08 September 2023

Talon Air | Chief Pilot

Farmingdale, NY, United States


The Chief Pilot is a critical leadership role for the Operations Department. The CP will bring in and maintain a strong track record in aviation that includes a focus on safety and successful management of the pilot workforce. The CP will provide day-to-day leadership and motivation for the pilot team to deliver excellent technical and operational performance needed to achieve overall department goals. This includes recruiting, training, career path management, and aircraft operating standards. Additionally, the CP will support Talon Air’s exceptional customer service interest with clients while utilizing the services offered within the department.

Assist with the development, communication, and implementation of efficient operational

procedures, policies, and effective growth strategies

Drive department to achieve business goals and objectives

Ensure that the department and personnel have the adequate resources needed to perform their jobs successfully and efficiently

Assist in promoting a healthy culture for the department and the pilot team that benefits employee engagement, happiness, customer loyalty, safety, integrity, and overall excellence

Support the Director of Operations when conducting performance evaluations for the department that provides feedback to and from the employees, as well as a planning for corrective actions needed to be successful in their role

Support the Director of Operations while performing basic HR functions for the department including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding of new pilots and counseling or discharging of personnel

Establish and maintain a close working relationship with the FAA

Prepare and maintain all pilot training, flight and duty, and proficiency records

Ensure aircraft documents, checklists, publications, and databases are continually up to date

Manage iPad EFB program and tablets including updates to documents

Coordinate with the Director of Operations and Director of Maintenance on the timely communication and correction of mechanical repairs, as well as planned inspections or maintenance work on the fleet around scheduled flights

Perform flight duties as Captain on qualified aircraft based on scheduling needs and crew capacity

Complete Flight Safety training authorization IAW Talon’s training program

Provide ops on call after hours

Maintain the 12.5 security program

Assist in conformity process of new airplanes to Talon certificate

Ensure policies and procedures are followed and paperwork is submitted by crews in a timely and legible manner

Exercise authorization and compliance per CFR 119.69

Spend time approximately 25% flying and 75% office duties


Must hold an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (ATP)

Must have served for at least 3-years as a Chief Pilot for a Part 135 or Part 12 turbine multi-aircraft operator [or] have served at least 3 out of the last 6 years as PIC in a department that performed turbine multi-aircraft operations under Part 135 or Part 121

Extensive knowledge of FARs, ACs, SAFO/InFO

Solid understanding of SOPs and industry best practices

3+ years within general aviation and equivalent operational experience to include familiarity with aircraft maintenance scheduling, crew and staff management, and customer relations

Check airman, instructor, and safety manager experience preferred

Bachelor’s degree


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