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Qualified Leading Hand Helicopter Controller (RFA)
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Qualified Leading Hand Helicopter Controller (RFA)

Be the critical link between our rotary aircraft operating across ships and shore bases, all over the world.

  • No qualifications
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Logistics
  • Rating level

At a glance

Day and night, you’ll play a crucial role in coordinating our aircraft flight patterns, launching and landing, in all weather – all over the world. Ready to ensure the safety of our aviation personnel?
Being a Helicopter Controller comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s rewarding. Every situation brings another exciting challenge.


Qualified Leading Hand Helicopter Controller (RFA)

Role details

What you’ll do

As a Qualified Leading Hand Helicopter Controller in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary you’ll be the critical link between our rotary aircraft operating from ships and shore bases, including your own. Day and night you’ll play a crucial part in coordinating their flight patterns, including launching and landing, in all weather – all over the world.

Ensuring the safety of our aircraft and their crew is vital and you’ll be the first point of contact in an emergency. It’s a demanding role, but that’s what comes with great responsibility. You’ll be at the forefront of the ship’s operational capability, assisting the Operations Officer in all areas of aviation.

Your role

  • You’ll advise on all things aviation, using knowledge, insight and courage of your convictions to ensure each mission is safe and successful.
  • Work with some of the most sophisticated kit on the planet, including our Wildcat helicopters.
  • You’ll have important input into crucial decisions and judgments about aircraft safety, along with the aircrew and engineers.
  • Travel the world as a key part of a team that keeps the Royal Navy active and able to defend the nation’s interests.

Pay & benefits

  • Over £34,000 the minimum amount you'll earn after training
  • 21 Days paid leave for every month served on-board ship
  • Excellent Career Average Occupational Pension Scheme
  • World-class comprehensive training programme
  • Travel all around the world
  • Skills for life

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Helicopter Controller (Non-Tactical)

Skills you'll develop

  • How to keep our aviation missions safe using your extensive technical knowledge of our world-class kit
  • How to use your high level of responsibility to our advantage


  • Aged at least 17 years 6 months to apply, and 18 years to commence employment. There is no upper age limit
  • ENG1 Unrestricted for Worldwide Sea-Service medical certificate, which can be obtained in the role
  • Upon joining you will be required to undergo an aviation medical in addition to your ENG1
  • Current Helicopter Controller or Air Traffic Controller qualification
  • Must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a Dual National. Dual nationality restrictons apply
  • Need to have confidence with jumping into water and the ability to wade whilst wearing a life jacket

Skills & Interests

  • Working as part of a team
  • A sense of adventure
  • A confident leader
  • Always calm under pressure
  • Working with aircraft
  • A thorough and diligent approach to work

Joining Process

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