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ABOLISHED 02/05/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-09 - Aircraft Pilot, Department of Justice (8330)

ABOLISHED 02/05/2015 PER PAY LETTER 15-09 - Aircraft Pilot, Department of Justice

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: QJ79
  • Class Code: 8330
  • Established: 10/01/1995*
  • Revised: 12/21/2001*
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, throughout the State, to pilot fixed-wing and/or rotary-wing aircraft in the enforcement of State laws pertaining to drug and other law enforcement missions required by the Department of Justice; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Pilots fixed-wing and/or rotary-wing aircraft to conduct law enforcement and administrative aviation missions. As a pilot, conducts missions requiring surveillance, reconnaissance, tactical insertions, and interdiction and participates in undercover operations; transports investigative teams in a law enforcement aviation mission; conducts aircraft operations in and around, and in close proximity to, high risk law enforcement operations; transports other departmental personnel in administrative missions; may serve as a lead pilot providing technical instructions, guidance, and direction to a group of State or contractor pilots; be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft; trains and becomes proficient in operating aircraft at the extreme limits of aircraft performance, in any environment, day and night, over any terrain, and in any type of weather; acts as a statewide aviation duty officer on occasions, which would involve scheduling missions, aircraft, and crews and maintaining documentation logs; conducts aviation training other than flight training; conducts inspections of aircraft; tracks aviation supplies, equipment, tools, and aircraft parts; evaluates and makes recommendations to management regarding new aviation equipment and products; assists in the tracking of aviation program expenditures to ensure proper management of the aviation budget; prepares monthly management reports regarding items such as numbers and types of air missions, results of missions, time reports, final consumption reports, and negative mission reports; and performs special projects and other administrative duties as required.


* This was adopted as a State Personnel Board staff calendar item.

Minimum Qualifications

Licenses: Possession of the following certificates or licenses:


1. A valid Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Commercial Airman Certificate with single-engine land airplane and instrument ratings. or A valid Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with a single- engine land airplane. or


A valid FAA Commercial Airman Certificate Rotorcraft-Helicopter with a valid instrument rating. or


A valid ATP Certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter rating. and 2. A valid FAA Class I or Class II medical certification. and Experience: Applicants must have logged a minimum of 1,250 hours total flight time. and


Logged a minimum 500 hours Pilot-in-Command flying single engine airplanes. or


Logged a minimum 500 hours Pilot-in-Command flying helicopters. and Documented evidence of all general and special flight experience must be provided at the time of hire.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of and skill in: Flying fixed-wing and/or rotary-wing aircraft.


Knowledge of: State and Federal laws pertaining to the use of aircraft; regulations of the Department of Transportation and the FAA; other regulations governing civil aircraft operation and maintenance; procedures and techniques for the operation of sophisticated and complex aircraft at the limits of their performance capability in potentially hazardous environments.


Ability to: Conduct tactical and administrative law enforcement flight operations during day or night over all types of terrain, in all types of weather, and in all types of airspace; develop, implement, update, and monitor all aspects of an aviation program.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to work throughout the State and at unusual hours; keenness of observation; good memory for names, faces, places, and incidents; satisfactory records as a law-abiding U.S. citizen.

Special Physical Characteristics

In addition to the required Class I or Class II Medical Certificate, persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees.

Desirable Qualifications

Law enforcement experience flying surveillance and patrol; administration of a flight safety program; administration of a maintenance program; commercial certificate in multiengine land airplanes; certificated flight instructor ratings; airline transport rating in airplane multiengine; turboprop aircraft flight training and/or experience; turbine helicopter flight training and/or experience; and helicopter external load, long-line sling, or STABO operations.

  Updated: 10/9/2017
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