26 February 2023

Thrive Aviation | Chief Pilot

Henderson, NV, United States

Chief Pilot
Henderson, NV


Position Summary

The Chief Pilot is an integral piece of Thrive Aviation’s leadership team, responsible for the compliant and efficient operations of our Flight Crew. The Chief Pilot is an insightful, prestigious, and authentic leader who will lead and mentor our Pilots as we grow our operation and establish Thrive Aviation as the operator of choice within our industry.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that every flight operated by Thrive Aviation is conducted safely, in compliance with all FAA and government regulations, in conformance with operations specifications, and with the passenger’s experience and elevated expectations in mind
  • Assisting with the development, communication, and implementation of efficient operational procedures, policies, and effective growth strategies
  • Ensuring that the department flight operations are properly staffed, organized, trained, and directed to fulfil its responsibilities
  • Driving department to achieve business goals and objectives
  • Ensuring that the department and personnel have the adequate resources needed to perform their jobs successfully and efficiently
  • Maintaining a fair and balanced schedule for flight crews and managing time off requests around flight scheduling
  • Coordinating with Flight Support to ensure proper scheduling of aircraft and pilots, as well as tracking of flights
  • Assisting in promoting a healthy culture for the department and the pilot team that benefits employee engagement, happiness, customer loyalty, safety, integrity, and overall excellence
  • Supporting the Director of Operations when conducting performance evaluations for the department that provides feedback to and from the employees, as well as planning for corrective actions needed to be successful in their role
  • Supporting the Director of Operations while performing basic People & Culture functions for the department including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding of new pilots and counseling or discharging of personnel
  • Establishing and maintaining a close working relationship with the FAA
  • Preparing and maintaining all pilot training, flight and duty, and proficiency records
  • Coordinating with the Director of Operations on crew status for flight operations and training events
  • Maintaining all record keeping, including those that FAA and the company require
  • Ensuring aircraft documents, checklists, publications, and databases are continually up to date
  • Overseeing and scheduling training resources and their execution, including aircraft training flights, simulator, enroute flight checks, ground school, and other learning courses used by department
  • Conducting basic indoctrination and emergency training, as well as other internal training to include customer service
  • Coordinating 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
  • Performing flight duties as Captain on qualified aircraft based on scheduling needs and crew capacity
  • Serving as a check airman on assigned aircraft
  • Holding regular pilot meetings and maintain constant communications with flight crews
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are followed and paperwork is submitted by crews in a timely and legible manner
  • Exercising operational control over the scheduling and conduct of flights
  • Representing the department with charter and aircraft management clients, networking functions promoting the department, and with business partners serving department needs
  • Spending approximately 25% of time flying and 75% performing office duties
  • Commuting to Thrive’s LAS/HND locations as needed
  • The Chief Pilot may delegate some of these duties, but retains overall responsibility
  • All others duties as assigned by the Director of Operations, CEO, or other members of Senior Leadership


Experience & Qualifications

The most successful candidate in the position will meet most, if not all, of the following criteria.

  • Must have a minimum of 10,000 hours of total time
  • At least 5-10 years of experience as a Captain or Chief Pilot leading a Pilot group of not less than 30-50 pilots
  • Pilot Certificate
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Permit
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate.
  • Valid US Passport (must not be expired)
  • Current type rating in our fleet.
  • The ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and willing to take on new challenges as the company grows.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform required duties.

  • Must have and maintain FAA First Class Medical Certificate.
  • Must be able to maintain the seated position in a small space for an extended period.
  • Employee must be able to list up to 50 pounds without assistance

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while in a Flight Crew position.

  • The work is typically done while sitting for a long period of time.
  • Employee will interact with the customer and other flight crew in a small space.
  • Employee may be required to spend several days away from home each week while working.
  • Employee may have irregular hours and be called to fly or notified of canceled flights with little notice.
  • When not flying, the Chief Pilot may be working in a typical office environment with low to moderate noise levels.

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