Chief Pilot

Job Description

Reports to: Head of Flight Operations

Responsible for: Pilots

Department: Flight Operations

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the Flight Operations aircraft are operated to the highest level of safety and that all crew members maintain professional standards at all times.
  • Supervise the screening, selection, and monitoring of Flight Captains/First Officer candidates.
  • Carry out crew performance appraisals, and provide feedback to pilots, and dispatch personnel, taking corrective or developmental actions when required.
  • Responsible for maintaining a liaison with the Head of Flight Operations in all operational matters.
  • Responsible for the training and retention of all flight operations personnel.
  • Coordinate training needs to ensure that adequately trained pilots are available for all trip needs.
  • Ensure that the aircraft copies of the Operations Manual are current.
  • Shall participate in the investigation of, and make a report to the Head of Flight Operations and other senior management on, any aircraft accident, reportable incident, records discrepancy, or crew flight violation.
  • Liaise with the Head of Flight Operations in ensuring that pilot records are maintained to Company standards.
  • Responsible for aircraft charts and related publications.
  • Work closely with the Maintenance to ensure that aircraft maintenance problems do not unnecessarily disrupt scheduled flight operations.
  • Inform crew, traveller’s, maintenance department, and other pertinent personnel of all changes to itineraries prior to or during course of trip.
  • Coordinate Pilot scheduling, daily aircraft allocation and Flight scheduling with Dispatch department.
  • With Maintenance, monitor hours on aircraft until next aircraft inspection and maintenance is due, including managing flight schedules to accommodate aircraft maintenance work.
  • Responsible, with the Head Maintenance, for preparing and submitting the aircraft Mechanical Interruption Summary Reports.
  • Assist in the evaluations, engineering and development of aircraft modifications and improvements.
  • Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the Head – Flight Operations.

Minimum Qualification and Experience:

  • Must hold an ATPL, and a minimum of 4000 hours in command of a large Aircraft
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or its equivalent will be an added advantage
  • At least three years working experience in a similar position in a commercial
  • airline.
  • The Chief Pilot shall be a Senior Training Captain holding a valid, appropriate type-rating and be rated on at least one aircraft Type on Uganda Airline’s fleet.
  • Demonstrated managerial and administrative knowledge and capabilities, as well as knowledge of office computer applications.
  • Knowledge in Safety Management systems
  • High level of integrity with the ability to keep confidential information secure.
  • Excellent communication skills, a motivator and team builder
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Effective coaching and influencing skills.
  • Ability to prioritize a high volume of tasks and work well under pressure and time constraints.
  • Being a member of an aviation professional body is of added advantage.
  • Acceptable to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, as part of AOC conditions


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