Commercial Pilot Trainee (Full-Time / Part-Time)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Oct 21, 2018
Oct 21, 2020
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Job Summary

Trainees are carefully selected to advance to where they have the minimum qualifications established by CSI to perform flight duties as Second in Command (SIC) on Part 135 flights. The program will insure the successful trainee can perform the essential tasks/functions required of the commercial pilot as listed under the Commercial Pilot Job Description. Trainees may either be full-time employees of CSI or part-time, on a case by case basis, until they complete the training and become a full-time salaried SIC.

Essential Tasks/Functions:

  • Start engines, operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers and/or cargo according to flight plans, regulations, and procedures
  • Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights
  • Check aircraft prior to flights to ensure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly
  • Consider airport altitudes, outside temperatures, plane weights, and wind speeds and directions to calculate the speed needed to become airborne
  • Contact control towers for takeoff clearances, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment
  • Obtain and review data such as load weights, fuel supplies, weather conditions, and flight schedules to determine flight plans and identify needed changes
  • File instrument flight plans with air traffic control so that flights can be coordinated with other air traffic
  • Check baggage or cargo to ensure that it has been loaded correctly
  • Order changes in fuel supplies, loads, routes, or schedules to ensure safety of flights
  • Plan flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigation instruments
  • Choose routes, altitudes, and speeds that will provide the fastest, safest, and smoothest flights
  • Co-pilot aircraft or perform captain’s duties as required
  • Coordinate flight activities with ground crews and air traffic control, and inform crew members of flight and test procedures
  • Request changes in altitudes or routes as circumstances dictate
  • Write specified information in flight records, such as flight times, altitudes flown, and fuel consumption
  • Supervises other crew members, as required
  • Perform minor aircraft maintenance and repair work, or arranges for maintenance with Maintenance Department
  • Conduct in-flight tests and evaluations at specified altitudes and in all types of weather to determine the receptivity and other characteristics of equipment and systems.
  • Plan and formulate flight activities and test schedules and prepare flight evaluation reports.
  • Check the flight performance of new planes. Become qualified in additional series of aircraft.
  • Serve as a demonstration pilot when needed.
  • Comply with requirements in General Operating Manual, Training Manual and other organizational policies.
  • Comply with HAZMAT, Air Ambulance and other regulatory requirements.
  • Participate in Drug, hazard reporting and safety programs as required, including random testing.
  • Inform crew, passengers, maintenance department, and other pertinent personnel of all changes to itineraries prior to, or during the course of flight.
  • Provides excellent customer service with external customers and meticulous attention to detail and punctuality
  • Comply with internal policies and requirements to ensure standardization and conformity of actions and files


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Good project and time management skills
  • Professional demeanor and appearance

Minimum Requirements:

Education: High school graduate

Professional Licensure: Private Pilot’s License
Background: Must pass a background investigation

Experience: Must either have a Private Pilot’s License with a minimum of 75 hours total time, and be able to pass the FAA required flight medical exam for commercial pilots; or be a qualified Military Helicopter Pilot with a minimum of 250 total time and eligible to undertake accelerated transition training to multi-engine fixed wing aircraft

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: BS/BA
Professional Licensure/Certifications: FAA Private Pilot License; 2nd Class Medical; or Military designated aviator

Background: Current Federal Security Clearance

Training: Preference given to the most experienced applicants

Experience: Military, Aviation Industry, Air Ambulance Transportation (including MEDEVAC/CASEVAC)

Computer Skills: Aviation Digital Data Service, Jeppesen Direct, Garmin Pilot, ForeFlight

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At CSI Aviation, we’re committed to the growth and development of our diverse team of employees, from interns, to experienced professionals, to military service men and women transitioning into civilian life. For more information on current career opportunities click on Current Job Opportunities or send resume with salary history to 3700 Rio Grande Blvd NW #1, ABQ, NM 87107 or to

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