Trainee UAS Pilot Edinburgh 2024

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DEADLINE 27th March 2024
£24,000 + field uplifts

Cyberhawk is a fast-growing, successful technology company with big ambitions. We are the industry leaders in drone-based visual inspection and survey solutions for energy infrastructure and major capital projects clients. 

Our cloud-based enterprise software iHawk is a visual-data solution that harnesses drone and other visual data to allow large scale sites and assets to be managed and maintained easily. Ultimately, we help make asset & project management be safer, easier and greener thus keeping people out of danger and significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the energy and capital projects sectors.

Our people are the secret to our success. We thrive because of our team’s incredible talent and outstanding service. We plan to grow a lot this year and are looking for a number of people to join our high-performance team.

Our values and what it is like to work here

We have a no drama way of working. We work as one team, growing together, sharing our knowledge and skills to help us all succeed and feel valued. We are a team who cares about the work we are doing and find it rewarding. We value learning and seeking out new challenges and we are not afraid to make mistakes.

We are open and honest in our communication and trust and respect each other. We strive to deliver the best results and deliver work that we are all proud of. We enjoy our work, contribute and make ourselves heard. More importantly, we have a laugh and fun whilst doing it!

Job purpose

The role of a Drone pilot is central to the execution of Cyberhawk’s Inspection & survey services.

Working in pairs with an engineer, in often challenging environments, the Pilot is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of field flight plans to provide Cyberhawk’s engineers with reliable data to make safety critical decisions on maintenance of assets.

About the role

  • This role involves a lot of travelling, occasionally for a few months at a time. You may be away from home most weeks and sometimes weekends. However, while away you will be visiting locations with amazing scenery and be well looked after in terms of accommodation and meal allowances.
  • You may have to hike up and down some stunning hills, in the rain, hail or shine but don’t worry we will give you the best kit for the job, your safety is our number one priority.
  • You won’t be chained to a 9-5 schedule, you may be up early one morning, or working late one night.
  • You will typically work in a team of two and on occasion be in remote areas, so you need to be responsible and get on with people, at the same time impressing the client with a fantastic job done!
  • We all work hard, but we try and have fun while we are doing it and with lots of regular social activities.
  • Base salaries for Trainee Pilots start at £24k per year, quickly rising to £27k per year after initial training, which increases as you rise through the levels. Generous allowances are paid on top while you are working in the field – these can add up especially when you do international and offshore work – our top pilots earn over £50k a year!

Criteria for all drone pilots

  • An appetite for spending a lot of time outdoors often in difficult terrain and not the best weather conditions. The assets we inspect can often be remote making transit time lengthy.
  • A passion for getting a job done and doing a good job to high standards.
  • A curiosity about the inspections and survey we are complete, cameras and technology.
  • As a Pilot at Cyberhawk you can only function effectively as part of a team. Working in a team of two, it is important that you are reliable and you enjoy working with people.

For trainee drone pilots

  • You need to have good hand-eye coordination and a desire to learn.

For experienced drone pilots

  • We are open-minded and always keen to learn about what you have done before…. All we ask is that you come to us willing to learn the way we operate and complete our inspections and are open to continuously improving on the journey with this evolving technology and industry.


  • Conduct drone operations in a controlled manner as Pilot in Command across multiple drone platforms, systems and payloads.
  • Perform Pre/In flight procedures and checks while adhering to company Procedures
  • Perform Post operations management, including data handover and flight documentation.
  • Log daily operations using in-house work pack management system.
  • Assist with job preparation such as creation of RAMS (Risk Assessment and Method Statement), equipment management, organising travel & accommodation.
  • Adhere to Cyberhawk’s highest standards of health and safety.


Minimum qualifications & experience

  • Possess excellent communication skills with an ability to operate effectively as part of a team.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to operate complex equipment in accordance with SOPs.
  • Safety conscious with ability to operate safely in a diverse and high-pressure environment.
  • Highly computer literate.
  • Full UK driving license
  • Must be able to work remotely within a team with minimal supervision.
  • Must have good problem-solving abilities.
  • Physically fit with a genuine love of all things outdoors.

Preferred qualifications & experience

  • Previous drone flying experience and ability to learn advanced flying skills.
  • Knowledge of photography.
  • Knowledge of airspace management & current CAA regulations
  • Knowledge/experience of oil & gas, utilities, or renewables industries.

Company benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Hybrid working
  • Bonus
  • 30 days annual leave (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Salary Exchange Pension scheme
  • Life insurance, Digital GP & Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free onsite Gym membership and discounted climbing rates
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Electric Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Monthly adventure draw
  • Pet friendly office
  • Field Wellness and Mobile Phone Allowance
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Quarterly team building activities

If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience to be successful in this role click on “APPLY” today, forwarding an up to date copy of your CV for consideration in the first instance.

DEADLINE 27th March 2024