Pilots are an integral part of North West Geomatics aircrew working closely with the sensor operators in planning and executing any aerial photography mission. Both pilots and sensor operators have to be able to work independently and as a team on a flight mission.
Typically the pilot is either a university or technical school graduate with a good understanding and knowledge of electronics and computers, and has acquired both their US and Canadian Airline licenses and appropriate ratings.
The pilot's daily duties are summarized as follows:
Ensure the safety of the crew onboard at all times, as this will remain the top priority.
Assess weather, NOTAMS, and airspace restrictions for the planned flight.
Co-ordinate with ATC, military, and other agencies with appropriate information. (IE Maps, bibles,
Flight planning (etc) including border crossing procedures), perform a weight and balance check, and submit an operational flight plan.
Conduct a thorough preflight inspection of the aircraft, including fueling & surface contamination.
Operate the aircraft safely within the confines of the appropriate regulations, airworthiness certificate, operator's handbook & its supplements.
Communicate and maintain a listening watch with all other aircraft and ATC while airborne to conduct mission safely, and to react accordingly should plans change mid mission.
Contact the maintenance department with any snags or maintenance related issues to minimize down time.
Work with technical support to resolve any survey equipment issues.
Secure aircraft after daily mission is complete: propellers spun to remove hot exhaust gasses, tires chocked, control lock and rudder lock installed, engine plugs inserted, Do Not Tow signs installed.
Post flight duties: Aircraft Journey Logbook entry completed, daily duty sheets filled out, personal logbook entry completed.
The process is repeated daily until that work is completed or aircraft is grounded due to weather or maintenance.
The pilots can be required to help install and dismantle the sensor for repairs or moving from one aircraft to another.
Pilots are required to work in both US and Canada and some international travel for North West's overseas work is also required. Pilots work +/-5 weeks in the field followed with 5 weeks off.
Minimum 2000 flight hours
Aerial survey experience an asset
Please also apply by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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