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Class Code: 1236
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: Responsible for the supervision and coordination of the daily operations of a unit within the Department's Aviation section. Performs other duties as required. Classification may be held in either sworn or civilian status. This is a competitive classification.

Essential Functions: 1. Supervises a work unit that may consist of pilots, officer/paramedics, and volunteers which includes the following duties; interviewing prospective employees; providing, recommending, and ensuring appropriate training; coordinating, scheduling and assigning work product; establishing performance measures, goals, objectives and priorities; evaluating work performance; providing feedback, direction and guidance; and recommending and/or implementing personnel actions.

2. As pilot in command, operates aircraft in support of public safety missions that may include surveillance, patrol, pursuit, search and rescue, medical evacuations, aerial photography, and transport of personnel. Performs related activities such as evaluating requests for air support taking into consideration weather, manpower, and type of mission, scheduling of flight plans, testing and maintenance of aircraft and equipment, pre and post-flight inspections, and operation of ground handling equipment.

3. Ensures a safety-first environment through adherence to established policies, procedures, training, and industry standards.

4. May be responsible for the coordination and management of assigned facilities. This may include facilitating negotiations for leasing contracts, procurement of equipment necessary for efficient unit operations, and general maintenance needs.

5. Establishes training needs and coordinates pilot/paramedic training programs which may include technical skill certification, safety training, and maintenance of training records.

6. Maintains logs and records, as required, and prepares written and statistical reports on activities and incidents.

7. Acts as liaison with federal, state, and local agencies to coordinate missions and training.

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

9. May provide security for passengers.

10. Serves as acting Aviation Bureau Commander in absence of the Aviation Administrator.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required: Knowledge of:

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

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

3. weather systems relating to aircraft operations.

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 storage and 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. the principles, practices, and methods of supervision and training.

18. business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation required to produce and review complex written documents.

19. report writing required to produce technical reports.

20. the operation of special mission-related equipment.

21. oral communication.

22. written communications to complete required reports and records.

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

24. the operation of rescue equipment.

25. police methods, practices and procedures, if AZ POST certification is obtained.

26. the proper use of weapons, if AZ POST certification is obtained.

27. 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 Certificate).

4. work independently.

5. establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment.

6. compute basic mathematical and statistical calculations.

7. read and interpret written material of moderate difficulty.

8. 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.

May be exposed to fumes or dust, toxic or caustic chemicals or bodily fluids.

May be required to move/lift items up to one hundred (100) pounds.

Minimum Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a minimum of four (4) years as a Pilot in the Aviation Section of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and have an overall performance rating of at least "Standard" in the last 12 months, OR meet the minimum qualifications for the classification of Rotary Wing Pilot I or Fixed Pilot I and have a minimum of four (4) years of closely related aviation supervisory experience. Must be qualified and approved as Pilot in Command in all unit aircraft or must meet the minimum qualifications for Arizona Department of Administration Risk Management approval. Must have a valid Arizona driver license at the time of hire. Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA status - Non-Exempt

Current as of: 7/24/2014 7:39:57 AM