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Saab 340B Pilot and Light Aircraft Flight Instructor

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£48,039 to potential progression to £70,000 per annum
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

Job Details

School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work:37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working and/or fractional arrangements will be considered.
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £48,039 to £57,797 per annum with potential progression to £70,000 per annum
Apply by: 21/04/2024

Role Description

We welcome applications from pilots that hold both UKCAA ATPL(A) and FI(A) qualifications, to join the team in the National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC).

About the Role

This role combines the duties of a Saab340B Pilot and Light Aircraft Flight Instructor. You can expect to devote 60% of your time to the Saab 340B Pilot role and 40% of your time to the Light Aircraft Instructor role.

As an NFLC Saab340B Pilot you are expected to bring a reasonable degree of experience of aircraft operations, and work with a Pilot and Flight Test Engineer or Flight Demonstrator (as appropriate) to complete a range of demonstration (flying classroom) and research & development flights. You may also be required to operate in the role of Flight Demonstrator if schedule demands.

There are occasions when the Saab 340B aircraft will deploy to other airfields to support the flying classroom task. These activities are normally planned well in advance, rarely require weekend duty, and cover approximately 10 weeks across the year.  You will not need to support all these deployments but must be willing to support these deployed tasks when required.

As a Light Aircraft Flight Instructor, you are responsible for the safe operation of the light aircraft within your care and the staff and students who may occupy them under instruction. You must be a proficient aerobatics pilot. You are also expected to bring a substantial degree of experience of aircraft instruction into the light aircraft operation and be able to support the safe and efficient light aircraft activity.

The safety of your students is of paramount importance and you should be able to provide support in the Saab 340B role and leadership in the Light Aircraft role to affect a safe learning and working environment.

About You

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that, in addition to the professional skills required for this post, they can work within a small, dynamic, and highly motivated team. The role is diverse and rarely are two days the same. The applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are a team player and be willing to support other NFLC staff in their roles.

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

The NFLC is a specialist group within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. NFLC operates a Saab 340B aircraft (under Part-SPO) and two aerobatic light aircraft (under Part DTO / Part NCO) covering three separate activities: These are the provision of airborne teaching for the Higher Education sector; research and development flying in support of the aerospace industry; and supporting STEM activities. Find out more here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                    

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Robert Harrison, Head of NFLC Flight Operations,

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: Please quote reference number 4799.

Closing date for receipt of applications:   21 April 2024


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