NASA Langley Research Center - Research Pilot

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), Research Services Directorate (RSD) is currently seeking interested candidates for a Research Pilot position. This position serves as an Aerospace Engineer/Research Pilot piloting aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) used in research, development, and test programs; planning and evaluating test parameters; performing flight and/or ground simulations of advanced missions and aircraft; and actively participating with project engineers and scientists responsible for the development, design, testing, evaluation, and reporting on new aircraft or aircraft systems.

Position will be filled at the GS-14 grade level. The full performance level for this position is GS-15. If selected at the lower level, employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade when qualified and recommended by management. Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for the actual assignment and performance of the higher-level duties.

Duties:

As a Research Pilot, the incumbent participates, leads, and contributes to the engineering research and operational aspects of a wide variety of LaRC flight, simulation, and laboratory experiments. Duties will require operation of a variety of aircraft types including small business jet to medium sized jet transport aircraft, turboprop and piston-engine aircraft, as well as UAS vehicles. Applies unique aviation and flight test knowledge, experience/safety practices to all aspects of aircraft flight projects.

Serves as a Lead Aerospace Engineer/Research Pilot on assigned flight, piloted-simulation, and UAS experiments and provides support piloting/operational consultation on other experiments/activities. Serves as a Lead Test Pilot while conducting aircraft/space hardware test programs to meet research program objectives. Provides assistance to researchers/operations engineers for experiment planning, implementation, data collection, analysis, reporting and presentation of technical results. Develops/designs flight operations, equipment, or systems for a broad range of interdisciplinary activities and highly specialized functions that cut across conventional lines of engineering/scientific fields. Initiates, plans, designs, and develops experiment methods, procedures, techniques, and requirements. Initiates, reviews and collaborates on hazard identification and analysis, risk classification, human factors considerations, and research hazard mitigation.

Applies accepted flight research principles/practices/techniques for aircraft operation or data collection to meet requirements of specific research experiments. Serves as a safety pilot during flight experiments/research with other subject pilots. Required to operate LaRC aircraft and simulators to maintain required proficiency levels and to provide support to LaRC and other programs. Support flying may include aerobatic maneuvering, chase, formation, aerial photography/survey, logistics, maintenance, and mission management flights. Maintains proficiency in different aircraft and demonstrates ability to handle in-flight emergencies. Implements policy by writing accident plans and procedure manuals.

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