Project Pilot

Job reference:
BAS 21/156
Contract type:
Full Time
3 Year Fixed Term Contract
£66,705 to £74,117 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
Closing date:
23 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are seeking Project Pilot to join the Air Unit team.

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 BAS Air Unit Chief Pilot for the safe and efficient introduction to service to BAS of a new aircraft replacing the current capability delivered using a Dash 7.

It is anticipated that the responsibility will include, but not be limited to: type rating and the gaining of deep technical knowledge to support the development of safe operating procedures for short field and ice runway Antarctic operations; close liaison with project safety specialists; possible secondment to an existing operator to gain relevant type experience; development of training programmes for BAS pilots; major contribution to a variety of project air and station change management forums; risk assessment and management; the initial proving of operating assumptions and methods in Northern hemisphere; deployment to Antarctica to define the aircraft’s initial operating capability; development to full operating capability.

The Project Pilot must have relevant experience of aircraft operations in austere and challenging environments and is expected to work autonomously to a high standard representing BAS to industry and maintenance partners.




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


The PP will be responsible for ensuring flight operations with the new aircraft are as safe and efficient as possible.

1. Quickly obtain academic and operating knowledge of BAS chosen aircraft.

2. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of civil aviation regulations and performance calculations and be able to distil from these those aspects most pertinent to BAS Antarctic Operations.

3. Have a willingness to develop novel, but safe, operating methods and be able to justify these to the relevant regulating authorities.

4. Develop SOPs for Antarctic operations.

5. Write the AOM Part B for the new platform.

6. Work with Air Unit training pilots and support development of BAS simulator and line training syllabi.

7. Be key participant in project safety and change management forums.

8. Represent BAS and the Air Unit to partners and contractors.

9. Report deficiencies and project shortfalls to the Project Team and Chief Pilot.

10. Lead the initial flight verification and introduction to Antarctic service.

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

12. 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.

13. Undertake other appropriate duties required by Project or Air Unit Management.

Time apportioned to these duties will vary depending on project phase.

Although the place of work is Cambridge, flexible working arrangements are available. Significant travel is to be expected throughout the contract period. It is anticipated that at least two deployments to Antarctica of several months duration will be required.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/156
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 [4]
  • Experience of authorship software eg. inDesign - Desirable [4]

Decision Making

  • Able to work autonomously and self manage - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Professional demeanour: credible to represent BAS to external partners - Essential
  • Diplomatic: able to sensitively achieve Air Unit needs in collaboration with other BAS departments and project teams - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Strong Leadership ability - Essential
  • Team-working skills - Essential
  • Team working experience in remote environments - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Demonstrably proficient at aircraft performance analysis - Essential


  • UK or EASA Part FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course (Multi-crew Co-operation). - Essential
  • Current Type rating on twin engine turboprop transport aircraft - Desirable [2]
  • Type rating on actual aircraft (TBD) - Desirable [3]
  • TRI/TRE on comparable aircraft - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of Multi-Crew operations - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • 2500 hours minimum - Essential
  • 1500 hours Command - Essential
  • Multi engine turbo prop experience in a challenging operational context - Essential
  • Thorough knowledge of FAR/CS 25 and EASA Part CAT regulation - Essential
  • Relevant Flight Test and Evaluation experience - Desirable [1]
  • Remote operations experience - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge of OTAR regulations - Desirable [5]
  • Manual Authorship - 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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