VP of Flight Operations

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VP Of Flight Ops


Priester Aviation is currently searching for a full-time VP of Flight Operations. The ideal candidate is one who is engaging, cooperative and a dynamic team member, that aims to support the needs of the Flight Operations Department. This individual will need to possess a strong focus on safety combined with a can-do approach which is essential for success. Duties include but not limited to oversight of all flight department operations of the company. This individual will be involved in designing infrastructure that supports the safe execution of flight operations consistent with Priester Aviation’s values and economic goals by supporting management and supervisory staff to develop operational solutions, and act as point of contact with pilots on operational control issues. Key responsibilities include performing and delivering various flight operations functions and programs including but not limited to aircraft performance, record keeping, FAA relations, operational control and talent acquisition. This employee will have the responsibility to be an active promoter and participant in Priester’s Safety, Security and Quality programs.  This position is responsible and accountable for the overall effectiveness of this department in conjunction with Priester Aviation. This role will hold 80% in-office functions and 20% pilot functions.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the flight operations department to ensure legal, safe and efficient operation. Responsible for development and enforcement of company policies and for ensuring compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations governing those flight and maintenance activities.
  • May perform duties as a flight crewmember when properly qualified in the aircraft.
  • Manages the final approval of the selection of all flight operations personnel.
  • Maintain all record keeping requirements and the proper maintenance and disposition of those records.
  • Ensure each load manifest is available at the Principal Base of Operations for a minimum of 30 days.
  • Establishes and maintains a close working relationship with the FAA Principal Inspectors having certificate responsibility over the company’s air carrier operations.
  • Ensures that qualified and current pilots are assigned to each flight and that each flight has a designated Pilot-in-Command.
  • Mitigate FAA regulatory action(s) brought against the operator with support from the Chief Pilot Office and various company resources as needed.
  • Responsible, in conjunction with Director of Maintenance and the pilot in command, for ensuring that the maintenance and inspection status of the assigned aircraft, is current and that required maintenance actions or inspections will not come due before the planned completion of the flight back to the aircraft’s operations base or other facility where the actions can be accomplished.

This is an exempt position which requires flexibility to meet the demands of business.

Come be a part of it!

Priester Aviation is the oldest, privately held Aviation Services company founded in 1945. Conveniently headquartered in the Midwest just outside Chicago, Priester Aviation has aircraft based around the country and operations around the world. Priester is a destination employer offering a cooperative work environment and a full suite of progressive, industry-leading benefits. From unlimited PTO, pet insurance, a matching 401K, employee wellness, tuition reimbursement, and top-notch health benefits, we invest in our team members. You are Priester.

Position Requirements

  • 5+ years of supervisory or managerial experience within the last 6 years in a position that exercised operational control over any operations conducted under part 121 or part 135

In the case of becoming a Director of Operations for the first time:

  • 3+ years of experience, within the past 6 years, as pilot in command of an aircraft operated under part 121 or part 135 of this chapter.
  • 5+ years of experience in Business Aviation
  • Hold an ATP certificate
  • First class medical
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, with a diverse groups of people
  • Ability to work autonomously in an entrepreneurial environment

Full-Time / Part-Time

Full Time


VP of Flight Operations

Number of Openings


Exempt / Non-Exempt



Wheeling, IL

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