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Louisiana State Police Commission
Master Pilot

Job Class Code: 07113800
H4, PR, 04/22/08

The examples of work given are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed in positions allocated to this job. The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.
JOB TITLE:State Police Master Pilot


To pilot helicopters and/or airplanes in order to perform duties related to law enforcement; and to provide highway traffic enforcement and support objectives of State Police by providing aerial transportation, survey operations, surveillance, and other related aerial activities.


Advanced-Journeyman-quasi-supervisory and complex.


General supervision from a State Police Command Pilot; direct supervision from a State Police Deputy Command Pilot.


Occasional general supervision over State Police Senior Pilots and State Police Pilots.


Department of Public Safety and Corrections; Office of State Police.


Differs from State Police Senior Pilot by performance of more technical airborne law enforcement assignments and by increased frequency and broader scope of supervision over subordinates.

Differs from State Police Deputy Command Pilot by the lack of responsibility for direct full-time, and comprehensive supervision over Master Pilots, Senior Pilots, and Pilots.


Performs all functions of State Police Commissioned Police Officer.

Pilots both helicopters and airplanes in patrolling Louisiana highways, water ways, and airports, checking for violation of state and federal laws.

Supervises the work of subordinate State Police Pilots and State Police Senior Pilots as assigned by the Deputy Command Pilot or Command Pilot.

Provides aerial transport for agency and other officials.

Provides aerial assistance to victims of natural disasters and man-made disasters including, but not limited to hazardous material releases, terrorist attacks, and weather-related events.

Coordinates aerial efforts in quelling riots and other disturbances.

Coordinates aerial enforcement activities of units during law enforcement operations.

Provides law enforcement agencies with an aerial platform for the detection and apprehension of suspects, escapees, or lost persons to include recommendation for air support integration and implementation into the overall operational plan.

Recommends the placement of personnel and equipment to maximize surveillance of areas not visible from the ground to the incident commander.

Checks aircraft for airworthiness and determines if any factors such as weather would affect the safe operation of the aircraft.

Completes special projects as assigned.

Complies with all regulations and policies during the conduct of any flight. This includes, but is not limited to, federal, state, and local laws, departmental policies and procedures, unit directives, and Standard Operating Procedures.

Plans, coordinates, executes, and supervises unit missions and operations under the direction of the Deputy Command Pilot or Command Pilot.


A baccalaureate degree plus possession of a current FAA Commercial Fixed-Wing Pilot's license with Instrument Rating and a Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot's License with Instrument Rating, plus 3500 hours of recorded flight experience including at least 1000 rotorcraft and 1000 fixed-wing flight hours, plus seven (7) years of experience as a Louisiana State Police Senior Pilot.


Experience in Louisiana State Police law enforcement will substitute for the required degree on a year for year basis.

Note: There is no substitution for the Commercial Pilot’s license or the Louisiana State Police law enforcement experience.


Ability to check out on the categories, models, and types of aircraft to be flown.

Possession of a current FAA medical certificate.

Must be a graduate of the State Police Training Academy and be P.O.S.T. certified. Must continue throughout appointment to meet the State Police P.O.S.T. requirements for recertification.

Note: Any college hour or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies; the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Incorporated; the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools; the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Last Modified: 01/15/2017