Head of Aviation

Santa Monica, California
Work Type: Contract
Job Description:
As Head of Aviation and PC-12 Pilot at UP.Labs, you will play an important role in contributing to the efficient functioning of labs team’s personnel movement while sharing your passion for aviation - acting as Pilot transporting staff between our San Carlos HQ in Silicon Valley to our LA HQ at Santa Monica Airport, and offering flight lessons to interested individuals in the future.

This will start out as a contract role with the potential to become full time.

In this role you will:
- Pilot a PC-12 between our two office locations at SQL and KSMO
- Coordinate and create a scheduling sequence for executives traveling airborne between both UP.Labs locations, as well as fun off-sites for staff
- Ensure compliance with flight regulations and safety protocols at all times
- Conduct pre-flight inspections and ensure airworthiness of the aircraft
- Manage calendar of dry leases
- Be responsible for fleet management and properly communicating any maintenance abnormalities or discrepancies to the appropriate party
- Manage maintenance schedules for the aircraft
- Act as the final authority on our aircraft with respect to all areas of operation
- Monitor weather conditions and adjust flight plans accordingly to ensure passenger safety
- Prioritize the safety and well-being of flight students during instruction and piloting
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of flight logs, maintenance reports and other required documentation
- Develop services of fleet to to potentially grow department into a standalone business unit
- Contribute to a positive and collaborative work environment

Must Have:
- Minimum 2000 hours of total flight time
- Minimum 500 hours in turboprop aircraft
- Minimum 200 hours in PC-12 aircraft or similar single engine turboprop - TBM 910/940, Epic E1000, Cessna Caravan, etc.

You should also have:
- Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail, especially in regards to maintenance and safety
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and make quick and accurate decisions
- A proactive, self-starter attitude with a passion for aviation and flight instruction
- Ability to work as a team - we are an extremely collaborative team, we seek folks looking to empower each other, our work and our approach
- Willingness to relocate to Los Angeles, if not already located locally

UP.Labs Summary:
We build high-growth technology startups that enable faster, cleaner, and safer movement of people and goods. Our vision is to transform the moving world by pairing leading corporations and entrepreneurs with a proven methodology for launching and scaling software and hardware companies.

Our platform is unique in three ways:
1. Risk: We reward our entire team and ecosystem of partners with meaningful equity
2. Technology: We build and launch scalable technology products that form the basis for each venture
3. Industry Focus: We stay focused on the underlying fabric of society mobility and transportation

We work with corporate investors over a multi-year period to launch a portfolio of mobility-focused ventures. Our team is dedicated to the first year of a new venture’s life cycle: from ideation to minimum viable product build (and beyond) to recruiting and hiring the full-time team who will scale the business. We rapidly ideate concepts from scratch and vet them for early indicators of product-market fit.

Our team:
We are a group of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, who live, eat and breathe mobility. We have all launched early-stage companies and been part of their growth and scale. Our office is located in airplane hangars at the Santa Monica Airport in Los Angeles and San Carlos Airport in Silicon Valley, where we ideate, prototype, and take an occasional flight (or flying lesson).

Opportunity Spaces:
While we focus on mobility holistically, there are several opportunity spaces that we believe will have a particularly transformative impact on our world. Below are some of the spaces that excite us the most.
- Sustainability
- Smart Cities
- Urban Air Mobility
- Supply Chain Management
- Automotive Software
- Retail
- Commercial Flight

Location: KSMO; onsite

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