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Helicopter Line Pilot

Job Title Helicopter Line Pilot Location Avoca, PA Job Category Transportation Schedule Rotation Work Type Full time Department Life Flight Pilot Team Date posted 08/15/2023 Job ID R-50981

Job Summary

Life Flight operates eight SPIFR EC145’s and one BK117C1. A $25,000 signing bonus for pilots ( 3yr. commitment) A very competitive salary and benefit package +$5,000 to base salary when the Single Pilot IFR credential is attained Annual ATP stipend Relocation assistance reviewed case by case. 1.5X base salary for extra shifts Additional financial incentives for extra shifts.

Job Duties

  • 7 days on 7 days off
  • Plans flight assignments and obtains briefing information regarding purpose of the flight, weather, operating procedures and special instructions.
  • Conducts a start of shift briefing with the assigned medical, communications and ground personnel.
  • Ensures that the aircraft is prepared pre-flight per the General Operating Manual; is inspected, loaded, equipped, fueled and staffed for a flight assignment.
  • Supervises and assists loading and distribution of cargo and passengers and determines that weight and balance is within prescribed limitations per the utilized method of aircraft weight and balance or the approved rotorcraft flight manual.
  • Ensures cargo is properly secured and emergency equipment are aboard.
  • Files, activates and closes the flight plans.
  • Ensures proper completion of flight logs, records and maintenance forms.
  • Checks aircraft discrepancy log prior to flight to ensure all discrepancies have been corrected or properly deferred prior to a flight assignment.
  • Logs all mechanical discrepancies as they occur and informs maintenance personnel.
  • Notifies the Life Flight Communications Center of the service status of the aircraft.
  • Participates in post-flight debriefings.
  • Keeps navigation charts current and up to date.
  • Maintains proficiency as Pilot-in-Command and proficiency in SPIFR operations.
  • •Certifications and Licenses: FAA commercial pilot with an instrument rating
  • FAA commercial pilot with an instrument rating
  • 2000hrs. total time or 1500hrs total time with ATP rating
  • 1500hrs. Helicopter time
  • 1000hrs. Pilot in Command time
  • 75hrs of actual or simulated instrument time at least 50hrs of which were in actual flight
  • 500 hours Cross Country
  • 100 hours of night flight time
  • Benefits of working at Geisinger:
    • Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance that starts day one of employment
    • Relocation assistance for eligible candidates
    • Grow your career with up to $5000 in tuition reimbursement per year
    • Three medical plan choices, including options to save with a flexible spending account (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
    • Company paid Life Insurance, Short-term disability, and Long-term disability
    • Competitive 401k plan that includes automatic Geisinger contributions starting day one of employment
    • PTO plan that allows you to earn more time fast 
    • MyHealth Rewards wellness program to improve your health and earn incentives
    • Family-friendly support to include adoption assistance, paid parental leave, paid military leave and a free membership with discounted backup care for your loved ones.

Position Details

Responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of a flight assignment related to the conveyance of patients in need of emergency services. The pilot-in-command and is authorized to process a flight assignment received from the Life Flight Communications Center and determines whether to accept or decline a flight assignment based on weather conditions or other factors that may impact the safety of flight.

Works in a patient care environment in and around aircraft and is exposed to possible infectious diseases and chemical toxins. Position may require sitting for long periods of time in a helicopter or in an office environment. Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Exposed to non-conventional motion, noise, vibration, jet fumes, and extreme temperatures. Working conditions in or near aircraft and/or an aircraft hangar environment on a daily basis and may be exposed to loud aircraft noise, fumes, gases, odors, dust particles, and mechanical and electrical hazards. Travel may be required. Employee may not exceed 275lbs in weight in flight gear. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.  Current Federal Aviation Administration Class II Flight Physical Required. 


High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)- (Required)


Minimum of 1 year-Related work experience (Preferred)

Certification(s) and License(s)

Certified Airline Transport Pilot - Default Issuing Body; Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification - American Heart Association (AHA); Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification - American Heart Association (AHA); Valid Driver's License - Default Issuing Body; Helicopter Instrument Training License (IFR) - Default Issuing Body


Interpersonal Communication; Leads Others

About Geisinger

Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes ten hospital campuses, a 550,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Geisinger values who you are, where you are from, and where you are going. We seek out people of various backgrounds and cultures with unique abilities, non-traditional career paths and ambitious aspirations. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. Read more about Our Commitment to Inclusive Recruiting.

Our Vision & Values

Everything we do is about making better health easier for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities.

KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves.

EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence.

LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow.

INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family.

Our Benefits

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and prescription coverage.


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