Wing Australia chief pilot

Wing Australia chief pilot

Wing is reshaping the future of delivery. We are an on-demand drone delivery service that can deliver food, medicine or other items within minutes. We’ve also developed an unmanned traffic management platform to safely route drones through the sky. Our service is faster, safer and produces far less pollution than traditional delivery. We flew our first test flights in Australia in 2014 and today we operate our delivery service to customers in Canberra and Logan. 

About the Role: 

As Chief Pilot for Australia, you’ll be responsible for the safe and legal operations of Wing’s fleet of unmanned aircraft. You will manage and be directly responsible for a team of highly experienced flight operations staff. You’ll also interact and effectively communicate with a team of technicians and field operators to operate the system. The right person for this role will have an in-depth knowledge of the Australian aviation framework and regulatory obligations of a ReOC holder. The successful candidate must meet and maintain the qualification requirements to act as a Chief Pilot for our commercial drone delivery service, including passing the CASA Chief Pilot examination and interview.

What you’ll do:

  • Oversee the safe and legal daily operation of Wing’s delivery business in Australia, including ongoing and high volume commercial delivery operations and demonstrations/tests for regulators and other external stakeholders
  • Manage the Australia-based flight operations organisation structure to ensure high efficiency and productivity 
  • Verify and manage compliance with CASA regulations and standards, specifically that operations are conducted in compliance with the Civil Aviation Act 1988, the Regulations and the relevant portions of part 101 MOS 
  • Provide strategic input to Wing leadership on future operations in Australia and beyond
  • Work closely with Policy, Regulatory, Operations and other teams to help develop our Australia flight operations
  • Provide aircraft forecasts required and work with Fleet Support to ensure sufficient quantity of aircraft are available for commercial delivery operations 
  • Participate in new site evaluation, setup, and approval for commercial operations
  • Help to develop reports and systems in line with company and regulatory requirements
  • Work closely with the broader Wing Flight Operations team to provide feedback on system performance and improvements for future capabilities 
  • Communicate with other company personnel to safely and effectively operate the system
  • Conduct system, site safety and risk assessments as required
  • Ensure staff are trained and qualified in line with company and regulator expectations
  • Serve on the Wing Flight Operations Board (FOB) as the representative for Australia flight operations

What You’ll Need: 

  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with an aviation regulatory framework
  • 3+ years of experience within a commercial or public RPAS operations, ideally operating BVLOS or other complex operations
  • 8+ years of aviation experience
  • Qualify as a Chief remote pilot, including holding a valid RePL issued by CASA, a pass in the IREX exam or an instrument rating at CPL or above, and an aviation radio qualification. In addition, hold or be willing to train and examine for a RPA Powered lift endorsement.
  • Experience with monitoring and control interfaces such as RPA ground control stations, or experience in the design, certification or approval of such solutions
  • Experience with technical or engineering record keeping methods and tools and an understanding of the regulatory record keeping requirements as they apply in Australia
  • Experience with scheduling or coordinating field operations in commercial or public RPAS operations or other industries
  • Ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English – ideally holding an Aviation English Level 6 pass or educational qualifications which demonstrate a similar level of English proficiency
  • Willingness to work weekends and public holidays
  • Current driver’s licence and clean driving record
  • No medical condition which would prevent obtaining an Aviation medical if required
  • A determination to recruit and foster the development of diverse teams

Compliance Requirements Specific to this Role:

  • Current CASA issued RePL
  • Pass in the IREX examination or an instrument rating
  • Drug and Alcohol testing in accordance with Wing’s operating procedures

Travel within Australia (up to 30%) required and sometimes for extended periods, COVID and lockdown regulations permitting. At Wing, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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