Job Description

To perform pilot-in-command flight and related duties on VFR-equipped single-engine helicopters as required by Hydro One Networks Inc. This posting is a temporary/full-time (up to 18 months) role that may lead to permanent full-time work.

General accountabilities:

Act as pilot in command as directed by the operations manager or delegate by:

  • Being responsible for the operation and safety of the helicopter, and for the safety and security of all persons involved during flight operations.
  • Having final authority to conduct or cancel scheduled flight operations.
  • Ensuring that the helicopter is operated in accordance with aircraft flight manual and all applicable orders, standard operation procedures, Transport Canada regulations, Hydro One policies, and directives.
  • Providing liaison with internal Hydro One lines of business in determining the flight operation of the helicopter to deliver the necessary expertise for helicopter related work. This will be coordinated with the operations coordinator and the chief pilot.
  • Taking required training courses as directed by the chief pilot, and Transport Canada policies (i.e. recurrent training on helicopter types and configurations AS350 B3, H125)
  • Demonstrate good judgment and decision-making ability.
  • Providing safety briefings including instruction on aircraft safety/survival equipment location and techniques of use in the event of emergency.
  • Thorough pre-job planning as well as conducting and participating in tailboard meetings.
  • Providing instruction and mentorship to Hydro One lines of business staff on helicopter approved work methods and occasionally acting as an instructor to deliver helicopter services training courses.
  • Conducting pre-flight inspection of the aircraft confirming serviceability and preforming pre-flight duties such as documentation, weight and balance calculations and flight planning as required
  • Overseeing safe configuration of aircraft (i.e. external sling loads, and adherence to all up weight load limit specifications and proper loading and securement of cargo, including use of basket).
  • Maintaining high standard of aircraft serviceability and cleanliness
  • Recording defects and assisting air engineers in defect rectification carrying out ground run-ups and flight tests of repaired and post maintenance aircraft as required.
  • Conducting administrative tasks at obligatory intervals such as recording flight duty times, aircraft document revision control, and expense and time sheet management,
  • Participating in company safety management system by regularly reporting hazard and incidents when encountered and aiding in the corrective action follow up process

Support Hydro One’s mission to provide reliable electricity by:

  • Accepting work at temporary work headquarters for extended periods of time
  • Adjusting regular work schedule upon short notice for emergent circumstances
  • Participating in a weekend pilot on call process
  • Wearing assigned clothing and PPE
  • Working comfortably with management and coworkers in a collaborative environment
  • Following Hydro One’s code of conduct embracing inclusiveness and refraining from workplace harassment
  • Conducting themselves in compliance with the Ontario Health and Safety Act and Hydro Safety Rules as directed by their immediate supervisor

Qualifications and Licensing:

  • Grade 12 minimum education
  • Valid Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  • Valid Commercial (or higher) Canadian pilot license with minimum of 3,000 flight hours
  • Minimum of 1,500 hours combined experience on AS355 and AS350BA, B2, B3, B3e aircraft
  • Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Licence
  • Valid passport or ability to acquire.  No restrictions for cross border travel.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training an asset
  • Recent Flying in the Wires Training an asset


  • Thorough knowledge of Canadian Air Regulations with significant experience flying in Canadian remote as well as high density airspace. 
  • Extensive precision vertical reference external load experience required.
  • Experience conducting power line patrols, and knowledge of electrical distribution and transmission power maintenance and construction
  • Solid aviation knowledge base including weather reporting, GPS and electronic mapping navigational techniques, weather minima, and aircraft radio communication.
  • Comfortable working with modern electronic systems and document control.
  • Must possess and demonstrate well developed communication, public relations, and documentation writing skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and decisiveness in stressful and emergency situations
  • Must be able to work independently without constant supervision.
  • Experienced in Class D and/or hoist operations an asset
  • Survival and first aid training an asset

Security and Safety:

  • Criminal record check
  • Driver’s abstract

Transportation/Travel Information:

  • Willing to travel
  • Valid driver’s license

Work Location Information:

  • Based at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (CYLS) with assignments throughout Ontario.

Salary:  Based on Level 1 Pilot salary of $155,000 per year paid bi-weekly plus benefits. Crew house provided and expenses covered when travelling.

Email:  Chief Pilot:  Bill Spiers, or Ops Manager:  Walter Heneghan

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