Aircraft Lead Pilot (Nashville, TN)

Tennessee Department of Transportation is accepting applications for an Aircraft Lead Pilot in Nashville, TN.


This classification(s) is in the Aeronautics Division, Flight Services Section. An extensive TBI Background check will be performed on the selected candidate. All current FAA licenses, certificates, ratings, log book with flight hours and proof of at least a 2nd class medical will need to be presented at the time of interview for those selected to interview.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and experience equivalent to 2,000 hours of fixed wing pilot time including, at least, 1,000 hours in multi-engine aircraft.

Other Requirements

Necessary Special Qualifications: Licensed as FAA commercial pilot. Must possess current instrument, single and multi-engine ratings. Physical Condition: Applicants must successfully pass and maintain a Class 2 physical examination every 12 months as prescribed by the FAA.
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for aircraft lead pilot duties of considerable difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class acts as the pilot in command of single and multi-engine aircraft and performs additional administrative duties. This class differs from that of Aircraft Chief Pilot in that the incumbent of the latter performs supervisory work. The incumbent in this class is on call and is required to work irregular hours.

Work Activities

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
  1. Use instrumentation to guide flights when visibility is poor.
  2. Monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems during flights.
  3. Monitor gauges, warning devices, and control panels to verify aircraft performance and to regulate engine speed.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  
  1. Inspect aircraft for defects and malfunctions, according to pre-flight checklists.
  2. Test performance of aircraft equipment.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:
  1. Start engines; operate controls, and pilot airplanes to transport passengers, mail, or freight, adhering to flight plans, regulations, and procedures.
  2. Steer aircraft along planned routes, including use of autopilot and flight management computers.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
  1. Using gathered information file an appropriate flight plan for determined conditions.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
  1. Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing:
  1. Incorporate last minute and unscheduled tasks into current workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
Developing and Building:
  1. Model effective performance for co-workers and/or interns to provide a role model, encourage success in others, and enhance trust.
Coaching and Developing:
  1. Train transportation or material moving personnel of proper safety and procedures.
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:
  1. Coordinates flight control, management activities, directs material handling or moving activities as pilot in command.
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:
  1. Resolve issues affecting transportation operations.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
  1. Contact control towers for takeoff clearances; coordinate vehicle movement, arrival instructions, and other information, using radio equipment.
  2. Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
  3. Communicate with coworkers to discuss work orders or plans.
  4. Communicate any vehicle or equipment malfunctions to appropriate repair staff. 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
  1. Respond to and report in-flight emergencies and malfunctions.
  2. Provide transportation information to passengers or customers.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:
  1. Develop and maintains respectful working relationships to promote mutual trust and cooperation among team members, agency representatives and vendors.
Assisting and Caring for Others:
  1. Respond to transportation emergencies.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
  1. Review current departmental, state, and federal information sources to identify relevant changes in policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and best practices to ensure they are knowledgeable on the latest updates.
  2. Seek out work related developmental opportunities to improve performance and team efficiency.
  3. Complete required training events to learn new procedures, ensure continual learning, maintain current knowledge of the field, and increase job proficiency.
Getting Information:
  1. Check NOTAMS (Notices to Airmen) and Weather forecast prior to take off to ensure safest route is chosen.
Documenting/Recording Information:
  1. Record operational details of travel.
  2. Enter and maintain data on a shared server for access and reference.
  3. Write reports to document field inspections, laboratory tests, planning activities, and other necessary items to ensure accurate information is used in decision making.
  4. Document and store appropriate information in electronic databases and/or physical form as required ensuring accurate information is recorded.
  5. Document information provided during meetings and training to ensure accurate information is disseminated to others.
Interacting With Computers:
  1. Operates computer hardware and software, scanners, and other equipment to complete reports, document collected data, and to communicate with others to capture and maintain program information.
  2. Operate office productivity software including but not limited to word processing programs, spreadsheet programs, presentation software, web-based email programs, and search engines to manage programs and projects. 
Scheduling Work and Activities:
  1. Arrange maintenance activities in response to aircraft deficiencies.
Performing Administrative Activities: Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining    information files and processing paperwork
  1. Update internal databases to document time, schedule, and project development.
  2. Responds to emails, phone calls, and other correspondence as required.
  3. Mails or emails correspondence to internal and external business partners.
  1. Time Management
  2. Customer Focus
  3. Ethics and Values
  4. Listening
  5. Decision Quality
  6. Functional/Technical Competency
  7. Command Skills
  8. Self-Development
  9. Comfort around Higher Management
  10. Dealing with Ambiguity  
  1. Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits
  2. Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life
  3. Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  4. Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  5. Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical and electrical processes
  6. Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction
  7. Knowledge of transmission and operation of telecommunications systems
  8. Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology
  9. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures             
  1. Service Orientation
  2. Controlling operations of equipment or systems
  3. Operation Monitoring
  4. Active Listening
  5. Critical Thinking
  6. Complex Problem Solving
  7. Judgment and Decision Making
  8. Reading Comprehension
  9. Active Learning
  10. Time Management
  11. Mathematics
  12. Troubleshooting
  13. Writing              
  14. Verbal Communication 
  1. Ability of control precision to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions
  2. Ability of problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem
  3. Ability of spatial orientation to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you
  4. Ability of depth perception to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object

Tools and Equipment Used

  1. Personal Computer
  2. Telephone
  3. Fax Machine
  4. Printer

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