Florida, United States

FAR 135/91 Director of Operations – Sarasota, FL

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This is a full time/direct hire position offering a competitive salary with full benefits package.

Title of position:  FAR 135 Director of Operations

Employment location:  Sarasota, FL

Summary of Position:

The employer is seeking a Director of Operations for its rapidly growing Part 135 charter operation. This position is responsible for the safety and operational control of all flight operations, including charter and flight management functions. This position develops programs and policies in response to changing regulations, operational authorizations, and company business plans. The employer’s goal is providing a safe and professional operation focused on a superior customer experience.

The DO reports to the COO and is responsible for the oversight and management of the Chief Pilot and the Flight Department. This position requires a high level of expertise in regulatory compliance, personnel management, policies, processes, and standard operating procedures. In conjunction with upper management, the individual will continue development of policies, procedures, and systems to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory standards as well as efficiency of operations.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Director of Operations ensures all company flight operations are carried out, in a responsible manner, with the highest regard for safety, compliance, and service standards. Ultimately responsible for operational control, and for carrying out the Company’s policies and for compliance with all regulations governing flight and maintenance activities.
  • Reports to the COO
  • Responsibility for the company’s General Operations Manual (Individual is responsible for both learning the entire General Operations Manuals and ensuring all pilots comply with the regulations set forth in the GOM)
  • Responsible for the safe operation of all aircraft owned, operated, or managed by the Company.
  • Has overall responsibility for the scheduling and efficient utilization of Company aircraft
  • Is responsible for proper maintenance of Air Carrier operating records
  • Establishes and maintains a close working relationship with the FAA Principal Operations Inspector having responsibility for the Company’s Air Carrier operations.
  • Acts as Agent for Service
  • Reviews upcoming training dates of flight crewmembers and schedules trainings & e-learnings with the training center and receives the training approval from the POI
  • Performs duties as a flight crewmember when properly qualified.
  • Prepares and administers the flight operations budget.
  • Ensures that all flight operations are conducted safely and in compliance with all Federal Aviation Regulations, Operations Specifications and Company policies.
  • Prior to a flight being dispatched on a part 135 flight, determines that all regulatory and safety requirements are met.
  • Creates and distributes General Operations Manual revisions.
  • Maintains a liaison with the Chief Pilot and the Director of Maintenance in operational matters.
  • Screens incoming flight crewmembers with the Chief Pilot during the onboarding process
  • Has final approval on the selection, training, and retention of all flight operations personnel
  • Assists the Chief Pilot in conducting the Basic Indoctrination on incoming flight crewmembers and revises the Basic Indoctrination to keep current on company policies, procedures, and changing FAA regulations
  • Oversight of all company training programs, policies and procedures
  • Determines that each crewmember is qualified and eligible to serve as a crewmember in the aircraft and type of operation assigned.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all crewmembers operating under CFR Part 135 are covered by a Federal Aviation Administration approved anti-drug program
  • Designates check airmen
  • The Director of Flight Operations will implement best practices, efficient systems, and processes, while balancing the business needs and operational requirements.
  • Participate in and promote utilization of the company Safety Management System.
  • Directs execution of operational standards, drives a culture of continuous improvement in operations, leads highest standard of safety, and is a collaborative member of the executive team.
  • The Director of Flight Operations will implement best practices, efficient systems, and processes, while balancing the business needs and operational requirements.
  • Is responsible for notifying the FAA in case of an Air Carrier accident.
  • Initiates the company’s Accident Plan.
  • Works closely with the Director of Maintenance to ensure that aircraft maintenance problems do not unnecessarily disrupt operations
  • Works with the Director of Maintenance to develop aircraft Minimum Equipment Lists.
  • Is responsible with the Director of Maintenance for preparing and submitting the Mechanical Interruption Summary Report required by 14 CFR 135.417.
  • Communicates with the FAA Flight Standards District Office, National Transportation Safety Board and Transportation Security Administration. Files all required reports and documents.
  • Devises revisions to the manual as needed, submits the proposed revisions to the FSDO, receives confirmation from the FSDO that the revisions are acceptable and then distributes those revisions to all manual holders.
  • Responsible for ensuring adherence to Flight and Duty time limitations of 14 CFR Part 135 and the manual.
  • May delegate the preceding duties and responsibilities as necessary; however, such delegation does not relieve him or her of overall responsibility.
  • 100% In-Office position (NOT a WORK-FROM-HOME position!) Individual must bew willing to come into the office to perform duties at the Sarasota, FL office.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Customer Service Expectation:

We take incredible measures to maintain our culture based on customer experience: “A Step Beyond First Class.” Pilots are the face of our company and an integral part of our services. All our Pilots are expected to provide an exceptional experience to our passengers.

Striving for excellence, professionalism, and attention to detail is a must. These qualities set the standard in our industry. A strong work ethic flexibility, proficiency, and precision are all prerequisites for a successful career with us.

Required Characteristics:

  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to SAFETY
  • Act as an Ambassador for the company
  • Flexible to fluctuating schedules
  • Team player displaying the utmost respect for fellow team members
  • Proactively strive for maximum efficiency and continuous improvement
  • Exude the highest level of customer service with an emphasis on exceeding expectations


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform office or non-manual essential duties satisfactorily.
  • The administrative requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Have at least 3 years supervisory or managerial experience as a Director of Operations (or Chief Pilot) for a FAR 135
  • Aviation safety standards and safe operating practices;
  • 14 CFR Chapter I (Federal Aviation Regulations);
  • Company operations specifications;
  • Hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Flight Experience
  • 3500 hours Total Fixed Wing
  • 1500 hours Multi-Engine Land
  • 1500 hours Pilot-in-Command
  • 500 hours Turbojet
  • 100 hours Night
  • 75 hours Actual or Simulated Instrument
  • Current US Passport
  • Ability to pass a 10-year security background check and pre-employment Drug and Alcohol test

Education and Expertise:

  • Previous experience as a Check Airman, Assistant Chief Pilot, Chief Pilot, Fleet Manager, or Director of Operations at a FAR 135 carrier preferred.
  • Type rated in either small cabin corporate jet(s)
  • Meet the requirements for a Director of Operations for a FAR 135 as described in the FAR 119.71(c).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience within the last 6 years as pilot in command of an aircraft operated under part 121 or 135.
  • With previous experience as a Director of Operations, have at least 3 years experience as pilot in command of an aircraft operated under part 135 of this chapter.
  • Must have a thorough working knowledge and understanding of FARs.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and authorized to work in the United States

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively interact and tactfully communicate with various Regulatory Agencies’ personnel, both in person and in writing.
  • Must be able to read, write and understand safety plans, Federal Aviation Regulations, Aeronautical Information Manual, Operations Specifications, Operations Manuals, Training Manuals, Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS), and Procedures Manuals.
  • Must be able to effectively operate the company’s computer-based applications/software and tracking programs, to include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat.
  • Must maintain high standards of performance for self and others; demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of the business; monitor, provide leadership to as well as coach and mentor the operations team.
  • Current US Passport
  • Ability to pass a 10-year security background check and pre-employment Drug and Alcohol test

  • Location: Florida, United States
  • Categories: Operations / Management, Pilot
  • Contract Type: Full Time

Sharon Ballgae

Contact Information
  • Call: (904) 264-0097
  • Fax: (904) 264-0230

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