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