Line Pilot – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 47/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment.
Starting from £50,480 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
7 April, 2019 11:59 pm


We are currently looking for two Line Pilots to support the British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) ambitious and challenging programme of science. To support the Antarctic science, BAS operates a fleet of five aircraft, specially adapted for flying in extreme Antarctic climate. The BAS aircraft consist of four de Havilland Canada Twin Otters and one de Havilland Canada Dash-7 equipped with modifications to allow them to carry out airborne science surveys. Between them they undertake a wide variety of transport and science missions.

You will expected to spend the whole of the Antarctic season from beginning of October to the end of March ferrying the aircraft to or from Antarctic or on duty in Antarctica. As a resilient pilot, you will be spending a considerate amount of time camping in sub-zero temperatures in remote areas often with one other person and the potential of being delayed for a number of days. It is essential for you to be self-reliant - relying on your experience, training, common sense and often a sense of humour to get you through the most remote environments.

Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the most exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research. By joining the Air Unit team you will be a key part of air operations which plays a crucial role in the successful delivery of the research programme.


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 common sense, particularly when operating in remote environments.


EASA Part FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course (Multi-crew Co-operation).


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 or the Director of BAS.

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 proportions 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.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 47/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 7th April 2019
Interview date: 15th and 16th April 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible.

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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

  • Computer/Microsoft experience. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Remote operations experience. - Desirable [3]

Interpersonal skills

  • Team working experience. - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Team leadership skills. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Administration experience. - Desirable [3]


  • EASA Part FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course (Multi-crew Co-operation). - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of Single Crew operations. - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • 2500 hours minimum; 1500 hours Command. - Essential
  • Twin Otter Type Rating - Desirable [4]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +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.