Yikes! As an alert anonymous commenter pointed out this afternoon, at least the New Merck is creating one or two new jobs -- one for a Sikorsky S76 Helicopter pilot (AVI000100 -- put that code into the "Job Number" box, at the previous link); the other for a corporate jet pilot (Code No. AVI000102). Here is last month's approval, from Kenilworth zoning authorities -- to build the helipad; here is the job description (partial image: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, at Right):
Pilot - Helicopter Operations - AVI000100
. . . .Duties include:
Operate assigned aircraft in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with the company schedule and the company Flight Operations Manual, and in accordance with Federal, State and local laws.• Ensure that pre-flight duties are performed including aircraft inspection, applicable weather conditions, flight plans, aircraft cleanliness and provisions status, weight & balance and fuel load.
• May be assigned as appropriate by the Chief Pilot as Pilot-in-Command or Second-in-Command in specific aircraft.
• Supervise Second-in-Command when assigned as Pilot-in-Command.
• Make decisions necessary for the start, delay, or cancellation of assigned flights, and for the deviation of a flight from its planned route or destination when operating conditions dictate.
• Maintain required pilot and medical certificates and pass semi-annual flight training proficiency checks as necessary for performance of assigned duties and as dictated within the Company Flight Operations Manual.
• Requires working a flexible schedule that may include overnight and weekend duty to satisfy the requirements of the on-demand nature of Aviation Service activities. . . .
Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education and/or work experience.
Required Experience and Skills:• Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
• Minimum Commercial and Instrument Rotorcraft Helicopter Ratings. ATP Preferred.
• Ability to maintain First Class FAA medical certificate.
• Five years of aviation related experience, with a minimum of two years in an on-demand flight environment.
Flight qualifications should include:• 3000 hours in helicopters with a minimum of 1000 hours Pilot-in-Command time.
• 500 hours in Sikorsky S76.
• 250 hours instrument time.
Desired Experience and Skills:• 3500 hours total time. Prefer experience operating in NY area, and in an on-demand corporate flight department setting. . . .
Now, as to whether this saves the company money -- (by transforming/avoiding a 45 minute drive, making it a seven minute chopper flight, for Mr. Clark and perhaps three other high executives) -- well, color me extremely skeptical.