Are you thinking about starting a career as a pilot? Maybe you’ve already begun the journey and want to learn more about the different pilot careers available to you. With the global pilot shortage facing the industry, there is a substantial need for many different types of qualified pilots. In our new 10 part blog series Pilot Careers, we’ll look into a different career pathway each week so you can consider all your options.

Medical and Air Ambulance Pilot

Medical and Air Ambulance services provide comprehensive emergency and critical care to patients during an aeromedical evacuation or rescue operation. Air Ambulance airplane pilots move patients to and from healthcare facilities and accident scenes.

How do I become a Medical or Air Ambulance pilot?

Medical and Air Ambulance pilots must complete comprehensive training programs and be able to operate large equipment whilst ensuring passenger safety.

Qualification and experience varies on the employer however you will approximately require the following:

  • CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (A)
  • Current Instrument Proficiency Check (3 renewals)
  • 2500 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 200 hours night flying
  • 500 hours multi-engine

Most employers will also require that you are either an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

What is the average salary?

Being a Medical or Air Ambulance pilot is not your average 9 to 5 job. Pilots will work varied schedules and depending on your employer, may be required to travel for significant periods of time, flying to various locations and staying overnight.

Some employers require you to work in shifts of 7 days on and 7 days off, others on-call.

Who could I work for?

With the right qualifications and experience you could gain employment in the following:

  • Air Ambulance NSW
  • Ambulance Victoria – Air Ambulance
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • LifeFlight

This career is perfect for those who love aviation and want a rewarding career by saving lives and making a difference.

Want to take the first step towards becoming a Medical or Air Ambulance pilot? Check out the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) AVI50215 and get soaring towards your goals.

If you’ve already completed your Commercial Pilot Licence and are looking at the next step to progressing into this career, the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) AVI50415 is the next step!