Flight Operations Employment Opportunities

Air Affairs is currently seeking applications from suitably qualified Learjet 35 tactical pilots
(ex ADF Fast Jet)

Air Affairs is seeking applications from suitably qualified personnel with endorsements on LR35 to fill positions at our base in Nowra to support the Australian Defence Force (Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS)).

Ex-military pilots with experience in low level and multi-aircraft employment in tactical roles, preferably fast jet, are required to conduct joint adversary training support to the ADF.

Preparedness to fly company missions beyond the JATTS contract on the Company Special Missions tasking will be required of all company pilots. These roles include SAR, Aero-medical, Fire Scanning and Target Towing.

Suitable applicants will be well motivated and be able to work in a small team environment with the ability to manage operations whilst deployed away from home base.

The minimum entry requirements are dictated by Defence, waivers for some experience requirements can be approved. All pilots will be assessed and approved by the Commonwealth.

Most tasks involve working with other aircraft and ensuring safe separation is maintained. Formation skills, situational awareness and geometry assessment are constantly utilised. Multi-aircraft mission planning, briefing, and debriefing underpins the required flight activity of a successful JATTS Learjet pilot.

Air to air adversary presentations in support of fighter training forms more than half the tasking. Roles from squadron training through to large force employment exercises will be flown.

Maritime strike missions for Navy ships will require airborne strike coordination with other aircraft assets, low level tactical formation and strike profiles in all weather.

Target towing for warship live firing or air to air gunnery/missile shoots will require crew coordination with target operators and firing units.

The MANDATORY requirements and attributes for the position are:

  • Right to work in Australia (please provide evidence)
  • Australian ATPL with current Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (A reprint within the last 12 months is required)
  • Current CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Current IPC (cyclic qualification not sufficient)
  • Minimum Experience:
    • 2000 hrs TT/1500 hrs PIC (Captains)
    • 1000 hrs TT/200 hrs PIC (Co-pilots)
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions on international travel, pilots MUST have LR31/35/36 Type Rating (& 50 hours)
  • Military Experience recognised by the ADF (min 500 hours Command)
  • Recognised experience in low-level operations and multi-type/multi-aircraft operations (LL(A)and FF(A) endorsements on Part 61 Licence)
  • Ability to obtain an Australian Defence Security Clearance
  • Australian Drivers licence
  • Unrestricted passport and able to operate unrestricted into all Pacific Ports
  • Willingness to work away from home for periods, usually up to 3 weeks
  • Patience and commitment to provide flexible and quality training to ADF customers
  • If not already living in the Nowra region, ability and willingness to relocate.

DESIRABLE qualifications:

  • Military fast jet experience (any type)
  • 4 ship lead or B Category achievement
  • Hold a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)


  • A brief cover letter
  • Résumé, including the names and contact details for two professional referees
  • Detailed summary of flying experience
  • Statement of compliance with the mandatory requirements/attributes and desirable qualifications
  • Passport style photo in JPEG or PNG format
  • Agreement to hold your details on file for future reference *

Please note: These documents must include your signature, name and ARN. Ideally, they should be scanned PDF (not JPG/PNG files) combined into one file.

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Note: Australian pilot certificate and work VISA will need to be obtained before employment can commence, in current climate we are unable to assist will work VISA due to government immigration rules.

Applications close: 28 February 2021

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