The Company Chief Pilot (CP) manages all UAS fleet operations, provides leadership to UAS Operations, and represents the Company to external organizations. The CP manages fleet policies and procedures, and develops and implements strategies for the company . This position collaborates with internal and external groups. The CP must have excellent management qualities and be able to qualify and instruct as a UAS check airman. This position will need to meet, or be granted a deviation to the requirements of 14CFR 119.71 management personnel qualifications for Chief Pilot.
Directs UAS fleet operations. Conducts meetings with internal departments to review operational performance and implement solutions for resolving issues and improving performance. Represents the Director of Operations in his/her absence to ensure productivity, department project timelines, and objectives are achieved. Provides counsel to the Director of Operations to develop strategic business plans.
Maintains flight qualification, proficiency, and certification. Accomplishes proficiency flying to comply with FAA requirements for 135 and 107 currency and certification. Maintains a high level of flying proficiency to perform flying duties safely and efficiently. Completes required recurrent training to comply with company and regulatory requirements. Qualifies as instructor and check airman to assist with implementation and site readiness.
Manages department activities. Manages and monitors the department budget to ensure cost objectives are met. Reviews operational expenses and financial data to ensure actual and projected expenses are within plan.
Represents the Company to external organizations and businesses. Attends industry meetings to remain current with policies, procedures, and regulations. Meets with the FAA and other authorities to update procedures in the Company manuals. Interacts with community organizations to enhance the Company image.
Leads and develops others. Manages resources and people processes to ensure the day to day administration of processes and formal procedures. Identifies individual and team skill gaps and developmental opportunities. Ensures that direct and indirect reports have specific documented career goals and detailed plans for achieving these goals to advance the development of their personal and professional growth. Conducts frequent performance evaluations in a consistent, fair, and objective manner to facilitate open communication and encourage continuous performance improvement. Holds others accountable to established performance levels to achieve individual and group goals and maintain consistent practices across the organization. Resolves individual and group performance issues in accordance with the Company policies and procedures in a timely manner to motivate and foster teamwork. Coaches others and provides on-going feedback and support to improve performance. Identifies opportunities to involve others in new and challenging work assignments that advance the skills and capabilities of individuals and the organization. Recommends employees for lateral rotations and promotions to provide them with opportunities to develop new skills and take on more responsibility.
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Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate, current Remote Pilot Certificate, current Second Class Medical Certificate, valid passport, and have authorization to work in the United States. Extensive knowledge of manned/unmanned systems, airline manuals, aircraft manufacturer manuals. Strong communications skills and the ability to represent the Company in various meetings with internal and external customers. Management and instructor experience is required.
Aviation degree, other airman certificates such as Airframe and Powerplant, Airline Dispatcher, Air Traffic Control, or Instructor. Ability to utilize MS Office and Project software.
Adaptable to new ideas, resourceful, and able to see the big picture with a growing and developing environment. Positive leadership skills required, which include good communication and listening skills. Ability to embrace change and new concepts.
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