Forest Protection Limited is seeking a motivated leader for the Chief Pilot position in the Flight Operations Department. Reporting to the Director of Flight Operations (DFO), the incumbent will be responsible to ensure safe and efficient operation of all company aircraft, including administration of all matters concerning aircraft, pilots, pilot training, examinations, competency tests, operations, and operating limitations of aircraft and crew as detailed in FPL's Company Operations Manual.
The Chief Pilot is responsible for the following tasks:
1. During the “on season” (April-September), the Chief Pilot will support the DFO with the following activities:
o Liaise with internal and external personnel to ensure aircraft and pilots operate safely.
o Monitor daily flight activities to ensure they are conducted in accordance with FPL instructions.
o Coordinate required pilot training programs and maintain pilot records.
o Prepare written examinations and training syllabus for personnel knowledge.
o Perform competently on FPL aircraft to establish procedures to operate such equipment.
o Conduct flights to support operations when office-work permits.
o Ensure that work, professional development, and performance appraisals are completed for themselves and subordinates annually in a timely manner.
o Ensure that personnel are adhering to safety policies; issue notices to flight crew as required.
o Supervise flight crew: includes paperwork approval, and tracking duty/rest periods, etc.
o Respond to emergencies and provide assistance and coordination as per the Emergency Response Manual.
o Assume any other responsibilities delegated by the DFO
2. During the “off season” (October-March), the Chief Pilot will support the DFO with the following activities:
o Maintain and update documents, including Standard Operating Procedures, Manuals, and develop new documents, if required.
o Contribute to budget building
o Remain current on developments in the field of forest protection and fire suppression by attending meetings/seminars and other information exchanges, reading published literature and reviewing pre-published material at colleagues' request, periodic training, familiarization with relevant technology, etc.
o Use existing company resources and research to identify changes in the aviation industry, including aviation law and regulations, to recommend modifications to current company policies and procedures.
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) with over 2000 hours PIC.
Experience in the 702 industry as an Air Tractor 802 pilot.
Undergraduate Degree or Diploma in a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Aviation knowledge, including of the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Standards.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; able to prepare clear, concise and accurate correspondence, procedures and other written materials
Proficient with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, etc) and proficient with computers including SharePoint
Proven ability to organize, problem solve, and multi-task
Ability to travel occasionally and sometimes work shifts outside regular business hours
DESIRABLE SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES
Well-developed organizational skills, with ability to accomplish deadlines
Experience in supporting decentralized operations;
Experience working with multiple stakeholders;
Experience assisting the project/operations team with planning, directing and controlling the activities within scheduled time and cost parameters;
Preferred 5 years of management experience in corporate flight operations
Proactive, ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
Confident, able to work in a fast-paced emergency response aviation company
Detail-Oriented, ability to prioritize and be proactive.
Being legally entitled to work in Canada
Successful Criminal Record Check
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination
Ability to communicate clearly in English
Have a modern mobile phone capable of making phone calls and sending/receiving SMS and email
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
This position is part of an incredible and growing team that prioritizes culture. We value innovation and believe strongly in minimizing red tape.
Additionally, the successful candidate will be eligible to participate in many employee benefits:
Sick time (paid)
Vacation time off (paid)
Community Engagement/Volunteer time off (paid)
An annual wellness spending amount
Comprehensive benefits plan from day 1 with the company
Forest Protection Limited (FPL) is the largest 702 aerial operator in eastern Canada. Since our incorporation in 1952, it has been our mandate to preserve and protect the forests that sustain our ecosystems, communities, and economies. We are a global leader in full-spectrum forest health management. FPL helps forest practitioners preserve and promote forest health through aerial firefighting, collaborative research & development, training, and aerial work. Our unique set of specializations allows us to better champion forest stewardship.
We proudly tell the story of preserving and protecting forests, our longstanding legacy, and our role as leaders in forest health. We are a voice for the forest industry, and we help citizens understand the complex business of aerial firefighting and forestry management practices. As industry leaders, we tell the story of innovation, professionalism, and safety within the aerial work industry. Read more about us here: Our Story - Forest Protection Limited
Resumes should be chronological, specifying education and employment in months and years, including part-time and full-time jobs.
Please submit your resume and a 1-page technical writing sample on or before the 3rd of October 2022 here.
We thank all those who apply. However, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.