Monday, July 11, 2011

Heavy Metal Jet Team is Expanding and Recruiting Pilots and Crew Members

North America’s newest civilian jet team is adding more jets and is looking for additional pilots and crew members for the remainder of the 2011 air show season and 2012.

Clinton, NJ (July 11, 2011) – Heavy Metal Jet Team, the North American air show circuit’s newest aerobatic jet team sponsored by United Bank Card, Inc (UBC), 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.).  Kerby continues, “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 email at

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.

For those interested in applying, please send resumes and a letter of interest via email to Lt. Colonel Jerry Kerby, USAF (ret) at  Please no phone calls. 

Heavy Metal Jet Team is a dynamic five-ship jet team fully sponsored for 2011 by United Bank Card. To inquire about the booking the team and for more information about Heavy Metal Jet Team, please contact LM Sawyer at 813-964-6259 or 

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