06 September 2023

Independent Stave Company | Chief Pilot

Columbia, MO, United States

Director - Flight Operations & Chief Pilot

Job Description Independent Stave Company, the largest manufacturer of white oak barrels for the wine & spirits industry, is recruiting for a Director of Flight Operations & Chief Pilot in Columbia, MO. The Director of Flight Operations & Chief Pilot oversees all flight operations and ensures compliance with all aviation regulations. The ideal candidate will have experience providing leadership and guidance for the Flight Department to ensure safe, efficient, and timely air transportation for company employees, representatives, and their associates.

Compensation: Based on experience

Job Duties and Responsibilities of the Director of Flight Operations & Chief Pilot:

  • Perform flight duties on qualified aircraft.
  • Provide leadership and management of pilots and schedules to ensure safe and efficient flight operations.
  • Coordinate aircraft maintenance to ensure the department meets federal regulations.
  • Stay informed of aviation developments and regulations that impact flight operations.
  • Coordinate pilot training and development.
  • Verify that the company pilots, as well as all contract pilots, are in compliance with Federal Aviation.
  • Ensure that flight personnel have adequate resources needed to perform the job effectively.
  • Maintain a fair and balanced flight schedule for the crew.
  • Support HR in the interviewing, recruiting, and hiring of new pilots.
  • Ensure aircraft documents, checklists, publications, and databases are current and up to date.
  • Communicate in a timely manner to the scheduling dept for mechanical repairs, planned inspections, and maintenance work on fleet.
  • Maintain efficient communication with pilots and office staff concerning scheduling for company passengers and guests.
  • Prepare an annual operating budget, which includes all operating expenses. Monitor operating budget monthly.
  • Approve billing/expenses for pilots & flight department.
  • Perform duties in such a way that establishes safety, integrity, and overall excellence for the department.
  • Assist with developing, communicating, and implementing efficient operation and procedure policies and plans for effective growth strategies.
  • Provide a healthy culture for the department and pilot team that benefits employees and customers.
  • Prepare flight plans and evaluate weather conditions at the destination as well as in route to ensure optimum safety. Make competent, well-informed decisions about whether or not to proceed as planned, divert, delay, or cancel flights.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Minimum Experience of the Corporate Pilot
  • Part 91 flight operations experience
  • Commercial pilot’s license
  • 2000 hours total time
  • 200 hours of turbine time
  • Must meet all currency requirements regarding instrument flight time and night landings required.
  • Current FAA First Class Medical (as required)
  • Valid US Passport
  • No history of accidents, incidents, or violations
  • Resides or willing to relocate to within a 1-hour driving distance of Columbia, MO

Extensive travel required: 30-50%, occasionally on short notice.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with appropriate type ratings required.
  • Be able to pass an instrument competency check in the category of aircraft to be flown required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to: communicate effectively with flight department personnel, company employees, and their associates.
  • Ability to: communicate effectively with Flight Service (FS) and Air Traffic Control (ATC).

Working Conditions/Environment

  • The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.

Travel Requirements

  • Travel required and may include days, nights, weekdays/weekends, and overnight.

Employee Benefits Independent Stave Company offers competitive compensation and benefits to employees at our facilities. Domestic benefits include:

  • Competitive Pay & Bonuses
  • Medical Insurance (Available at 30 days; Deductible: $750 for single, $1500 for family)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Continuing Education
  • Paid Vacation
  • 401(K)
  • Relocation Assistance

*Some benefits are only available to full-time employees or after designated waiting periods.


Our people are passionate about their craft and take pride in their contribution to the wine and spirits industry, supporting our mission to craft world-class oak barrels and other cooperage products so that our employees, customers and communities flourish. Independent Stave Company is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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