Responsible to the Aircraft Captain for the safe and efficient conduct of the flight. In the event of the incapacitation of the Captain, the Co-pilot will assume command. The Co-pilot’s Departmental Head to whom he is responsible when not reporting directly to a Captain, is his Base Senior Pilot or, if none is assigned, the Fleet Captain or OM.
Maintain familiarity with relevant QATAR and International air legislation and agreed aviation practices and procedures.
Maintain familiarity with such provisions of the Company Operations Manual as are necessary to fulfil his function.
Assist the Captain as requested, concerning administrative duties in relation to the flight; and
Support the Captain in the maintenance of a proper standard of crew discipline, conduct and personal appearance.
Carry out such duties concerning the flight, in accordance with Company Standard Operating Procedures, including procedures, limitations and performance relating to the specific helicopter type, as are allocated to him by the Captain.
Confirm the safe navigation of the helicopter, maintaining a continuous and independent check upon both the geographical position of the helicopter and its safe terrain clearance.
Volunteer such advice, information and assistance to the Captain, as may contribute favourably towards the safe and efficient conduct of the flight.
Seek and receive such information and/or explanation from the Captain, as may be necessary to enable the First Officer to fulfil his function.
Alert the Captain at anytime the Co-Pilot considers that the Aircraft flight profile is in non-compliance with Company Standard Operating Procedures, a laid down parameter is likely to be exceeded, or at any stage the safe conduct of the flight in danger of being compromised.
Maintain a high personal standard of discipline, conduct and appearance as a representative of the Company.
Support the Captain, by active example, in the development and maintenance of a high standard of professional expertise and morale amongst the crew, when carried.
On a flight where a cabin crew member is not carried, his responsibilities are those appropriate to the task as detailed above.
Co-Pilot should be competent to handle the aircraft during certain phases of flight on instruction from the Captain. During such phases of flight, the Captain will carry out the Co-Pilot duties but still hold full command responsibility. Due to their inexperience Co-Pilot will not have the same handling standards as fully qualified Captains and it is in their interest to handle the aircraft as often as possible. The following is a guide to Captains giving Co-Pilot handling experience.
Captains may, at their discretion, allow Co-Pilot to take the controls during take-off.
Captains should when practicable give Co-Pilot experience of handling the aircraft en-route, however, prior to handing over control, a briefing should be given that in the event of an emergency, the control of the aircraft will normally revert to the Captain.
Captains may, at their discretion, allow Co-Pilot to make the approach and landing. However, the Captain should retain control, should an approach and landing be necessary in conditions approaching normal limitations. (e.g. Gusting wind, marginal deck space, or heavy seas when landing on a ship.)
Co-Pilot should be encouraged to give the normal briefs as contained in the relevant OM-Part B if they are handling the aircraft, but this brief must be followed by a Captain’s brief, to ensure that any decision to continue, or abort a landing or take-off is made by the Captain.
For the purpose of training flights Co-Pilot are permitted to carry out unrestricted take-offs and landings under supervision of a Company Check Captain or TRI/TRE
Perform any other duty as assigned by the Aircraft Captain
Number of Air Safety Incidents per 1000 Flight Hours
Number of aircraft non -compliance
Number of complaints received from Pilot
Number of flying hours per year
Regulating Authorities/Governmental Institutions
Please refer to Section 5 of the Flight Crew Qualifications (Gulf Helicopters Operations Manual PART A)
As per the above GHC Operations Manual