Duke Energy Helicopter Pilot, Utility Aviation in Plainfield, Indiana

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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 helicopter. As a single pilot operation, conducts scheduled and non-scheduled power line patrol, 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. Depending on geographical location of base of operations, this base has no direct supervision.

  • 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 or aviation related work experience and Three (3) years pilot experience with 2,000 hours PIC Rotorcraft-Helicopter, 500 hours turbine time OR Five (5) years pilot experience with 3,000 hours Rotorcraft-Helicopter, 2,500 hours PIC Rotorcraft-Helicopter, 1,000 hours turbine time in lieu of a degree.

  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate or FAA Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate with Instrument Helicopter Rating

  • Current applicable FAA Medical Certificate. Current FAA Proficiency Check (Bi-Annual Flight Review)

Desired Qualifications

  • Low level military training strongly desired

  • Possess necessary communication skills in order 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.

  • College or AA Degree

  • 3,000 hours PIC Rotorcraft-Helicopter

  • Power line patrol experience

  • Flying in the Wire Environment training

  • Bell 407 experience

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)No

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Friday, August 17, 2018

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.

We are one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.

Regardless of your skill set or specific interest, we're looking for the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our people make us great - and we're always looking for more. Find your career path today at Duke Energy, where it's more than a career - it's a chance to make a difference in people's lives.

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