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Lifeflight Helicopter Pilot

Geisinger Health System •
State College, Pennsylvania, USA

Position Type: Permanent

Job Description:
The Pilot-in-Command (PIC) is responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of a flight assignment. The pilot-in-command and is authorized by Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) to process a flight assignment received from the Life Flight Communications Center and determines whether to accept or decline a flight assignment based on weather conditions or other factors that may impact the safety of flight. The Pilot-in-command will evaluate Visual Flight Rules (VFR) options and Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) options when applicable. A fully credentialed pilot will be NVG and a single pilot (IFR) captain. Works collaboratively with other members of the flight program.

Reports to the Chief Pilot.


Aviation Operations and Safety

  1. Plans flight assignments and obtains briefing information regarding purpose of the flight, weather, operating procedures and special instructions.
  2. Complies with all FAA Regulations, The General Operating Manual (GOM), safety manual, training manual and all other GMC policies and procedures.
  3. Conducts a start of shift briefing with the assigned medical, communications and ground personnel.
  4. Prepares flight plan considering such factors as altitude, terrain, weather, range, weight, airport facilities and navigational aids. Utilizes the GOM in determining weather minimums to accept a flight assignment.
  5. Ensures at the beginning of the shift that the aircraft is preflighted per the GOM, inspected, loaded, equipped, fueled and staffed for a flight assignment.
  6. Completes a walk around inspection of the aircraft prior to initiation of every flight assignment. The PIC may delegate a crew member to this task if the flight assignment includes a patient load with the rotor blades turning.
  7. Supervises and assists loading and distribution of cargo and passengers and determines that weight and balance is within prescribed limitations per the utilized method of aircraft weight and balance or the approved rotorcraft flight manual.
  8. Ensures cargo is properly secured and emergency equipment are aboard.
  9. Files, activates and closes the flight plans
  10. Checks aircraft discrepancy log prior to flight to ensure all discrepancies have been corrected or properly deferred prior to a flight assignment
  11. Logs all mechanical discrepancies as they occur and informs maintenance personnel. Notifies the Life Flight Communications Center of the service status of the aircraft
  12. Ensures proper completion of flight logs, records and maintenance forms.
  13. Completes paperwork as required by GMC
  14. Participates in post-flight debriefings
  15. Keeps navigation charts current and up to date.
  16. Report for duty not less than 15 minutes prior to an assigned shift. This is for the accomplishment of briefings, preflight inspections and paperwork.
  17. Monitors all weather situations and updates the Communications Center of same.
  18. Notifies the Director of Operations or designee whenever the pilot may violate any rule due to being dispatched on a flight.
  19. Notifies the Director of Operations whenever a personal medical deficiency exists that would affect the safety of flight.
  20. Maintains proficiency as Pilot-in-Command and proficiency in SPIFR operations.
  21. The Pilot-in-Command may delegate functions to other personnel but retains responsibility.
  22. Will have a primary base and secondary base assignment. Non GMC based employees will have a secondary base of GMC.
  23. Other duties as assigned.

*Denotes job duties that are considered essential job functions.

Job Requirements:

Leadership and Professional Development

  1. Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation departmental aviation policies.
  2. Shares professional responsibility for identification, development and achievement of department goals.
  3. Promotes and maintains positive professional working relationships within the department and throughout the health system
  4. Demonstrates and promotes effective interpersonal skills.
  5. Promotes the safety culture of Life Flight and places safety as a top priority.


  1. Required to meet all the qualifications for a VFR captain set forth in 135.243(C). Additionally: 1700 total flight hours with a minimum of 1500 helicopter hours, 1000 hours Pilot in Command time, 1000 hours of Turbine engine time, 500 hours helicopter Multi-engine and 100 hours of Night flight hours required. A minimum of 75 hours of actual Instrument or simulated of which 50 hours are in actual flight.
  2. IFR transition: All pilots will begin employment as a VFR captain. IFR certification will be complete within 180 days of hire with a maximum of 10hrs allotted for the VFR to IFR transition. New hires will be considered on probationary status until IFR certification is successfully completed.
  3. NVG transition. All pilots will begin employment a Non-NVG captain. NVG certification will be complete within 180 days of final FAA NVG approval. A minimum of five and a maximum of 10hrs allotted for the NVG transition. Employees hired after FAA NVG approval will be on the 180 day schedule to complete this certification and will be considered on probationary status until NVG certification is successfully completed.
  4. Commercial helicopter license with IFR rating required.
  5. ATP license preferred.
  6. FAA Class II Physical Medical Certificate required.
  7. Helicopter EMS experience preferred.
  8. Night Vision Goggle (NVG) experience preferred.


  1. Ability to operate helicopters and is exposed to non-conventional motion, noise, vibration, chemicals (i.e. jet fumes) and extreme heat or cold.
  2. Ability to lift at least 50 pounds using proper body mechanics and bend and carry heavy equipment and assist with carrying and loading patients.
  3. Ability to use maintenance stands and ladders to preflight aircraft. Able to refuel aircraft at the GMC facility
  4. Ability to wash aircraft per the program wash schedule
  5. Works in a patient care environment on the aircraft and is exposed to possible infectious diseases and chemical toxins.
  6. Required to arrive at their primary base site within 1 hour of travel time.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job

About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of AtlantiCare, a National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 12 hospital campuses, two research centers and a 510,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

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