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Rotor-Wing VFR Pilot – California

Position Type: Permanent
Company: Aviation Search Group
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Job Title: Rotor-Wing VFR Pilot
Location: Lakeport California USA
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Job Desc: B407 Rotor-Wing VFR Pilot – Lakeport, CA

Company Overview

REACH is currently recruiting for Rotor-Wing VFR Pilot to join the REACH Team in Lakeport, California!

REACH Air Medical Services is a privately owned and operated EMS helicopter and fixed-wing provider headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and supports the following operations in California: Concord, El Centro, Lakeport, Marysville, Redding, Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Stockton, Corvallis, Oregon as well as Houston, Pearsall, and San Antonio, TX.

REACH operates Eurocopter EC135, Agusta A109, Bell 222, and 407 helicopters, as well as Cessna 421C and King Air B200 airplanes to perform patient transports providing high quality, customer-oriented patient care in a safe and efficient manner. Our Flight Crews respond to scene and interfacility patient transport requests, specializing in the transport of critically ill and/or injured pediatric patients.

REACH has performed more than 75,000 air ambulance missions throughout the past 27 years.

Position Summary

The REACH Pilot provides customer oriented high quality air medical transport services in a safe and efficient manner. The pilot is expected to act as a proactive and integral team player, both in flight, and during ground operations, utilizing communication and technical skills which will strengthen the company goal of being held in highest regard within the EMS industry.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintains a schedule as set forth by the company. The pilot should be prepared to occasionally serve extra duty shifts when called upon, due to the absence of other pilots for vacation, sick leave, etc.  Ensures aircraft readiness for flight dispatches, these items to include, as described in the appropriate manuals, but not limited to:

  • All FAR requirements * All REACH requirements
  • Aircraft cleanliness duties * All flight crew requirements
  • Accurately completes, in entirety, all required paperwork duties, i.e., duty shift change form, load manifests, duty/time sheets, all within scheduled due dates.
  • Continues in educational betterment, e.g., computer training, ground training and flight training.
  • Ensures that any and all pertinent information about flight operations will be disseminated to his/her shift change pilot and/or disseminated through the Company Communications Board per policy.
  • Conducts himself/herself in a professional manner at all times.
  • Attends meetings when required, and is available for training and check-flights outside of normal duty shift rotation.
  • Upholds current company policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties during scheduled shift as requested by Director of Operations or Chief Pilot.
  • Maintains safety as the primary concern.
Requirements: Qualifications:

  • 3000 hrs total helicopter time
  • 1500 hrs PIC (helicopter)
  • 500 hrs cumulative night experience
  • 100 hrs cumulative IFR experience
  • Commercial/Instrument helicopter rating
  • Preference given to applicants that have prior EMS and FAR 135 experience
  • Preference given to applicants with ATP rating
  • Preference given to applicants with NVG experience
  • Must maintain duty weight of less than 210 lbs


  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to communicate professionally, effectively and persuasively.
  • Ability to maintain composure under pressure, work efficiently and accurately with frequent interruptions, and set/re-set multiple priorities.
  • Presents a professional image as a REACH flight team member.
  • Maintains a positive team attitude with flight crew members, maintenance technician and communications specialist by working cohesively.
  • Works independently and tolerates high stress levels while maintaining a good rapport with co-workers.
  • Maintains ongoing knowledge of relevant aviation SOP’s.

Additional Qualifications Value Based Competencies:
Customer Focused:

  • Anticipates and strives to understand the needs of each customer.
  • Tailors each interaction to the specific needs of the person and/or situation.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to problems that arise while providing service.


  • Demonstrates open, honest and respectful communication.
  • Provides timely, constructive feedback that contributes to others’ development (each member must demonstrate a commitment to help each other succeed).


  • Takes responsibility for individual and team actions, decisions and results.
  • Measures progress against agreed upon plans and stated goals.

Continuous Improvement:

  • Thinks broadly when seeking new ways to improve performance, processes and services.
  • Seeks out and utilizes best practices.
  • Working Conditions and Physical Environment

Physical Requirements:

  • Requires activities requiring a moderate amount of standing, sitting and walking.
  • Able to conduct activities requiring a moderate to rigorous amount of static pushing, pulling, reaching and lifting.
  • Capable of lifting 75 lbs floor to bench height.
  • Ability to hear routine aircraft noises.
  • Maintains a “duty” weight (body weight + uniform/equipment) of less than 210 lbs.
  • Requires close and distant visual capability (Class 2 Aviation Medical)
  • Periodic hands to key ability (typing).

Environmental Conditions:
The RW Pilot duties are performed in either indoor or outdoor environments. The RW Pilot may be exposed to routine office noises, moderate electrical or mechanical hazards and frequent exposure to an aircraft hangar environment where the RW Pilot may be exposed to loud aircraft noise, fumes, gases, odors, dust particles and mechanical/electrical and chemical hazards. The RW Pilot must be present at work site to complete the job.

Protective Equipment:
Nomex full body flight suit, leather or Nomex boots, and an aviation helmet during all helicopter flight operations
PPE – latex gloves, goggles and HEPA mask
Hearing protection (plugs, band or head set)

Work Place Conditions:
The RW Pilot is physically based at an airport “crew quarters” for 12 hour shifts and must be prepared at a moments notice (within 5 minutes) to begin air ambulance missions that last from 6 to 8 hours. The crew quarters are equipped with kitchen, shower, rest and sleeping facilities.

Work Schedule:
The pilot schedule is a 12 hour shift, 7 days on and 7 days off, typically beginning at 0800 or 2000.

Sometimes a flight shift may extend past 12 hours, but usually not longer than 15 hours.
Pilot Housing Provided.

Company Offerings:
REACH offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, as well as a 401(k) plan. We also offer a flexible paid-time-off program and voluntary supplemental life insurance packages.

Job Ident #: VFR Pilot
Benefits: Please inquire.

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