MSP Pilot lA (Second In Command)

Maryland State Police
Pilot IA (2281)

SALARY: Starting $94,405; Competitive Promotions to MSP Pilot II, MSP Pilot III and MSP Pilot IV once hired. Competitive promotions to MSP Instructor Pilot Positions or MSP Chief Pilot ; Annual Cost-of-Living pay raises; Exceptional Retirement Package; Outstanding Employee Benefits; multi-mission platform; New AW/139 aircraft and more.


MSP Pilot IA, Second-in-Command is the intermediate level of civilian helicopter pilot work within Aviation Command, Maryland State Police Department (MSP). Employees will act as the Second-in-Command pilot of helicopters enumerated in the Aviation Command Standard Operating Procedures and as directed by the Director of Flight Operations or the Commanding Officer of Aviation Command. Flight Operations will be conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations for aero-medical missions; search and rescue missions; homeland security; disaster assessment and other law enforcement related missions. Employees in this classification do not supervise.

Employees receive moderate supervision from the Sworn Section Supervisor of Aviation Command and technical training from Maryland State Police Civilian Helicopter Pilot Flight Instructors, the MSP Civilian Fixed Wing and Helicopter Chief Pilot. The Pilot-in-Command assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the Maryland State Police Helicopter I.

Employees in this classification are assigned shift work including holidays and weekends and are subject to 24-hour on-call during emergencies and staff shortages. Employees are required to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions. The work involves hazardous conditions such as maneuvering helicopters in congested or unusual terrain.

The MSP Pilot IA and MSP Pilot II, III and IV classifications are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised over employees. The MSP Pilot IA performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending upon the complexity of the mission or training being performed. The MSP Civilian Helicopter Pilot II, III and IV, pilot-in-command, performs the full range of duties under general supervision.

II. EXAMPLES OF WORK (Examples are illustrative only)

  • Performs line pilot functions to include flying helicopters as Second-in-Command in departmental aircraft for aero medical missions; search and rescue missions; homeland security; disaster assessment and other law enforcement related missions;
  • Performs pre-flight and post-flight inspections in accordance with Aviation Command and FAA regulations and standards;
  • Performs maintenance functions to include cleaning aircraft interiors and exteriors, refueling and adding necessary fluids, and replacing light bulbs as necessary;
  • Performs routine maintenance of hanger and office facilities;
  • Completes required training courses and exercises in compliance with FAA regulations and maintains all required licenses and flight certifications;
  • Operates specialized flight-related equipment, such as tow motors; Assists in making go/no-go flight decisions concerning weather conditions, maintenance, and other flight safety considerations;
  • Performs other related duties.


  • Knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of flying techniques required for day, night and instrument flying conditions;
  • Knowledge of aircraft maintenance procedures;
  • Skill in piloting helicopters;
  • Ability to make safe and rational go/no-go flight decisions and to determine if weather and other flight safety considerations are within acceptable ranges;
  • Ability to fly helicopters in potentially hazardous conditions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.
Experience: Completion of 1200 helicopter flight hours as an FAA Certificated pilot.


  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an FAA Commercial Helicopter Certificate.
  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an acceptable Instrument Helicopter Rating as determined by FAA regulations and required by the MSP Aviation Command.
  • Employees in this classification must possess and maintain an FAA 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certification.
  • Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle driver’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


  • Candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, formal interview and a complete criminal background investigation to include a polygraph examination by the Maryland State Police Department before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction record may be grounds for rejection of the applicant. Physical examinations may be waived by the Department’s Medical Director upon presentation of current FAA 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certificate.
  • Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.
  • Candidates appointed to this classification will be required to sign a MSP Aviation Pilot Candidate Obligated Service Agreement.


  • Only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be considered for this classification. It is essential you provide complete and accurate information on your application and Supplemental Questionnaire. The examination consists of rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of this classification.
  • Successful candidates will be placed on the employment list categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED OR QUALIFIED and remain eligible for consideration for at least one year from the date of examination. This list will be used by the hiring agency to select employees.


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