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Bell 205A-1++ Seasonal Firefighting Helicopter Pilot

Kachina Aviation
4130 Heliport Rd
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

Minimum Certification Required
Commercial Pilot
Minimum Flight Hours Required
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Experience Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Heavy Travel

Job Description

Kachina Aviation is accepting applications for seasonal Bell 205/UH-1 qualified firefighting pilots for the 2021 fire season. We currently have contracts based in Colorado and Alaska with state and federal agencies with the potential for operations anywhere in the lower 48 states and Alaska. Our pilot positions involve aerial fire suppression, helitack operations, external load on longlines and belly hook, mountain operations, aerial ignition, search and rescue and more.

Highly qualified candidates will have previous aerial firefighting experience and Bell medium helicopter experience. For the purpose of USFS/OAS carding, a pilot candidate must have adequate flight time in single engine Bell medium helicopters.
If interested: please upload current pilot resume (preferably in PDF format) along with any professional references you would like to offer. 
No phone calls please, only resumes at this time.
Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 50 hours PIC in Bell 205/Single Engine UH-1 OR 25 hours PIC w/factory training
  • 1500 hours PIC in helicopters
  • 200 hours helicopter PIC in designated mountain areas
  • 100 hours in ≤12,500 weight category
  • 100 hours PIC in helicopters in previous 12 months (at time of carding)
  • 100 hours PIC turbine helicopters
  • 10 hours PIC vertical reference longline experience
  • Commercial Helicopter or ATP
  • 2nd or 1st class medical
  • Must be able to legally work and remain in the United States for an extended time

Qualified applicants must have been previously carded or qualified to be carded by the US Forest Service/OAS for:

  • Mountain flying,
  • external load (sling), long-line (vertical reference),
  • fire suppression (helitack),
  • retardant/water dropping.

Experience Preferred:

  • 3000+ hours PIC time in helicopters,
  • 2000+ hours PIC time in turbine helicopters,
  • 750+ hours PIC mountain ops (at altitudes above 5000 feet msl)
  • 700 hours PIC long-line vertical reference operations,
  • 100 hours PIC time at night in helicopters,
  • 500 hours PIC in Bell medium helicopters
  • Experience working with helitack firefighting crews


Additional consideration will be given candidates with precision and production longline utility experience and that have experience with or have been carded for:

  • rappel,
  • cargo-let-down,
  • short-haul
  • hoist rescue
  • night vision goggle (NVG) ops


Kachina Aviation
Kyler Burke
4130 Heliport Rd
Nampa ID 83687
United States