SAS143 - Commander (Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust - North Weald)

Job Purpose

To fulfil the duties of a Company Commander delivering HEMS operations. 

About the Charity

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust provide life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Services for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

Having flown over 20,000 missions, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance aim to save lives, reduce or prevent disability, or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service. 

Extend your reach with SAS and become part of an enthusiastic and committed operational team based at North Weald 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
  • Minimum 50 Hours night flying as PIC or as a Co-Pilot
  • Current UK/ EU passport
  • Level 6 English Language Proficiency (as shown on your licence)
  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Meet the minimum requirements for a HEMS Commander as stated within the SAS OM
  • 1500 Hours total time. 1000 Hours PIC/ Commander of which 500 Hours are as PIC/ Commander in helicopters
  • MP type rating or evidence of UK CAA Part-FCL ATPL theoretical credits
  • 500 hours of total time operating in twin turbine helicopters in an operational environment similar to the intended operation


  • AW169 type rating
  • NVG experience
  • MCC


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; 
  • Declare any disqualifying convictions, which may effect your ability to pass civil and military security and criminal background checks; 

  • 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.