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H145 HEMS Pilot – England

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Closing date for applications: Monday 29th January 2018 at 5.00pm


Line Pilot

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity

Cayley House

10 South Lane


West Yorkshire


01422 237900

     January 2018



Not everyone realises that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies solely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across your region. In fact, as an independent Charity we only receive help through secondment of the paramedics from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. We need to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances and highly-trained crew in the air. This is the equivalent of £4.4M every single year.

As a rapid response lifesaving emergency service, our air ambulances serve a population of five million people across four million acres. Our two Airbus H145 helicopters operate from Nostell Priory near Wakefield in West Yorkshire and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk in North Yorkshire, covering the whole of Yorkshire seven days a week, 365 days per year. Flying with NVIS commenced in the summer of 2017 and extends the hours of operation from between 0600 to 2400.

Wherever the air ambulance lands at the scene of an accident, it is a maximum of 20 minutes from a Major Trauma Centre for the patient’s injuries or illness.

Over 7,000 patients’ lives have been changed by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance since the Charity began in October 2000.


The structure of the YAA is unusual in so far as we do not have a Chief Executive. The Trustee Board consists of 11 trustees with different skill sets and expertise that they bring to the Charity. The Chairman is Peter Sunderland MBE, DL and the Vice Chair is Brian Chapman. The Board is very commercially focussed and has a broad spectrum of skills.

Day to day running of the Charity falls under the control of departmental Directors who form our Senior Management Team (SMT). Five SMT members are responsible for the business activity departments of Fundraising, Finance, Marketing & Communications, Operations, and Aviation. We are seeking to recruit a Line Pilot to join our team who, under the direction of a Chief Pilot, will be responsible for the command and operation of one of our Airbus H145 helicopters. Unlike most other air ambulances in the UK, we directly employ pilots to fly the helicopters under our own Air Operators Certificate (AOC).

Depending on base location and roster patterns, current operating hours throughout the year are from 6am to midnight during the week, with twelve-hour overlapping shifts at weekends. The successful candidate will either be required to work from our primary airbase at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, or from our secondary airbase at RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

If you would like to be part of this high-profile, successful regional charity and think your skills and experience fit the bill for this exciting role… we look forward to hearing from you!



Line Pilot


Nostell Priory ASU, or RAF Topcliffe, Thirsk.


Chief Pilot


Maximum 60 hours per seven days in accordance with the approved FTL scheme, which will require working evenings, weekends, and statutory/public holidays. Maximum 2000 annualised hours.

Nostell ASU: Six-week repeating roster pattern, comprising a balance between early and late shifts of ten hours each, to cover an operational period between 0600 and 2400.

Topcliffe ASU: Three-on / three-off roster pattern, with twelve hour shifts to cover an operational period between 0700 and 2200.

Occasional variations to these patterns may be requested, but duty time will never be more than as permitted under the approved FTL scheme.


Extra duties may sometimes be requested to provide cover for unforeseen sickness and holiday relief. Whenever these shifts increase work hours beyond the usual rostered FDP per six-week period, additional payments will be made.

Suitable accommodation is provided FOC by the Charity at both air bases to manage fatigue.


28 or 30 including statutory/public holidays, depending on roster pattern


To carry out line flying duties as required by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Main Duties:

As aircraft commander, to ensure all flying tasks are carried out in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the Charity’s Operations Manual, in addition to any regulations as laid down by the Air Navigation Order and/or EASA as amended by legislation.

Ensure that, during periods of duty, you manage and organise the Operating Base in an effective manner; briefing crews on their HEMS responsibilities and maintaining the high personal and professional standards expected from any employee of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

To ensure personal currency in all respects with regard to Flight Crew Licence, Aircrew Medical, Licence Proficiency Check (LPC), Operator Proficiency Check (OPC), Line Check, Emergency & Safety Equipment Check (E&SE) and other checks as required by the regulations before carrying out any flight on behalf of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

You may on occasion be required to carry out duties of a different nature either in addition to, or instead of, your normal duties. You will not be assigned duties or asked to perform services which it is believed are unreasonable or you cannot reasonably perform, or which are inconsistent with the position you hold.

Knowledge and Experience required:


Either a current ATPL(H) or CPL(H) with Instrument Rating

A minimum of 1500 hours as pilot-in-command of aircraft

A minimum of 500 hours as pilot-in-command of helicopters gained VMC overland with significant low flying experience, including 40 hours PIC at night

Able to provide evidence (or willing to undergo assessment) of medical and fitness to ensure they meet CAA requirements

Access to own vehicle for business use with clean driving licence

Lives in, or prepared to relocate to the Yorkshire region


Previous experience in a similar HEMS role

H145 type rating

NVIS experience

Skills and Abilities:

Communicating with others – Pitches communication at the right level both verbally and in writing and checks for understanding. Good listening skills. Uses information to influence others. Able to give tough messages when required.

Building Relationships – Works well with others. Co- operates willingly with others. Able to quickly build effective relationships with all levels both internally and externally and meet the needs of the individual. Treats others with dignity and respect and able to gain the trust of others and build strong relationships with others.

Flexibility and Adaptability - Adopts a flexible and adaptable approach, taking on board the opinions of colleagues. Recovers well from setbacks and resistance from others and remains calm under pressure and focused on the task. Encourages others to do the same.

Making Decisions - Anticipates issues and takes action to address underlying cause. Reaches effective decisions by gathering and analysing relevant information balancing cost, benefit and risk implications. Considers options, weighs up pros and cons before deciding on action.

Delivering Results - Accepts accountability and ownership. Ensures that they and the team deliver on time and to required standard. Has high standards and leads by examples. A good role model. Creates enthusiasm in others.

Self-Motivated - Works well on their own or as part of a team. Demonstrates a positive attitude. Energetic and enthusiastic.

Additional Information:

£55k to £60k plus bonus, depending on skills and experience

Discretionary annual staff bonus scheme based on the Charity’s financial performance and personal KPIs

Mileage expenses for use of own car

Contributory pension scheme.

Private Medical Insurance

Life Assurance

Aircrew medicals provided by Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Confirmation in post subject to completion of a successful 6-month probationary period

The successful applicant will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check

First interviews will take place at Cayley House, Elland on either Thursday 15th or Friday 16th February 2018

Start date for the successful applicant to commence in June/July 2018

The successful applicant will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check.

If you wish to discuss the job role in more detail, please contact Captain Andy Lister, Director of Aviation on 07785 622 428

Closing date for applications: Monday 29th January 2018 at 5.00pm

To apply for this position, please fully complete the Application Form (downloadable from our website http://www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/info/work-at-yaa or available upon request by calling 01422 237900).

Returned applications should be forwarded with a covering letter including current package and salary expectations.

Where possible, we would prefer completed applications to be emailed back to us. Instructions of where to send applications are included on the Application Form.

For further information about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, please visit www.yaa.org.uk .

Source: Work at the YAA - Yorkshire Air Ambulance