OPEN APPLICATION: CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER POLICE HELICOPTER PILOT
Under general supervision, serves as a pilot in the Spokane Regional Air Support Unit to perform a wide variety of police services and performs related duties as assigned. This position primarily serves as a pilot in a Bell OH-58 helicopter, with the potential to eventually serve as a pilot in a Bell UH-1H Super Huey conducting hoist rescues, as well as fire suppression operations. This unit is based at Felts Field in Spokane, Washington.
The essential functions include, but are not limited to:
- Serves in the Spokane Regional Air Support Unit as a pilot for the primary purpose of flying the agency’s helicopters to provide for the safety and welfare of citizens and employees within the region
- Operates a helicopter into and out of sparsely populated terrain and regions under often severe weather conditions; may perform one or more of the following:
- Answers radio calls for all types of police services
- Conducts covert airborne surveillance while in pursuit of fleeing suspects or when searching for persons of interest; conducts night vision goggle operations as needed for law enforcement patrol;
- Provides fire suppression with water bucket
- Conducts hoist rescues during search and rescue operations
- Reports on wildfire conditions and assists with traffic and crowd control; provides aerial observation, support, and coordination for police and fire units; performs a variety of flying assignments;
- Documents and logs the activities of the aviation unit; assists in ensuring the safety of flight operations and equipment with maintenance staff;
- Works days, nights, or holidays, and in adverse weather conditions;
Education: Equivalent to the completion of high school
Experience: 1,000 logged hours of Rotorcraft/Helicopter Pilot in Command Time (500 hours PIC must be in a turbine-powered helicopter). Bell OH-58 and Bell UH-1H experience preferred. Experience flying with the aid of night-vision goggles also preferred, as well as experience conducting hoist/long line operations.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record is a condition of initial and continued employment.
Possession of an FAA Class II Medical Certificate.
Possession of an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a rotorcraft/helicopter rating.
- Operate helicopters in mountainous terrain;
- Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Conditions of being a civilian volunteer helicopter pilot:
- Be available for a minimum of 60 percent of call-out requests
- If a pilot is unavailable to respond to a call out request due to conflicts with the crew rest policy, that will be considered an excused absence and will not be factored into their availability request
- Be available for a minimum of two evening patrol flights per month
- Respond to call out requests advising their availability status within five minutes of receiving notification
- Pilots must attend the annual safety stand-down day, or receive prior approval from the unit supervisor to not attend
- Attend a minimum of two monthly unit meetings annually
- Agree to be available to fly on either the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve.
- Maintain a current FAA Commercial Pilot certificate, as well as a valid 2nd class medical certificate
- Track currency requirements and notify the unit supervisor within 30 days of any potential upcoming lapses. This includes daytime, nighttime, night vision goggle (NVG), hoist (if applicable), and annual qualifications.
- Attend specialized contract vendor training as required
- This position generally consists of a commitment of about 10-15 hours per month to the program
The selection process will include the following:
- Oral Board Interview: Applicants who are successful at passing the initial screening process will be scheduled for an interview with the unit supervisor and chief pilot.
- Background Investigation: A thorough investigation of personal history, including but not limited to work history, education, military, arrest record, etc., will be conducted on candidates.
Applicants are asked to submit a resume to Sergeant Brandon Armstrong ([email protected]) The resume should include a detailed listing of flight experience, including types of airframes and hours logged.