Rotary Line Pilot

$69,377 - $73,118 yearly
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • National Police Air Service Doncaster, Second Avenue, Finningley, Doncaster, UK
  • Sep 05, 2022
Full time Aerial Surveillance Government (Federal) Helicopter Pilot Law Enforcement Multicrew Search and Rescue VFR

Job Description

Line Pilot
National Police Air Service
Various bases throughout England and Wales.
7 permanent posts
37 hours / as per agreed CAA roster
GBP60,516 - GBP63,780 Plus GBP7000 Market factor payment

Here at the National Police Air Service (NPAS) we are looking for helicopter pilots to join our team at NPAS London, Redhill, Birmingham, Husbands Bosworth and Newcastle which provide air support across England and Wales, 365 days a year. On a daily basis, NPAS help save lives, tackle criminality and keep people and communities safe.

Flying to more than 20,000 tasks every year, crews provide effective aerial support to ground based officers and in doing so improve operational response to incidents within the highest safety standards. Working alongside Tactical Flight Officers, NPAS Pilots have the opportunity to make good use of their skills and experience on a variety of police missions including fast-paced, dynamic tasks such as:

• pursuit of stolen vehicles
• searching for missing persons/suspects
• support for firearms incidents

Pilots also fly to pre-planned tasks. This can include support for large public events such as the London Marathon, Heads of State visits and large demonstrations. On occasion, pilots are called upon to land so the crew can assist people in distress.

What we can offer you:

• Fixed roster pattern offering a stable working routine and the ability to plan many months ahead. Pilots operate in accordance with the approved Flight Time Limitation (FTL).

• 19 days annual leave per year (19 x 12hr shifts) ) – on a 4 on, 4 off shift pattern means you can have 12 consecutive days off by booking 4 consecutive days annual leave.

• Additional annual leave / overtime for public holidays

• Additional annual leave upon completion of 5 years’ service

• Career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme

• Potential to transfer to another NPAS base across England and Wales

• Medical expenses for maintaining Class 1 medical

• A Loss of Licence Insurance scheme

• Death in service payment

In order to be considered for the role you must have the following:

• Minimum of a UK Commercial Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) with RT Licence and Class 1 Medical (unrestricted)

• A minimum of 1,500 hours total helicopter flying time which must include 50 hours flying at night including 20 hours PIC at night, 500 hours PIC overland under VMC. You will also need to demonstrate instrument flying experience, sufficient to be able to complete an Initial Night Qualification, including manoeuvring on instruments and completing a safe instrument approach. You must also be able to evidence significant overland experience in a comparable operating environment. Those applications that do not meet the above requirement will not be progressed.
• Ability to work as part of a team and be a self-starter

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to the crew while carrying out other tasks

• A full UK driving licence
Those applying for NPAS London should be aware that the provision of Air Support for London is being outsourced to a commercial provider and pilots based at NPAS are likely to transfer (under TUPE) to the new provider in approximately 18 months’ time. Posts at NPAS London do have an additional £10k Market Factor in recognition of this period of uncertainty.

Applicants should be aware that it is not always possible to carry out adequate vetting checks on persons who have not been resident within the UK for the last three years. Therefore, where this applies, applicants may be refused on the grounds that it was not possible to vet them to the appropriate standard.

These posts are suitable for job share. The application process will close at 23:55 hours on the 4th September 2022.
As part of the recruitment process, applicants will be required to fly in a 135 simulator and pass an interview panel. This selection will take place on 21st and 22nd September 2022.

About NPAS:

NPAS provide borderless air support to all police forces of England and Wales, 365 days a year, from a national network of 14 bases. NPAS exists to keep communities safe and tasks which pose the highest risk to communities are prioritised in line with local police and crime plans. All requests for air support are managed through our national Operations Centre.

NPAS was formed in October 2012 following the national review of air support conducted by the Home Office in 2009. We are the first and only collaboration of all police forces in England and Wales, regulated by law.

NPAS is delivered by West Yorkshire Police on behalf of British Policing and governed by a National Board made up of nine elected Police and Crime Commissioners and nine Chief Constables each representing their policing regions. It is funded through the collaborative agreement of participating police forces to each pay a proportionate contribution toward this overall cost of delivery which corresponds to their service use.

All NPAS staff and officers have access to an in-house peer support scheme. All peer supporters are fully trained and will listen and help staff during difficult times.

The post is suitable for job share.

West Yorkshire Police is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) is proud to serve all communities across England and Wales. We are committed to building a service that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds, females, and those with disabilities who are currently under-represented within West Yorkshire Police and NPAS. Disability is not necessarily a bar to application or success in this role and all applications are assessed individually. By addressing and improving our representation we can better reflect all the communities we strive to serve. Please contact our Resourcing team if you have any questions relating to this, or you wish to discuss reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process or beyond into role. All applications will be fairly and rigorously assessed by West Yorkshire Police / NPAS.

Applicants should be aware that it is not always possible to carry out adequate vetting checks on persons who have not been resident within the UK for the last three years. Therefore, where this applies, applicants may be refused because it was not possible to vet them to the appropriate standard.

For a detailed description of the Competency and Values levels required please refer to the (This link may be copied and pasted into your browser). This document will assist you in completing the Evidence of Achievement section of the application form. Please note: the Evidence of Achievement section will not be visible until the employment section has been completed.

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