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Alaska Airlines First Officer Flight Instructor - Simulator in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

Role Summary

This is a unique opportunity that allows a First Officer Flight Instructor- SIM the ability to instruct for the first three years of their flying career here at Alaska Airlines while accruing seniority as an Alaska Airlines First Officer. Given the dual role candidates for this position will be required to meet minimum requirements for both an Alaska Airlines First Officer and Alaska Airlines First Officer Flight Instructor - SIM. Successful candidates will serve their 365-day probation period [Section 22.F] while instructing. Once released to the line this unique position will allow you to begin your flying career with a minimum of three years seniority if you successfully complete the program.

First Officer: The First Officer is responsible for ensuring a safe journey and a positive experience for all of our guests while continually maintaining a high-level of professionalism. This is a union represented position.

First Officer Flight Instructor - SIM: The First Officer Flight Instructor- SIM is a subject matter expert in flight simulation instructions for Alaska Airlines (AS). As an individual contributor, this role exercises considerable judgment to make instruction decisions in the flight training device (FTD), full flight simulator (FFS) and classroom ground training to develop and reinforce flight procedures in normal, abnormal, and emergency flight operations This instructor will interact with the AQP department and provide recommendations on the development and maintenance of training department curricula and courseware.

Scope & Complexity

The First Officer will safely operate the aircraft in accordance with all Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and company policies and procedures.

Key Duties

  • Act as a subject matter expert in curriculum/courseware for flight crewmember qualification, continuing Qualification, upgrade, transition, re-qualification, and differences training.

  • Facilitate flight crewmember initial, recurrent, upgrade, transition, re-qualification, and differences ground training.

  • Develop and maintain courseware, and conduct ground training modules covering aircraft systems, including normal, abnormal, and emergency operations.

  • Make recommendations to the development of training programs, visual aids, and other training materials for classroom presentation and individual review.

  • Manage the execution of training environment where presentation media is operating correctly and required reference materials and distributed materials are available.

  • Execute flight training in the flight training device (FTD) and Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to develop and reinforce flight procedures in normal, abnormal, and emergency flight operations.

  • Ensure technical accuracy of departmental manuals, including aircraft systems manuals, flight handbooks, performance manuals, checklists, flight operations manuals, and operations specifications.

  • Perform as Second in Command in the transport of passengers, mail, freight, or for other commercial purposes.

  • Comply with Federal Aviation Regulations, Company Flight Procedures, and Company Policies on scheduled flights and routes to ensure safety of flight.

  • Conduct business in a professional manner and demeanor at all times.

  • Operate Company aircraft adhering to established Qualification Standards and all Flight Manual operating procedures and policies.

  • Communicate with all required agencies and personnel while adhering to Company Communication Practices.

  • Must have knowledge commensurate with holder of airline transport pilot certificate and have knowledge of all aspects of applicable FARs and AIM.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • A minimum of 4,000 hours total flight time in a fixed wing aircraft or 1,200 hours total flight time in a high - performance military aircraft.

  • 1,000 hours Multiengine turbine PIC.

  • 50% of rotor-wing flight time up to 1,000 hours may be counted toward total flight time.

  • 5 years of aviation experience.

  • A current First Class FAA medical certificate.

  • An FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License.

  • Must possess and/or obtain a current passport with unlimited access in and out of the United States. Employees with non-U.S. passports also will need any appropriate travel documentation.Excellent judgment, leadership skills, demonstrated command ability and maturity.

  • Professional demeanor and appearance.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Internet email functions.

  • Must be comfortable with a domicile in Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Anchorage, AK; Portland, OR; or San Francisco, CA.

  • Minimum 23 years of age.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Ability to communicate in English.

  • Ability to lead classroom discussions and present both technical and non-technical information with high energy, passionate enthusiasm, and a commitment to excellence.

  • Effective communication skills (e.g., verbal, written, and listening).

  • Detail oriented and highly organized, with ability to multi-task and work independently with limited guidance in a fast-paced environment.


  • Four-year degree from an accredited university.

  • 2 years of experience ground/flight instruction in commercial aviation.

  • 1 year of experience providing flight instruction for commercial aircraft.

  • ATP certificate and 737 type rating.

  • Knowledge of 737 aircraft systems.

  • Experience of instruction in Level D simulators.

  • Flight instruction in CFR 121 training program.

  • Line experience as pilot for a CFR 121 Air Carrier.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and other graphics software to create instructional training curricula.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

Total Rewards

  • This role pays per collective bargaining agreement.

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay plan

  • Generous paid time off

  • Travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Regular/Temporary Regular
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.
People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.
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Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-6410
Category Pilots