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Mail: Dept 3422
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Laramie, WY 82071-2000
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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Research Pilot

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3762

UW Job Family: 3E

SOC Code: 53-2011

Pay Grade: 26

Date: July 01, 2006

Job Purpose:

To pilot the university aircraft for transportation or weather research purposes.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree



Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:

  • Airline Transport Pilot certificate (multi-engine land), first class FAA medical certificate within last twelve months, and at least 1,000 hours have been as pilot-in-command of multi-engine aircraft including at least 500 hours in turbine aircraft.
  • Special conditions of employment requiring passing regular medical examinations/tests exist for this classification. Please contact the Atmospheric Science Department for a copy of the current requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations.
  • Weather and atmospheric conditions as they affect flight operations.
  • Flight procedure and flight plans.
  • Operation of fixed wing aircraft.
  • Federal air regulations relative to pilots' privileges, restrictions, and obligations.
  • Airport procedures.
  • Techniques of loading an aircraft to achieve proper balance.
  • Geography, topography, navigation, and weather conditions.
  • Budget and schedule preparation.
  • Mechanical adjustment and repairs to aircraft.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Fly aircraft at all times of day, all seasons and weather conditions, and flying at low altitudes and low air speeds.
  • Operate aircraft solely by reference to flight instruments.
  • Respond quickly in emergencies.
  • Make judgments concerning flight safety based on weather, flight plans, and other information.
  • Maintain records, prepare reports, and conduct correspondence related to the work.
  • Communicate effectively with scientific crew and passengers.
  • Operate an aircraft radio.
  • Read maps and charts.
  • Describe and communicate locations to ground units.
  • Conduct pre-flight inspections.
  • Operate technical equipment and test aircraft instrumentation .
  • Recognize safety concerns.
  • Use near and far visual acuity.
  • Prepare budgets and schedules for Flight Facility.
  • Make mechanical adjustments and repairs to aircraft.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Pilot airplanes for weather research or transportation (job requires flexible schedule).
Follow Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations.
Comply with University Flight Facility Operations Manual.
File flight plans assessing safety conditions.
Assess weather conditions and other factors which affect safety and flight.
Inspect, test, and adjust airplanes during test flights.
Report maintenance requirements to authorized flight personnel for necessary mechanical adjustments and repairs.

Supplemental Functions:

Assist with budget and schedule preparation for the Flight Facility.
Assist with aircraft mechanical adjustments and repairs.

Working Conditions:

Aircraft and hanger environment; subject to regular safety hazards associated with changing weather conditions affecting flight, operating in and around hazardous mechanical, electrical or fire hazards.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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