Deputy Chief Pilot

Job reference:
BAS 21/ 154
Contract type:
Full Time
Open Ended Assignment
£75,786 to £83,763 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
BAS pilots are considered to be Cambridge based for administrative purposes. Management pilots are required to perform some duties at Cambridge. The DCP may live anywhere in the UK but must be able to travel to Cambridge when required.
Closing date:
23 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are seeking high calibre pilot applicants for the role of Deputy Chief Pilot (DCP).

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams, and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The BAS Air Unit is in a period of significant change with the departure of key personnel, the consequent loss of experience and the concurrent introduction of a new aircraft type. BAS seeks high calibre pilot applicants for the role of Deputy Chief Pilot (DCP). Applications are invited from suitably experienced internal and external candidates possessing a range of relevant skills.

The Air Unit has the demanding task of enabling the BAS Scientific and Operational objectives whilst meeting, or exceeding, the relevant Airworthiness Authority regulations in one of the harshest flying environments on the planet.

The Pilot Management Team consist of the Chief Pilot, Head of Training and DCP. Together, this team is responsible for: all aspects of pilot management; aircraft and simulator training; maintenance and development of the Air Operations Manual; annual planning and daily flying supervision. The successful applicant will support the Chief Pilot by performing key management duties to ensure the continued safe and efficient operation of the BAS Air Unit and support the Head of Training with pilot training. The ideal candidate will, therefore, have flying instructional experience and qualification relevant to BAS aircraft.

The DCP will be actively engaged in the flying task and is expected to qualify on the Twin Otter aircraft in year one and subsequently be dual rated on Twin Otter and Dash 7.


Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course
(Multi-crew Co-operation)


Other equivalent ICAO licenses may be considered on a case-by-case basis if current on DHC 6 type. The applicant will be required to obtain a UK FCL within the first 6 months to enable type rating on DHC 7.


The Deputy Chief Pilot will share responsibility for ensuring flight operations are safe, efficient and meet the defined operational objectives. All posts require substantial Antarctic deployed periods (4-6 months annually).

In addition to normal Line Pilot duties, the Deputy Chief Pilot will undertake management duties on behalf of the Chief Pilot when delegated:

1. Maintenance of regulatory compliance;

2. Maintenance and development of Air Operations Manual;

3. Annual scheduling of assets and tasks;

4. Management of crew roster and leave;

5. Daily scheduling of flights and crew;

6. Co-ordinating Air Unit tasking with Rothera Station activities;

7. Enabling the Antarctic Field and Global Science Programmes;

8. Line instruction and simulator instruction according to qualification;

9. Integration of the flying programme with the delivery and logistics requirements of the organisation.

Operational/Training Duties 60%
Secondary/Administrative Duties 35%
General Duties 5%

It is expected that the time apportionment will vary from year to year to accommodate changing internal and external demands. However, some of the apportionment should be predictable and will be communicated during the annual pilot performance appraisal.

The DCP must maintain a level of fitness and health commensurate with the harsh environment and arduous tasking. After the age of 60, flying tasking is restricted (see BAS Air Operations Manual Part A for details and definitions). The role would be restricted to the following:
1. Single pilot non-operational flights
2. Multi-pilot operational and non-operational flights
3. Simulator and ground training instructing roles (where appropriate)

Pilots over the age of 60 may expect an increased proportion of aviation related Secondary/Administrative duties to maintain overall productivity. Such tasking will be appropriate to the skills and experience associated with the role of a pilot.

DCP retirement age is 65.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/154
Publication date: 21 December 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 21 January 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 31st January 2022

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • ICAO English language level 5 - Essential
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in verbally and in writing including reports - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Microsoft Excel and Word - Essential

Decision Making

  • Experience of Single Crew operations and Multi-Crew Operations - Essential
  • Evidence of good situational awareness - Essential
  • Ability to undertake strategic thinking in both an operational and management context - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Suitable temperament for long duration remote living with a diverse cross section of society - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Demonstrable Team leadership skills including remote team management - Essential
  • Managing aircraft fleet to meet operational demand - Desirable [2]
  • Integration of engineering and airworthiness requirements into the operation - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • It is essential the Additional Form is filled out detailing the log book hours and experience - Essential


  • CAA FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course (Multi-crew Co-operation) OR Other equivalent ICAO licenses may be considered on a case-by-case basis if current on DHC 6 type. The applicant will be required to obtain a UK FCL within the first 6 months to enable type rating on DHC 7 - Essential
  • Twin Otter Type Rating - Desirable [3]
  • Dash 7 Type Rating - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Managing pilot and aircraft deployments - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • 2500 hours minimum - Essential
  • 1500 hours Command - Essential
  • 250 hours minimum instructional on civil or military aircraft - Desirable [2]
  • Multi engine CRI or FI - Desirable [1]
  • Multi pilot TRI - Desirable [2]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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