The Experimental Flight Test Pilot position is within the Aviation Flight Test Directorate, U. S. Army Redstone Test Center.
Responsibilities include research, development, test, and evaluation duties for a multitude of aircraft and aviation systems acquisition programs. Conducts developmental flight tests that encompasses not only aircraft performance and flying qualities, but also aircraft systems performance and operational of new or critically modified military helicopters and airplanes of different classes, makes, and models where aircraft flight characteristics vary widely due to category, configuration, weight, and power differences. Also conducts aircraft systems tests that include sophisticated weapons systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasure suites. Requires expert skill and judgment to conduct developmental flight testing at the most critical flight conditions of loading, speed, maneuvering, and configuration. During test flights, gathers quantitative and qualitative data from which the performance and stability characteristics of the aircraft may be defined. Determines maximum limits for safe operation and aerodynamic stability where a substantial degree of hazard exists to certifying new and distinct aircraft and aircraft modified to the extent that flight characteristics are altered to a pronounced degree.
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