Anchorage, AK

Vice President of Flight Operations – Part 121

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. 

Note:   Anchorage, AK 


Provides strategic and operational recommendations on all matters related to flight operations and operational control of Part 121 airlines and flight operations.


Our mission is to provide safe, reliable aviation services for our customers and create a place for employees to build long-term careers.  Our operations service customers in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, South America and the Caribbean.


  • Ensures Safety and Compliance are met at all times.
  • Responsible for supporting and promoting SMS throughout the company.
  • Has the responsibility and authority to develop, implement and maintain SMS processes that are applicable to flight operations in accordance with the Safety Management Manual, Chapter 3.
  • Directly responsible to the Chief Operating Officer for the administration and coordination of the Flight Operations Department, assuring that the department functions in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations and the Company Operations.
  • Provides strategic and operational recommendations on all matters related to flight operations and operational control of a Part 121 airline.
  • Has the authority to establish and change policies and procedures necessary for the continued safety, quality and efficiency of the Flight Operations.
  • Drives new processes, as well as being responsible for introducing enhancements to existing processes or programs.
  • Fulfills the 14 CFR Part 119.65(a) certificate management position requirement of the Director, Operations position within the Company, as represented in Operations Specification.
  • Maintains overall responsibility for Operational Control of the airline, in accordance with Operations Specification A008.
  • Jointly responsible with the Pilot-in-Command for the initiation, continuation, diversion and termination of a flight in compliance with applicable regulations and Operations.
    • May delegate the functions for the initiation, continuation, diversion and termination of a flight, but may not delegate the responsibility for those functions.
  • Cancels, diverts or delays a flight if in their opinion or the opinion of the Pilot-in-Command the flight cannot operate or continue to operate safely as planned or released.
  • Ensures Flight Control maintains proper communication with and control of Company aircraft in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
  • Responsible for the Company’s FAA-approved ground deicing/anti-icing program, in accordance with Operations Specification.
  • Authorized to officially apply for and receive Operations Specifications Parts A, B and C on behalf of the Company, as represented in Operations Specification A007b.
  • Ensure the regulatory and company requirements for the scheduling and training of all flight crewmembers consistent with Federal Aviation Regulations and Company policies.
  • At timely intervals or as otherwise requested, develops projections as to the personnel requirements of the department for flight crews and other personnel.
  • Causes to be prepared and maintained such manuals as required for the department.
  • Implements Company policies and procedures within the department.
  • Initiates department reorganization, when necessary, upon review and approval by the COO.
  • Recommends promotions, reclassifications, transfers, vacations, furloughs and leaves of absence for employees within the department consistent with the requirements of the Company and pursuant to established policies, practices and procedures.
  • Maintains a positive relationship with the Executive Committee of the IBT and enacts all aspects of the JCBA.
  • In accordance with Operations Specification A048, makes documentation available to the FAA Principal Operations Inspector upon request that ensures:
    • Completion of an initial audit confirming accuracy of employee records
    • Completion of recurring audits to confirm accuracy of employee records at least once each six months.
    • Updates of any and all status changes to employee records within 24 hours of the time the change in status.
  • Maintains a close liaison and working relationship with the:
    • Chief Pilot and all other department
    • FAA, NTSB and other government
    • Other industry agencies and professionals.
  • Assumes manual owner responsibilities and authorities as identified and defined within Chapter 4 of the AAG.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities and authority as defined within this or other Company manuals.
  • Responsible for identifying hazards within the Company’s operations and systems, and reporting those hazards through the WBAT or departmental hazard reporting.
  • Provides managerial oversight to sustain an FAA-compliant ETOPS program prioritizing safety, reliability and operational excellence.
  • Responsible for Flight Operations departmental budgeting.
  • In conjunction with the President (CEO) and the COO, the VP of Flight Operations will execute a business growth strategy for operational and regulatory affairs and quality assurance activities in support of the company’s goals and objectives.
  • Determine an accurate long-range flight crew plan and forecast for responsible operations; accountable for the delivery of business results to cost containment, quality pilot performance and timelines.
  • Maintain and enhance business relationships essential for responsible operations. Such relationships include, but are not limited to, relationships with customers, regulatory & government agencies, key management corporate officers and board members.
  • Work closely with the DO of AAC to ensure efficiencies and a working together attitude within the airlines.
  • Accountable for pilot training programs regarding system safety, quality and regulatory compliance.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The 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 within the last 6 years in a position that exercised operational control over any operations conducted with large airplanes under Part 121 of the Federal Air Regulations.
  • Must have at least 3 years experience as pilot in command of a large airplane operated under part 121 of the Federal Air Regulations
  • Must possess a full understanding of aviation safety standards and practices, the federal air regulations (14 CFR chapter 1), maintenance and modification of the certificate holder’s operations specifications, all appropriate airworthiness requirements of the FARs, and all applicable legal requirements to maintain safe operations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in associated discipline with a minimum of seven years of experience in all phases of management; or equivalent combination of education and experience. An advanced degree is highly desirable.
  • Effective leadership and interpersonal skills to communicate with a wide variety of audiences including senior level managers, regulatory agencies, contractors, company-wide peers, subordinates and others.
  • Must be able to travel.
  • Must be able to pass a pre employment drug test, a 5-year background check and a 10-year criminal records check and must be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance.


  • This position has a high level of communication with company leadership, varied internal stakeholders, staff, regulators, external stakeholders, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to give clear written and oral instructions to team members, vendors or other stakeholders.
  •  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports, procedures manuals, correspondence and other related materials.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Requires ability to respond effectively verbally and in writing to inquiries from regulators.


  • Most work is performed in an office environment with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • May spend time in aircraft, aircraft hangars or outdoor ramp in all weather conditions

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • Categories: Operations / Management, Pilot
  • Contract Type: Full Time

Marc Ballgae

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

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