Aero-Flite Non-Rated First Officers

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Aero-Flite are recruiting First Officers for their firefighting RJ85 fleet based in Spokane, WA. Info taken from Aero-elite jobs page.
The mission of Aero-Flite is to provide exceptional firefighting aircraft and customer service in support of our ground firefighting partners. Our vision is to continually strive to improve our safety and service while offering greater value to our partner agencies.

The First Officer RJ-85 acts as second in command for wildfire suppression missions operating
multiengine firefighting aircraft.

Experience Requirements:

  • FAA Commercial Pilot certificate with multiengine land (MEL) ratings – (ATP preferred)
  • US Citizen or Official authorization to work in the United States
  • 3,000 hours in airplanes
  • 1,000 hours PIC
  • 200 hours PIC multiengine
  • 200 hours PIC multi-crew
  • 100 hours in airplanes in preceding 12 months
  • 75 hours actual or simulated instrument flight
  • FAA Class II medical certificate

Education and Training:

  • Professional Aviation training –

    Specialized aircraft courses, Simulator, and CRM training (preferred)

  • Post Secondary Education –

    2 or 4 year degree program

  • Human Factors / Safety Management

    Formal risk based education (preferred)

Essential Functions:

  • Work as a team player under the direction of the Pilot in
    Command and Chief Pilot.
  • Conduct RJ-85 flight operations in a safe, standardized,
    and professional manner.
  • Operate in accordance with company and agency Standard
    Operating Procedures.
  • Support the PIC to ensure regulatory, agency, and company
    policy compliance.
  • Ensure accurate pre-flight planning, loading, and
    performance calculations.
  • Verify airworthiness and report any concerns or discrepancies
    to the PIC.
  • Maintain expert working knowledge of aircraft and pilot
    associated documents.
  • Provide clear, relevant, and timely information to the PIC,
    ATC, and other fire resources.
  • Monitor aircraft systems, aircraft performance, and crew
  • Adhere to all aircraft limitations and treat the equipment
    with care and respect.
  • Epitomize and promote Aero-Flite’s Mission, Vision, and
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief Pilot.


    • Aeronautical – Expert
      knowledge of off-airport, IFR, and multi-crew operations
    • Regulatory – Expert
      knowledge of FAA regulations and procedures
    • Mechanical – Expert knowledge of aircraft systems
    • Human Factors – Expert knowledge of human factors and risk assessment
    • Customer Service – Knowledge of excellent customer
      service principles

Skills and Competencies:

  • Communication – Must have excellent communication skills. Able
    to read, write and understand the English language.
  • Teamwork – Ability to work as part of the aerial
    firefighting team under all conditions.
  • Interpersonal skills – Ability to work well with a
    variety of personalities. Ability to diffuse conflicts and maintain a positive
    work environment
  • Task management – Must prioritize tasks and
    projects with attention to detail.
  • Professional demeanor – Ability to maintain professional
    relationships in adverse conditions.
  • Adaptability – Able to adapt to dynamic work environment with uncertain
    and fluid work schedules.


  • Aeronautical Decision Making – Awareness of associated risk factors and ability to
    make consistent, conservative, and timely decisions.
  • Airmanship- Apply knowledge, experience, training, situational awareness, skills, and
    discipline to command the machine to support the mission.
  • Troubleshooting/Critical Thinking – Determine cause and effect
    through expert knowledge of aircraft systems, malfunctions, and procedures to
    assist abnormal operations and maintenance.
  • Computer Literacy – Able to use IT tools to enhance training, productivity,
    and situational awareness.
  • Technical comprehension and writing – Ability to reference and understand manuals,
    critically analyze relationship between OEM procedures and company SOPS, and manage
    discrepancy logs and MEL.
Aero-Flite is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and will make all employment related decisions without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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