SAS145 - First Officers (KSS)

 Job Purpose

To fulfil the duties of a Company First Officer delivering HEMS operations. 

About the Charity

Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) is a world-leading charity at the forefront of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). It costs £15.2M a year to operate this cutting edge, innovative service with 86% of the total income raised through the incredible generosity of KSS's supporters. 

KSS serves a population of 4.8M people plus a transient population of 90M people. Over the past three decades they have been tasked to over 38,000 incidents, saving lives and improving patient outcomes from the skies above Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Time is critical in pre-hospital emergency medicine. Which is why KSS’s fleet of helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles can transport their doctors and paramedics to patients 24/7, 365 days a year.

Extend your reach with SAS and become part of an enthusiastic and committed operational team based at KSS providing a life saving service.

What Are We Looking For?

  • Drive and Commitment
  • Team Player 
  • Effective Communicator
  • Problem Solver
  • Safety Conscious
  • Customer Focus & Passion for HEMS 

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide safe, compliant and efficient flight operations in support of HEMS operations;
  • Conduct Company duties with diligence and professionalism, and operate in accordance with the Company operations manual and other regulatory requirements;
  • Be responsible for actively engaging with the Company safety reporting scheme, taking a pro-active stance on risk management, reporting all reportable occurrences, and reporting any other events which may contribute towards continual improvement in safety;
  • Display kindness and professionalism whilst acting as a representative of the Company and actively engage with our charity partners and other industry stakeholders.

Health and Safety

  • Understand individual operational safety and security responsibilities;
  • Be aware of personal health and safety and the health and safety of others at work.

Rostering in accordance with applicable FTL Scheme

Applicants shall be required to live, or be willing to find suitable accommodation with the maximum travelling time of the unit as required by the applicable FTL scheme.

Minimum Requirements:

  • UK CAA Part-FCL ATPL (H) or CPL(H) with Class 1 Medical privileges
  • Valid Instrument Rating
  • Current UK/ EU passport
  • Level 6 English Language Proficiency (as shown on your licence)
  • EU/UK Driving Licence
  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • MP type rating or evidence of UK CAA Part-FCL ATPL theoretical credits
  • 70 HRS PIC


  • 500 HRS total time
  • AW169 type rating
  • NVG experience


Specialist Aviation Services is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment.

Please note - to be considered for a role you must:

  • Be eligible to work in the UK;  
  • Live in the UK or be willing to relocate for the role; 
  • Hold ICAO level 6 English language proficiency; 
  • Declare any disqualifying convictions, which may effect your ability to pass civil and military security and criminal background checks; 
  • Declare any dual nationality. 

All candidates will be required to hold a UK CAA CPL(H) with ATPL theory exams, or a UK CAA ATPL(H). An instrument rating revalidated within the previous 6 years is required for all roles.

None of the roles are suitable for commuting from abroad.