Research Pilot Job at Total Aerospace Services, Seattle, WA

  • Total Aerospace Services
  • Seattle, WA

Job Description

Our client is a public land-grant research institution. Their benefits are an important part of the overall compensation package, and they are pleased to offer benefits-eligible employees a comprehensive array of benefits. These benefits are designed to help protect and enhance all eligible employee family members' overall well-being and way of life.


They are currently recruiting for a  Research Pilot in Laramie, WY.


What Is In It For You

Salary: $80,000 yearly

Position Type : Permanent - Full-time

Benefits: Medical, Dental, 401K, Disability, Company-provided Life Insurance


Purpose of the Research Pilot

Our client invites applications for a Research Pilot to operate their aircraft. They own and operate two King Air aircraft; one is a specially modified King Air 350 instrumented for atmospheric research, and the other is a King Air 200 used for transporting their administrators and guests throughout the region. The research pilots are required to operate both aircraft. King Air experience is preferred but not required. This position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000 to $90,000. The final salary will be based on experience, skills relevant to the role, and internal equity.


Essential Duties of The Research Pilot

The successful candidate will be one in a group of three research pilots. They will act as Pilots in Command (PIC) for flights in single pilot IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) and VMC (visual meteorological conditions) at all times of day for research fights for the study of atmospheric phenomena. They will also act as PIC and Second in Command (SIC) for transportation flights. Research pilots work on-site to maintain a culture of safety with efficient procedures that support customer service. They also assist with and provide input for both aircraft's scheduling, budgeting, and planning activities. Research pilots prepare plans for individual flights and arrange plans for logistics and project operations for research projects out of the home base of Laramie and for projects based out of other locales. Research projects may be based anywhere in the world, and specific goals and objectives of projects are highly variable but are always focused on Atmospheric Science. The successful candidate must be able and willing to operate the aircraft domestically and internationally and will be required to attend initial and recurrent training and other training as needed.




  • Embrace a culture of safety
  • Weather and atmospheric conditions as they affect flight operations
  • Geography, topography, navigation, GPS waypoints and weather conditions
  • Fly aircraft as Pilot in Command at all times of day, all seasons and weather conditions, and at low altitudes and low air speed.
  • Operate aircraft in mountainous terrain, open water, and remote locations.
  • Maintain records, prepare reports, and conduct correspondence related to work.
  • Communicate effectively with scientific crew and passengers of various backgrounds, cultures, and experience levels.
  • Employ Crew Resource Management to maximize the effectiveness of crew members.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member and foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a focus on customer service


Remote Work Eligibility:

This position provides vital customer support and requires the successful candidate to be available to work on-site.



Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in aviation; experience will be evaluated by type and complexity on a case-by-case basis;
  • Airline Transport Pilot certificate (multi-engine land);
  • 3,000 or more logged pilot hours;
  • 2,000 hours minimum as pilot-in-command of multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft;
  • 500 hours minimum in fixed-wing turbine aircraft;
  • First-class FAA medical certificate within the last twelve months;
  • Special conditions of employment require passing regular medical examinations/tests. Please contact the Atmospheric Science Department for a copy of the current requirements.
  • Candidates selected for an onsite interview will be required to pass a check ride in the aircraft.
  • Valid driver's license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) compliant with the


Desired Qualifications:

  • King Air experience 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations;
  • Prior experience with air freight, small aircraft charter, medivac, SAR, research, customs, border patrol, and/or similar missions;
  • Knowledge of weather and atmospheric conditions as they affect flight operations;
  • Knowledge of flight procedures, ability to file flight plans and discern weather conditions affecting flight;
  • Skill to operate technical equipment with the knowledge and ability to test aircraft instrumentation.
  • Ability and willingness to recognize and report safety concerns;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with scientific crew and passengers. 


Required Materials:

Complete the online application and MUST upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V., and contact information for four work-related references. UW ATSC Research Pilot Flight Hours Quals Questionnaire. 


If you are interested in the  Research Pilot job in Laramie, WY, apply today!


​​This vacancy is being advertised by Total Aviation Staffing, LLC. The services advertised by Total Aviation Staffing, LLC are those of an Employment Agency.

Job Tags

Permanent employment, Full time, Work from home, Gangs,

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