APD Helicopter Pilot

$104,000 yearly
  • Albuquerque Police Department
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Dec 22, 2022
Full time Government (Local) Helicopter Pilot Law Enforcement Multicrew Single Pilot VFR

Job Description

Position Summary


Position for a Civilian, FAA commercially licensed Rotorcraft Pilot who would have all the duties to serve as Pilot in Command for the Air Support Unit’s Helicopters.  Additionally, it is preferred that applicant have prior experience as a “Law Enforcement” (prior sworn LE pilot) and preferable to be “Dual” rated in “Fixed-wing” aircraft (commercial) with “high performance endorsement” as well.  This would allow the pilot to also serve as “Pilot in Command” of the department’s Fixed-wing aircraft.             

 It would also be preferred that the applicant have completed Airbus/Eurocopter transition training and be experienced with Airbus H125 (AS50B3e AStar) and Eurocopter EC120B Colibri aircraft.  

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing. 

This is an unclassified at-will position.  

Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Minimum Education, Experience And Additional Requirements


High School Diploma or GED.

Possession of a commercial licensed Rotorcraft/Helicopter Pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Must have no less than 1,000 hours as pilot in command of time logged in helicopters with no less then 400 hours pilot in command time logged in turbine helicopters.

Possession of a  Class II Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate. 

Factory trained and experienced with Airbus H120 / H125 helicopters preferred.

Possession of Federal Aviation Administration commercial license with “fixed-wing” aircraft as well with “high performance” endorsement with no less than 250 hrs. as Pilot in Command in fixed-wing aircraft preferred.

Law enforcement air operations experience preferred.


Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver's License, or the ability to obtain by date of hire.
Possession of a City Operator's Permit (COP) within six (6) months from date of hire.  


Preferred Knowledge


  • Applicable Federal Aviation Administration  guidelines and all pertinent Federal Aviation Regulations as they relate law enforcement patrol flight operations
  • Helicopter operating procedures
  • Flight control and systems
  • Safety hazard and precautions
  • Local geography, topography, and area weather conditions


Preferred Skills & Abilities


  • Comply with  all regulations, policies and procedures and determined by the Federal Aviation Administration, Albuquerque Police Department and Air support unit directives
  • Safely operate a helicopter, including during the hours of darkness and in severe weather conditions
  • Maintain proper certifications
  • Proficient in tracking duty, flight, and maintenance times
  • Maintain a high level of composure and good stress management
  • Maintain situational awareness and monitor weather conditions throughout the flight
  •  Communicate clearly and concisely
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation