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Chief Pilot

Kachina Aviation
4130 Heliport Rd
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

Minimum Certification Required
Commercial Pilot
Minimum Flight Hours Required
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Job Start Date
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Experience Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
Some Travel

Job Description

Kachina Aviation is accepting resumes for Chief Pilot.

Kachina Aviation is a Bell medium helicopter operator based in Nampa, ID. We currently operate Bell 205A-1++ and Bell 212HP helicopters on fire contracts based in Colorado, Idaho and Alaska with state and federal agencies with the potential for operations anywhere in the lower 48 states and Alaska. Our specialties involve aerial fire suppression, helitack operations, external load on longlines and belly hook, mountain operations, aerial ignition, search and rescue and more. We also have a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) firefighting program in the State of Colorado.
Highly qualified candidates will have previous aerial firefighting experience and Bell medium helicopter experience. The Chief Pilot candidate must be qualified on at least the Bell 205 helicopter but preferably the Bell 212 as well.
If interested: please upload current resume (preferably in PDF format) along with any professional references you would like to offer. 
Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications (for a line pilot position):

  • 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 Chief Pilot 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,
  • 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 previous experience as a chief pilot or in aviation management, precision and production longline utility experience, and who have been previously being carded for:

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


Kachina Aviation
Kim Hatch
4130 Heliport Rd
Nampa ID 83687
United States