(Other) BK117 NVG HEMS Pilot – New York


Syracuse, NY


Thank you for considering a career with Mercy Flight Central, a local, community-based nonprofit, air medical services company. You won’t be disappointed with your choice. At MFC, you can count on working with individuals who are dedicated to our mission of saving lives. Our team of aviation and medical professionals come to us from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of experiences. Our company strives to foster a culture of safety, innovation and exceptional care as evidenced by our Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) status.

We are not a corporate giant with bases spanning across the US and beyond—but we have been well-rooted in the community for nearly 30 years. The long-lasting support we receive from the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions have enabled us to focus on those projects which advance our mission.

The shield displayed on the shoulder of our uniforms depicts Integrity – Compassion – Excellence, which signifies our culture and guiding principles. We hope that you would enjoy the experience of impacting lives and feeling like you are making a unique contribution to your community.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Position Locations

  • Canandaigua, NY
  • Marcellus, NY
  • Rome, NY

Job Description

Responsible for acting as the pilot flying Helicopter Air Ambulance Operations, VFR day/night/NVG by performing the following duties.

  • Reporting directly to the Chief Pilot or Lead Pilot
  • Responsible for the safe conduct of flights to which assigned
  • Has the final authority in the operation of the aircraft
  • PICs must ensure compliance with all federal, state, local and foreign regulations, as well as the policies and procedures specified in the company operations manual
  • Providing excellent customer service
  • Complying with schedules and other directives governing the aircraft’s operation
  • Ensuring the preflight inspection is completed before each departure
  • Ensures passengers have been briefed in accordance as per 14 CFR 135.117
  • Ensures that each flight is conducted in accordance with 14 CFR 135 or 91 as appropriate
  • Checking all applicable NOTAMs, studying weather conditions at destination, enroute, alternate airports and departure points
  • Preparing flight plans as appropriate
  • Ensuring that the aircraft is clean and prepared for flight
  • Ensuring that the aircraft is airworthy, duly registered and that all required documentation is on board the aircraft
  • Reviewing and calculating the aircraft weight and balance, fuel and oxygen requirements and performance charts
  • Using checklists and operating procedures noted in this manual
  • Making decisions necessary to start, delay, or cancel flights and deviate the flight from planned route or destination when operating conditions dictate
  • Notify authorities of any accident, suspected communicable disease, acts of unlawful interference, or landing at an airport other than planned or as caused by circumstances beyond the control of the PIC
  • Completing all post flight duties, including flight logs, deferred item sheet, notification to the company of any deviation from the planned itinerary or overnight location
  • When necessary, utilizes the authority to refuse transportation of any person or object if the carriage poses any risk to the safety of the aircraft or its occupants
  • Ensuring that he/she is current and qualified to operate the aircraft to which he/she is assigned. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • training, testing, compliance with flight time restrictions and rest requirements, maintaining a current medical certificate as required and notifies the chief pilot if any medical (physical or mental) condition exists that may impair his/her ability to perform as a crew member, and all other applicable Federal Aviation Regulations.
  • Assists with cleaning of aircraft and work areas
  • Weight shall not exceed 230 pounds


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
    representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing software, spreadsheet software, and internet software.

Travel Requirements

  • Must live within reasonable commute to assigned base location

Specialized Training

  • Helicopter pilot training
  • Commercial helicopter training
  • Individual aircraft training

Benefits and Perks

  • Group health and dental with 75 ER / 25 EE cost split
  • Annual $2,000 optional benefit buyout for employees covered through other insurance
  • SimpleIRA after one (1) year of employment with up to 3% match
  • Paid Sick Leave, Jury Duty and Bereavement
  • One (1) week vacation after six (6) months of employment
  • Double-time holiday pay


Minimum high school diploma or general education degree (GED)

The pilot must possess at least a commercial rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument helicopter rating

If not exceeded by applicable national AHJ regulations, the pilot in command must possess:

  • 2000 total flight hours (or total flight hours of at least 1,500 hours and recent experience
  • A minimum of 1,200 helicopter flight hours
  • At least 1,000 of those hours must be as PIC in rotorcraft
  • 100 hours unaided (if pilot is not assigned to an NVG base/aircraft)
  • 50 hours unaided as long as the pilot has 100 hours aided (if assigned to an NVG base/aircraft)
  • A minimum of 500 hours of turbine time 1,000 hours of turbine time strongly encouraged

Source: Mercy Flight Central Inc. – PILOT IN COMMAND