CH-47/BV234 NVG VRLL Fire/Utility SIC – USA

CH47 Second In Command/Copilot

Coulson Aviation •

Reno, Nevada, USA

Position Type:

Coulson Aircrane Ltd.

Job Description:

Coulson Aviation is the leader in wildland aerial firefighting for the aviation industry, worldwide. We specialize in C130’s, B737’s, CH-47’s, UH60’s, S61’s, S76’s and S70i’s.

Our pilots can be based anywhere in the USA. We will transport you back and forth, as well as provide accommodations.

What We Are Looking For:

The CH47 Pilot-In-Command reports to the Chief Pilot and is responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of the flight assignment and maintaining a high level of customer service. This full-time position will require a full understanding of the FARs applicable to Part 91, Part 133, Part 135, Part 137, and all company manuals, policies, and SOP’s.

As a Coulson Aviation Pilot, your primary missions could include aerial firefighting (Day or Night), timber logging operations, construction, ferry flights, reconnaissance, medical rescue, disaster mitigation, and related activities. With support from management, pilots will be responsible for organizing and managing the daily requirements of various contracts while representing Coulson Aviation in a professional manner. This includes courteous interaction with clients, mission preparation and execution, and accurate and timely reporting of operationally related information.

Additional pilot duties are to assist maintenance where needed, help keep aircraft in a clean and presentable condition, and maintain accurate pilot flight logs and records which can include company related documents.

Job Duties:

  • CFR 91.3 responsibility and authority of pilot in command.
  • Reviews flight assignments and obtains briefing information regarding the purpose of the flight, weather, operating procedures, and any special instructions.
  • Ensures that all pertinent information about flight operations will be disseminated to his/her shift change pilot.
  • Assists in training crews to operate safely in and around helicopters; uses maps, operates fire and aviation radios, checks, cleans, and maintains helicopters, performs general housekeeping duties at crew quarters.
  • Devotes two hours each day to group or self-studying of aircraft systems, EP’s, etc.
  • Prepares or supervises preparation of flight plan considering such factors as altitude, terrain, weather, range, weight, cruise performance, airport facilities and navigational aids.
  • Ensures aircraft is preflight inspected, loaded, equipped, and manned for the flight assignment.
  • Ensures cargo is properly secured and provisions for passenger’s comfort, if applicable, and emergency equipment such as life vest, etc. are aboard.
  • Determine compliance with duty and flight time limitations, properly certificated, adequately rested, and in proper dress.
  • Ensures that all required forms, equipment, and material are on board the aircraft prior to flight.
  • Records mechanical irregularities and discrepancies and ensures that maintenance personnel are informed of the item recorded.
  • Verifies before beginning any flight that recorded items have been procedurally complied with, deferred, or corrected by maintenance personnel in accordance with the approved Minimum Equipment List for that aircraft, as appropriate.
  • Shall ensure that all passengers, if applicable are properly briefed prior to taxi and that emergency evacuation assignments are understood.
  • Files a flight plan if necessary.
  • May delegate duties to other personnel but retains responsibility.

Job Requirements:

  • PIC must be highly knowledgeable of FAA regulations, Operations Specifications, Flight Manuals, Operations Manual, etc.
  • Qualified to serve as Pilot-in-Command in the Aircraft you’re applying for.
  • No FAA violations/warnings in last five years.
  • The ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Requires the ability to handle multiple priorities at the same time and the ability to follow through on all tasks assigned.
  • The ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Must satisfy the applicable USFS hour requirements.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Preferred requirements:
    • 2500 hours PIC (Helicopter)
    • Must have a Commercial Helicopter license
    • Must have a Instrument License
    • Night Vision Goggle Experience a plus
    • Must be proficient in vertical reference and or tank operations.
    • Must meet or exceed the USFS Pilot in Command hour and certificate requirements.
  • Supervises field crew and copilots


  • Competitive compensation based on experience and credentials.
  • Company paid medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • 401K with company match.
  • Flexible work life balance.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work performed in field settings.
  • Exposure to shop environment such as noise, dust, odors, and fumes.
  • Occasionally required to lift up to 50 lbs.

Job Ident #:

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Coulson Aviation

4890 Cherry Creek Rd
Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y8E9 Canada

The company’s operations include helicopter logging, forest fire suppression, power-line construction, airliner passenger transport and many other industrial heavy lift operations. The fleet is geared for mobility and self-sufficiency and is supported…

Supported Manufacturers:
Sikorsky, Lockheed, Boeing

Supported Models:
S-61, Hercules C-130, 737

Source: JSfirm