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FAR 135 Director of Operations

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FAR 135 Director of Operations

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  • Job ID 2099

Job Description

Job Location:  Atlanta, GA area

Job Summary

Senior operations management position for candidate capable of performing the duties of Director of Operations (DO) for a Part 135 certificated commercial air carrier, including supervising the performance of other management personnel acting under authorities issued by the DO.  Manage an FAA approved air carrier general operations program, including DoD (CARB) approved operations, and air ambulance operations, and ensure compliance with internal operations requirements and applicable Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs).  Develop aviation operations policies, tools and processes.  Monitor compliance with FARs for the operation of the air carrier and application of air carrier General Operations Manuals.  Define aviation operations requirements at main and forward deployed bases and stations.  Control delegated operations authorities for air carrier and all vendor facilities. Reports to the COO/ VP of Operations.

Essential Tasks/Functions:

  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Develop and cultivate a close working relationship with FAA POI and applicable regulatory bodies.
  • Oversee and Manage company manuals to include FAA OpSpecs, GOM, and SOP.
  • Work closely with the Chief Pilot to assure continuity, efficiency, and excellence in all flight operations.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, environmental policies, and government regulations.
  • Implement schedule or policy changes for air transportation services.
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Direct or coordinate the activities of Flight Operations Department and Aircrew to appropriately use of equipment, facilities, and human resources.
  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
  • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
  • Set aviation operations policies and standards, including determining flight safety procedures.
  • Inspect work of aircrew and flight operations personnel to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have FAR 135 Air Ambulance experience either as a Captain/PIC or Chief Pilot or Director of Operations.
  • Experience: MUST MEET FAR Part 119 requirements. Position held for three of the past six years must have involved managing operations for a certificated Part 121 or Part 135 commercial air carrier. Prior Pilot Experience. Experience operating turbojet aircraft. Experience with modern avionics. Prior aviation flight training and QA/QC system experience. Customer Service experience working with internal customers.
  • Education: AA
  • Professional Licensure: Must hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP)
  • Background: Must pass a background investigation and drug screening test
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Power Point.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Good time management skills
  • A competitive sense of urgency
  • Professional demeanor and appearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education:  BS/BA
  • Background: Must pass a background investigation and drug screening test
  • Training: Trained on Lear 35/45 series aircraft.
  • Experience: MUST MEET FAR Part 119 requirements. 6+ years in Operations management for a Part 121 or 135 air carrier. Extensive experience in the aviation Industry and Air Ambulance configured aircraft.

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