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Class Code: 1240
Salary Schedule: Approved Arizona Law Enforcement Merit System Council Salary Schedule
One Salary
Annual / Hourly
Annual salaries are calculations based on approved hourly rates.

Summary Statement: Operates helicopter in emergency medical evacuations, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations for Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies, as required. Performs other duties as required.

Classification may be held in either sworn or civilian status.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. As pilot in command, operates rotary wing aircraft in support of public safety missions, including surveillance, patrol, pursuit, search and rescue, medical evacuations, aerial photography, and transport of personnel. Performs specialized maneuvers, such as rappelling, one-skid landing, external load/short haul operations, night and mountain flying.

2. Evaluates requests for air support.

3. Schedules flight plans in connection with flight missions.

4. Inspects, tests and maintains aircraft and all mission-related equipment.

5. Cleans aircraft, unit quarters and hangar.

6. Performs pre- and post-flight inspections.

7. Plans flights, loads passengers, baggage and cargo, and analyzes weather conditions.

8. Maintains logs and records, as required, and prepares written reports.

9. Operates aircraft tug, tractor and/or ground handling equipment.

10. Coordinates pilot training programs and maintains training records.

11. Assists medical personnel at scene, as required.

12. May exercise full peace officer authority, if AZPOST certification is obtained.

13. May provide security for passengers.

14. Trains pilots on various safety and aviation procedures and issues.

15. Serves as acting supervisor in absence of the Senior Pilot.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

1. weather systems regarding aircraft operations.

2. aircraft systems and operations, aerial navigation and maintenance regarding normal operating procedures, limitations, emergency procedures.

3. Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, Arizona Revised Statutes, Departmental General Orders, Aviation Bureau Standard Operating Procedures and Aviation Unit Special Procedures.

4. aircraft ground handling procedures.

5. geography, topography, and climate regarding the State of Arizona.

6. maintenance test flight procedures.

7. Department radio procedures.

8. aerodynamics and the fundamentals of flight regarding aircraft.

9. Federal Communications Commission Regulations.

10. aviation fuel quality assurance testing procedures.

11. rescue procedures.

12. aeromedical operations.

13. flight scheduling procedures.

14. crisis management techniques and procedures.

15. basic aircraft maintenance techniques and procedures.

16. coordinated search patterns.

17. principles and practices of supervision.

Skill in:

1. the operation of special mission-related equipment.

2. oral communication.

3. written communications to complete required reports and records.

4. the operation of ground vehicles (i.e. motor vehicles, fuel trucks, fuel pumps, aircraft handcarts and Hurst tools).

5. the operation of rescue equipment.

6. the proper use of weapons, if AZPOST certification is obtained.

7. the use of aircraft flight logs.

Ability to:

1. read and interpret aviation and weather maps.

2. perform operations under highly stressful or emergency conditions.

3. meet Federal Aviation Administration physical fitness requirements (e.g., First Class Medical Certification).

4. work independently.

5. compute basic mathematical and statistical calculations.

6. read and interpret written material of moderate difficulty.

7. prioritize flight missions.


Must have the flexibility to work any hours including weekends, holidays, rotating shifts, call-outs and overtime.

Must be willing to work in varying climates, temperatures and weather conditions.

Minimum Qualifications: Permanent status as Rotary Wing Pilot I with a total of three (3) years service as a Rotary Wing Pilot I with the Arizona Department of Public Safety with an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months.

Must have a valid Arizona driver license.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status - Non-Exempt

Current as of: 7/24/2014 5:20:40 AM