Aerobility is a leading disability charity, based at Blackbushe Airport near Camberley on the Hampshire Surrey border. Aerobility uses the challenges of flight and exposure to aviation as a tool for improving the lives of those with a disability.
This new senior role will ensure the effective and safe delivery of Aerobility’s day to day service operations, including all key processes that enable professional flight and ground instruction for the provision of trial flights, aviation experiences, flight training and disability support services.
- Fully optimise and deliver safe and efficient day to day operations, including maintenance schedules of the aircraft fleet and ground assets, to deliver key operational targets and KPIs.
- Set, monitor, maintain and improve all training standards, including the provision of experience flights, training within the PPL syllabus, training for additional ratings, ground-based training such as the Aviation Education Programme and Aspiring Pilot Programme, for vocational qualifications as defined by Aerobility.
- Ensure that Aerobility holds all the appropriate approvals and certificates for flight training and flight operations to ensure the safe and efficient day to day running of service provision.
- Ensure and provide sufficient instructor capability for general operations and special events, meeting the instructional and training needs of the organisation.
- Undertake all flying duties associated with Aerobility, including trial flight experiences, instructional flights, positioning flights and any other charity flights as required, ensuring that appropriate standards and legalities are adhered to.
- Manage and develop a team of permanent and volunteer staff, to ensure the delivery of agreed outcomes.
- Lead, or participate as required, in the development of adaptive technology for disabled pilots, such as hoists and hand controls.
- Build and sustain positive relationships with all key stakeholders internally and externally, to ensure the overall objectives of Aerobility are understood and delivered, including working with regulators to promote the interests of disabled visitors.
- Challenge existing practice and identify new and better ways of working in order to accelerate Aerobility towards achieving its strategic outcomes.
- Work as an integral member of the senior leadership team, providing mutual support and challenge, taking cabinet responsibility as required, to ensure positive teamwork and clear, joined up communications to all stakeholders.
- Develop and present the operating budget for Service Operations and, upon final budget approval, manage the budget within agreed variances whilst ensuring that safety standards are not compromised.
- Be the Accountable Manager for Safety.
- Provide service delivery events, flying days and activities.
- Plan and manage the maintenance of all Aerobility assets, including aircraft, vehicles, buildings and equipment.
- Provide and maintain a training library. Keep student records, both paper and electronic, using the Aerobility CRM, Salesforce.
- Manage and deliver scholarship and bursary programmes.
- A sound understanding of the CAA regulations is vital, as is experience and knowledge of the PPL syllabus. You will also hold a JAR or CAA FI licence.
- Sound business management skills, able to balance the day to day needs of service operations with all regulatory obligations.
- Good understanding of Aerobility’s strategy, aims and objectives.
- Proven skills in delivering high quality work within constrained timescales and resources.
- Strong analytical, conceptual reasoning and planning skills; able to communicate well in writing; able to get things done.
- Strong, credible impact, with sophisticated negotiation and conflict resolution style; able to take people with them.
- Collaborative working style with a clear focus on delivering outcomes.
The post-holder will be Aerobility’s accountable manager to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for flight training and flight standards. The post holder will take responsibility for the training provided by Aerobility and for the safe and efficient flight operations of Aerobility aircraft, including the standards of all instructors and pilots, providing support and guidance while ensuring sufficient standards are maintained
To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.
You will be asked to submit the following information:
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
- A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).
The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:
Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:
Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.