Test Pilot, Scaled Composites


Job Opening: Test Pilot

Job Summary:

As a test pilot, this individual will provide comprehensive flight test technical support for experimental and developmental aircraft and payload systems development in a rapid design and prototyping environment.  This individual relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals and must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues. Tasks include flying test flights as Pilot in Command (PIC) or Second in Command (SIC); supporting ground tests as Test Conductor (TC), Test Director (TD), or Flight Test Engineer (FTE); preparing system test plans and flight test cards; participating in preflight and post flight briefings; and documenting test results. The position will primarily be supporting the Stratolaunch flight test program.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Pilot multiple experimental aircraft as well as chase, pace, photo, and target aircraft
  • Write flight test plans, test cards, flight reports, and final test reports
  • Lead and/or participate in system design and design reviews (commensurate with previous engineering discipline)
  • Given the systems requirements, develop test strategies, test plans and test procedures for aircraft and components
  • Lead and/or participate in ground and flight test events as Test Crew member or Test Conductor
  • Author and/or update Pilot Operating Handbooks, to include development of normal and emergency procedures
  • Maintain flying currency and proficiency in multiple different aircraft types

Required Qualifications:

  • FAA Commercial Single and Multi‐Engine Land pilots license with Instrument Rating; additional ratings and Type Ratings, including CFI S/MEL and CFII are highly desirable
  • Possess FAA high altitude endorsement or equivalent military training
  • Obtain and maintain a FAA Class II medical certificate
  • Minimum 1000 hours total PIC flight time, to include recip and turbine time
  • Heavy multi-engine turbine aircraft experience is desired
  • Graduate of a full course test pilot school or have equivalent training and experience
  • Minimum of 250 hours (or 30 test sorties) of actual developmental and/or experimental flight test time documented
  • Possess an engineering degree in aeronautical, mechanical, or electrical engineering, or similar technical foundation to support aircraft design and construction
  • Be independent and motivated; able to self‐direct and manage time effectively
  • Be able to travel occasionally on project aircraft trips
  • Be knowledgeable with applicable Federal Aviation Regulations for flight operations and aircraft certification
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain at least a Secret DOD Clearance.
  • United States citizenship


Essential Job Functions:

  • Must have the ability to work in cramped, confined cockpit environments in both hot and cold environments for up to 8 hours with limited movement
  • Able to operate cockpit flight controls with center stick, yoke and side stick
  • Able to push rudder up to 150 lbs., elevator forces up to 150 lbs., and aileron forces up to 90 lbs.
  • Must be able to enter and exit cockpit areas up to 4 feet off the ground
  • Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as instructed
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment when required

Currently accepting internal and external candidates.

This position will be open until 4:30pm, Sep 27, 2017.  For a start date between Oct - Dec 2017.

To apply, please visit Scaled.com/careers. Additionally, resumes can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to (661) 824- 4174, attention: Human Resources. For more information, contact Human Resources at (661) 824-6789

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Protected Vet and drug and alcohol free workplace.