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Second in Command Pilot (SIC)

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Work type: Hourly Wage/Part-Time
Senior management: VP Auxiliary & Business Services
Department: Air Transportation Services
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Other, Transportation

Job Description

Embodying the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), the Division of Auxiliary and Business Services has responsibilities across multiple Virginia Tech campuses and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, always working to meet the needs of the University and anticipate the needs of those we serve. Auxiliary and Business Services strives to be customer focused and operationally minded while offering a diverse group of services that support and enhance the Virginia Tech experience. We take pride in being a responsive, innovative, and inclusive workforce that are stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Air Transportation Services provides safe, professional on-demand air transportation for eligible passengers to include: Virginia Tech employees who are conducting official university business, invited guests of Virginia Tech who are supporting the conduct of official university business, employees of university related corporations who are conducting official business, and private entity partners who share ownership of aircraft.

The Virginia Tech Second in Command Pilot (SIC) reports to the Sr. Director for Auxiliary Services and will be under the direct supervision of the Pilot in Command (PIC) when reporting for an assigned flight. The SIC will assist the PIC with transporting clients to the designated destinations with the utmost professionalism and customer-focused mentality while operating the university’s executive aircraft. Pilots are expected to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

The FAA federal requirements are that pilots operating under FAR Part 121, Commercial Aviation, retire from flying service at age 65. Virginia Tech, a FAR Part 91 private operator, allows pilots to continue to fly until age 67. To alleviate safety concerns, upon obtaining the age of 65, Virginia Tech pilots must pass a flight physical every six months and maintain a First-Class medical certificate.

The incumbent also performs other duties as requested; takes initiative to support a healthy work environment; strives to fulfill the terms in the Standards of Business Conduct; exemplifies Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community; and supports the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Required Qualifications

• Must have an ATP license.
• Excellent cockpit management and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent safety record.
• Citation XL (CE56XL) or Sovereign (CE680) type rating.
• Demonstrated ability to safely operate multiengine jet aircraft in all flight conditions in both a coast-to-coast domestic and international environment (Canada).
• Must meet the requirements set by the Virginia Tech Air Transportation Services Flight
• Operations Manual (incumbent will review fully before hire).
• Proficiency with standard office software.
• Ability to work on an as needed basis to meet the travel needs of the university.
• Ability to interact effectively and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated ability to work with the public and strong Customer service skills.
• Some overnight travel may be required.
• First Class FAA Medical Certificate.
• 2,500 hours total flight time.
• 200 hours instrument.
• 500 hours multiengine.
• 200 hours multiengine turbine and/or jet.

Additional Information
• Must meet aviation medical requirements to obtain and maintain a First Class FAA Medical Certificate.
• Must be able to safely move and handle (by reaching, pulling, pushing, bending, raising) objects
weighing up to 75 pounds.
• Must successfully complete criminal background and divers license checks.
• Must have and maintain a valid driver's license check.
• Candidates for employment are required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening.
• Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol screening.
• Subject to being scheduled 24 hours, seven days a week.
• Maintain a current commercial pilot certificate, instrument rating, and multiengine rating.
• Must meet the requirements set by the Virginia Tech Air Transportation Services Flight Operations Manual.
• Must undergo a yearly medical examination up to age 65 and semi-annually from age 65 to 67.

Preferred Qualifications

• Pilot in Command (PIC) experience.
• Experience operating in non-towered, non-radar, and mountainous flight areas.
• Demonstrated experience working with executive management.
• Work experience in a university environment.
• College degree or equivalent experience.
• 3,500 hours flight time.
• 800 hours instrument.
• 800 hours multiengine turbine and/or jet.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

Open until filled

Additional Information

The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a criminal conviction and driving records check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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