Pilot: Assistant Chief Pilot

Clay Lacy Aviation has been providing private jet services around the globe since 1968. Taking pride in the pursuit of perfection is at the center of everything that we do. Our most valuable asset is our experienced team. If you are goal-oriented, dedicated, proactive, and enjoy a customer-centric culture, we would be delighted to get to know you better.

Position Summary

The Assistant Chief Pilot (ACP) primary responsibility is the support of the day-to-day functionality of Clay Lacy Flight Operations. The ACP ensures positive communications and information flow between Clay Lacy Aviation and CLA pilots. The ACP also assists the Chief Pilot (CP) in overseeing all aspects of the Pilots and ensures compliance with Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA) OPS Manual, Flight Crew Policy Manual, and Safety Management System (SMS).

All applicants must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Must also be Covid-19 vaccinated.


  • Ensure, in conjunction with the CP, Director of Operation, and Director of Safety that Flight Crew Members comply with the company safety policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Ensures compliance with CLA’s General Operating Manual (GOM) including training records, medical records, FAA checks, duty logs, flight logs, I-PAD / EFB updates, OPS SPEC updates, works close with CLA’s Director of Flight Standards
  • Oversees the development and management of the company’s Lead Pilots, ensures two-way communications is taking place between the Chief Pilots Office and Pilots
  • Assist in the supervision of pilot personnel, which includes training and problem resolution evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Works closely with CLA Product Line Leadership Team (Maintenance, FBO, Charter, Aircraft Management,) in resolving both internal and external issues with our managed fleet.
  • Works closely with the Chief Pilot to ensure that we have sufficient Pilot capacity to support both Client & Charter operations, meet revenue and aircraft owner goals and maintain an adequate quality of life for crewmembers.
  • Coordinates required pilot training with the Director of Training to ensure that training is completed in a timely manner and addresses areas of concern coming from CLA’s SMS Program.
  • Responsible for selection of flight personnel for advancement and upgrading in accordance with Company policy and FAA requirements.
  • Coordinate recruiting efforts with the HR team
  • Advise on qualifications requirements for new positions.
  • Approves open position by initiating requisitions.
  • Provide final approval on offer letters for pilots.
  • Participate in pilot technical interviews and act as ambassadors at recruiting events.
  • Participate in lead pilot development.
  • Completes required documentation for aircraft, position, and pay changes for crewmembers
  • Participate in annual salary survey evaluations
  • Monitor flight crew activity and statistics. Advise on staffing needs and crew upgrades.
  • Administer HR functions at the supervisor level, document performance issues, and Performance Improvement Plans as required.
  • Assists the Director of Operations & Director of Training ensuring pilot training and currency requirements are met, advising on aircrew training.
  • Manage PIC Line Checks and IOE training
  • Follows up on changes with training and crew records to ensure FL3XX qualifications and aircraft tail assignments are accurately updated.
  • Provide oversight to the crew day off process and requesting of PTO, and Short-Term Disability impacts
  • Advises crewing and crew records of pilot status changes that may affect crewmember and aircraft availability.
  • Maintain Check Pilot qualifications and currency.
  • Conduct line checks and observations of flight crews. Conduct evaluation flights or simulator observations when required.
  • Attend (in person or remote) required meetings (i.e., onboarding, training and standards, weekend review)
  • Drive employee engagement. Communicate regularly with crewmembers and advise on system improvements
  • Perform flight operations as assigned crewmember secondary to completion of other managerial responsibilities (target goal 120 days per year)
  • Work in OCC on a rotational schedule for Safety, HR, Recruiting, Training, and Flight Operations support.
  • Act as Flight Operations point of contact for Trip Support and Operational and Crew Related issues.
  • Other responsibilities as requested or assigned.


  • Must remain current with flight requirements – ATP license required
  • An associate degree (preferred) with 3 years’ experience directly related to duties and responsibilities specified or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • First Class Medical required


  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience as a PIC operating in both a Part 91 & Part 135 or 121 environment. Experience operating within an Aircraft Management company is desired.
  • Experience in the Part 135 environment is a critical success factor for this position.

Skills and Abilities

  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Skill in developing and examining operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing strategies and procedures
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • Employee development and performance management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to travel 25%-50% to offsite locations to meet with Leads Pilots, Pilots, and customers as well as act as a flight crewmember


Clay Lacy Aviation offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, matching 401(K), and more to employees in full-time positions.

Equal Opportunity Employer

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the company provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


All applicants must submit to a pre-employment drug screen and background check.


About Clay Lacy Aviation

Founded in 1968 by legendary aviator and industry pioneer Clay Lacy. Today, Clay Lacy Aviation is considered the world’s most experienced operator of private jets. Prominent individuals and leading corporations trust Clay Lacy for aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interiors, and FBO services. The company has aircraft operations and regional offices across the U.S., including full-service FBOs in Los Angeles and Orange County, and aircraft maintenance centers in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oxford, Connecticut. With the most knowledgeable team in the industry, Clay Lacy delivers superior safety, service, and value to aircraft owners and jet travelers worldwide. Visit