21 November 2023

Contour Airlines | Chief Pilot

Smyrna, TN, United States

Assistant Chief Pilot

Job Location Contour Aviation Headquarters - Smyrna, TN

Position Type Full Time

Education Level 2 Year Degree

Salary Range $100,000.00 - $150,000.00 Salary/year

Travel Percentage Negligible

Job Shift Any

Job Category Transportation


Contour is a long-established aviation services company with diverse capabilities including scheduled airline operations, Part 91/135 aircraft management, on-demand charter, Fixed-Base Operations, FAR Part 145/EASA certified aircraft maintenance and a FAR 141 pilot training. Our fleet of approximately 22 aircraft operates nearly 15,000 flight segments annually and the company is now ranked as one of the ten largest Part 135 operators in the country.

At Contour, our core values are at the heart of everything that we do and every decision we make. Constant throughout all our lines of business is a commitment to integrity and safety. Our team members consistently display an attitude of excellence and the ability to think like a customer. We recognize that there is strength in unity and work together as a team to accomplish our ambitious goals.

Contour is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship, color, creed, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, pregnancy, genetics, veteran status, gender identity, or any other protected status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Contour's rapid growth has created exciting employment opportunities. We invite you to become part of the family.


  • Promote a Safety-First culture
  • Ensure daily flight operations are conducted in accordance with federal (and foreign) regulations, Company and department policies. Review and resolve flight operations issues arising from operations irregularities
  • Be highly knowledgeable of the entire contents of the General Operations Manual, appropriate parts of Operations Specifications and appropriate parts of Federal Regulations pertaining to Company operations
  • Review and resolve flight operations issues arising from operations irregularities
  • Maintain currency and qualification in the at least one of the airplanes used in the certificate holders operation
  • Function as Line Check Pilot (LCP) to qualify, evaluate and mentor pilots
  • Immediately notify the Chief Pilot/Director of Operations of any discrepancy or incident that may affect the ability of the company to perform within the parameters of safety, regulatory compliance, and fiscal responsibility
  • Crewmember recruiting and interviewing
  • Function as a crewmember monthly
  • Other duties as assigned by leadership

Summary of Essential Duties

  • Interdepartmental collaboration (Safety, MX, Airport Operations, SOC, Admin)
  • GOM and associated Flight Ops manual revision authority
  • Delegated authority by the Director of Operations to exercise limited Operational Control of the Company (See GOM)
  • Conduct line supervisory flying to ensure the professionalism of pilots and overall pilot standards
  • Represent the Company in government (FAA), industry and community activities relating to Flight Operations
  • Facilitate pilot ground school as qualified
  • Encourage employees to make suggestions of process improvements or report errors
  • Ensure pilot appearance, attendance, and personal conduct comply with Company policy
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned by the Chief Pilot


  • Be at least 23 years of age or older.
  • Possess a First Class FAA medical.
  • Must have a valid driver license and good driving record.
  • Be authorized to work in the United States and able to travel in and out of the United States.
  • Willing to work a varying schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must have experience and be highly proficient in Microsoft Office 365, Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Able to pass a required 10-year work history review and submit to criminal history records check.
  • Able to pass a DOT pre-employment drug screening and be willing to submit to additional random drug and/or alcohol testing.
  • Must understand, read, and write English.
  • Possess polished and professional interpersonal skills with a positive attitude and a customer-oriented mindset.
  • Possess strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must have well-developed people skills and ability to work with a variety of personalities.
  • Able to coordinate multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Able to handle interruptions and a fast-paced environment.
  • Maintain strong attention to detail.
  • Be self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal delivered with tact and professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work in a safe professional manner adhering to all regulatory requirements including OSHA, EPA, state, and federal regulations.
  • Qualify under 14 CFR 119.71 and 119.69 Management Personnel under part 135
  • Have a minimum of 2500 flight hours with 1,000 flight hours as Pilot-In-Command (PIC)
  • Have a minimum of 500 hours as a PIC in turbine-powered aircraft.
  • Possess a current US Passport.
  • Ability to acquire security clearance.
  • Possess high school diploma or GED equivalent. Bachelor's Degree preferred but not required.

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