Assistant chief pilots are generally responsible for maintaining safety in aviation and serving as a point of contact for pilots and management. These assistants are tasked with assisting the chief pilot in his duties and may also perform them independently, and they are expected to develop aircraft checklists and standard operating procedures to ensure that safety protocols are met for each flight.
Assistant chief pilots may be required to develop and implement safety training and regulations, as well as deliver all notices and directives to pilots and runway crews. They may help maintain supervision over the runway and even oversee pilot scheduling and the assignments provided to pilots. Pilot proficiency checks should be performed on a periodic basis, and these assistants may also serve as duty managers on occasion and take on additional tasks provided by the operations manager.
A bachelor’s degree, a background in aeronautics, and at least two years of experience in the field are generally required of assistant chief pilots. A standard forty-hour week can be expected, and travel is frequent in this position.
Assistant Chief Pilot Tasks
Supervise flight crew both in flight and for training requirements.
Create, conduct and review training and qualification courses, tasks and documentation.
Research flight details and conduct flights, enforcing all safety standards.