Hawaii, United States

(Helicopter) Director of Operations – Hawaii

PLEASE NOTE: Please do not apply if you require visa sponsorship.  This position requires the candidate be able to work in the U.S. WITHOUT the need for visa sponsorship!  

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

Job Title:  Director of Operations for Helicopter company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Employment Location:  Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Reports to:  Chief of Operations

Job Description

The Director of Operations is responsible for and has the authority to direct all operational functions for the company – overseeing a fleet of 12+ Helicopters (to include Bell 407s, 429s, 430s, and Hughes MD 500s) and over 15 Helicopter pilots. The Director of Operations may delegate functions to other personnel, however, retains complete responsibility. The Director of Operations will be highly knowledgeable of the entire contents of the General Operations Manual, Operations Specifications, and all Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to the company operations.


  • Maintain the company’s objective of providing safe and efficient air transportation in accordance with company policies, procedures, FAA, and other government agency regulations.
  • Participates in formulating and administering company policies and developing long-range goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate and ensure that all company policy regarding flight operations is adhered to.
  • Ensure that all flight operations are conducted safely and in compliance with all Federal Aviation regulations, operations specifications, and company policies.
  • Has operational control of all company aircraft. May delegate this duty to appropriate personnel to ensure that flight operations are conducted in compliance with FAA regulations and policies but will retain overall responsibility for operational control.
  • Has authority to act for the certificate holder, including the signing of FAA correspondence and operations specifications.
  • Responsible for communications with the FAA Flight Standards District Office and the National Transportation Safety Board. Files all required reports and documents.
  • Cooperate with the maintenance department to ensure that maintenance functions and operational requirements are coordinated with operations.
  • Coordinate with the safety department on the company safety program and operational audits.
  • Determines general personnel requirements for the department and assists with hiring and/or discharge of department personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Operations.


  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Aviation Management degree preferred.
  • Applicants must possess qualifications prescribed in 14 CFR 119.71:
    • To serve as Director of Operations under § 119.69(a) for a certificate holder conducting any operations for which the pilot in command is required to hold an airline transport pilot certificate a person must hold an airline transport pilot certificate and either:
      • Have at least 3 years supervisory or managerial experience within the last 6 years in a position that exercised operational control over any operations conducted under part 121 or part 135 of this chapter; or
      • In the case of a person becoming Director of Operations –
        • For the first time ever, have at least 3 years experience, within the past 6 years, as pilot in command of an aircraft operated under part 121 or part 135 of this chapter.
        • In the case of a person with previous experience as a Director of Operations, have at least 3 years experience, as pilot in command of an aircraft operated under part 121 or part 135 of this chapter.
      • Experience flying the Bell 407 preferred – but experience flying any of the following would also be a plus:  Hughes MD 500, Bell 429 and/or Bell 430.
      • Ability to multitask, collect and organize data, define problems, and provide required reporting in a timely manner.
      • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
      • Must possess effective verbal and written communication, organization, and administrative skills.
      • Ability to effectively use specialized computer programs and software applicable to aircraft maintenance and operations
      • Ability to work in-office with possible once-a-week flights.
      • Ability to travel to other locations.
      • Ability to work various shifts which may include evening and weekend hours.

  • Location: Hawaii, 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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