Deputy Chief Flying Instructor (Basic and Advanced) - Cranfield

This great opportunity has arisen with an internationally recognised and rapidly expanding, fast-paced airline pilot training and resourcing organisation. With Airline Academy strategically positioned globally, a highly qualified management, training and assessor team and our investment in state-of-the art technology, our services are utilised by airline partners worldwide and our delivery standards are the envy of many other aviation support providers the world over.

The role is required to promote, develop and maintain the highest standards of Basic and Advanced Training delivery in accordance with current approved syllabi. To strive at all times to maintain the Company’s image and reputation as a world leading supplier of the highest quality of aviation training and instill within trainees a professional approach to personal development and best aviation practice. As Deputy Chief Flight Instructor, you will manage the Basic and Advanced flight instructors and deputize for the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres when required.

Main responsibilities:

  • Responsible to the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres to assist with the delivery of the Basic and Advanced flying training programme at Crew Training Centre - Cranfield.
  • Responsibility for Cranfield Basic and Advanced trainee performance management.
  • Direct line manager for the Cranfield Basic and Advanced Flight Instructor team.
  • Promote and maintain Flight Safety and Health, Safety and Environmental (HS&E) best practice as it applies to the effective delivery of the training programme.
  • To act as a Flight Instructor, Flight Check Instructor or, if qualified, Examiner for 50% of working time, with the remainder being devoted to DCFI.
  • You are expected to maintain your qualification and currency.
  • You will deputize for the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres as and when required.
  • You will represent the Airline Academy to the flying training industry as and when required.
  • Assist the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres to ensure the training programme is optimized, making the best use of the Company assets and ensuring compliance with the organizations Aviation’s Operations and Training Manuals. Manage trainee leave and sickness demands accordingly.
  • Assist the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres to ensure trainees’ personal logbooks are maintained accurately, including monthly summaries and training/qualification sign-offs.
  • Review and monitor trainee TRFs to ensure accurate and timely completion to the required quality levels.
  • Assist the Head of Training – UK Training Centres to generate end of course reports and coordinate the trainee sign-out process.
  • Assist the Chief Flight Instructor – UK Training Centres during the weekly meetings and deputize if required.
  • Work constantly with all members of the training team to maintain flying standards and discipline.
  • Conduct flight instruction of MEP class rating, ME-CPL, BIFM and PIFM (ME-IR) integrated and MPL syllabi with future prospect of modular courses.
  • Undertake other tasks that from time to time a DCFI could reasonably be expected to undertake.

Person specification

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of working with the UK CAA and EASA
  • Valid Class 1 Medical
  • Commercial Pilots License (CPL)
  • Multi Engine Piston Rating (MEP)
  • Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)
  • Ability to work in a high pressured and dynamic environment
  • A “can do” attitude and able to operate and make decisions in a high pressure business environment
  • Excellent management and communication skills with a proven track record of successfully leading a team
  • Strong Customer-focused and Customer care skills
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Flight Instructor experience
  • Ability to adapt learning styles and differentiate between trainees
  • Ability to manage teams of flight instructors

Additional information: Applications will only be accepted from individuals who possess the eligibility to live and work within the EEA.

L3 CTS is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible applicants regardless of their background.

Note: This Job Description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job title. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the role. The employee may perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

As part of the application process you will provide us certain personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act. This information will be used for reviewing and assessing your application for this vacancy and shall be retained for a maximum of 12 months. Should you wish for your data to be deleted in respect of this application please email

To apply: If you can demonstrate your qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience match our requirements, we’d like to hear from you.

Agency information: At L3 CTS we do not accept uninvited approaches from recruitment agencies. On occasions that we do have a requirement to obtain third party support on specific recruitment campaigns, we will pro-actively approach a preferred supplier based on our own market research. We will not pay agency fees associated with unsolicited third party applications. Should you choose to submit CV’s speculatively to any employee associated with L3 CTS we retain the right to pursue and hire that candidate without any obligation to third party terms and conditions, regardless of their inclusion in any email or supporting documents. If you are interested in working with us please submit your company details via email to Please include ‘Agency Information’ followed by your company name in the subject line.

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Application deadline: Nov 11 2019






Airline Academy
Job Type
Cranfield, UK
Start date(s)
October, 10.28.2019
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