Sr. Test Pilot - Stratolaunch

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Sr. Test Pilot

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

As a Sr. Test Pilot on the Stratolaunch team, 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 will participate in flight test in either the Stratolaunch Model 351 Carrier Aircraft, the world’s largest wingspan aircraft, or the 747-400 Carrier Aircraft.  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 aircrew or Test Conductor; 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 unique and complex aircraft from development stage to operational use and proving capabilities for high-speed vehicle launch.


  • Serve as PIC/SIC for the experimental Model 351 Carrier Aircraft and/or the experimental 747-400, as well as other aircraft to be used for chase and training 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
  • Participate in control room operations as Mission Director or training officer, as required
  • 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



  • Pilot graduate of a full course test pilot school (SETP-recognized), or possess equivalent experience in developmental flight test programs
  • 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
  • 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 workdays, 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
  • 747-400 type rating
  • Possess FAA high altitude endorsement or equivalent military training
  • 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 regarding work environment, if applicable

  • This position is in Mojave, CA
  • Travel to CONUS or OCONUS test locations for extended test campaigns


Benefits and our location:

  • $154,000-$246,300
  • Up to %15 annual bonus
  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement


Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.


Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.


Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law:


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posted 2 June 2023

Director of Engineering - DeltaHawk Engines Inc.

Job Summary:
Under the direction of DeltaHawk’s President, the Director of Engineering will lead an engineering team that focuses on integrating new products into DeltaHawk’s certification, production, and manufacturing processes. This leader will plan and direct all production level engineering activities including certifying new product lines, supporting production, maintenance of existing product lines, cost reduction initiatives, and customer support. This individual will work closely with DH’s Leadership team to ensure that our engine families and aircraft products achieve FAA certification. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, design finalization, product management, certification testing, customer support, field product failure analysis and resolution, and cost reduction programs.

This leader will effectively hire, train, and lead people, communicate clearly, set expectations, provide feedback, and resolve conflicts when they arise. They also need to be able to lead by example—their own performance needs to be consistent with the standards they’re setting for their team members and be consistent with DeltaHawk’s Corporate Culture statement and values.

This leader will have a passion for engines, high tech technology, innovation, and aviation.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Other duties may be assigned.

Plan and direct all aspects of production engineering activities and projects
Work closely with DeltaHawk’s leadership team to assure products can be certified and are production-ready
Ensure all engineering projects, initiatives, and processes are in conformance with established policies and objectives
Utilize best practice engineering methods and provide expert technical guidance for engineering initiatives
Develop major goals to support broad functional objectives
Incorporate components, materials, and tools that result in cost-effective and quality output
Manage overall production engineering budget and costs
Understand FAA processes and certify new product lines including engine (14 CFR Part 33) and aircraft installations (14 CFR Part 23)


A Bachelor's degree from accredited school in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and 5+ years of appropriate engine engineering experience and 5+ years of leading a team OR equivalent years of experience
Serve as a technical resource on areas of expertise and provide consultation / mentorship to others
Communicate cross-functionally and think critically and convey thoughts effectively


Aviation enthusiast
Member of SAE or other appropriate organization
Working knowledge of FAA certification regulations (Part 23 and 33)
Experience developing aircraft engines and/or systems

Working Conditions

This position is a professional engineering position, yet combined with occasional “hands-on”, assisting technicians working through challenges on the engine(s).


Posted 19 May 2023

Director of Aircraft Integration - DeltaHawk Engines Inc.

