Senior Test Pilot - Leonardo Helicopters

Ref. 000480

Closing Date: 29/03/2019

Job Description

Leonardo Helicopters part of the multi-national Leonardo Group is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of helicopters.  We have a great heritage and pride ourselves both on our reputation for excellence and for providing opportunities for our people.

Employment benefits include a competitive salary, 25 days annual leave, salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme, the opportunity to join an award winning pension scheme, free car parking, employee discount scheme, an on-site Occupational Health Service, flexible working,  flexi -leave scheme and a generous relocation package.

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We are looking for a talented Senior Test Pilot to join our UK team based at our Yeovil site in the South West of England.

As a Senior Test Pilot, your main purpose is to …

Be the support for development, production, training and miscellaneous flying operations, including:

  • Flying and ground operations of aircraft in accordance with UK MOD MAA, UK CAA, EASA and foreign national regulations as required.
  • Experimental and Development Test Flying requiring significant test pilot advice and input to relevant Company departments, including but not exclusively, Engineering, Design, Avionics and Handling Qualities.
  • Production Test Flying.
  • Simulator development and assessment (advanced and production).
  • Liaison with customers and relevant programme authorities.
  • Command and control of off-site trials.


Key Responsibility Areas

  • Responsible to the Chief Test Pilot for the safe and efficient conduct of all tasked flying including detached/deployed operations.
  • Provide specialist safety input to engineering, design and production organisations.
  • Assist with the planning, co-ordination and supervision of flying conducted by the Test Pilots' Department to ensure required tasks/objectives are achieved as efficiently and as safely as possible and in accordance with associated regulation. This includes off-site trials and training operations.
  • Work closely with all related Company departments to ensure Company, business requirements are achieved in the most effective manner possible.
  • Liaise with the Customer Training Department to ensure a standardised approach to flying operations that includes flying training and related tasks.
  • Responsible for building professional working relationships with customers at all levels and from different cultures including, military and civil, domestic and foreign organisations.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of Company products, aerospace, markets and Department specific requirements through all available media and briefings.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of Company processes and procedures.
  • Liaise with potential sub-contractors and providers across the product range to retain the highest levels of technical awareness.
  • Assist the Chief Test Pilot with the management, in accordance with Company operating procedures, of all tasked activities.
  • Ensure that all personal training, qualification and currency requirements are met in accordance with the requirements of regulation and Company process.
  • Through pro-active participation across Departmental/ national boundaries, ensure the safe, efficient planning and completion of Flight Test Programmes and tasks.
  • Personally ensure the application of all related Company processes and procedures to tasked activities.
  • Ensure that the principles of 'lessons learnt' and best practice are applied to all related activities.
  • Ensure that all documentation, reporting and data handling are in accordance with Company or regulatory process and procedures.
  • As required, assist with the analysis of flight test or accident data.
  • Ensure that personal ICT activities are in accordance with current Company procedures.


Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • Military qualified, rotary wing pilot.
  • Qualified Experimental Test Pilot (a long course graduate from ETPS, EPNER, USNTPS or USAFTPS).
  • Relevant test flying experience post initial qualification.
  • Hold a current professional pilot's licence (ATPL(H), CPL(H)),
  • Hold both Class I EASA/ UK MAA military equivalent aircrew medical certificate.
  • Demonstrate the disposition and personality to cultivate effective professional relationships at all levels within internal and external organisations.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and team-working skills.
  • A recognisable instructor rating (military QHI, civil TRI/TRE) would be highly desirable.