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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Director of Flight Operations in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310692

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Science & Global Change

Group: Earth System Measurements & Data

Job Description

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Aerial Facility (AAF) is a section of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) operated by Battelle Corporation for the Department of Energy. The AAF operates both manned and unmanned aircraft configured as science platforms worldwide for sampling the earth’s atmosphere.

The position of AAF Director of Flight Operations is a pilot position and is a testing designated position. The Director of Flight operations may be required to travel up to 25% of the time. Occasionally, deployments may last up to six weeks.

The Director of Flight Operations will, during the first 18 to 20 months, be involved in monitoring the modification of a Challenger 850 to a science research platform. This will entail oversight of the modification contractor and coordination with both the maintenance and science departments.

The Director of Flight Operations will oversee the development of a comprehensive pilot training syllabus for pilots who have significant Challenger/CRJ experience (CL65 type rating) and those who do not. The syllabus must be designed to train to both FAA standards and the science mission standards which are inclusive of sustained flight profiles as low as 300’ over the water and 500’ over the land. Crew coordination procedures for science specific profiles from a previous platform must be adapted to the new platform and improved as may be required.

The Director of Flight operations will both promote and support the high standards of safety within the AAF for both aviation and ground Safety Management Systems.

It is anticipated that this position will be a nonflying position for the first 12 to 18 months.

The Director of Flight Operations will be responsible for both manned aviation platforms and science missions as well as the unmanned platforms and science missions. Position will be as a team lead overseeing the Chief Pilot, Director of Maintenance, Mechanic(s) and UAS Lead. This will be inclusive of comprehensive planning and coordination with:

  • Site hosts

  • FAA

  • Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities

  • The science community

  • Airport management

  • The mission planning will also include:

  • Logistics planning for the deployment of aircraft support equipment, science equipment, and maintenance tools and spares.

  • Logistics planning for assets to various worldwide site

Day to day operations require:

  • Supervision of maintenance for both manned and unmanned aircraft

  • Supervision of the science payload upload and download for specific science missions for both manned and unmanned platforms.

  • Supervision of manned and unmanned pilot currency and qualifications

  • Personnel supervision of manned and unmanned aviation personnel

  • Science mission coordination with: AAF maintenance; AAF science; AAF aircrew; external science; PNNL leadership

  • External communications with: DOE Office of Aviation Management; FAA; vendors; contractors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree plus 8 years of experience; or Advanced Degree plus 6 years of experience.

  • The Director of Flight Operations for PNNL must hold a current ATP certificate for the class and category aircraft for which the PNNL PIC will be required to operate;

  • Have at least three years of experience as PIC of an aircraft of similar class and category for which they will be required to operate.

  • Have at least 3 years of experience in a supervisory position exercising operational control over aircraft of similar class and category as they will exercise control of.

  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the planning, implementation and direction of operations and maintenance programs;

  • 5,000 hours of flight time. Military may use the .3 hour per flight/sortie conversion factor.

  • List flight time by make and model of aircraft

  • List military conversion factor time as 1 line item

  • 2,500 hours of multiengine turbine time.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning, implementation and direction of operations and maintenance programs for a Challenger 850 or equivalent aircraft.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and standards relating to aircraft operations

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of aviation Safety Management Systems and/or the ISBAO system and protocols.

  • Have a 1st class FAA medical certificate

  • Have a valid aeronautical Radio Telephone Operators permit

  • Have a valid and current passport

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree in Aviation, Science or related field plus 6 years of experience

  • Military crew served jet experience

  • Military command experience

  • Experience flying Part 25 jet aircraft (or equivalent) at 1,000’ AGL and below

  • Maintenance oversight experience

  • Basic understanding of the FAA modifications of aircraft process

  • Experience planning complicated aviation missions

  • Experience working with Safety Management Systems, ISBAO certifications, and management of safety programs

  • Experience in positions of authority and making difficult decisions

  • Demonstrated experience managing programs or procurements utilizing multiple people and/or agencies and completing on schedule

  • Have demonstrated experience leading organizations and/or departments

  • Have excellent communication skills and some public speaking/presentation skills

  • Demonstrated history of leadership success in small to large organizations

  • Have familiarity with Unmanned Aerial System operations and regulatory environment

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Managers

Group: Earth System Measuremts & Data

Opening Date: 2020-03-20

Closing Date: 2020-04-10