Job Summary:
Under the direction of the President, the Director of Aircraft Integration will be responsible for developing the people, processes, and systems required to deliver airworthy, high quality, and beautiful aircraft (experimental and STC’d) using the DeltaHawk powerplant. The team is comprised of technicians, engineers, and contractors working together with the business to design installation kits, acquire necessary data from flight testing, and provide the voice of the customer to internal stakeholders. This leader will work with existing and potential customers to figure out how to incorporate DeltaHawk’s technology into new and unique applications.
This role will also be responsible for resolving complex engineering problems, modeling of components, generation of DeltaHawk installations, production drawings and specifications. This role requires a subject matter expert for aircraft engine installation systems design, integration, and test.
This leader will effectively hire, train, and lead people, communicate clearly, set expectations, provide feedback, and resolve conflicts when they arise. They also need to be able to lead by example—their own performance needs to be consistent with the standards they’re setting for their team members and be consistent with DeltaHawk’s Corporate Culture statement and values.
This leader will have a passion for engines, high tech technology, innovation, and aviation. 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities listed below. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Other duties as assigned.
  • Lead the design and development of engine installation packages that meet all 14 CFR Part 23 requirements
    • Installation package designs include but are not limited to the development of mounting structure, cowl, propeller selection, cooling, fuel, lubrication, instrumentation, and control systems
  • Analyze existing aircraft engineering and performance data, along with relevant aviation regulations and standards, then develop technical and executable plans for specific aircraft
  • Interface with potential customers to assess the feasibility of new programs.
  • Work with technicians to oversee installations and expediently work through problems as they arise
  • Develop and analyze installation/engine test plans, assist with test execution, and review test data
  • Assist and/or oversee development of all documentation, including design, installation, maintenance, parts, and operation
  • Provide design feedback on primary engine components as they integrate with the aircraft to meet performance, durability, and regulatory requirements.
  • Be the business domain expert on aircraft (experimental & certified) and industry standards
  • A Bachelor's degree from accredited school in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and 5+ years of aerospace industry experience and 5+ years of leading a team OR an equivalent
  • Familiarity with piston powered aircraft engines and small aircraft
  • Aviation enthusiast
  • Serve as a technical resource on areas of expertise and provide consultation/mentorship to others
  • Communicate cross-functionally and think critically and convey thoughts effectively
  • Experience specifying and configuring modern aircraft avionics systems
  • Private pilot license or greater
  • Previous experience with commercial aircraft and/or engines
  • Appointed DER
Working Conditions
This working manager position combines administrative time with a hands-on hangar environment including working alongside engineers and technicians to observe, troubleshoot, and resolve problems on aircraft in a typical hangar environment.




Posted 19 May 2023

DeltaHawk Engines, Inc - Part-time Test Pilot Consultant

Part-time Test Pilot (Non-direct employee)

DeltaHawk Engines, Inc, Racine, WI is in need of an experienced small airplane Test Pilot.  DeltaHawk has nearly completed FAA Type Certification of its Compression Ignition piston aircraft engine, and is entering flight test phase of the engine in various aircraft, both Certified and E-AB Experimental aircraft.  Our immediate need is to commence testing a Velocity E-AB Twin Engine aircraft equipped with our engines.  This aircraft has not yet flown.  

We also have an immediate need to test our Cirrus SR-20 aircraft.  This is a Certified aircraft, currently in Experimental R&D to test our engine installation.  We have numerous other projects to test over time as we develop engine installation kits, including a Cessna 172 STC project, plus other certified and experimental aircraft.

We would ideally like to find the right person who can grow with us and know our engine and installation well, and provide valuable feedback to both Aircraft Integration and Engine development teams.  

This position is NOT a direct company hire at this time, but a part-time consulting position with hours depending upon specific project workload.

Contact Dennis Webb directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on his cell, 262-497-0713.

Test Pilot - MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Test Pilot
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, MA
Full Time

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The mission of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Flight Test Facility is to provide airborne platforms in support of specific research and development programs at Lincoln Laboratory. The Flight Test Facility provides a method of validation with actual field collected data. The Flight Test Facility Research aircraft are flown, maintained, and managed by a professional staff of test pilots, certified maintenance technicians, and administrative personnel. The Flight Test Facility's first priority is safety of flight. All flight operations are conducted by using procedures and equipment that meet or exceed all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. As a result of various past airborne testing programs, mission-specific procedures have been developed. These procedures and the Federal Aviation Regulations provide for safe, effective and successful operations. The Flight Test Facility was created to support early air-to-air collision avoidance research programs sponsored by the FAA. As the need for more extensive airborne testing increased, the Flight Test Facility has expanded to support a variety of Department of Defense and FAA programs. The Flight Test Facility currently operates eight experimentally certificated commercially derivative airborne test beds ranging in size from a small single engine Cessna to large Turboprops and corporate jets.

Job Summary:
The Engineering Test Pilot/Specialist is an essential member of the Flight Test Facility team and is responsible for conducting mission safety & test planning and operating highly modified manned and unmanned aircraft for the purpose of Research and Development.  The Test Pilot/Specialist will be called on to evaluate the handling qualities and performance of modified test bed aircraft as well as to operate those aircraft during sensor data collection flights.

The Test Pilot primary duties include:

  • Directly responsible for the safe and efficient conduct of the flights they are assigned.
  • Work effectively with small teams to engage with the engineering customer and ensure a smooth aircraft integration process.
  • Coordinate with the engineering customer to understand project scope, build schedules, translate the engineering requirements into test plans (including flight profiles and test cards), analyze flight test risk, manage logistics, and coordinate airspace.
  • Actively contribute in technical information and test planning meetings, Configuration Control Boards, Safety Review Boards, First Flight Readiness Review Boards, preflight briefings and debriefings.
  • Communicate to engineering project personnel the results of test flights (ground and/or flight) including recommendations and lessons learned.
  • Observe company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), FAA rules and regulations, and proper use of safety and risk mitigation methods.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, local, DOD and foreign regulations as well as company policies and procedures specified in the company flights operations manual.
  • Investigate, review, and comply with military range operating procedures.
  • Conduct other day to day administrative responsibilities required in the flight operations department (i.e. flight safety, training, record keeping, navigation tools/database maintenance, process development, etc).
  • As the most visible Flight Test Facility representative to the Laboratory, must act with tact and decorum while ensuring an efficient and safe flight operations


