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Louisiana State Police Commission
Command Pilot

Job Class Code: 07141210
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 Command Pilot


To manage all aspects of State Police air operations to support the overall goals of the Office of State Police.




General supervision from the Superintendent and direct supervision from the Deputy Superintendent for Air Support.


Direct over State Police Deputy Command Pilot, Master Pilots, Senior Pilots and Pilots.


Differs from State Police Deputy Command Pilot by responsibility for coordinating and managing all State Police air operations.


Performs all duties of a State Police Commissioned Police Officer.

Manages all work activities of State Police air operations.

Administers operating standards and pilot proficiency program for all State Police operations.

Manages the maintenance program for all State police aircraft.

Develops and prepares specifications for aircraft and aircraft equipment procurement to ensure safe and efficient aviation operations.

Recommends approval, disapproval, or modification of all variances and waivers to the Louisiana State Police Air Support Unit's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Prepares records and reports required by agency administrative units, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communication Commission.

Gives managerial assistance to the State Police Chief of Staff and other Deputy Superintendents.

Assists in negotiating contracts, purchase estimates, and requests for bids in selecting aircraft and related equipment.

Manages and makes recommendations of State Police policies on aircraft deployment and assignments, selection and training of flight personnel, maintenance, and safety procedures.

Monitors and evaluates air programs in relation to goals and objectives and conducts cost-effective feasibility studies involving Office of State Police aircraft.

Reviews all completed pilot qualification certificates and training records to ensure that all pilots meet all mandated training and currency requirements.

Prepares the annual budget for the Air Support Unit. Responsible for the allocation of all resources required to sustain air operations. Appears before legislative budgetary committees regarding all Air Support Unit budget matters.

Pilots aircraft to transport officials, law enforcement agents, or other personnel as required.


A baccalaureate degree plus possession of a current FAA Commercial Fixed-Wing Pilot's License with Instrument Ratings and Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot's License with instrument rating, plus 4000 hours of recorded flight experience including at least 1500 hours of rotorcraft and 1500 hours of fixed-wing experience, plus six (6) years of experience as a Louisiana State Police Senior Pilot or have served as the Deputy Command Pilot for any duration.


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

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


Possession of a current FAA medical certificate.

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

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 and 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: 12/27/2009