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B205A1++ Fire/Utility Pilot

Hillsboro, OR 97124
United States

Minimum Flight Hours Required
Not Applicable
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Job Description

About Hillsboro Aviation

Founded in 1980, Hillsboro Aviation offers complete helicopter and airplane services comprised of five divisions: contract & charter, aircraft sales & management, service center, FBO, and parts sales. Serving domestic and international markets in the government, commercial, and private sectors, we have over 85 employees and 10 turbine aircraft. We operate out of our award-winning headquarters at the Portland-Hillsboro Airport (KHIO).

Our Vision

We believe in the power of a personal approach. We passionately purvey the notion of flight, a dream demanding creativity, persistence, resilience, and intent. We strive to foster a legacy of innovative thought, leadership, mentorship, service, and sustainability. We are dedicated to providing opportunity and growth for our team, our customers, and our community by providing extraordinary and memorable experiences in the air and on the ground.

The Position

Hillsboro Aviation’s contract & charter division provides services to the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Department of Interior (DOI), FEMA, large national utility (powerline & infrastructure), and high-tech companies as well as smaller companies and individuals. Our missions include search and rescue, short-haul (human external cargo, natural disaster relief, construction support, aerial firefighting, natural resource surveys, film/photo/news, and heli-skiing. Our fleet is comprised of Airbus H145D3, Bell 205 A-1++, Bell 407, Bell 407HP, and Airbus AS350B3e.

As a B205A1++ Fire/Utility Pilot you will work closely with the Contract & Charter team to perform in wildland fire fighting operations in a B205A1++. You will report to the Chief Pilot and will be responsible for the following, including but not limited to:

  • Cover the assigned aircraft for an Exclusive Use contract or a Call When Needed contract during the summer season. 
  • If on a CWN contract, a guaranteed number of work days equivalent to an EU contract will be agreed upon.
  • EU contract starts in 2024 and has 4 more extension years.
  • The contract will start May/June 2024 and is expected to run until the end of fire season.
  • Other utility operations will be scheduled to meet the needs of the project.
  • Operate on a 12 on 2 off or 12 on 12 off schedule. If operated on a 12 on 2 off schedule, occasionally longer breaks to travel back home may be arranged based on helicopter operations and relief pilot availability.

Ideal candidates are able to work independently within his/her areas of responsibilities under limited supervision, excited to represent Hillsboro Aviation in front of key customers, including foreign governments, community leaders, and business partners, and willing to assist in other projects or duties as assigned.

Hillsboro Aviation’s growth and sustainability is rooted in its commitment to attracting a diverse set of talent from around the world. To that end, we encourage qualified individuals from all walks of life to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer (EEO) and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
This job will remain open until filled. Please do not call regarding the status of your application.

Job Requirements


  • COM or ATP certificate with Rotorcraft Helicopter Rating
  • Current class 1 or 2 medical
  • Current driver license with clean driving record
  • Passport (for OPS crossing into Canada or relocations to Alaska)
  • Able to legally work in the U.S.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Helicopter Total Time: 3,500 hours
  • 100 PIC in helicopter within last 12 months
  • Bell Medium PIC Time: 50 hours
  • Bell Medium PIC Time: 10 hours within last 12 months
  • Mountainous Terrain: 300 hours PIC in helicopter
  • Bell Medium PIC Mountainous Terrain: 100 hours
  • Vertical Reference Total Time: 300 hours

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Currently or previously interagency carded in Bell Mediums (preferably B205)
  • Last 12 months: 25 hours PIC performing vertical reference w/ precision placements
  • Additional experience in B407/AS350/H145
  • Rotorcraft Instrument Rating
  • Clean driving record
  • B205 factory training