Aircraft Pilot- Citation Captain

Location: La Quinta, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

You are an experienced captain who takes pride in providing an exceptional customer service experience, making safe decisions, practicing effective CRM and continuously striving to grow and learn more. You want to be more than just a pilot – to be part of a team that is working together to create something special.  You know you are capable of more, and just need the right environment to grow and advance.  And, you want to be a part of a team that appreciates the skills and experience you bring to the table.

If this sounds like you, we at Desert Jet invite you to learn more about us and consider joining our team. 

A little about us….

Desert Jet is a fast-growing company with lots of opportunity on the horizon.  We have ranked on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing, privately held companies the last five years in a row.

We hold a Part 135 certificate and a Part 145 certificate, offering aircraft charter, management, acquisitions, sales and maintenance, and we just opened our brand new FBO, Desert Jet Center.

We have an active and effective Safety Management System that allows us to continually make thoughtful improvements in how we do things.  We are IS-BAO Stage III, ARGUS Platinum and Wyvern Wingman.

Business aviation advocacy and philanthropy is an important part of what we do at Desert Jet.

What’s it like to fly for Desert Jet?

A combination of day trips, one, two and three night flights flying to destinations such as Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Aspen, Seattle, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Jackson Hole, Vancouver, Chicago……as well as East Coast destinations.  90% of our flying is during the day and 100% of it is flying with awesome team members helping you create a WOW customer service experience for your passengers.  Our fleet consists of jet aircraft meticulously maintained by our own FAA Part 145 maintenance company.

Our average duty is 8 hours, average number of hours flown monthly is 45, and average days of flying per month is 15.

What we offer you…​

  • Industry-leading compensation
  • Company-paid NBAA CAM certification
  • Company paid vacation (two weeks per year, increasing with seniority) and sick time
  • Company paid time off for volunteerism
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision insurance, paid 100% by the company
  • Excellent 401k - 100% match by the company, up to 6% of your salary
  • Loss of license, short and long term disability coverage
  • Personal mentoring and top-notch professional development program
  • Scheduled days off with seniority-based schedule
  • Structured IOE program

Minimum requirements include;

  • Airline Transport Pilot certificate
  • CE500, CE525 or CE510 Type Rating*
  • 2500 hours total flight time
  • 1500 hours PIC
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service and communication skills

*The type requirement will be waived for exceptional candidates

Preferred qualifications include;

  • NBAA Certified Aviation Manager status
  • Previous Part 135 experience
  • Current in any Citation aircraft
  • Leadership experience

This position requires applicant to live in the greater Palm Springs area.  Relocation assistance will be provided to qualified candidates. 

About the Palm Springs Area

The greater Palm Springs area offers something for everyone - beautiful weather, low cost of living and ample opportunities for fun and adventure.  A sample of nearby activities include;

  • Desert off-road bike riding, sand dunes - less than 30 minutes drive
  • Colorado River - boating, jet skiing - 90 minute drive
  • Joshua Tree - hiking, rock climbing, camping - 60 minute drive
  • Mountains and snow skiing - 90 minute drive
  • California beaches - 2-3 hour drive
  • Hiking, golfing, tennis, polo and a ton of other activities are right in our backyard!  Big music festivals occur here each year, such as Coachella Fest and Stagecoach.

Interested in learning more?  Check out our website’s About Us section.  You’ll be able to read about your future coworkers on our site, our core values and a bit about our history.  Then, we encourage you to apply!

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