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Tradewind Aviation, LLC

Oxford, CT

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  • Tradewind Aviation is a growing Part 135 Commuter & On-Demand Operator with bases in Waterbury/Oxford, CT, Westchester, NY, and San Juan, PR  
  • Tradewind Aviation offers private charters and premium scheduled service throughout the Northeast and Caribbean 
  • Tradewind has signed a deal with Pilatus to take delivery of 20 PC-12NGXs over the next 5 years to update and expand the fleet 
  • Tradewind Aviation is a JetBlue Gateways partner, opening opportunities for qualified Tradewind pilots to secure a path to joining JetBlue as a First Officer upon completion of necessary requirements. 
  • Upgrade opportunities at as low as 1,200 hours (Part 135 minimums) 
  • ATC callsign: “Goodspeed”  
  • ICAO code: GPD 
  • Established in 2001 
  • This page last updated: August 23, 2022
Total: 59
Active: 59
Furloughed: 0
None listed
CJ3: 3
PC-12: 17
Is Hiring?: Yes

Hiring Captains and First Officers for PC-12 

Education Requirements

Candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED 

Aviation Related College Degree preferred, but not required 

Qualifications, Certificates, Licenses & Document Requirements: 

A valid unrestricted driver’s license 

A valid unrestricted passport 

FAA First Class Medical 

FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) 

FAA Instrument Rating 

FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit 

PIC Experience & Professional Skills: 

1,200+ hours total time, 1,500+ preferred 

500 hours cross country (point to point) 

75 hours instrument 

100 hours night 

500 hours in type, preferred 

Pervious PC-12 experience 

Current IFR knowledge and experience 

Previous customer service experience 

SIC Experience & Professional Skills: 

500 hours total time, 800 hours preferred 

75 hours night preferred 

CFI, CFII preferred 

Current IFR knowledge and experience 

Thorough knowledge of Garmin 430 Avionics 

Previous customer service experience 

Physical Requirements: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

Employees are regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard 

Moderate to heavy lifting is required (up to 70lbs) 

Load and unload aircraft as necessary 

Shift Requirements: 

Schedules differ with base location, but you can expect to be scheduled 4 days per week 

Schedules released up to 30 days in advance 

Guaranteed 13 days off a month, any less than would be paid as a hard day 


Full salary at the start of training, along with accommodations until completion of training 

Four weeks consisting of a combination of in-class lectures, and hands-on aircraft training 


Upgrade opportunities at as low as 1,200 hours (Part 135 minimums) 

Captains who fly the PC-12 for two years are eligible for upgrade to the CJ3 

Upgrade path to Citation CJ3, including type rating, and ATP 

Other Requirements: 

Must be at least 18 years of age 

Must be legally authorized to work in the United States 

International Candidates: 

International candidates must be able to work and travel within the United States freely 

International candidates must have a non-conditional, non-expired green card 

A valid unrestricted passport 

For more information, please visit: flytradewind.com/careers/


CASS (Cockpit Access Security System) 

KCM (Known Crewmember) - available for purchase by employee 

ZED fair travel is available on Delta, JetBlue, United, Spirit, and several other major and regional airlines after six months employment 

Free standby flights on Tradewind Routes 30 days after employment 

Tradewind Aviation, LLC PAYSCALES

CJ3 PC-12     
10 120 105     
9 117 102     
8 115 100     
7 112 97     
6 111 95     
5 107 92     
4 105 90     
3 100 80     
2 95 80     
1 90 65     
CJ3 PC-12     
10 105 40     
9 105 40     
8 102 40     
7 100 40     
6 97 40     
5 95 40     
4 92 40     
3 88 40     
2 85 40     
1 75 35     

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Company paid Uniforms 

Majority of pilots often earn well above the base salary 

PIC Base Starting Salary $65,000 a year ($92.86 per hour), based on experience 

SIC Base Starting Salary $35,000 a year ($67.33 per hour) – AVG $56,000 a year 

Day pickups; PIC - $1,000, SIC - $450 per day 

Flight Duty Pay – All legs flown over leg 6 is an additional $125 per leg 

For more information: flytradewind.com/careers/ 


Domestic Per Diem: $3.21 per duty hour plus $20.00 overnight 

International Per Diem: 3.21 per duty hour plus $30.00 overnight 



Up to 4%

401K Matching: Yes


Medical, dental, and vision 

401K Plan - Tradewind Matches up to 4% of employees’ annual salary after 120 days of employment 

For more information: flytradewind.com/careers