  • Practical knowledge of flight test procedures with 5 years of flight test experience is highly preferred.
  • Airline Transport Pilot FAA certificate with MEL privileges and Commercial SEL privileges is highly desired but will consider as a minimum Commercial Multi-Engine Aircraft FAA certificate if a previously military rated pilot with extensive experience.
  • Current FAA Medical Certificate (First or Second Class).
  • Military Pilot experience is desired.
  • Jet aircraft experience with type ratings desired.
  • Experience in DeHavilland Twin Otter, Saab 340, Gulfstream IV and single engine Cessna desirable
  • Minimum of 2500 hours, including 1000 hours of turbine, at which at least 500 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) time.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent highly preferred.
  • Graduate of a SETP recognized Test Pilot School is a plus.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of individuals, departments and organizations.
  • Ability and willingness to work with irregular hours and work days.
  • Ability to travel on short notice.
  • Familiarity with FAA Certification and airworthiness processes and procedures are a plus.
  • Familiarity with UAS systems is also desired.

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

Requisition ID: 39975 


Posted 7 April 2023

Test Pilot - Volocopter GmbH

Volocopter GmbH has a test pilot job opening.  For more information and to apply click HERE

Test Pilot - Flight Test Projects (m/f/d)

  • Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 2-6, 76646 Bruchsal, Germany
  • Full-time
  • Department: Airworthiness & Risk Certification
  • Site: Bruchsal TRIWO

Company Description

We at Volocopter are the pioneers of electric air taxis, i.e. aircraft that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs). We bring urban air mobility to life, by getting air taxis and drones off the gorund in a way that complements current transportation options in megacities across the globe. Our aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services that fly people to their destination quickly and safely. In 2011 we performed the first-ever piloted flight of a purely electric multicopter and have since showcased numerous public flights with our full-scale VoloCity aircrafts (

Job Description

Your mission during this flight:

  • You will conduct a safe flight as assigned by CTP, adhering to all flight test procedures and limitations imposed by test plans and valid FT approvals.
  • You will test execution and reporting on test & evaluation assignments for Flight Test & Operations.
  • You will adhere to the Flight Test Operations Manual in the Test Pilot role.
  • You will support Flight Test programm planning.
  • You will provide Flight Test Subject Matter Expert support.
  • You will test the pilot crew at deployed locations, both within Germany and at various international locations.
  • You will support HoFT in the classification of Flight Test Requests for complexity.
  • You will deputize for HoFT when formally delegated (e.g. Flight Test Definition approval and medium risk Safety Review Board chair).
  • You will accept airplanes as released for specific flight tests.
  • You will review any flight test plan prior to test execution.
  • You will support the generation of hazard assessments and coordination of hazard mitigation.
  • You will report observations on the technical fitness of the aircraft following a flight test.
  • You will prepare Post Flight Report (PFR), immediately following each test flight.
  • You will support the development of operational procedures for the aircraft.
  • You will provide input for the generation of the Aircraft Flight Manual.


Check in your professional skills:

  • Minimum of two years development/certification flight testing.
  • Experience in test planning, execution, and reporting.
  • EASA CPL(H) or CPL(A)* with Cat 1 or Cat 2 FT Rating.
  • EASA Class 1 medical.
  • Skill in writing test plans and test reports and in communicating flight test objectives and results.
  • Ability to apply flight test risk management processes, hazard identification and risk mitigation.
  • Familiarity with EASA certification processes and regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team.
  • Skill in working across functional and organizational lines.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience as an engineering or experimental test pilot.

       *CPL(A) applicants with rotorcraft or powered lift experience

Additional Information

Some of our Volocopter flight perks:

  • A fast-growing high-tech company with a broad network of top investors and partners 
  • The chance to help shape the future of aviation
  • The chance to create new things from scratch & manage your own projects
  • Personal accountability, and growth & learning opportunities, based on your skills
  • An inspiring workplace with modern workstations, flexible hours, efficient  communication, flat hierarchies & fantastic team spirit
  • An attractive salary package

Our differences are what makes us great. Here at Volocopter, we value equal opportunities and trust, and we give each and every one of our employees the chance to voice their opinions. As air mobility industry innovators, we believe that changing the world starts on the team level. We are fully committed to driving this innovation by celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone is treated equally and respectfully, regardless of our different backgrounds and job titles.


posted 22 March 2023