10 August 2022

Lohman Helicopter LLC | Chief Pilot

United States
Are you looking for a management career position in helicopter aviation with a dynamic and fast-growing team where you can enjoy quality of life? Lewiston, Idaho, is located in the north-central region of Idaho next to Clarkston, Washington, and along the riverbanks of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Lewiston has great schools, local hospitals, a renowned state college, and nearby universities. Along with a laid-back country feel, Lewiston sports world-class watersports, fishing, and hunting. Enjoy a reasonable cost of living with low taxes and an outstanding and friendly community. Lohman Helicopter is a family-owned business established in 2007 specializing in utility and powerline work and firefighting primarily on the West Coast and Canada.

Lohman Helicopter is accepting applications for the Chief Pilot position (FAR 135), preference will be given to those applicants who have experience in the utility and powerline work, Exclusive Use (EU), and Call-When-Needed (CWN) wildland fire fighting sectors and experience in Bell Medium, Bell 407 series Aircraft. We are seeking a highly qualified Chief Pilot with a high level of leadership, organization, and effective management skills. Successful candidates will have a strong background of experience in related fields, an excellent work ethic, and be willing to join a dynamic and fast-growing team. A commitment to safety and safety culture is of utmost importance. Applicants must meet applicable FARs, otherwise need not apply.

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Job Description

The Chief Pilot will be responsible for the oversight and supervision of flight crew personnel at several locations throughout the operational region. This position reports to the Director of Operations and will be responsible for conducting and ensuring all flight crew personnel are properly trained, qualified, and proficient to complete assigned duties. This position prepares and maintains proficiency records, pilot files, flight schedules, duty time records, reports, and correspondence pertaining to flight operations. As well, the Chief Pilot will act as a Company liaison with the Federal Aviation Regulations and assist the Director of Operations in formulating operations policies and coordinating the implementation of the policies and training to all flight personnel.

Experience and Proficiency in the following major areas:

- Extensive flight operations experience BHT-407/212 or similar aircraft
- Thorough knowledge of the Federal Aviation Regulations,
- FARs, and USFS requirements

- Aerial fire suppression and external load operations
- Experience in utility and powerline aerial operations: pole sets, wire pulls

- Precision long line and HEC experience
- FAR compliance
- Experienced with and knowledgeable of flight crew management of SMS requirements

- Strong leadership and effective management skills, ability to lead by example with integrity

- Experience in developing and building pilot operations infrastructure

- Experienced as a company liaison with the FAA
- Excellent communication (oral and written)
- Well-organized, reliable and must be able to multi-task

- Advanced PC skills – Word/Excel
- Strong observational skills and must be detail-oriented
- High level of composure and good stress management

Additional Requirements

- This position requires relocation to the Lewiston, Idaho area.


- Meet FAR 135 requirements to serve as Chief Pilot and Check Airman

- Meet DOI/USFS Pilot carding requirements
- Direct experience as a company liaison with the FAA

- Valid and current FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Helicopter License

- Medical Class 1 or 2 (current)
- Applicant must meet interagency carding requirements for 2022

- Previously OAS carded in Bell Medium Series and/or Bell 407 Series

- Previous 135 Check Ride in Bell Mediums and/or Bell 407 Series

- Current Driver License with a clean driving record
- Must have a solid reputation with the ability to recruit qualified pilots
- Must pass a background check and DOT drug and alcohol test

Preferred Skills/Experience

- Currently, OAS carded in Bell Medium and BHT-407/212 aircraft
- Previous vertical reference experience preferred
- Firefighting and/or utility experience preferred

- Instrument Rating preferred
- Additional BHT-407/212 experience preferred
- Low Level & Recon
- Mountain Terrain

- Ext. Load <50' Belly Hook
- Ex.t Load >50' Longline VTR
- Water/Retardant, Bucket


Employment Status: W2 full-time
- Annual Salary: $100,000.00 – $125,000.00 DOE

- Group Health & Dental: Employer paid for employee; option for employee to insure family members.

- 401k Retirement Plan: Yes
- Life Insurance: Yes
- Relocation Assistance: Yes

- Out of Town Per Diem: $55.00 per day
- Travel and Out of Town Lodging: Company paid and arranged

Schedule: Central office in Lewiston, Idaho, and Satellite Base in Ramona, California, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Chief Pilot will be required to work varied shifts for utility and powerline work, forest fire contracts, and other contracts assigned throughout the United States, Canada, and other selected sites.