Experimental Test Pilot - Honda

Experimental Test Pilot

(Job Number:  47000005U)

Location: North Carolina


General Summary:

The Experimental Test Pilot is responsible for the planning, conduct and reporting of development and certification flight test activities on Honda Aircraft Company products. They have an in-depth technical knowledge of flight test techniques and experience in aircraft certification processes. Provides design input to the engineering team. Also supports Production Flight Test and Corporate Flight operations as needed.


Competitive benefits package including:

Paid Time Off: 17 paid holidays, 2 weeks’ vacation, sick time

Retirement: 401k with competitive company matching and additional service-based contributions

Medical, dental, and eye insurance with low premiums

Discounts on Honda products

Relocation assistance

Company vehicle


Comprehensive training program including:

o Annual type training at FlightSafety .

o Operational training minimum two times per year

o Upset Recovery


Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Safely operate experimental aircraft as Pilot-in-Command in accordance with regulations and company policies.

2. Review development and certification flight test plans and reports for assigned flight tests.

3. Participate in the planning, coordination, and short-term scheduling of tests to be performed on assigned test aircraft.

4. Coordinate with flight test engineers as required to ensure the aircraft is configured properly to meet the test objectives.

5. Prepare and distribute Flight Reports after each assigned test flight.

6. Act as Pilot-in-Command during FAA evaluation flights.

7. Identify and report customer and certification issues to Program Management.

8. Support Honda Aircraft production flight test and corporate flight activities on as-needed basis.

9. Other duties assigned by the Chief Pilot - Experimental Flight Test.


Education, Work Experience, Certification and/or Licensure:

1. Bachelor's degree in Engineering or technically related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

2. Commercial multi-engine with instrument rating (AMEL) and minimum:

-1,500 hours PIC total time

-1,000 hours turbine aircraft time

-500 hours PIC turbine time

3. FAA Class II Medical Certification

4. At least one of the following:

-Graduate of military Test Pilot School (pilot course)

-Graduate of civilian Test Pilot School (pilot long course)

-Minimum of three years of experimental flight test experience as a flight crew member

5. FAA Flight Test Pilot DER designation desired.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Practical knowledge of flight test procedures and requirements pertaining to FAA Civil (14 CFR Part 23 and/or Part 25) certification.

2. Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of individuals, departments and organizations.

3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

4. Ability to adapt to a dynamic environment

5. Some travel required.


Physical Requirements:

1. Incumbents may be routinely exposed to equipment operational noise heat-cold-dust, and/or aircraft equipment, parts, or fuel odors.

2. Incumbents may be required to stand, sit, squat, walk, bend, climb ladders, move, reach, or stretch for prolonged time periods with no restrictions, as required by job duties.

3. Work in a safe and professional manner while adhering to all regulatory requirements (FAA, OSHA, DOT, EPA, State, and Federal regulations, etc.).

4. Read, hear, speak, and see with no restrictions, as required by job duties.

5. Comprehend and adhere to management directions and/or safety instructions with no restrictions.

6. Effectively communicate in Business English language.

7. Pull, push, carry, lift, or move items up to 10 lbs. throughout the work shift without assistance, as required by job duties.

8. Pull, push, carry, lift or move materials/people/items/equipment weighing up to 50Ibsor more during the work shift, with the use of Company provided "reach assistance technology" or "movement assist technology" (fork-lifts, pallet jacks, pulleys, dolly's, robotics reach equipment, people movers etc.), as required by job duties.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required of personnel so classified. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This document does not constitute a contract between the incumbent and Honda Aircraft Company. (FLSA: ) 01/07/13



posted 17 January 2024