Take the controls of one of the most advanced aircraft in New Zealand, the Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite and experience a diverse and rewarding career

  • Service
    Navy
  • Specialisation
    Aviation
  • Location
    Whenuapai
  • Starting Salary
    $61,304
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About the role

Navy Helicopter Pilots fly the Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite. As a Naval Pilot you will work within a team responsible for carrying out the Aircraft’s mission, which could be surface or sub-surface warfare, air logistics, medical evacuations, or search and rescue.

The Pilot is responsible for the flight path control of the helicopter, ensuring that the helicopter does not exceed any performance limitations and for the safe handling of malfunctions. The Pilot will position the helicopter to accomplish the mission effectively, and will use the mission system to access and interpret the navigation and tactical situation.

Where possible the Pilot will also assist the Observer to operate sensors but in doing so the Pilot will ensure as a first priority that the helicopter is flown and navigated within appropriate parameters. The pilot will typically conduct non-tactical communications and will assist the observer to conduct tactical communications if needed.

Those with civilian flying experience are welcome to apply. Pilots are selected from civilian applicants and personnel from within the Defence Force

Job on base

On completion of Junior Officer Common Training and Flight training you will be posted to 6 Squadron at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai. Whilst there your duties and responsibilities revolve around daily flying, consisting of operational flights and training flights, and administrative duties all Officer roles entail. You can expect to fly most days of the week in many different environments working with external agencies throughout New Zealand.

Job on deployment

Naval Aviation is an integral part of any Ships deployed capability and for any significant deployment of an aviation capable Ship, an SH-2G(I) can be expected to deploy. The role of the SH-2G(I) on board a RNZN Ship varies from being the primary weapons system on an ANZAC class Frigate conducting Warfare roles and Airborne Use of Force, to resupplying an island off the coast of New Zealand in support other Government Agencies.

 

A Ship's flight crew usually consists of eight RNZAF technicians, the Pilot, the Observer and a Helicopter Loadmaster. Your role as the Pilot is to position the SH-2G(I) to achieve the mission, working alongside the Observer who will be controlling the tactical situation and battlespace. On board the Ship you will have duties to conduct, such as advising the Commanding Officer on all aviation matters, conducting Meteorological briefs and training the Ships Company in Aviation procedures.

 

Recent deployments have included Operations in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief deployments in the South Pacific and multiple Military Exercises throughout the South Pacific and South East Asia.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
All Officers
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

Once you complete Junior Officer Common Training you will conduct Pilot training at RNZAF Base Ohakea in the Manawatu. Once fully qualified on the SH-2G(I) Helicopter, you can expect to fly as the sole Pilot gaining experience ashore and embarked on RNZN Ships. Once you have gained sufficient experience as both a Pilot and Naval Officer you will advance to the role of Flight Commander. This role means you will be responsible for all aspects of the Ship's helicopter operations for extended periods away from New Zealand.

As an experienced Pilot you may be given the option of becoming a Flight Instructor. This course is conducted at RNZAF Base Ohakea in either the T6-C Texan or A109 Light Utility helicopter. On completion of your Instructor training at Ohakea, you will return to 6 Squadron where you will take up an executive role in the Squadrons management team alongside your flying and instructional duties.

Additionally, there is the potential for deployment as an Officer to any one of the numerous overseas operations the Defence Force is committed to.

INITIAL OFFICER TRAINING

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you will complete the seven week Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) at RNZAF Base – Woodbourne. Once you march out of the JOIC you continue with the remaining 15 weeks of Junior Officer Common Training course (JOCT), which is back at the Devonport Naval Base. You will be exposed to various subjects and find out if you’ve got what it takes to be an officer in the Navy!

JOINT OFFICER INDUCTION COURSE (JOIC)

All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets and Midshipman are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course will give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, sea survival, battle-craft, seamanship, communications and an introduction to leadership. It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZDF and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.

