Staff Pilot Test/B-2 Chief Development Test Pilot - Northrop Grumman

The B-2 Chief Developmental Test Pilot is a Staff Test Pilot position (Level 5) that provides oversight and guidance to ensure safe and professional flight operations in support of flight test, demonstrations and product development of associated systems. The Chief Pilot collaborates with the Flight Ops Manager to maintain cognizance over all flight activities and ensures compliance with sector policies/procedures and Service guidance, to include DCMA policy compliance. Supports B-2 Program Depot Maintenance (PDM) at Palmdale, CA; primary duty location and role is support to ground & flight tests at Edwards AFB, CA. Reports to the Director, Systems Test for B-2 Program IPT and the Functional SIT&E Director for Edwards AFB.

Position starts in Palmdale, CA for 12-18 months in support of the B-2 Display Modernization Program but will permanently transition to Edwards AFB. The selected candidate will support Developmental Flight Test at Edwards AFB and Whiteman AFB as their primary responsibility, to include Developmental Lab Test at the WSSC in Oklahoma City, OK; travel to Whiteman AFB and/or Oklahoma City required approximately 20% of the time.


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Provides test pilot expertise to assigned programs; technology/research efforts to ensure man-machine interface issues and requirements are identified for new or modified aircraft designs

Plan, develop and execute test flights on B-2 aircraft to verify airworthiness and performance capability; validate and verify compliance with specifications and to determine operational effectiveness and/or suitability

Pilot B-2 aircraft on delivery and ferry flights

Partners with Flight Ops Manager and Aviation Safety Officer; ensures test team is conducting safe and effective ground and flight test operations

Collaborates with customer pilots

Performs as Single Pilot Voice to NG Program IPTs and NG Program Manager on effectiveness and suitability deficiencies of the system design as it relates to performing pilot tasks

Engage with program IPTs and REs to ensure air vehicle and ground station designs/modifications are effective and suitable

Provides test pilot inputs at FRR, TRRs and SRBs ensuring safe conduct of all NGAS flight test missions

Ensures best practices and lessons learned are shared with program pilots and other chief pilots

Provides engineering test pilot expertise and safety guidance to flight test engineers for design definition, simulator flights, test planning, flight test techniques, test conduct, test reporting and proposal preparation

Provide test pilot inputs to System Safety to ensure safe conduct of B-2 flight test missions

Provides pilot inputs into development of preliminary flight manuals and aircrew checklists

In conjunction with Flight Ops Manager, develop and maintain program specific procedures and requirements for flight test crew qualification and training to support applicable regulations and contract requirements (FAR, FAA, Tri-Service Regulations)

Brief Program Chief Engineer, IPT Managers, and Program Manager on Program Test Pilot responsibilities

Maintain B-2 proficiencies and currencies; also must obtain and maintain proficiencies and currencies on the Firebird or other Flying Test Bed aircraft as required

Promotes active involvement in flight test professional societies and industry forums; fully supports Test Communities of Practice (CoPs) and Flight Test Safety Summits

Collaborate and serve as NG B-2 Program Lead with DCMA for Edwards AFB; ensure full compliance with DCMA policies, procedures, and audits/inspections



Complies with Corporate, Sector, and Program policy and procedures; maintains appropriate certificates and remains knowledgeable of the program system under test and current FAA rules and applicable service regulations


Basic Qualifications:

14 Years with BS STEM degree; 12 Years with STEM Masters; 9 Years with STEM PhD

1,500 first-pilot flight hours minimum

Valid FAA commercial pilot certificate or higher

Current FAA Class II Medical

Current DoD Secret clearance with investigation in last 5 years; ability to obtain and maintain any required B-2 Program PARs

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Excellent communications skills, including the ability to brief test results to executive leadership


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

Current, proficient, and qualified on the B-2

Current DoD Top Secret, TS SAP, or TS SCI clearance

Experience in flight testing, with ability to work with engineering to develop solutions to integration issues, and to bridge between the customer users and Northrop Grumman designers  

Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

Military or Civilian equivalent Test Pilot School (TPS) Graduate


To gather more information, please contact Adam Van Dyke, Staff Recruiter.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  310-489-4379