Heavy Metal Jet Team Is Expanding, Recruiting Pilots And Crew
Heavy Metal Jet Team, which says it is the North American air
show circuit’s newest aerobatic jet team is already
expanding its fleet of aircraft. The team currently flies with a
five-ship of L-39’s, but it will soon be bringing its T-33 as
well as a MiG-17 as solo demos and into the full team act. With the
return of the T-33 and the addition of the MiG-17, the team is
currently recruiting Pilots and Maintenance Crew Members.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to expand the
number of jets we bring to shows during our first season with Heavy
Metal Jet Team,” states Team Lead and Pilot Lt. Colonel Jerry
“Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.). “However, with the
expansion of assets comes the need to continue to recruit the most
talented pilots to fly the aircraft and the best maintenance crew
members to keep them flying.”
The aircraft used by the team are owned by JDI Holdings, LLC and
will be based in Pennsylvania and Florida. Kerby, who is also the
Warbird Manager for JDI Holdings, will be accepting resumes from
qualified candidates via e-mail.
L-39 File Photo
The team's Facebook page indicates that the criteria for pilots
include being available for a minimum of 15 air show weekends
(Thursday – Sunday) per year at multiple locations in North
America. All pilots applying must possess a minimum Level 2
(250’) Statement of Aerobatic Competency in solo and
formation jet aerobatics. Pilots with recent formation jet team
experience, military flying experience, and a type-rating in L-39
aircraft are preferred. Responsibilities will vary with team
requirements and needs.
The maintenance crew member criteria also includes being
available for a minimum of 15 air show weekends (Thursday –
Sunday) per year at multiple locations in North America. Preferred
skills include a degree in Aviation or related field with a minimum
of two years experience in Aviation, an A&P License, and
military aircraft maintenance experience. Responsibilities would
include, but not be limited to, prepping, fueling, launching, and
recovering demonstration jets during air show weekends.
T-33 Shooting Star File Photo
For those interested in applying, please send resumes and a
letter of interest via e-mail
to Lt. Colonel (ret.) Kerby.