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Park Ranger Pilot question

Av8trxx

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Must all Park Ranger pilots have a commercial pilot certificate to fly aircraft as part of their job? This is a question some friends of mine and I are trying to figure out as we know of a park ranger that is flying with just a Private. That doesn't seem right but...

Pretty much all of the Park Service gov't job descriptions I have seen require applicants to have one, but what about park rangers who have been on the job and then gone over to flying for the Park Service well after they were hired as a ranger?

Can one do so with only a Private seeing as the aircraft is just another vehicle they use for patrol?
 

TWA

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If I remember correctly, if you are flying anything directly public service, you don't even need a license.
 

msw

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If I remember correctly, if you are flying anything directly public service, you don't even need a license.

If he is flying a public use aircraft on a public use mission, he needs no FAA pilot license nor does he need any FAA Medical Certificate. In that sense, he is kind of the same as a military pilot.
 

414Flyer

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If he is flying a public use aircraft on a public use mission, he needs no FAA pilot license nor does he need any FAA Medical Certificate. In that sense, he is kind of the same as a military pilot.

Yes you do need it, or else you are not going to get hired to do it without it. While the FAA can legally allow public use aircraft to be flown that way, every job I have seen posted for BLM, USFS, NPS, and every other agency, does require at least Commercial rating
 
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