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Helicopter Pilot Utility Aviation: Plainfield, IN - Plainfield, Indiana

Company/Organization: Duke Energy

Position: Pilot-Rotary Wing

Job Type: Permanent

Posted: 9/27/2021 8:37:35 PM


More than a career - a chance to make a difference in people's lives.
Build an exciting, rewarding career with us #8211; help us make a difference for millions of people every day. Consider joining the Duke Energy team, where you'll find a friendly work environment, opportunities for growth and development, recognition for your work, and competitive pay and benefits.

NOTE: Must live within a 1 hour drive of Plainfield, IN (or be willing to relocate).

Position Summary

Duke Energy Utility Aviation is a team-oriented service organization operating Duke Energy aircraft to support the company's production and maintenance of reliable power. A pilot assigned to Duke Energy Utility Aviation performs as Pilot-in-Command for the Utility Patrol helicopters and will also have duties as a patrol observer. Duties will include the following: conducts scheduled and non-scheduled power line patrol, storm support, performing the role of an flight observer to identify Transmission Line and Vegetation deficiencies, analyzing data, transport of personnel, economic development support and other flights and duties as assigned. Additionally, complies with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Is directly responsible for and is the final authority for the operation of the aircraft. Manages crew and passenger relationships and ensures safe operation of Duke Energy assigned aircraft. Provides leadership, direction, training and development for pilots and crew members.
  • Perform scheduled power line patrols. Supervises the operation of assigned aircraft and flight crew, including all pre-flight, in-flight and post flight activity. Determine appropriate courses of action to ensure safety of flight, crew members, passengers, and company property. Prepares flight plans, fuel load, weight and balance and performance calculations in preparation for flight. Ensures all crewmembers and/or passengers needs have been met for the duration of the flight. Ensure crew compliance with policies and procedures for the operation of the aircraft
  • Perform non-scheduled power line patrols in support of outages due to unforeseen events
  • Initiate any changes necessary for the start, delay, or cancellation of assigned flights, and for the deviation of a flight from its planned route or destination when operating conditions dictate.
  • Maintain required pilot and medical certificates and passes annual flight training proficiency checks necessary for performance of assigned duties.
  • Performs other departmental duties as assigned by the Chief Pilot


Basic/Required Qualifications
  • High School Diploma
  • Five (5) years pilot experience with 2,000 hours PIC Rotorcraft-Helicopter, 500 hours turbine time
  • FAA Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate with Instrument Helicopter Rating
  • Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  • Current FAA Proficiency Check (Bi-Annual Flight Review)
Desired Qualifications
  • 3,000 hours PIC Rotorcraft-Helicopter
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate
  • Power line patrol experience
  • Low level flying experience (military training strongly desired)
  • Bell 407 experience
  • Possess necessary communication skills to interact with all levels of Company personnel.
  • Detailed knowledge of Federal Aviation Regulations, air traffic control procedures and aircraft systems.
  • Successful completion of Required Safety and Emergency Training.
  • Flying in the Wire Environment training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Hybrid Mobility Classification: Each employee at Duke Energy is assigned an Employee Mobility Classification based on the Company's assessment of his/her role, including primary job duties and the nature of the work performed. Your Mobility Classification is Hybrid. Hybrid employees perform in roles involving work that can be performed effectively either remotely or at an on-site location in an adaptive, flexible work arrangement. Employees in hybrid roles require and benefit from regular in-person, face-to-face team interaction or collaboration, but do not require an assigned workspace. Instead, they can utilize unassigned or shared workspaces and the Company's standard desktop applications. Hybrid employees are also required to live within a reasonable daily commute to their assigned work location. Regardless of your assigned Employee Mobility Classifications, all new hires will generally be required to be present at an assigned Duke Energy work location during their onboarding period, as established by management.

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