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Class Code: 1237
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 single- and multi-engine aircraft for transport of Department staff and Governor, and for airborne surveillance in traffic and criminal enforcement operations for the Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies, as required. Performs related duties as assigned. This is a competitive classification which may be held in either sworn or civilian status.

Essential Functions: (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. As pilot in command, operates single- and multi-engine airplane in support of public safety missions, including transport, surveillance, patrol, pursuit, search and rescue, medical evacuations and aerial photography. Performs the specialized maneuver of 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. May exercise full peace officer authority, if AZPOST certification is obtained.

12. May provide security for passengers.

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.

Skill in:

1. oral communication.

2. written communications to complete required reports and records.

3. the operation of ground vehicles (e.g., motor vehicles, fuel trucks, fuel pumps, aircraft handcarts, etc.).

4. 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. 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: Must be a U.S. citizen and a high school graduate or have a GED.
By the starting date, must be a resident of the State of Arizona.
Must have a valid Arizona driver license by no later than effective starting date.
Must have possession of a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument-Airplane Ratings.
Must hold at least a current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate and must be able to pass a FAA First Class medical examination without waiver.
Must have a minimum of 500 hours flying time as pilot in command in airplanes.

Must successfully complete the examination process.
FLSA status: Non-Exempt


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Current as of: 7/25/2014 6:04:59 PM