Flight Test Pilot - Edwards AFB

The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrows Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Flight Test Pilot (GS-2181-13/14) to work at the 412 Test Wing, 412 Operations Group, 416 Flight Test Squadron, (416 FLTS/DOOO) at Edwards AFB, in Edwards, Ca.

NO 6-MONTH WAIT!  Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Full-time Air Force Civilian Service employees enjoy the below benefits, and more!

  • Paid Time-Off:
    • 11 Federal Holidays off per year
    • Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year
    • 13 sick days per year (104 hours)
  • Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family
  • Retirement:
    • Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
    • 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching
  • Flexible work schedules and shift work may be available (depends on position)
  • Employee assistance Programs
  • Health and Wellness resources
  • Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
  • Many career enhancement and promotion opportunities


  • This position MAY be eligible for a recruitment/relocation incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official

Telework Information up to 20% telework possible (must reside in the local area)

This position has a typical 2023 salary range of $135,274 - $183,500 (includes SSR).

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Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:

  • To qualify for a GS14, candidate must have graduated from either Air Force, Navy, or internationally recognized Test Pilot School (full course).
  • Previous experience as an instructor/mission commander in fighter aircraft (F-15, F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35, etc), airborne radar experience, graduation from USAF Weapons School or USN Weapons School (Top Gun), or experience as a USAF Aggressor is highly desired.
  • Mastery level of technical knowledge and demonstrated expert skill to operate and maintain qualification in assigned aircraft.

To serve as a Pilot/Test Pilot for the 416 Flight Test Squadron (FLTS). Flies test sorties, conducts test mission briefs and debriefs, and provides direction to policy critical to flight test safety and technical adequacy of multiple aircraft performing test at Edwards. Incumbent tests and evaluations new and modified aerospace vehicles/subsystems/associated weapons for DoD, civilian, and foreign customers. The pilot/test pilot will use aircraft modified with specialized test instrumentation.

Major Duties

  • Plan, execute, and manage developmental and qualification flight tests of 412 Test Wing (TW), 412 Operations Group (OG) fixed-wing aircraft. The unit coordinates assets from AFMC, AFTC, and other commands and agencies to accomplish ground and flight tests on aircraft including T-38, T-7, F-16.
  • Serves as an Instructor Pilot, Test Pilot, and/or Test Support Pilot
  • Maintains proficiency in the T-38, T-7, and/or the F-16 and demonstrates ability to fly flight test/test support sorties and handle all types of in-flight and ground emergencies.
  • Flight Instructor/Evaluator, if qualified
  • Test and Safety Planning
  • Key management position in which the incumbent is required to influence USAF, AFMC, and AFTC policies on the capabilities, limitations, and techniques for employment and fleet modification schedule of aircraft assigned to AFTC.
  • Serves as Risk Manager for all flight operations and management issues


  • S. Citizenship
  • Obtain & maintain Top Secret clearance.
  • This is a designated Drug Testing Position (if applicable)
  • Previous experience as an instructor pilot in US Military aircraft is required.
  • Incumbents on flying status must pass and maintain a USAF Flying Class III physical IAW AFI 48-123. Comply with AFI 48-123 standards for flying qualifications and requirements to see a flight surgeon for DNIF/RTFS determination. To be eligible for potential flight authorization, ability to perform frequent and regular aerial flights in high performance military aircraft associated with training and test support military flight activity is required. Applicant must meet periodic USAF Class II medical standards as required by Air Force instructions. Applicant will have access to flight surgeons and must comply with AFI 48-123 requirements to see a flight surgeon for Duties Not Involving Flying (DNIF) and Return to Flying Status (RTFS) determinations. With respect to active flying duties, this position does have a moderate lifting requirement (15-44 pounds). The incumbent must maintain personal fitness levels comparable to active duty aircrew counterparts. The incumbent must maintain aircrew flight qualification IA W AFI l l-202v2 and applicable MAJCOM procedures/ directives.
  • Incumbent must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; both meet the intent of the requirement. The FAA Flight Instructor Certificate or the military equivalent rating is also required. The pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. Navy instructor experience identified as NATOPS, is acceptable for the instructor requirement.
  • Candidates establishing eligibility based on military night experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable.

The following flight hour requirements apply to all applicants:

Total Flight Time - 1750 Flight Hours - Flight time as pilot-in-command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirements; 2) Pilot-in-Command - 1150 Flight Hours - Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable; 3) Instructor Hours - 300 Flight Hours - Only flight hours acquired as instructor are creditable; 4) Flying Time, Figher-type aircraft: 500 military jet flight hours required; 5) Night Flying - 75 Flight Hours desired: 6) Instrument - 75 Flight Hours desired; Simulated instrument time is also acceptable as part of this total; 7) Flying Time, Last 12 Months - 100 Flight Hours

Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.


posted 4 December 2023