XP167 Line Pilot NPAS

23rd January 2020

XP167 Line Pilot NPAS

Location  National Police Air Service

Salary  £57,825 – £60,942 plus £7000 market factor

payRole Profile Attachment  Line Pilot Role Profile.pdf – 569KB 


Line Pilot
National Police Air Service
North Weald
4 permanent posts

Here at the National Police Air Service (NPAS) we’re looking for helicopter pilots to join our team at NPAS North Weald which provides air support to the capital and police forces across England and Wales 24/7, 365 days a year. On a daily basis, NPAS help save lives, tackles criminality and keep people and communities safe.

Flying to more than 20,000 tasks every year, crews provide effective aerial support to ground based officers and in doing so improve operational response to incidents within the highest safety standards. Working alongside Tactical Flight Officers, NPAS Pilots have the opportunity to make good use of their skills and experience on a variety of police missions including fast-paced, dynamic tasks such as:

• pursuit of stolen vehicles
• searching for missing persons/suspects
• support for firearms incidents

Pilots also fly to pre-planned tasks. This can include support for large public events such as the London Marathon, Heads of State visits and large demonstrations. On occasion, pilots are called upon to land so the crew can assist people in distress.

What we can offer you:

• Fixed 4 on 4 off, 12-hour roster pattern offering a stable working routine and the ability to plan many months ahead. Pilots operate in accordance with the approved Flight Time Limitation (FTL).

• 19 days annual leave per year (19 x 12hr shifts) ) – the 4 on, 4 off shift pattern means you can have 12 consecutive days off by booking 4 consecutive days annual leave.

• Additional annual leave / overtime for public holidays

• Additional annual leave upon completion of 5 years’ service

• Career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme

• Potential to transfer to another NPAS base across England and Wales

• Medical expenses for maintaining Class 1 medical

• A Loss of Licence Insurance scheme

• Death in service payment

In order to be considered for the role you must have the following:

• Minimum of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) with RT Licence and Class 1 Medical (unrestricted)

• A minimum of 1,500 hours total helicopter flying time which must include 50 hours flying at night including 20 hours PIC at night, 500 hours PIC overland under VMC and significant low flying experience. You will also need to demonstrate instrument flying experience.

• Ability to work as part of a team and be a self-starter

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to the crew while carrying out other tasks

• A full UK driving licence

Applicants should be aware that it is not always possible to carry out adequate vetting checks on persons who have not been resident within the UK for the last three years. Therefore, where this applies, applicants may be refused on the grounds that it was not possible to vet them to the appropriate standard.

These posts are suitable for job share. The application process will close at 23:55 hours on the 23 February 2020.

As part of the recruitment process, applicants will be required to fly in a 135 simulator and pass an interview panel.

About NPAS:

NPAS provide borderless air support to all police forces of England and Wales 24/7, 365 days a year, from a national network of 14 bases. NPAS exists to keep communities safe and tasks which pose the highest risk to communities are prioritised in line with local police and crime plans. All requests for air support are managed through our national Operations Centre.

NPAS was formed in October 2012 following the national review of air support conducted by the Home Office in 2009. We are the first and only collaboration of all police forces in England and Wales, regulated by law.

NPAS is delivered by West Yorkshire Police on behalf of British Policing and governed by a National Board made up of six elected Police and Crime Commissioners and six Chief Constables each representing their policing regions. It is funded through the collaborative agreement of participating police forces to each pay a proportionate contribution toward this overall cost of delivery which corresponds to their service use.

West Yorkshire Police is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all minority groups and individuals who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

For a detailed description of the Competency and Values levels required please refer to the http://www.college.police.uk/What-we-do/Development/competency-and-values-framework/Documents/Competency-and-Values-Framework-for-Policing_4.11.16.pdf (This link may be copied and pasted into your browser). This document will assist you in completing the Evidence of Achievement section of the application form. Please note: the Evidence of Achievement section will not be visible until the employment section has been completed.

All NPAS staff and officers have access to an in-house peer support scheme. All peer supporters are fully trained and will listen and help staff during difficult times.


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