MSP Pilot lI (Pilot In Command)

Maryland State Police
Pilot II (2282)

SALARY: $75,389. Once hired there are non-competitive promotions to Pilot III and Pilot IV, Max. $111,778. There are competitive promotions to Instructor Pilot and Chief Pilot positions. PLUS, Annual Cost-of-Living step raises; Exceptional Retirement Package; Outstanding Employee Benefits; multi-mission platform; New AW/139 aircraft and more.


A Maryland State Police Helicopter Pilot II, Pilot-In-Command, is the Full Performance level of civilian helicopter pilot work in the Aviation Command, Maryland State Police Department (MSP). Employees pilot helicopters as enumerated in the Aviation Command Standard Operating Procedures and as directed by the Director of Flight Operations or the Commanding Officer of the Aviation Command. Flight operations will be conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations for search and rescue missions, medical evacuation operations 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 MSP Pilot Flight Instructors and the MSP Chief Pilot. The Pilot-in-Command assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA (Second-In-Command) and all other pilots assigned as the Second-in-Command.

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 II is differentiated from the MSP Pilot IA in that the MSP Pilot II acts as Pilot-in-Command of the assigned aircraft. The MSP Pilot II assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA. The MSP Pilot IA acts as Second-in-Command of the assigned aircraft and performs intermediate level pilot duties under close supervision while the MSP Pilot II performs the full range of pilot duties under general supervision. The MSP Pilot IA and II classifications are supervised by Aviation Command Sworn Supervisors.

II. EXAMPLES OF WORK (Examples are illustrative only)

  • Assigns, reviews, approves and critiques work of the MSP Pilot IA;
  • Provides advice and guidance to the MSP Pilot I regarding operational procedures and FAA rules and regulations;
  • Briefs crew members and passengers on aircraft protocol
  • Performs line pilot functions to include flying helicopters as pilot-in-command or 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;
  • Makes 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;
  • Knowledge of MSP standard operating procedures, policies, rules and regulations governing pilot duties;
  • Skill in piloting helicopters;
  • Ability to assign, review and critique work of the MSP Pilot I;
  • 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 2000 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 will be required to sign a MSP Aviation Pilot Candidate Obligated Service Agreement as a condition of employment.


  • 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


Effective 02-24-14 applications should be made electronically. Follow these instructions.

  • From any computer supporting Internet Explorer versions 6-9, go to Maryland’s

  • In “Filter Open Jobs” enter Maryland State Police in Department and hit the GREEN Search tab​From this web site click on the “Job Seekers” tab
  • Scroll down and click on the Job Title and the Job Bulletin will appear
  • Hit the BLUE “Click HERE to apply” and follow the instructions for completing the application.

  • We are totally committed to making your experience with the Maryland State Police a rewarding one.Should you have any questions or experience difficulty navigating the on-line applicant process, please feel free to email Mr. Jay Diggs or Ms. Christina Blake​ or call 410-238-5800​.

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