All Endeavour Flight Operations Department staff must be “can do” people, deeply committed to getting the job done efficiently but safely.

Everyone must be able to work in a crew/team environment, with excellent customer service, communication and organizational skills. As always in aviation, attention to detail is critical, as is the ability to multi-task.

Specific responsibilities of – and requirements for – our team members are as set out below.

1. Licensed Aircraft Engineers (LAEs) – $120k pa + bonus (net of local taxes)

LAEs will work on a “7/3” roster, i.e. 7 weeks on, 3 weeks off.

Our LAEs are critical to our Flight Operations Department, which will obtain a Part 145 Approval to allow us to maintain our own aircraft. Maintaining initially our brand new PC-12NG aircraft – and in future other jet and turboprop types – our engineers will be responsible for maintaining our aircraft to the highest technical and presentational standards, ensuring safe operations with the highest possible availability.

Our senior Licensed Aircraft Engineer will carry the title Chief Engineer (CE); he or she will be assisted by the Deputy Chief Engineer, and be responsible for the engineering department.

This is a rare opportunity to be part of a dynamic engineering start-up. Our LAE team will join the company with a “blank canvas” – two brand new aircraft, a new hangar and crates containing $300k of spares, tools and equipment – on which to create a high performance engineering department from the bottom up.

We seek EASA B1 and B2 engineers (or their equivalents in the specified other licensing systems, e.g. FAA A&Ps) to carry out the full spectrum of maintenance and repair work on our airframes, and their engines, propellers and avionics. Salaries within the stated range will depend on experience, license categories held, and position to which appointed.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Specifying interior fit-out of engineering facility
  • Ordering additional initial parts, tools and equipment
  • Preparing Part 145 application, including drafting Exposition
  • Liaising with local Aviation Authority on Approval application; hosting their site visits
  • Defining road map for engineering department; deciding which functions to be carried out with own resource vs external; defining capability ramp-up plan
  • Specifying additional specialist personnel requirements, either for Approval application or ongoing maintenance ops
  • Planning all scheduled maintenance; defining scenarios for unscheduled maintenance
  • Carrying out scheduled maintenance; and repairs
  • Liaising closely with pilots to ensure preventative maintenance
  • Liaising with major OEMs (especially Pilatus, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell); ordering parts; calling outside support where needed
  • Setting up and maintaining record keeping as required for maintenance of part 145 Approval

The successful candidate(s) must have:

  • Valid B1 and B2 License issued by FAA, EASA, CASA Australia or SACAA. With regret, we cannot consider any other engineer licenses, nor engineers with only B1 licenses
  • At least 3 years’ experience as an LAE post-qualification (at least 5 for Chief Engineer)
  • Experience of maintaining the PWC PT6 engine
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A passport allowing for visa-free entry to the Schengen area (South African citizens only are exempt from this requirement)

In addition, the successful candidate ideally will also have some or all of the following:

  • Aircraft rating covering the PC-6 or PC-12 aircraft
  • Experience maintaining the PC-6 or PC-12 aircraft
  • Experience maintaining Honeywell avionics
  • Fluency in the French language
  • Experience of corporate flight departments
  • Experience of working in West Africa
  • Experience of operating from remote sites
  • Experience of CAMOs
  • Experience of Part 145 organisation start-ups, including writing Part 145 Expositions
  • Experience of liaison with Aviation Authorities in relation to award and/or maintenance of Part 145 Approvals
  • (For Chief Engineer) experience of having held a leadership role in aircraft engineering

2. Assistant Pilots

We are not currently seeking Assistant Pilots. Please check back later for opportunities in this pilot category.

3. Line Pilots (LPs) – $100k pa + bonus (net of local taxes)

LPs will work on a “5/4” roster, i.e. 5 weeks on, 4 weeks off.

