Helicopter Flight Instructors

Helicopter Flight Instructors

Opening date for submissions

November 11th, 2021 11:26

Closing date for submissions

December 31st, 2021 11:26

Due to expansion and to replace a number FI’s who have moved into the offshore sector, we are seeking additional Helicopter Flight Instructors of all experience levels for an immediate start to provide instruction for :

  • Private Pilot Licences
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (modular and integrated)
  • Type Rating Courses (Cabri G2 and Robinson R44)
  • Advanced Instruction with Qualified Pilots
  • Mission Specific Courses and Advanced Training

Helicentre Aviation is a leading provider of professional pilots to industry, offering exciting career development opportunities for Helicopter Flight Instructors, with typical fast progression into other industry roles. We require applicants for positions within the ATO (Approved Training Organisation) to demonstrate a range of positive behaviours and attitudes, as well as a high level of knowledge and skill. Our selection process is designed to identify these qualities and assess applicants against the required competencies.

Positions are full-time, part-time, contracted or salaried according to suitability, experience and availability. Candidates who are appropriately qualified and experienced, and therefore more versatile may be offered a position that encompasses a variety of roles and including CAT (Commercial Air Transport) and SPO (Specialised Operations) duties such as charter and aerial survey roles.

Newly qualified Flight Instructors will be guided through their supervisory restriction period and provided with standardisation training and support to allow rapid progression onto positions with greater responsibility.

Pilots who hold a CPL(H) but are not yet qualified as Flight Instructors will not be eligible for this role but may apply for a place on our 2021/2022 FI(H) courses as all FI graduates are offered a full-time position on completion of our FI(H) course. Applicants for the 2021 positions must be prepared to finance their own FI course, but following a successful interview, a conditional job offer will be provided.

Minimum Requirements for Qualified Applicants
Applicants must hold a UK (or validated EASA) CPL(H) or ATPL(H) and a Flight Instructor (Helicopter) Certificate with Part FCL.905.FI (a) and (b) privileges. Any of the following FCL.905.FI privileges would be advantageous: (e), (f), (h), (i) and (j). As a minimum, applicants must have experience in delivering training for the PPL(H) course in the United Kingdom. Standardisation training will be provided to suitable applicants.

Applicants who have been standardised to instruct for the issue of a CPL(H) at another UK ATO, or who hold an FE(H) Certificate will be considered for a more senior role, and company standardisation training will be provided.

Newly qualified FI’s who have minimal or no experience and who did not obtain their FI(H) Certificate at Helicentre Aviation’s ATO may be required to undertake an FI(H) standardisation seminar with our FIE and/or refresher training with an FIC, however, this will be notified on successful completion of an interview / competency-based assessment.

All applicants must hold a Cabri G2 type rating or be prepared to obtain a Cabri G2 rating and the required hours to provide instruction on the type. R44 and AW109 type ratings would be advantageous.

Minimum Requirements for Non-Qualified Applicants
Several new flight instructors are required at Helicentre Aviation on an annual basis to meet demand to train new and already qualified pilots in a very busy environment. The ATO’s annual flight training hours are in the region of 6,000 – 7,000 from our base at Leicester Airport (this excludes CAT and Utility operations). Typically we recruit a significant number of entry-level instructors each year to replace those moving up into other roles within the company or progressing onto other roles in industry.

Applicants must hold a CPL(H) or PPL(H) with CPL(H) or ATPL(H) theoretical knowledge and meet the pre-requisites to commence a Flight Instructor Course at Leicester in April or September 2021 lasting twelve weeks on a part-time (three days per week) basis.

Applicants must be able to finance their own training in the Cabri G2. A conditional offer of work will be provided upon successful completion of an interview and prior to commencing training, and a full-time position as an FI(H) restricted will be offered after successful completion of training, subject to an initial three-month probationary period.

About the FI(H) Role
The FI(H) role, whilst predominantly delivering private and professional flight training, will include other forms of ground and flight instruction and/or other commercial and non-commercial operations according to experience, qualifications and company requirements. This will range from check flights to refresher training for existing licence holders, flying as safety pilot, accompanying students on hour building trips within the UK and Europe, and subject to qualifications and experience, undertaking some UK-based Commercial Air Transport or Utility work.

Flight Instructors typically progress onto more advanced flying roles including utility (pipeline survey) within the company in a relatively short timescale, and there may also be long-term opportunities within the training environment such as being promoted to a CAA nominated person or being sponsored through additional ratings and qualifications such as FIC(H), FE(H) or TRE(H).

Full-Time / Contracted Salary Bands

  • Entry Level FI(H) (Restricted) with Cabri G2 and R44 Ratings: £20,000 p.a.
  • FI(H) (Unrestricted) : £22,000 – £85,000 p.a. commensurate with experience, and in line with our structured pay scale

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How to Apply
Applicants should complete the form below and upload their C.V. Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

Due to the volume of applicants we receive, we regret that we cannot always respond to every applicant personally, and we will generally only contact those who meet our requirements and are selected for interview.

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