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Senior Test Pilot - Stratolaunch

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Job title: Senior Test Pilot

Department: Flight Operations

Reports to: Director of Flight Operations


Position Summary

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high-speed research and development.  The goal of Stratolaunch is to utilize the capabilities of the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft and air-launch test vehicles to enable development of technologies that may not exist otherwise.  Stratolaunch strives to create technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

As a Test Pilot on the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft, the world’s largest-wingspan aircraft, you will have the opportunity to accomplish new milestones in aviation.  You will provide comprehensive flight test technical support for experimental and developmental aircraft and payload systems development.  You should possess extensive experience in developmental flight test, and sound judgment to plan and accomplish program goals safely and effectively.  You must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues on a small, agile design-to-flight team.  Tasks include planning and flying test flights as Pilot in Command (PIC) or Second in Command (SIC); supporting ground tests as Test Conductor, Test Director, or Flight Test Engineer; preparing system test plans and flight test cards; participating in engineering design reviews, simulator evaluations, technical and safety reviews and flight briefings; drafting flight manual and operational guidance and documenting test results.  As a key member of the Flight Operations team, you will have an essential role in meeting all Flight Operations objectives.  You will be challenged with bringing a unique and complex aircraft from early development to operational use, and proving capabilities for high-speed vehicle launch.


  • Serve as PIC/SIC for the experimental Carrier Aircraft, as well as other aircraft to be used for chase, training, and pacer missions.
  • Write flight test plans, test cards, flight reports, and final test reports
  • Lead and/or participate in system design and design reviews
  • Develop test strategies, test plans and test procedures for aircraft and components
  • Lead and/or participate in ground and flight test events as test crew member or Test Conductor
  • Author and/or update Pilot Operating Handbook and related guidance, to include development of normal and emergency procedures
  • Maintain flying currency and proficiency in multiple different aircraft types
  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment when required



  • Pilot graduate of a full course test pilot school (SETP-recognized)
  • Minimum 1,200 hours total PIC flight time, to include at least 500 hours in turbine aircraft
  • Three years of test pilot experience on developmental flight test programs
  • FAA Commercial Multi‐Engine Land pilot certificate, without a centerline thrust restriction
  • FAA Second Class medical certificate
  • Possess FAA high altitude endorsement or equivalent military training
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or similar technical foundation to support aircraft design
  • Be independent and motivated; able to self‐direct and manage time effectively
  • Be able to work irregular hours and work days, and travel periodically
  • Be knowledgeable of applicable Federal Aviation Regulations for flight operations and aircraft certification
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • United States citizenship
  • Must have the ability to work in cramped, confined cockpit environments in both hot and cold environments for up to 8 hours with limited movement. Must have the ability to operate cockpit flight controls with up to 150 lbs. of rudder forces, elevator forces up to 120 lbs., and aileron forces up to 90 lbs. Must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as instructed, to include flight helmet, oxygen mask and backpack parachute, and have the ability to egress cockpit area up to 10 feet off the ground via rope.


  • FAA Airline Transport Rating (ATP), or additional FAA type ratings and experience in multi-engine, non-centerline thrust aircraft
  • Experience as pilot in heavy multi-engine turbine aircraft
  • Six years of relevant experience on developmental flight test programs
  • Experience with external stores carriage and separation flight tests
  • Master’s Degree in engineering or related technical field
  • Previous experience with advanced flight controls or autonomous aircraft development
  • Previous experience with experimental or modified aircraft, technical and safety review boards, and configuration control
  • Familiar with government flight test organizations, ranges, and procedures


Special remarks

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

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Flight Test & Evaluation Manager - Bell

Flight Test & Evaluation Manager


To Apply: Bell Flight Careers REQ 289648

We're more than aviation experts. We're pioneers who have challenged what's possible for sound barriers, lunar missions, tiltrotor systems and commercial helicopters. We’ve been reimagining the experience of flight for more than 80 years—and today we're redefining where it can take us.


This role serves as manager and subject matter expert for the Air Vehicle/System Test and Evaluation (T&E) with responsibility for directing, managing, coordinating, reviewing and providing expert technical advice relative to the overall test and evaluation efforts associated with the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA).

Incumbent will be the Contractor Test Director (CTD), the responsible primary point of contact in coordinating all air vehicle/system test and evaluation activities with peer, Government Test Director (GTD), from FLRAA PO and Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) Redstone Test Center (RTC) in a Combined Test Team (CTT) environment. 

Position reports to the FLRAA Verification Manager who is also supported by the Airworthiness Manager, Component Test and Qualification Manager, and Instrumentation and Data Systems Manager.

