Air ambulance captains are highly experienced pilots who operate aircraft that's used in medical transport. The aircraft can be either fixed wing or rotary wing craft, though air ambulances are typically rotary wing craft. Fixed wing aircraft are used for long-distance transport, and rotary wing for transport between accident scenes and hospitals. Air ambulances also serve to facilitate emergency care while en route to the destination. Pilots will be expected to have a minimum number of hours of flight time and experience on specific equipment and craft. Extensive licensure, certification, and specialization is typically required. The physical requirements can be demanding: pilots may be required to lift 75+ pounds and withstand chaotic and stressful conditions.
Job openings for air ambulance captains can be found by searching for companies that provide air medical transportation services. Vacancies can also be found through typical channels, such as trade publications and online job boards.
The interview process will assess your ability to be an effective air ambulance captain. You'll need to demonstrate that you can exercise good judgment and work well under highly stressful, time-constrained, and chaotic conditions. Some employers may require that you reside within a certain distance of the air base in order to ensure timely response in case of emergencies. In addition, leadership ability is key for captains.
To prepare for an interview for air ambulance captains, read the job description carefully to see if you meet the license and certification requirements. These are typically non-negotiable due to government regulations. If you meet these requirements, prepare to show that you can meet the stressful demands of this job. Think about times when you were in an emergency or crisis situation. How did you react to the stress? How did you control your mental state, and how did that impact the actions you took to contain the situation? Your ability to remain calm and collected will be a great asset to your leadership ability as well. To demonstrate your leadership skills, articulate the techniques you use to take control of a situation. For instance, do you call crew out by name and give them firm directions? Show the interviewer that you can be entrusted to lead in chaotic circumstances.