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First Officer / Sensor Specialist

DEA are a rapidly expanding AOC operator with an established reputation for being able to undertake and deliver mission that are often complex and challenging. We are looking to recruit a sensor specialist that will also be able to perform first officer duties to join the fleet as a pilot.

Are you:

  • MEP/CPL/IR rated?

  • Hold formal qualifications or significant operational experience in:

  • Networking (LAN/WAN/VSAT)?

  • Software configuration?

  • Physical IT hardware assembly?

  • Radio propagation?

In addition to the above, the suitable candidate will possess the following skills:

  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively
  • Posess strong analytical and problem solving skills

You will need to be able to provide evidence of right to live and work in the UK.

Do you fancy flying a DA42 fitted with a state of the art sensor /comms package as a first officer / sensor operator?

Based on current expectations, we estimate that the ratio of sensor specialist to flying will be 70/30.

The role will be ideal for someone seeking long term career devlopment and progression within the aviation industry.

For further information about the recruitment process please see the section on recruitment for AOC Commanders

If you fell that you have the necessary skills and experience, please send your CV and covering letter to with the reference SS/First officer application.

Starting salaries in the region of £18,000 per annum


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