Chief Flight Instructor Aviation

at OU Center for Public Management
Published 20th November 2020
Location Norman, OK
Category Pilot Jobs  
Job Type Flight Instructor Jobs  


Dual-hatted as OU Chief Flight Instructor for OU School of Aviation Studies (PACS) Pro Pilot and Avia Mgt - Fly degree concentration and FAA part 141 flight school. Oversees and mentors a cadre of over 25 hourly part time flight instructors as teaching assistants in the flight lab teaching Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, MEII, as well as Turbine Ground and Flight courses in the Beech King Air. Conducts Faculty and Staff Transport.

Supports the Program Director through the oversight of daily flight operations as well as representing the program interests in executive-level meetings and negotiations. Provides expert advice with programmatic items such as aircraft replacements, flight simulator selection, and overall facility issues to help ensure an outstanding learning environment for OU's students.

"The OU School of Aviation Studies is active in aviation and aerospace research critical to the safety of the National Airspace System. The Chief Flight Instructor serves as a key subject matter expert for university research and oversees the schedule and operations of research flights for aviation, meteorology, and engineering. OU serves as Technical Lead of the FAA's Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance and academic partner for the FAA's UAS Integration Pilot Program with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Our program supports research flights for weather, advanced radar, air traffic management, situational awareness, performance-based navigation, and safety studies. "

Must meet FAA part 141 flight hour minimums for Chief Flight Instructor:

of Part 141.35(c) and 141.35(d) which consists of:

- 2000 flight hours PIC (pilot in command)

- Flight training civilian and/or military of 3 years and 1000 hours or 1500 hours dual given

- 100 hours of actual or simulated instrument time

- 2 years as an Instrument Instructor and 250 hours instrument dual given or 400 hours instrument dual given.

The Chief Flight instructor position will ensure safe, efficient, and effective flight training that complies with FAA and University policies and procedures. Provide supervision to flight training managers, flight and ground instructor pilots, flight dispatch and scheduling. Monitor and oversee safety of training, quality of training, student service and student progress.

- Oversee flight school's part 141 FAA approved documents and processes.

- Oversee and maintain all FAA training records.

- Communicate all procedural and policy changes to the flight instructor cadre.

- Oversee initial selection, training and testing of all new hire, upgrade and transition training for instructor pilots.

- Oversee accuracy of course completion paperwork for University and FAA training records.

- Counsel training managers, instructors, and students concerning progress of flight training courses and coaching of implementation plans of action as necessary.

- Ensure all instructor cadre conduct themselves in a professional manner IAW established school policies.

- Administer stage checks and end of course checks and oversee end of course checks.


Required Education: Bachelor Degree OR an equivalent combination of education/job related experience, OR:

  • 24-36 months professional airline, military, or corporate aviation experience.


  • Proficient navigating and maintaining databases
  • Ability to speak, read and write clear, concise English
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to present detailed information to executive boards in a manner appropriate to the audience
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Able to communicate well and build rapport quickly with students, faculty, and staff
  • Able to produce reports and complete work within deadlines
  • Strong initiative to solve problems
  • Able to work well with interdepartmental teams and initiatives
  • Customer service
  • Must be able to supervise staff and communicate directions and expectations effectively
  • Must have strong ability to lead project teams


  • Drivers License
  • FAA Commercial
  • FAA Instrument Rating
  • FAA Multi Engine Rating
  • FAA Flight Instructor License
  • Or Armed forces equivalent

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Flies FAA flight evaluations in outdoor conditions from subfreezing windchills to heat indices up to 115. Must be able to fly in daily Oklahoma weather conditions.
  • Must be able to hold an FAA Class 2 medical certificate.

Departmental Preferences:

  • Multi Engine Aircraft experience
  • King Air flight experience
  • 5 years of Professional Airline, Military or Corporate aviation experience.

Supervision: Supervisor - Primary Role

Special Instructions: If you are selected as a final candidate for this position, you will be subject to The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Tuberculosis Testing policy.  To view the policy, visit

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