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Columbia Helicopters Inc. Assistant Chief Pilot in Aurora, Oregon


Pilot supervision, training and assignment, FAA Liaison, and contract reviews.



  • Work with the Directors, Operations Administrator and Ground Training Manager to ensure a functional, knowledgeable field operation.

  • Set and maintain high professional airmanship standards for all pilots/attendants

  • Communicate with pilots, cabin crew members, and other company employees to ensure all are aware of and follow company procedures and policies.

  • Identify trouble areas and effect solutions

  • Deal with multiple issues and difficult decisions based on facts.

  • Ensure compliance with all local, State and Federal regulations.

  • Ensure quality training as required by FAA and Company standards.

  • Help coordinate fire and operations duties during summer months or as needed.

  • Is the contact for and provides assistance to overseas project manager.

  • Review and approve/disprove pilot expense reports


  • Possess adequate knowledge of BV 107, BV 234, and the CH47Doperations to ensure safety and viability of projected missions. Be able to say no if scope of mission exceeds safety or operational limits.

  • Possess the knowledge of aircraft components and functions to be able to make logical assessments for trouble-shooting problems.

  • Possess the knowledge of the aircraft to be able to communicate with Maintenance and Engineering the feasibility of suggested aircraft improvements and ECRs.

  • Be a productive line pilot while assigned to the field and available for telephonic or computer correspondence with the Chief Pilot.


  • Be able to communicate and work closely with the Maintenance Department, Chief Pilot, local Federal and FAA representatives to ensure compliance with regulations and timely, knowledgeable revisions to required documentation.

  • Be able to communicate and work with Federal and State Fire/Forestry personnel as the Chief Pilot’s representative.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two years college or equivalent with two years of organizational and personnel management

  • 3 Years Part 135 experience in the last 6 years (preferred)

  • Solid background in and understanding of FAA Part 61, 91, 119, 133, 135, 137

  • Certified flight Instructor Rotorcraft-Instrument Helicopter and commercial Pilot or higher with Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument Rating

  • Second class or higher FAA medical and type rating for company aircraft (BV 107/234)

  • Ability to pass background checks for government related contract work

  • 1500 hours PIC

  • Experience long-line (200) external load pilot with fire-fighting/construction experience

  • Ability to be flexible, able to adapt/respond to changing situations, ability to work under pressure and high stress environment utilizing their problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with strong leadership and integrity

  • On call 24/7 via company cell phone and ability to work weekend duties and on call.

  • The ability to multi-task, communicate, provide problem solving and positive decision making skills

  • Conduct oneself in accordance with Company’s Core Values

  • Must meet International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as a U.S. Person

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)