Date Posted
30 Aug 2019


AW139 First Officer (Search and Rescue) - Caribbean


Cobham Helicopter Services delivers outsourced aviation services for military and civil customers worldwide through military training, special mission flight operations, outsourced commercial aviation and aircraft engineering.


For our Curacao operation with the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard, we have two co-pilot AW139 opportunities.


The First Officer is, amongst others, responsible for:

  • Aiding the Helicopter Commander in mission specific management in conjunction with the Technical Crewmember to provide and collate tactical information to maintain the strategic picture to aid execution of the mission.

  • Compliance with those duties defined in Company operating procedures and those allocated to him by the Aircraft Commander;

  • Confirmation of safe navigation of the aircraft by maintain a continuous and independent check upon both the geographical position of the helicopter and its safe terrain clearance;

  • Volunteering such advice, information and assistance to the Helicopter Commander so as to contribute towards the safe and efficient conduct of the flight;

  • Maintaining familiarity with all relevant aviation legislation and Company Operations Manual requirements as are necessary to fulfil his function;

  • Assisting the Helicopter Commander as requested with any duties in relation to pre-flight planning and preparation for the flight;

  • Reporting to the Helicopter Commander any fault, failure, malfunction or defect that could affect the airworthiness or safe operation of the aircraft;

  • Reporting to the Helicopter Commander any incident that endangered or could have endangered the safety of the operation;

  • Maintenance of personal familiarity with the laws, regulations and procedures pertinent to the operation.

  • Embracing continuous improvement as both essential and an opportunity in everything we do;

  • Supporting occasional deployments to other Caribbean islands;

  • Working effectively as part of a cross-functional team;

  • Demonstrating reliability, adaptability and responsiveness to Customer needs;

  • Being self-motivated, assertive, resilient, and displaying energy and positive enthusiasm.


To be considered for this position you must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Holder of an EASA CPL(H) with instrument rating

  • AW139 MP type rating

  • English LPE-4 or higher

  • 1000 hours flying helicopter experience

  • 200 hours flying in AW139 or similarly complex helicopter

  • 100 night flying helicopter experience

  • Holder of a EU, US or Canadian passport

  • EASA class 1 medical

  • Team player, ability and willingness to adapt to changing business demands


The following will be highly regarded:

  • SAR / HEMS experience

  • Maritime experience

  • NVG experience

  • Winching experience

  • Mountain Flying experience

  • Low-level flight experience

  • Proficient in English, written and spoken

  • College or University degree

  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Trained (HUET)

  • Military experience


We offer:


A great opportunity to enter or gain more experience in the SAR and Coastguard world. A balanced roster (8 on, 1 off, 8 on, 7 off plus 42 days annual leave) offers enough time off to enjoy life on Curacao, a safe and pleasant Caribbean island part the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

If selected and required we can provide NVG training and offer further training to expand your helicopter skills.

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Job Category
Flight Operations
Primary Location
Cobham Aviation Services UK
Claire Mcdougall
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