KBM Aviation- Survey Pilot/Operator

February 6, 2024

Based out of Thunder Bay International Airport, KBM Aviation comprises a fleet of nine piston and turbine fixed-wing aircraft servicing our growing 702/703 and FTU operations. Aerial Survey includes missions such as aerial photography, LiDAR, thermal, Geophysical, and ocular surveys all over Canada and beyond. We also operate charter services, flight training, maintenance/AMO in Northwestern Ontario.

At KBM we have a tight knit team, and our people are passionate about what we do. We provide a dynamic work environment in which employees have considerable autonomy and are rewarded with increasing opportunities to grow in their profession. Our pilots are multi-skilled individuals with strong interests in aviation and other fields. We are independent, flexible, detail oriented, technically minded, and motivate each other to strive for precision and efficiency. We are looking for future colleagues who are independently driven, looking for a new challenge, and who we can rely on to be attentive, professional, kind, and safe!

KBM Aviation is hiring for a survey pilot role on C206, PA-24, PA-34, and PA-31 with opportunity to advance to AT502. This will be a full-time position and will require the successful candidate to base in Thunder Bay. Pilots work a variable schedule driven by projects and weather that is generally busy in the summer and quieter in the winter. Survey projects vary in length from half day to three-week assignments at locations across Canada and occasionally the USA. Pilots normally fly 300-500 hours per year.

Compensation includes:

  • Base salary $50,000 – $90,000 / year
  • Flight pay $200/ day, $100/ half-day
  • Per diem away from base $102/night
  • RRSP/TFSA matching program
  • Annual profit share/bonus

Accommodations and travel costs provided. Full time positions include comprehensive benefits, and health insurance.

This is a great fit for a person who enjoys:

  • Variety in their life
  • Adventure and travel
  • Autonomous work and decision making
  • Challenging themselves and continually building skills
  • Strategy, and problem solving

Minimum Qualifications:

  • CPL
  • Total Time 500


  • Degree or experience in GIS/Geomatics
  • Experience operating computer hardware/software systems
  • Experience in photography
  • Experience on tailwheel aircraft
  • Bilingual

Please submit your resume and cover letter detailing how your experience relates to this position, Please email to

Please no phone calls. If you would like to show your interest, come visit us at our hangar.  Thanks!