The employee functions as the T&E expert and leads a multi-disciplinary CTT:

  • Leads the development of the Bell FLRAA Master Test & Evaluation Plan (MTEP), and supports the USG development of the FLRAA Test & Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP); independently defines and coordinates all necessary resources to execute to the TEMP objectives across organizational boundaries within Bell and the US Army.
  • Provides input to other acquisition documents including request for proposal (RFP), airworthiness qualification specification, operational requirements documents, performance specifications, statements of work, cost estimates and schedules.
  • Responsible for oversight, coordination and synchronization of all test and evaluation efforts including Contractor Test (CT), Developmental Test (DT) and Operational Tests (OT).
  • Conducts continual review and analysis of all test activities on assigned programs to prevent unnecessary delays and to assess the quality of the testing programs.
  • Provides supervisory oversight and subject-matter expert advice to support mission and projects covering all aspects of test and evaluation, technical performance measures, verification, validation, analysis and trending.
  • Defines problems, develops recommendations for issues and resolutions of issues to be addressed in test.
  • Ensures coordination and/or participation in planning of all concerned functional elements. Results of the employee’s work are considered technically authoritative and normally reviewed without change. The work requires advanced knowledge of the policies and concepts of test and evaluation.
  • Executes the Flight Test Risk Management Plan, leads the team in risk mitigation efforts and Flight Test Risk Worksheet development, establishes and nurtures a Safety focused culture
  • Develops and assures implementation of, corrective actions and changes to reflect new requirements and test technologies.
  • Develops and presents convincing oral/written presentations to all levels of Government and other management.
  • Performs the full range of administrative and technical supervisory duties.
  • Assigns work and establishes priorities; evaluates performance of subordinates; gives advice, counsel, and/or instruction to subordinates on both work and administrative matters; interviews and recommends selection of candidates for positions, promotions, and reassignments; and hears and resolves complaints from subordinates.


Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering

Position Requirements


  • Minimum 10Yrs DT&E experience on major test programs, 15yrs preferred
  • Knowledge of DoD Test and Evaluation policies
  • Knowledge of military airworthiness requirements, AMACC preferred, MIL-HDBK-516 accepted
  • Knowledge of test and evaluation through acquisition life cycle
  • Knowledge of and able to apply Risk Management and Safety best practices for T&E
  • Ability to obtain a DoD Security Clearance
  • Ability to develop, review and evaluate program overarching test and evaluation strategies.
  • Ability to lead T&E IPTs.
  • Ability to supervise and lead others
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective good working relations to achieve end goals.
  • Ability to plan and organize work.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, organize, and present data and supporting analyses.
  • Ability to use office automation tools and techniques to design and generate reports, briefing materials, and/or comparable documents.
  • Ability to identify problems and develop innovative solutions

Our most cherished core value is to Lift Each Other up, creating a diverse and inclusive environment. As a member of our global workforce, you will collaborate with dedicated, enthusiastic teams where differences in experiences, backgrounds, and ideas combined with a strong passion for our products take us above and beyond flight.

EEO Statement Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)., Non-U.S. persons selected must meet eligibility requirements for access to export-restricted information. , The ITAR/EAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee. 

Pay Transparency Policy Statement The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise, have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Job Field: Engineering

Primary Location: US-Texas-Fort Worth

Recruiting Company: Bell Textron Inc.

Schedule: Full-time

Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports

Shift: First Shift

Travel: Yes 5% of the Time

Textron (and its subsidiaries) participates in E-Verify. We will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employer’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Please apply via our website at using Keyword 289648

Bell Flight Careers - REQ 289648

Flight Test & Evaluation Instructor/SME - ABSI Defense

ABSI Defense

Space Test Fundamentals Course Support

ABSI Defense, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) supporting the defense and flight test industry, is seeking an experienced flight tester to coordinate and instruct the ongoing Space Test Fundamentals short course being offered by the US Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB.

ABSI was contracted to develop and support these twelve week-long short courses being provided by the US Air Force Test Pilot School specifically for US Space Force personnel including operators, engineers, and program managers. The in-residence course is being offered three times a year with dedicated facilities onboard Edwards AFB and a stand-alone curriculum based on USAFTPS coursework.

ABSI is aggressively supporting these classes with a mixture of on-site personnel, part time subject matter experts, and virtual learning. ABSI needs a full-time experienced flight tester to be on-site at Edwards AFB to coordinate the courses and instruct selected subjects.

Test fundamentals include test planning, test conduct, and test reporting in addition to introductory material on systems including radar, electro-optics, data links, etc. Space specific subjects including orbital mechanics and space environment are taught by subject matter experts and classes include hands-on lab and flight experiments in addition to guest lecturers and case studies.

The on-site incumbent will be expected to work closely with US Air Force TPS faculty to optimize the class schedule, refine course content to best satisfy customer requirements, and provide course instruction on selected topics throughout the class. They will also coordinate with ABSI subject matter experts to provide for seamless class coverage and manage the course schedule to ensure continuity of instruction throughout the twelve-week curriculum.

Applicants should have an undergraduate engineering degree (Master’s degree and test pilot school graduate preferred) and a minimum of eight years of active flight test or test pilot school instructional experience. In addition, some classroom instructional background and a thorough working knowledge of airborne systems testing is desired. Space related experience or educational background is also desirable, but not a requirement, as this course focuses on test fundamentals and the successful applicant will have access to space related test applications in the course materials.

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Opening Date: 1 February 2021
Closing Date: Once Filled