Key Lime Air - Part 135 First Officer

Key Lime Air is "Your Career or Your Career Path" to the majors. We offer a best in the industry pay scale and benefits package combined with a fantastic Rocky Mountain lifestyle.

We are a growing regional airline based at KDEN with over 21 years of history in the aviation industry as a Part 121 and Part 135 air carrier. Our operations include cargo, private/ VIP large cabin charters, and scheduled passenger service under our Denver Air Connection brand.

We operate a fleet of more than 28 aircraft, including Fairchild Metros, Dornier 328Jets, Embraer E-145LRs, and an Embraer Brasilia. Our growth plans include the continued addition of E-145LRs to our fleet.

Our Mission

The Key Lime Air community represents some of the finest talent in aviation and our very simple mission is: We Deliver!

"We Deliver...
Joy, Contentment, Service, Comfort, Family, Friends, Safety, Reliability...
Every Day!":

We are here to serve our customers. We love what we do, and our passion shows in our commitment to providing an extraordinary customer experience for the communities, people, and partners we are proud to serve with safe, reliable and on-time jet service, cargo service and charter service.

Key Lime Pilot's Creed

We are a highly competitive self-motivated group of professional aviators who are proud of our flying skills but humble enough to know there is always someone better from whom to seek advice.

We understand command and authority means calmly stepping up to take responsibility for the safety of each flight.

We foster a culture where authority may be respectfully challenged by utilizing Crew Resource Management tools to enhance our situational awareness, self-awareness, leadership, assertiveness, decision making, flexibility, adaptability, event and mission analysis, and communication.

We show respect and dignity to everyone involved in the safe delivery of our customers and our cargo including flight attendants, dispatchers, station personnel, ramp personnel, schedulers, executive leadership and maintenance personnel.

We strictly adhere to the flight regulations, the flight procedures and the safe behavior processes involved in delivering the best and safest possible experience for our customers.

We practice precision hand flying because we know that being precise is the only way to successfully accomplish our job as professional aviators.

Are You A Key Lime Pilot?

We are looking for pilots who strive for perfection with a desire to be skilled aviators. We want people who choose to join our proud community of pilots because you see yourself contributing to our 21-year culture of excellence and as a player in the story of our future success. Take a look at our Culture Handbook which was written so that our current employees and potential employees would have clarity about who we are, who we aspire to be, where we came from, what we value, what’s important for your success, what to expect from each other and to honestly tell you the truth about how our company operates.

If you really like what you see in our Culture Handbook then we want you to move forward with the recruitment process and apply for a position.

First Officer Compensation
  • $35,027.00 first year base pay for part 135 First officer
  • $42.10 per hour with a guarantee of 32 hours per two week pay period
    • Most pilots exceed the guarantee
  • Non-prorated $15,000.00 two-year training contract. A part 135 First Officer who resigns his/her employment with Key Lime or is terminated by Key Lime within 24 months after commencement of Pilot’s employment agrees to repay key Lime $15,000. (Per Employment Contract)

Upgrade Path

All upgrades are subject to seniority, eligibility, qualifications, competency and merit.
  • Upgrade always available to Part 135 cargo Captain in Fairchild Metroliner at 1,200 hours total time in compliance with 14 CFR 135.243
  • Transition to Part 121 First Officer at 1,500 hours total time in compliance with 14 CFR 121.61.159.
    • Requires completion of Certification Training Program and ATP check ride; paid for by Key Lime Air.
  • Upgrade available to Part 121 Captain at 1,700 in type
  • Growing fleet and fastest flow gives more opportunities for captaincies.
Time Off
  • Time off scheduling predicated on 2 to 3 days off per week subject to pilot availability and seasonal demand.
  • .2 Personal Time Off days available in the first year
  • 3 paid vacation days after completing a 90-day probation period
  • 10 paid vacation days in your second year
Military Pilots Succeed

Key Lime values your service to our country. If you’re seeking to make a transition to civilian flying, we'll make it easy with our Military Transition Program. Let us design a custom transition program for you and help cover the cost. Email to learn more.

Insurance and Retirement
  • Comprehensive Medical coverage provided by United Healthcare with
    • Virtual visits
    • Health and Wellness Program
    • Health Discounts
  • Dental plan provided though MetLife
    • Preventive
    • Basic and Major Service
  • Vision plan through United Healthcare
  • Flexible Spending Account
    • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
    • Health Care Reimbursement Account
  • Short Term Disability Plan
  • Voluntary Long-Term Disability Plan
  • Life Insurance of $25,000 after 60 days
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment of $25,000 after 60 days
  • 401K Plan through Fidelity with a company matching up to 4% after 6 months of employment.
Travel for Free
  • CASS jump seat privileges on almost every airline
Additional Benefits
  • $40.00 per diem when away from base for 24 hours (Average $4,000 annually)
  • Employee discount program through Abenity on thousands of products and services (up to $4,500.00 of savings)
  • Interline Travel discounts sometimes offering “bump protection” when traveling standby. These companies specialize in hotel, cruises, and all-inclusive resorts.
What Do I Need To Apply?

Minimum Qualifications:
  • 850 total time (will consider less if coming from Part 142 flight school)
  • 50 hours multi-engine time
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • AMEL / Instrument Airplane.
  • High Performance and Complex endorsements.
  • Current First or Second-Class FAA medical certificate.
  • U.S. FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s permit.
  • U.S. Passport. If not a US Citizen, you must also have a Right-to-work or Permanent Alien status (Green Card) as well as a Passport from the country in which you are a citizen.
  • Pass a standard 10-year background check and drug screen
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Two year training agreement
Preferred Qualifications
  • 950 hours total time
  • 100 multi-engine time
  • College degree from an accredited school
  • Current employment in a pilot position

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