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Hillsborough County Government

Chief Aircraft Pilot (#CHARPTGENP) GENP
$20.72-$32.89 Hourly / $3,591.47-$5,700.93 Monthly / $43,097.60-$68,411.20 Yearly


Performs duties operating multi-engine fixed wing and single engine rotary wing aircraft and overseeing aircraft operations and maintenance activities to inspect and identify target areas and to apply chemical agents to control mosquitos and aquatic weeds.


Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
An accredited fixed wing and rotary wing flight time totaling 2500 hours, including 500 hours in a multi-engine fixed wing aircraft, 50 hours in a Beechcraft King Air (turboprop) or like capability aircraft, 1500 hours in a turbine rotary wing aircraft including 100 hours in a Bell Jet Ranger 206 BIII or like capability aircraft; and
Possession of a FAA Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot License; and
Possession of a FAA Commercial Pilot License with a rotary wing rating; and
Possession of a current FAA flight medical certificate (Class II). 

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Considerable knowledge of the operation and performance capabilities of a multi- engine fixed wing and single engine rotary wing aircraft including instrumentation, radio communications and navigation.
  • Considerable knowledge of meteorological conditions affecting aircraft and chemical spraying operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of FAA rules, regulations and emergency procedures governing commercial and agricultural operations of multi- engine fixed wing and single engine rotary wing aircraft.
  • Considerable knowledge of the functions, services, procedures and regulations of the mosquito control unit and spraying missions.
  • Considerable knowledge of proper aircraft calibration settings.
  • Considerable knowledge of chemicals and procedures used to control mosquitos and aquatic weeds.
  • Working knowledge of aircraft maintenance procedures.
  • Skill in piloting multi - engine fixed wing and single engine rotary wing aircraft.
  • Ability to quickly identify aircraft abnormalities.
  • Ability to develop operational and procedural schedules.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain logs, records and reports.
  • Ability to collect and organize data to develop written or oral presentations and staff reports.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to plan, organize and oversee the work of others.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Pilots multi-engine fixed wing and single engine rotary wing aircraft transporting County personnel in support of inspections, aerial pesticide applications and executive travel to identify and treat target areas for the control of mosquitos and aquatic weeds.
  • Performs routine maintenance and servicing of aircraft and oversees contract maintenance activities.
  • Inspects and maintains spray equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Schedules fuel servicing, weather briefings, flight clearances, and other support services to insure aircraft readiness and safety.
  • Maintains air crew proficiency and certification in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  • Prepares and maintains flight logs, mission reports, computer databases and other related records in order to provide an accurate recording of flight events that meet federal, state and local requirements.
  • Coordinates with management on test and spray flights and recommends or implements changes to procedures to ensure proper application of chemical agents to control pests and aquatic weeds.
  • When not performing air operations may operate airboat and work in conjunction with ground inspectors to coordinate inspections of difficult areas to access.
  • When not performing air operations may be included in ground operation missions to operate a ULV spray truck.
  • Functions as the unit safety officer, preparing and conducting safety meetings with the unit. 
  • Prepares and delivers verbal, written and visual presentations to the media, civic groups and school children on spraying operations and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


Possession of a current State of Florida Certificate to use restricted pesticides issued under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and FAA Instrument rating within probationary period.

CLASS: CHARPTGENP; EST: 4/23/1999; REV: 5/25/2012;