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King Air Captain - Perth

Date: 25-May-2023

Location: Perth, Western Australia, AU

Company: QinetiQ

Opportunities with QinetiQ Air Affairs - King Air Captains


QinetiQ employs more than 8000 people in more than 50 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.


The recent acquisition of Air Affairs further establishes QinetiQ as a long-term, strategic partner to the Australian Defence Force and underpins QinetiQ’s strategic position as market leader in threat representation, training, test and evaluation.  Headquartered in Nowra, New South Wales, Air Affairs provides targets and training services, and electronic warfare capabilities to the Australian Defence Force, in addition to aerial surveillance and reconnaissance in support of government firefighting efforts. Air Affairs owns and operates a fleet of special mission aircraft and maintains an advanced manufacturing and engineering facility providing design, manufacture and certification operations.


We currently have a number of opportunities for suitably qualified King Air Captains to join our Special Missions teams which includes Bushfire and flood-mapping, medivac and charter operations based in Essendon (VIC) and Jandakot (WA).


This application is for the WA based role - please see our other advert for the VIC based role. 


As a King Air pilot you will be responsible for deploying the aircraft and an infrared line scanner operator into an operational environment searching for and mapping fire and flood areas, as well as completing medivac and charter operations.


Liaising with government agencies and emergency services you will be responsible for ensuring the aircraft completes its required tasks. We currently operate a specially modified King Air B200 aircraft out of our Essendon base to conduct wide area bushfire surveillance and multispectral imaging across Victoria and South Australia.


As the King Air Pilot your day to day role will see you;

  • Be available for on call (short notice 1 – 2 hrs) deployment
  • Pilot the King Air in support of Aerial Survey Mapping
  • Respond to requests of your scanning operator and on-ground support services
  • Collaborate with your team to plan and deliver the mission
  • Travel to country areas that may include overnight stays (country Victoria / South Australia/WA ) 


What you will bring;

  • A minimum of 1500 PIC.
  • Experience in turbine powered pressurised aircraft such as a King Air (B200, B300, B350), Cessna Conquest, Cessna Caravan, Pilatus PC-12, Let L-410, Dash-8, Fokker 50.
  • A current CPL
  • A current class 1 medical
  • Excellent communication skills


What you will receive;

  • A permanent flying opportunity with ongoing training 
  • A career opportunity within a global defence company
  • A role that will see you take part in unique aviation experiences


To be considered for this role you will need;

  • To be located within 45 mins to 1hr of Essendon Airfield
  • A willingness to work on call at short notice
  • High levels of awareness and a safety first attitude
  • Experience of aerial survey projects in potentially challenging terrain


If you have any questions about the role or would like to know more please contact Ruth Harrison – Talent Acquisition Specialist – 07 3031 0233 or email


Looking for an Employer with Benefits?


At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career.  You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed.


As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers' advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work, meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan, we also encourage applications from women, veterans and First Nations people.