Our LPs are the mainstay of our Flight Operations Department. Operating initially our brand new and richly equipped PC-12NG aircraft – and in future other jet and turboprop types – in mixed single and dual-pilot operations – our line pilots will be responsible for getting our people and critical cargo to and from our mine sites efficiently and safely.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Safely and expeditiously conducting passenger and cargo flights, whether as single pilot, Captain (of dual pilot crew) or co-pilot (as directed by CP/DCP), in accordance with local Air Law, Company Standard Operating Procedures, and general aviation norms
  • Flight planning to take into account weather, aircraft performance, airport/fuelling requirements, etc. to ensure the safe operation of the aircraft
  • Preparation and filing of flight plans and passenger manifests and completing aircraft load sheets
  • Training Assistant Pilots (APs)
  • Inspecting the condition of the mine site airfields
  • Liaising with engineering staff as necessary
  • Moving aircraft into and out of the hangar
  • Refuelling aircraft
  • Supervision of the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo
  • Diligently completing initial and recurrent training at direction of CP/CDP
  • Such other actions to assist CP/DCP in the management of the Flight Operations Department as from time to time directed, including but not limited to: writing and completing procedure documents, checklists etc; preparation of statistics and management reports; ordering flight operations supplies; etc.

The successful candidate(s) must have:

  • Valid ATPL(A) or CPL(A) issued by FAA, EASA, CASA Australia or SACAA. With regret, we cannot consider any other pilot licenses
  • Valid Instrument Rating (IR) – restriction to single-engine is acceptable
  • Valid Class 1 medical certificate
  • At least 1,000h as Pilot in Command (PIC) of turbine-powered aircraft
  • At least 250h total time on single-engine turbine aeroplanes (this requirement is waived for ex-military pilots who have completed a course of military flying training on single-engine turbine aeroplanes)
  • Fluency in English language
  • No accidents, incidents or violations
  • Valid driver’s license
  • A passport allowing for visa-free entry to the Schengen area (South African citizens only are exempt from this requirement)

In addition, the successful candidate ideally will also have some or all of the following:

  • Valid Single-Engine Turbine (“SET”) Class Rating
  • Experience flying PC-12
  • Experience of flying instruction, whether or not holding a current rating
  • Service as a pilot in a major military air arm (e.g. RAF, USAF, RN, USN, RAAF, AAF)
  • Fluency in the French language
  • Experience of corporate flying
  • Experience of flying in West Africa
  • Experience of aviation maintenance

4. Chief Pilot (CP) / Deputy Chief Pilot (DCP) – $110-120k pa + bonus (net of local taxes)

Our CP/DCP will work on a “5/4” roster, i.e. 5 weeks on, 4 weeks off. Their rosters will be “back to back”, so that at any given time either CP or DCP will be on duty (with a few days to allow for handover)..

The Chief Pilot, assisted by his or her Deputy, will serve as the go-to aviation professional for all flight operations. Reporting at an appropriately senior level in the Company, this position will be responsible for all aspects of operation and maintenance of the company’s aircraft. All pilots and the Chief Engineer (CE) will report to the CP. The person occupying this position must be an individual who will excel at providing first-rate customer service to passengers flying on the company’s aircraft.

In addition to those of the Line Pilots (LPs), responsibilities will include:

  • Establishment of, and adherence to, Company Flight Operations Manual
  • Ensuring the Flight Operation Department’s compliance with all relevant local regulations and Company policies
  • Management, discipline and career progression of all Company pilots, and Chief Engineer (CE)
  • Ultimate accountability for all aspects of aircraft maintenance
  • Maintaining detailed records of all aircraft operations and maintenance, and safeguarding records in such a way to reduce the risk of destruction
  • Establishing and ensuring adherence to procedures for reporting irregularities during flights, ground/safety checks and maintaining of records
  • Devising and regularly generating Flight Operations Department monthly KPI reporting
  • Advising Company senior management on all aspects of flight operations and in consultation with senior management, defining and implementing a strategy for the evolution of the Flight Operations Department
  • Additional job-related duties as assigned by line manager

Requirements for the successful CP/DCP candidate will be the same as LPs except that he or she must have:

  • At least 2,000h as Pilot in Command (PIC) of turbine-powered aircraft
  • At least 500h as Pilot in Command (PIC) of single-engine turbine aeroplanes
  • Held a leadership position within aviation
  • Extensive knowledge of general aviation aircraft and their service requirements plus the needs of crew and passengers.

In addition to the list above for LPs, the successful candidate will ideally also have some or all of:

  • Experience of corporate flying, ideally as Chief Pilot
  • Experience of Air Operator or Corporate Flight Department start-up
  • Experience of flying examination, whether or not holding a current rating

For more information, please click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which we have based on questions received thus far from candidates.