinates the functioning and training of all crew members assigned to the flight
  • Monitors crew performance, shares knowledge and experience with crew members, and evaluates crew member potential and development within the organization
  • Evaluates and records crew performance on an annual basis alongside the Department of Human Resources in the form of a written, formal (in person or via ring central) performance review
  • Makes the decisions necessary to start, delay, or cancel flights and deviate the flight from planned route or destination, if and when operating conditions dictate
  • May be responsible to liaise with the FAA
  • Work with, and manage relationships with, national, regional, and standalone FBOs and fuel vendors to reduce cost, maximize efficiency, and increase customer service
  • May be authorized to exercise operation control under the direction of the Director of Operations
  • Assists with expense recording and approval for flight operations team
  • Conduct and coordinates reoccurring monthly flight crew member meetings
  • Assists with random issuance of DOT testing alongside the Designated Employer Representative within the company’s Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Development of new training materials, in-flight standards, and procedures and policies as needed
  • Performs collateral duties as required
  • Performs additional duties and functions not specified herein


  • Previous experience managing a comparable Flight Department and related staff
  • Flexibility with schedule, in line with the demands of the position
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Driver of change
  • Excellent planning and organization skills
  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • 5 or more years of aviation experience
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with appropriate type rating, endorsed as English Proficient
  • Valid FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Qualified as PIC within a previous position held for at least three years, preferably in an aircraft type managed by Alerion Aviation (Gulfstream, Global, Hawker, Citation Legacy, Falcon)
  • 8,000 hours total flight time, 2,500 hours PIC, and 2,000 hours in jet aircraft preferred
  • Successful completion of flight, ground, and simulator training in the previous 24 months preferred
  • Expert skills in decision-making and building partnerships internally and externally
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to communicate and build cross-functional relationships while working with all levels of personnel and effectively interacting with senior executives and company management
  • Fine business and personal judgment, including the ability to anticipate and manage the impact and of decisions and initiatives
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement activities to exceed customer expectations and help promote a professional organization
  • Must pass a 10-year background and PRIA check
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test

Position Benefits:

  • 100% Employee/50% Dependent employer sponsored Medical Insurance packages, voluntary Dental, and Vision available after 30 days of employment.
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Long Term Disability
  • 401k Retirement Plan with company match program
  • Employer sponsored Life + AD&D
  • Monthly Phone Allowance
  • Known Crewmember Badging
  • Vacation, PTO and SICK Time
  • Variable Pay

Alerion Aviation is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and is an Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees which is critical to our growth and success as a global operator.

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