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Position: Captain or First Officer, MU-2 Air Ambulance
Company Name: Thunder Airlines Ltd.
Contact Name: Tim Eckensviller
Bases: Thunder Bay, Sudbury
Province/Territory or State: Ontario
Country: Canada
Web Address: thunderair.com/careers
Email Address: hr@thunderair.com
Send Resume & Cover Letter Via: email only
 
Salary: See below
Closing Date: Open
 
Thunder Airlines is presently seeking pilots for Captain and First Officer positions on our Mitsubishi Mu-2 fleet at both our Thunder Bay and Sudbury bases.  Per our contract and in accordance with standards set out by the government of Ontario, Captains must have 2000TT, 500Mpic and their ATPL and a preference is given to First Officer applicants who can be expected to reach those numbers in a reasonable time.
 
Air Ambulance flying is interesting work, with every day on the job being different.  Our pilots routinely fly to any airport in Ontario with at least 3500 feet of runway, as well as some destinations in Manitoba, Quebec, and bordering states.  We operate on a one hour call-out, moving mostly lower priority patients to and from appointments in bigger cities.  It's not all gravel and NDBs every day either, there are still some medical procedures and specialties that can only be done in places like London, Toronto or Ottawa.  If you like variety this is the job for you, one day may take you to Peawanuck, the next day to Pearson.
 
The MU-2 itself is a fantastic little machine to fly and you'll be hard pressed to find someone who has been checked out on one who didn't like it.  The strangers you meet at the FBOs give a whole different story, each with their own opinion of how it is and usually with no experience to base that on.  The truth is that it's a very high performance airplane in a little package but it flies just the same as anything else.  Although the type has had a checkered past, there was a special FAA review in the early 2000's with some special training requirements put in place (effectively the equivalent of a Canadian PPC) that have made it the safest airplane in its class ever since.  What's notable about flying the MU-2 is that all of the controls are very direct and responsive, and the airplane has been described as very 'visual' to fly.  That is, there are no tactile or auditory cues to changes in the airplane's state in flight; airspeed, attitude, climb rate can only be determined through flight instrument scanning (control feedback and response is nearly constant at all speeds and stability is just this side of neutral) and power output can only be identified through the engine gauges.  This does require a crew that takes their flying seriously although it doesn't take any kind of superhero to fly.  Someone who is bad at flying a MU-2 would also be sloppy in a Cessna 152.  This plane is the very definition of a "Pilot's Airplane" and every flight can be rewarding to a pilot who is genuinely interested in mastering their craft.  Don't tell the other pilots in the FBO any of that though, let them believe the hype and they'll think you can slay dragons.
 
At Thunder we aim to lead in pilot lifestyle.  The schedule is presently seven days on call and seven off (actual days off - not reserve) with the occasional deviation from that to cover training or to synch up rotations due to a staffing change.  Live where you like, however the expectation is of course that you'll be in town, rested and available for a call-out on your days on.  We have some excellent reciprocal travel agreements including those with Porter and Air Canada (as well as their regionals) in case you're interested in going anywhere on your days off.  Our pilot pay is above average and as of October 1st, 2017, our pay scale is as follows:
 
Tier One First Officer:               less than 1500 TT and 500 MPIC;
                                all aircraft types: $35,000.00 per annum base, plus mileage below
 
Tier Two First Officer:               greater than 1500 TT and 500 MPIC, and ATPL
                                all aircraft types: $40,000.00 per annum base, plus mileage below
 
                                Year # 1                                $0.02 per mile
                                Year # 2                                $0.04 per mile
                                Year # 3                                $0.06 per mile
 
Captains – All Aircraft:     
                                Year # 1                       $55,000.00 per annum base, plus $0.10 per mile
                                Year # 2                       $55,825.00 per annum base, plus $0.11 per mile
                                Year # 3                       $56,662.38 per annum base, plus $0.12 per mile
                                Year # 4                       $75,000.00 per annum salary.
                                Year # 5                       $76,125.00 per annum salary.
                                Year # 6                       $77,266.88 per annum salary.
                                Year # 7                       $78,425.88 per annum salary.
                                Year # 8                       $79,602.27 per annum salary.
                                Year # 9                       $80,796.30 per annum salary.
                                Year # 10                     $82,008.24 per annum salary.
 
 
Additions:
The following additions are added to the base salary, and paid out as part of the regular biweekly pay:
 
Air Ambulance pilots:  all pilots employed as part of the air ambulance operation receive the following addition to their base rate:
First Officers               $2,500.00 per annum
Captains                     $5,000.00 per annum
 
MNR Captains:  all captains approved to operate as captain on MNR/Ornge flights receive the following addition to their base rate:
Captains                      $5,000.00 per annum (note that this is in addition to the Air Ambulance premium above, if applicable)
 
Direct Hire Captains (Senior):        Pilots who meet Thunder Airlines “direct-hire criteria” will start at Year # 3.  This criteria is defined as “individuals with significant experience in the industry” and is not limited to a specific number of hours however, these individuals would have a significant number of flying hours as well as significant experience in similar operations.  Of course, previous MU-2 time is definitely an asset.
 
Don't just believe me about Thunder Airlines, ask pilots who have flown with us and do a thorough search for threads here about the company and decide for yourself.
 
 
Individuals who are selected for an interview will receive a comprehensive information package prior to the interview.  This package includes information on the job description, remuneration, training contracts, comprehensive employee benefit package and other details.
 
If you would like to fly for an established company to further your career and consider yourself to have above average flying skills, are able to function in a dynamic environment and are respected by your peers, we would like to hear from you.
 
 
tl;dr - Thunder needs a bunch of pilots for the rice rocket.  Both seats, all bases.  Apply to hr@thunderair.com
 
 
 
Tim Eckensviller,
Chief Pilot

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