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A Senior Research Pilot for the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) Flight Crew Branch, serves as the Chief Pilot for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) project providing policy and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, and is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and directing all SOFIA flight crew activities.
- Serves as Chief Pilot for the SOFIA project providing policy and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, and is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and directing all SOFIA flight crew activities.
- Provides administrative, technical, policy, and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, the flight crew, and mission planners and ensures the crews are trained and available to accomplish the mission.
- Performs aerospace engineer and pilot duties on NASA research aircraft, as well as for flight test programs and training flights.
- Determines the operational compatibility and economic feasibility of structural and/or instrumental modifications to cognizant aircraft, and determines the overall effect on safety-of-flight, handling characteristics, and performance parameters.
- Develops, implements, and oversees the safety management system, approves/publishes program operational procedures, and coordinates proposed research flight plans.
- As SOFIA's Chief Pilot provides oversight and inputs on proposed modifications, repairs, and adjustments to the aircraft that may affect airworthiness.
- Collaborates with other US Government agencies, civilian contractor corporations, and Center mission and service staffs regarding office functions.