In 2014 Special Mission won a 12 year contract, with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to provide a dedicated fixed wing search and rescue service from operating bases at Perth, Cairns and Essendon (Melbourne).
Four highly modified Bombardier Challenger CL-604 jet aircraft will be utilised for this service.
The aircraft will be tasked for the full range of SAR responses and stores delivery operations over land and water, day and night.
Response times are 30 minutes from call to taxi by day, with crews stationed at the airport, and 60 minutes at night with crew on call at home as long as they are able to respond to the airport within 30 minutes of being called out.
The roster will comprise two day shifts (nominally of six hours each) on base at the airport and a 12 hour night standby shift, nominally from home.
Potential applicants should carefully consider both the requirement to be accommodated close to the airport to be able to meet the night callout from their home and the anticipated low rate of flying, in the order of 100 flight hours per annum. The low flying rate will be offset by extensive use of a Level 5 full flight simulator located in Melbourne.
When called, the flight duration may be up to 8 hours and the total flight and duty period may exceed 14 hours. From time to time crew will be required to work away for a period of time to support large or extended operations anywhere in Australia, or internationally.
This is a unique opportunity for pilots who wish to be involved in a niche operation with a humanitarian focus, operating a modern jet aircraft in a highly skilled team environment. It also offers substantial lifestyle opportunities with intermittent travel away from home base.
- Have the right to live and work in Australia
- Hold a current passport
- Hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical - or have ability to attain a CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical prior to date of employment
- Hold or be eligible to hold an Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC)
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be physically fit
- Must be able to swim - for emergency procedures training
- Able to commit to rosters that include on-call, weekend and night flights and be prepared to deploy for extended periods
- Hold an Australian ATPL (A)
- 3000 hours total fixed wing flight time
- 2000 hours pilot in command/ICUS (must include 100 hours at night)
- 1000 hours jet time
Note 1: Candidates with less than 2000 hours command time, but with significant CL604 or similar experience may also be considered.
Note 2: Candidates with less than 1000 hours jet experience, but with extensive multi crew turbo prop experience in maritime surveillance and/or SAR operations may also be considered.
Desirable Selection Criteria
- CL604/605 type rating
- Previous experience in low level flying; SAR or surveillance operations