NASA - AST, Research Pilot

AST, Research Pilot
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-07 to 2017-08-21

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Summary

Serves as an aerospace engineer and project/research pilot on NASA Johnson Space Center's aircraft in the Aircraft Operations Division, Flight Operations Directorate. This position involves the piloting of aircraft used in research, development, and test programs; evaluating test parameters and results; performing flight and ground simulations of advanced missions; and actively participating with project engineers and scientists responsible for the development, design, testing, evaluation, and reporting on new aircraft or aircraft systems.

This position is being announced in conjunction with merit promotion vacancy announcement number JS17C0102. Current and former Federal employees, disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply to vacancy announcement number JS17C0102.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

Duties

Serves as an aerospace engineer and project/research pilot on NASA Johnson Space Center's aircraft in the Aircraft Operations Division, Flight Operations Directorate. This position involves the piloting of aircraft used in research, development, and test programs; evaluating test parameters and results; performing flight and ground simulations of advanced missions; and actively participating with project engineers and scientists responsible for the development, design, testing, evaluation, and reporting on new aircraft or aircraft systems.

Specifically:

-Serves as an instructor pilot aboard a high-performance jet trainer, and performs classroom and simulator instructor duties in support of astronaut Space Flight Readiness Training. Space Flight Readiness Training involves piloting high-performance training aircraft while in formation and during high G maneuvers.

-Serves as pilot-in-command or co-pilot aboard a large two-engine business jet and/or a large four engine turbo propeller cargo aircraft flying a variety of missions, and frequently requiring extended domestic or overseas deployment.

-As pilot-in-command, responsible for managing up to 9 crew, supporting passengers during mission support operations, and/or engineers and scientists for airborne science missions.

-Serves as a project team member providing engineering and operational expertise for periodic test and research flight programs, to include aircraft upgrades/modifications and airborne science missions.

-Manages project schedule and budget as required. Supports reviews, such as the Configuration Control Panel, Test Readiness Review, Flight Readiness Review, and Operational Readiness Review meetings for modifications to division aircraft.

-Identifies hazards and reports unsafe acts and procedures. Supports investigation and resolution of aircraft anomalies and mishaps as assigned. Participates in safety inspections and training.

-Provides in-flight support for emergency aircraft, managing flight schedule, and monitoring status of aircraft off-station.

-Communicate effectively with other project pilots and NASA managers to effectively utilize aircrew and aircraft to maximize mission accomplishment.

-Manages training for assigned aircrew and conducts aircraft-specific Crew Resource Management training.

-Maintains aircraft flight manuals/checklists, aircraft specific standard operating procedures, annual proficiency exam, and conducts quarterly continuation training.

-Recommends aircraft upgrades and submits task requests to the Division's Engineering Branch. Monitors and provides aircrew input for all aircraft upgrades.

-Plans aircraft deployments and coordinates travel requirements for all travelers. Ensures deploying aircrew have requisite training and documentation.

-Complies with safety and occupational health standards, rules, regulations and policies.

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