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Chief Pilot, Mi-17

ARCTOS Published: October 30, 2020
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Provides functional check flights and maintenance test flights IAW FGOP and AR 95-20. Provides training to aircrew personnel, examines aircraft, and audits flight plans and documents. Serves as a mentor, providing on-the-job training.




  • Execute safe and proficient flight planning, flight maneuvers, navigation procedures, and emergency procedures relevant to post-maintenance required ground runs and maintenance test flights.
  • Coordinate with and follow direction of the Government Flight Representative, to include participation in aviation program and safety teams.
  • Supervise and manage Mi-17 and PC-12 pilots assigned to the program.
  • Perform flight readiness inspections; complete maintenance forms and aircraft log books.
  • Flight-test aircraft to verify airframe, powerplant, accessories, and items of equipment are functioning IAW pre-determined requirements.
  • Perform maintenance operational checks of aircraft on the ground through engine run-up, aircraft taxiing, or use of auxiliary power or testing equipment to ensure that aircraft systems or components disturbed during an inspection or maintenance action have been satisfactorily repaired, reassembled, or adjusted.
  • Perform general maintenance operational test flights to prove the airworthiness of the completed aircraft.
  • Complete test flight check sheets IAW the applicable maintenance manual.
  • Perform limited test flights when necessary to prove proper functioning of specific items/components.
  • After each test flight, perform a thorough visual inspection to verify that deficiencies developed as a result of the test flight are detected and corrected before the aircraft is released for further flight.
  • Mentor and provide on-the-job training to assigned partner nation personnel.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must maintain currency/proficiency on aircraft of record.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be skilled in accurately analyzing and interpreting technical procedures and regulations.
  • Must be detail oriented, have a strong work ethic, and be capable of managing multiple tasks.
  • Must possess a strong sense of workplace safety, professional customer service, and task urgency.
  • Work well with others in a team environment in close proximity for extended periods of time.


Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum two years' experience as Maintenance Test Pilot; Mi-17 qualified.
  • Must be previously qualified as an Mi-17 Instructor Pilot.
  • Past or current designation as a Pilot/Aircraft Commander on the applicable aircraft and 3,000 hours' experience (including 500 hours as Maintenance Pilot) performing duties for operational, ferry, and support flights.
  • Must have experience supporting flight operations and training in a deployed environment; former military experience is preferred.
  • DoD Pilot Training Certification, DoD Transition School for applicable aircraft or FAA/EASA/ICAO approved flight certification required.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Graduate of the U.S. Maintenance Management Course or service equivalent highly desired.


Physical Requirements/Working Environment:

  • Must possess a military medical or FAA Class II clearance and be able to meet applicable physical and physiological minimum requirements for the applicable aircraft.
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment drug screening; subsequent random screening per antidrug and alcohol misuse prevention program requirements.
  • Work assignment in a remote OCONUS location.
  • Austere living and working conditions, with long hours and exposure to harsh weather and hazardous conditions.



  • Personnel should be aware of requirements to mobilize on short notice and under adverse conditions.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
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