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Aerial Applicator

Company: Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC
Location: Elizabeth City
Posted on: March 14, 2023

Job Description:


The Aerial Applicator position provides aerial application services with our aerial application business which operates under the name Diversified Applications, Inc. or DAI. DAI owns aerial application businesses throughout the United States. Our goal is to offer quality aerial application services from strategic locations across the country using our growing fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

The employee's primary duty must be the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of Helena or Helena's customers. This also includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgement with respect to matters of significance.

What your day may look like


  • Ensures that all flights are conducted with safety as the primary consideration and that operation of the aircraft complies with applicable Federal Aviation Regulations and established company policies and procedures.
  • Maintains at least 500 feet AGL when ferrying an aircraft or transitioning between sites.
  • Uses utmost care to survey each site prior to dispensing to become familiar with all characteristics and conditions. This includes terrain, natural and man-made obstructions, wind turbines, power lines, antennas, guy wires, buffer zones, sensitive crops, dwellings, livestock, domestic animals, vehicles, people, waterways, ponds and aquatic life, beehives, etc. Suspends dispensing when acceptable conditions cannot be maintained.
  • Is thoroughly familiar with existing and forecasting weather prior to each flight. This is critical for both aircraft performance as well as acceptable dispensing conditions.
  • Handles the load and supervises the handling of the load with great care to avoid spillage, aircraft damage, and product contamination. Reads and follows label instructions and cautions. Dispenses in accordance with label instructions. Rinses hopper appropriately.
  • Briefs handlers and ground crews assigned to the pilot's dispensing operation for expectations and cautions to be observed.
  • Communicates promptly with the chief supervisor regarding any irregularities or difficulties encountered in training or agricultural aircraft operation.
  • Provides for proper handling of the aircraft where company ground handling and/or service employees are not available.
  • Arranges for appropriate level of security of the aircraft when left unattended at a location away from the home base operations.
  • Personally fuels or supervises aircraft fueling and other transient services. Participates in hot fueling only after training and approval from the chief supervisor.
  • Maintains a high degree of proficiency and a thorough knowledge of the procedures and systems of the operating aircraft.
  • Prepares and participates in training and checks maintenance test flights when authorized.
  • Completes and supervises the proper completion of all required assignments, flight records, and dispensing records.
  • Provides input as necessary to ensure records required by 14 CFR * 137.71 and the applicable state can be maintained. Submits other required input and paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Maintains book of business through the Ag retailer or through a direct relationship with the clients.
  • Other work-related duties as assigned by leader.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.


    Education and experience needed for this position

    Must hold at least an FAA commercial pilot certificate with appropriate ratings, a current class II medical certificate, and be qualified to serve as PIC in at least one aircraft used in the certificate holder's operation, and have appropriate experiences as specified in 14 CFR * 137.19 and 137.41.
    Must have at least 200 hours of AG time and be certified to fly the assigned aircraft.
    Must be currently qualified as a commercial certified pesticide applicator by the state(s) that the product will be applied in.
    Must have passed the National Aerial Pesticide Applicator Pilot Certification Examination.


    Other skills that will help you succeed

    Organizational skills.
    Written and verbal communication skills.
    Ability to travel up to 50% is required.
    Works well with others.
    Handles confidential information.
    Demonstrates a working knowledge of federal and state regulations (OSHA, DOT, etc.)


    Your work environment and the physical aspects of the job
    At Helena, safety is our highest priority. We seek out extensive safety measures and put them in place to minimize exposure to anything that could be potentially harmful to our employees.

    The work environment for this position may require the employee to work in an outdoor setting in all types of weather conditions with exposure to outdoor elements. When working outdoors and possibly around moving equipment/mechanical parts, the employee may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, chemical and biological hazards, vibrations and a risk of electrical shock. This position requires you to use your hands for many different tasks and to talk, hear, walk, stand and sit. You may be occasionally required to lift or move up to 50 pounds.

    Who we are
    Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC is one of the nation's foremost agronomy solutions providers. We rank near the top nationally in volume and sales for chemicals, fertilizer, custom application, seed and precision agriculture as well as, turf management, industrial weed control, forestry, aquatics, and more. As a solutions provider, we help our customers make critical decisions about soil variability, nutrient and water availability, seed selection and pest management. We take pride in working with growers beyond the sale by using precision agriculture technology to help them produce higher yields. Helena is on the front of line of feeding the growing population of our world. A job that we take very seriously.
    Helena operates under several main business groups -- Helena Products Group, AGRIntelligence, Helena Industries, LLC and Diversified Applications, Inc.

    Helena is a special place to be
    At Helena, we are family. Our employees take care of each other and support each other at work and in their personal life. Our family-like atmosphere creates a positive work environment that allows our employees to be high-performers because they feel comfort and compassion from their manager and work team. Our family-like culture is centered on our successful business model "People...Products...Knowledge." People being the first for good reason. When our employees are treated right and feel cared for, our customers thrive and our business grows.

    Helena's commitment to diversity and inclusion
    At Helena, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where all our employees feel safe, valued and have the opportunity to succeed. We embrace different backgrounds and human experiences because our customers are also diverse. When we all show deep appreciation for each other and our customers it builds trust that strengthens Helena and keeps us competitive.

    Helena supports individuals with disabilities and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job responsibilities.

    Stay connected to Helena
    For the latest job postings and company news, visit us at .

    Helena is an equal opportunity employer.

Keywords: Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, Chesapeake , Aerial Applicator, Other , Elizabeth City, Virginia

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