Line pilot (fixed-wing)

Flying to more than 20,000 tasks every year, National Police Air Service (NPAS) crews provide effective aerial support to ground based officers across England and Wales and in doing so improve operational response to incidents within the highest safety standards. Working alongside Tactical Flight Officers, NPAS Pilots have the opportunity to make good use of their skills and experience on a variety of police missions including fast-paced, dynamic tasks such as:

  • pursuit of stolen vehicles
  • searching for missing persons/suspects
  • support for firearms incidents

Pilots also fly to pre-planned tasks. This can include support for large public events such as the London Marathon, Heads of State visits and large demonstrations. On occasion, pilots are called upon to land so the crew can assist people in distress.


What you need to be considered for the role:

  • Minimum of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes) with RT Licence
  • A valid Multi-Engine type or class rating (single pilot aircraft)
  • A valid Single Pilot, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating with a Performance Based Navigation endorsement (IR-SP-ME Class SE + PBN)
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time and be in current multi-engine practice, which must include:
    • 500 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) single pilot aircraft fixed wing
    • 100 hours flying time IFR
    • 50 hours night of which 25 hours to be PIC
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6
  • Class 1 Medical
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be a self-starter
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to the crew while carrying out other tasks
  • A full UK driving licence



  • Fixed 4 on 4 off, 12-hour roster pattern offering a stable working routine and the ability to plan many months ahead. Pilots operate in accordance with the approved Flight Time Limitation (FTL).
  • 19 shifts annual leave per year (19 x 12hr shifts) – the 4 on, 4 off shift pattern means you can have 12 consecutive days off by booking 4 consecutive days annual leave
  • Additional annual leave / overtime for public holidays
  • Additional annual leave upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
  • Medical expenses for maintaining Class 1 medical
  • A Loss of Licence Insurance scheme
  • Death in service payment
  • All NPAS staff and officers have access to an in-house peer support scheme. All peer supporters are fully trained and will listen and help staff during difficult times

Here's one of our pilots talking about his role

Please note all vacancies at NPAS will be advertised on the West Yorkshire Police website.