Helicopter Pilot (Instructor)

"We are currently accepting applications for the position of INSTRUCTOR PILOT." FLYING HELICOPTERS REQUIRES special skills and rigorous training. The men and women who pilot Army helicopters are called upon day or night to fly difficult missions, often under dangerous battle conditions. They command the largest and most sophisticated fleet in the world - Apaches, Blackhawks and Chinooks - in reconnaissance, transport and combat operations. At the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama, aviation experts from URS train all Army helicopter pilots, turning out approximately 1,000 graduates annually. Since 1989,  instructors have trained more than 25,000 student pilots, most of them entry-level soldiers with little or no flying experience. Fort Rucker is the largest rotary wing flight school in the world, not just for the Army but also for the Air Force, NATO and other allied countries. From aviation theory and simulator instruction to actual flight training, URS instructors lead undergraduate student pilots through months of thorough training to prepare them for the perils of combat. Safety is paramount in every aspect of the training, and the program boasts an unprecedented safety record with more than 2.3 million hours of flight instruction. Classes are conducted in shifts, starting at five o'clock in the morning and ending well after midnight, in a training area encompassing more than 40,000 square miles. Student pilots will eventually be flying in combat, so developing leadership skills is another important aspect of the program. The training program occurs at an Army installation with a multinational student population, and is managed as a partnership between the Army and URS. It is just one of many instances where the Department of Defense has outsourced mission-critical technical and management assignments to URS. As one of the nation's leading multi-service contractors, URS proudly works in tandem with the armed forces to protect American interests at home and abroad.

Pilot-Rotary Wing
Job Type: 
Fort Rucker
  • Must possess a ICAO equivalent or FAA commercial pilot certificate and an ICAO equivalent or FAA flight instructor certificate with rotorcraft category, helicopter class and instrument helicopter ratings on both certificates, or be a graduate of any DOD rotary wing instructor pilot course for rotary wing aircraft.
  • Total Flight Time - 1500 hrs. Flight time as pilot-in-command or second in command (per FAR 61.51); as Pilot in Command (PC) or Pilot (PI) (Per AR 95-1) in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement.
  • Pilot-In-Command - 250. Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.
  • Must certify having a combination of 100 hours of hooded instrument, flight simulator instrument, or weather pilot time.
  • Must have instructed students in instrument flight training.
  • Night Flying - 75.Instructor Time - 500.
  • Must have a current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate prior to beginning MOI training.
  • Must not exceed 250 pounds in flight duty uniform.

Additional qualifications for BWS INSTRUCTOR PILOTS:

  • Must certify being Night Vision Goggle (NVG) qualified and 200 hours of NVG time.
  • Must certify having 200 hrs Combat Mission Time in helicopters within the last 10 yrs.

IMPORTANT:Applicants for employment are subject to Government approval and the terms of a 12 month Employee Training Agreement.  Applicants selected for hire will be required to pass and maintain a U.S. Government background security check. Starting salary is $77,001 after completion of MOI training and passage of government acceptance checkride. There are scheduled annual salary increases. Applicants selected for hire will provide instruction in the UH-72. For additional information go to www.ursrucker.com.