JUNIOR OFFICER COMMON TRAINING COURSE (JOCT)

The following are just some of the subject areas covered on JOCT:

  • RNZN customs
  • Drill and parades
  • Military law
  • Weapons training
  • Basic mariner training
  • Defence and strategic studies
  • Communication skills
  • Command, leadership and management

All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets and Midshipman are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course will give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, sea survival, battle-craft, seamanship, communications and an introduction to leadership. It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZDF and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.

Upon successful completion of the JOIC, you will be posted to Officer Training School, Devonport to complete the JOCT Course. The JOCT course is 22 weeks in duration (which includes the 7 weeks JOIC) split over three phases:

PHASE ONE – NAVY INDUCTION

Trainees are instructed in basic service knowledge, discipline, parade and kit preparation. There is a focus on ‘followership’ and teamwork and on developing a high level of physical and mental fitness.

The aim of this phase is:

  • To ensure that trainees can perform as effective team members
  • To instil the Navy Core Values
  • To develop the competency behaviours required of a Junior Officer
  • To provide the basic skills and knowledge for service in the Navy
PHASE TWO – SEA QUALIFICATION AND ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

Phase two is focused on fitness for sea and academic development. The training provides trainees with the minimum knowledge and skills necessary to safely post to sea on a Navy Ship. The Sea Qualification Deployment is designed to give trainees an insight into life at sea and for staff to assess trainees in the sea going environment.

The aim is to:

  • Cement and build upon communal living skills
  • Gain an appreciation of the roles at sea
  • Confirm the trainees commitment to life at sea

Phase two also focuses on academic development. Trainees are lectured in Defence Communication topics such as service writing and oral communication. Officers are expected to have an understanding of wider national and defence policies, international relations and maritime doctrine.

PHASE THREE – LEADERSHIP

The final phase of JOCT has a strong leadership focus covering both theoretical and practical aspects. The trainees are put through a number of assessments. The assessments are scenario driven and provide the trainees with the opportunity to display their individual and combined skills.

After Junior Officer Common Training you will gain some experience in the wider Navy environment before moving to RNZAF Base Ohakea for Pilot training alongside the RNZAF pilot trainees. Initial pilot training is conducted on the T6-C Texan and consists of approximately 3 months of Groundschool instruction, followed by 12-15 months of Flying training throughout New Zealand.

On completion of Flying training you will earn your ‘Wings’ and progress to the A109 Light Utility Helicopter for the Helicopter Basic Course. On completion of this you will return to 6 Squadron and commence conversion to the SH-2G(I).

Through-out your career as a Navy Pilot you will continue to develop your flying abilities. To ensure that you are capable of delivering on this, the RNZN and RNZAF will continuously train and develop your skills.

Additionally, there will be Navy specific courses that every RNZN Officer has to complete. These will broaden your skills as an Officer in the NZDF and are required for you to take charge of the Ship when in Port.

Along the way you’ll also undertake additional courses including survival, escape and evasion procedures and first aid that are essential for all aircrew trades. As an experienced Pilot you may be given the option of becoming a Flight Instructor, this course is conducted at RNZAF Base Ohakea in either the T6-C Texan or A109 Light Utility helicopter.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.

$39,781

Recruit

$61,304

Starting Salary

$162,988

Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • You must be free of any criminal convictions.
  • A preliminary pilot selection test that includes general maths, maths reasoning and instrument comprehension. If you pass you will go onto the officer selection process which will include two stages: first the Aircrew Personnel Selection Board who will look for the right qualities and abilities to operate an aircraft. You will then appear before the Navy's Junior Officer Selection Board to test your overall leadership potential.

You must have achieved NCEA level 2 with a minimum of 18 credits each in level 2 English, Mathematics and a Science.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.
  • Height limits will apply with the introduction of new or upgraded training aircraft. Individuals will be assessed for height limits as part of the application process.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

 

Your training is some of the most thorough and advanced in the world. On completion of your training, you will be contractually obliged to carry out a return of service to the Navy for 10 years.

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