Line Pilot

Job reference:
BAS 21/155
Contract type:
Full Time
Open Ended Assignment
£53,255 to £66,966 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
Closing date:
23 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Line Pilot to be responsible to the Chief Pilot for the safe and efficient operation of BAS aircraft.

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.


To be responsible to the Chief Pilot for the safe and efficient operation of BAS aircraft as laid out in the Air Operations Manual and relevant Airworthiness Authority Regulations. The responsibility will include: implementation of the BAS Flying Programme, as directed by Air Unit Management, ensuring all objectives are achieved in a safe and efficient manner and that the wider goals of the Survey and its collaborators are met. Primary duties include flying and non-flying tasks where Line Pilots must be able to adapt to their surroundings and display excellent leadership qualities at all times. Line Pilots are expected to take a pro-active approach to all tasks and display initiative and good situational awareness, particularly when operating in remote environments


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.


The LP will be responsible for ensuring all flight operations are safe and efficient; planning of all flights; ensuring objectives and tasks detailed by the Chief Pilot/Deputy Chief Pilot are achieved.

1. Safe and efficient operation of the aircraft at all times.

2. For flight operations the Line Pilot will ensure all safety and operational procedures are implemented in accordance with the BAS Air Operations Manual and all current/relevant airworthiness authority regulations.

3. The Line Pilot will report progress, deficiencies and faults related to aircraft and flight operations to the Chief Pilot/Deputy Chief Pilot.

4. To keep current necessary licences and approvals to fly for the BAS aircraft and to fly both within Antarctica and elsewhere on all assigned operational, flight testing and training missions.

5. To show due regard for co-workers and an appreciation of the close surrounding in which most of the working and off–duty time is spent when detached to remote locations.

6. To undertake other appropriate duties required by Station or Line Management.

Time apportioned to these duties should reflect their priority. The following is a strongly recommended guide:

Operational/Training Duties 80%
Secondary/Administrative Duties 15%
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.

BAS chooses to apply commercial operational restrictions with respect to pilots age ie no single crew operations with passengers after the age of 60. The retirement age is 65.

Roles applicable within this restriction (as defined in the Air Operations Manual Part A) include:
1. Single pilot non-operational flights
2. Multi-pilot operational and non-operational flights
3. Simulator and ground training instructing roles (where appropriate)
Additional administrative tasking should be expected in addition to flying tasks. There would not be an expectation of transferring to a solely office-based role or undertaking tasks not appropriate to the skills and experience associated with the role of a pilot

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/155
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 EmployersNetwork 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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Microsoft product experience - Essential
  • Use of Centrik - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Demonstrate good situational awareness - Essential
  • Remote operations experience - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Suitable temperament for long duration remote living with a diverse cross section of society - Essential
  • Team working experience in remote or challenging environments - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Active role in developing team objectives and delivery - Essential
  • Team leadership skills - Desirable [1]

Numerical ability

  • Defined in ATPL Ground exams - Essential
  • Administration experience - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

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


  • UK 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 FC - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of Single Crew operations - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • 2500 hours minimum - Essential
  • 1500 hours Command - Essential
  • Twin Otter Type Rating - Desirable [3]

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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If you need more information

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+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.