Flying For Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team
Becoming an animal rescue pilot is one of the best uses for your pilots license. Each year we fly animals from danger to safety all over the East Coast. Becoming a PAART Pilot is an exciting and challenging endeavor. In 2019 PAART was awarded a fuel waiver to reimburse pilots for fuel and other expenses on rescue flights. This waiver, which can be found here, has rules and qualifications you must be able to meet in order to become a PAART Pilot and fly our Mahindra Airvan GA8. The following will explain the process and the qualifications needed. We encourage you to apply and can’t wait to watch you take to the sky to help bring animals to safety.
The PAART Plane: GippsAero Airvan GA8
Our 2018 PAART Airvan GA8 is the workhorse of our aviation fleet. The Airvan is a 8 passenger short haul cargo plane built in Australia. The plane cruises at 120kts and with an 87 gallon fuel capacity it has a five hour range. When we fly animals all of the seats are removed giving us space to fit a variety of crates inside. The Airvan has a clean safety record and is as simple to fly as a Cessna 182. The cockpit features modern avionics:
- G500 PFD/MFD
- JPI Engine Monitor
- King Integrated Autopilot (can fly coupled ILS, RNAV, and Visual Approaches.
Safety is our main concern. Each pilot will have to go through a rigorous checkout with our chief pilot and maintain a level of safety and professionalism on par with most Part 135 operations. We voluntarily submit the plane for 100 hour inspections and no expense is sparred. Your safety, and the safety of our animals is our top priority. Please refer the to rules of operation for more details. Pilots who wish to fly must be proficient in the operation of a Gramin glass cockpit. If you are below 500 hour, 400 PIC, and without an IFR rating you are not approved to fly the plane. In addition, until you meet the requirements of the fuel waiver you will be responsible for paying the variable costs of each flight.