Chief Instructor - Summit Aviation

Job Title

Chief Instructor

Job Description

Summit Aviation is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Chief Flight Instructor to lead our fast-growing flight school. The ideal candidate will have the demonstrated ability to train and develop students, manage a team, and coordinate multiple departments.

About the Position
You’ll join a top-notch team and help lead the flight school. You will educate others on aviation and develop your team and department.

What you will do


• Provide leadership for safety practices in the school and with rental customers
• Lead the new hire and instructor orientation process
• Ensure that all flight instructors take and pass a proficiency check every 12 months
• Ensure each student adheres to the school’s training course
• Maintain student records in compliance with the required part 141 regulations
• Ensure that training techniques and all standards follow the FAA’s requirements and expectations
• Monitor and adjust CFI schedules and workloads
• Schedule student check rides with area DPEs
• Ensure that instruction is standardized across the school
• Audit student and instructor records
• Conduct or delegate instructor check-outs on fleet aircraft
• Act as FSDO point of contact for the flight school
• Monitor maintenance scheduling
• Be proficient to conduct all stage checks at all levels of student training
The job primarily encompasses a normal work week; however, it may be necessary to spend time supervising operations on the weekends or in the evenings.
Work Environment
The flight school currently employs ten full time instructors, ten part time instructors, an administrative assistant, and is training over 100 active students. In addition to the traditional Cessna 172s and 152s the school employs Cessna 182s, Huskies, Cirrus SR22s, a Super Legend Cub, a J-3 Cub, and a Beech Travel Air in the training fleet. Summit Aviation is an innovative company emphasizing customer service and loyalty to their employees.

Additional Helpful Experience Includes
• Previous flight school administration experience is desirable
• Desirable endorsements: Multi-Engine Instructor, Tailwheel Instructor

Personal attributes that support your success
• Ability to act as a trusted advisor to principals and colleagues while demonstrating expertise and integrity
• You are a team player and show respect while collaborating with others
• You are results oriented and exercise sound judgment in your work
• A lifelong learner, who is inquisitive and solves problems with bold thinking and innovation

About the Flight School

Summit Aviation flight school offers part 141 flight training for private, instrument, and commercial students, and part 61 training for private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, CFI, and tailwheel students. The school is based in a beautiful new facility in Northwest Arkansas. The area was ranked in the top five in the 2018 US News list of best places to live, and mountain biking, hiking, paddling, climbing, and backcountry flying are among the best in the country.

About Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation is a family owned business dedicated to improving the aviation experience in Northwest Arkansas. Located at the Bentonville airport, Summit Aviation welcomes seasoned pilots, students, enthusiasts, and the community to come out and experience the wonder of aviation. Summit Aviation offers a variety of services ranging from discovery flights to a formal training program. They also provide FBO services including fueling, catering, and car rentals.
The Summit team is well versed and FAA certified in aircraft maintenance.

Summit Aviation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.

Basic Qualifications

FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor

FAA 141 Requirements
• At least 2,000 hours as PIC; and
• Flight training experience, acquired as either a certified flight instructor or an instructor in a military pilot flight training program, or a combination thereof, consisting of at least:
• 3 years and a total of 1,000 flight hours; or
• 1,500 flight hours

Ability to pass a background check and drug screen