Test Pilot Instructor - TFASA

Test Pilot Instructor - TFASA

Position Title: Test Pilot Instructor.

Worksite: Far East Asia.

Following the successful launch of our Joint Venture Test Pilot School, the Test Flying Academy of South Africa is looking to fill a number of additional Test Pilot Instructor positions in both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing disciplines.

We require test pilot instructors on a permanent contract basis. However, part-time commitment might be considered

 Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  • Test Pilot Graduate of either USAF TPS, USNTPS, ETPS or EPNER test pilot schools (Full 12 month/Cat 1/Class A course)
  • Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight testing field (or significant equivalent experience).
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a test pilot.
  • Medically fit to fly.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Competent in IT skills

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  • Six years of flight test experience.
  • Test experience with Certification, AFCS, Radar, EO/IR and Comm/Nav systems.
  • Previous test pilot school instructional experience.
  • Experience in teaching students to whom English is not their first language
  • Test or certification experience for CS 25/FAR 25 category aircraft. 

TFASA offers an outstanding salary and benefits package. There is also occasional travel associated with this position for field trips, student projects, course presentation, and consulting. Initial contract commitment of 4 years with negotiable terms possible.

Interested parties should provide cover letter and resume/CV to:

Craig Penrice, CTPS Manager, TFASA, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VH-92 Developmental Test Pilot - KBR

VH-92 Developmental Test Pilot

Joining KBR, you will be a part of the world’s largest independent flight test organization supporting both US Government and Commercial Agencies, joining a highly talented and experienced KBR aircrew services team that has provided over 40 continuous years of Aircrew project support at Patuxent River.  As a long-term incumbent and leader in flight test, the selected applicant will work within the NAVAIR test community composed of government, military, contractor and industry personnel while supporting flight test. 


Position Description/Job Responsibilities:

  • This position supports HX-21 Developmental Test and Evaluation at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), NAS Patuxent River, MD
  • The applicant must be able to perform the duties of a VH-92 developmental test pilot and project officer and post maintenance check pilot.
  • The selected candidate will support a wide range of NAWCAD test and evaluation requirements to include test planning meetings, test plan development, event planning, test procedure and card development, flight briefings, test execution, post event support, test reporting, and deficiency reporting.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Technical Degree
  • A rotary wing pilot graduate of a full-length course of instruction from a recognized test pilot school (e.g., the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Empire Test Pilot School, EPNER Test Pilot School, etc.) required.
  • Minimum Ten (10) years of experience
  • Three (3) years of rotary wing RDT&E flight experience and five years of rotary wing RDT&E flight experience preferred.
  • Minimum of 2,000 hours required and 1,000 hours in rotor wing aircraft preferred.
  • Previous H-92 aircraft qualification preferred.
  • Current aircraft qualification and recent experience with rotary wing T&E techniques, concepts, principles, and practices preferred.
  • Candidate must be able to pass the physical and training qualification requirements to provide contract aircrew support, including completion of Navy water survival and aviation physiology training, as well as annual FAA Class II flight physical.
  • Travel, sometimes extensive, will be required to support this position.
  • Secret Clearance required; ability to obtain a Top-Secret Security clearance preferred.
  • Applicant selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

If you are interested, please contact:

Ryan Smith
KBR, Lead Recruiter
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C-130 Flight Test Pilot - 417th Flight Test Squadron

Position Title: C-130 Flight Test Pilot

Worksite: Eglin AFB, FL.

The 417th Flight Test Squadron is looking for a qualified Experimental Test Pilot! As part of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, FL, the 417th performs Developmental Testing on a wide range of C-130s.  From AC-130s to MC-130s, from legacy C-130Hs to C-130Js, we test them all. You will work as part of a close team with our AFSOC, USSOCCOM, AMC, ACC, ANG and AFRC customers, developing the next generation of C-130 capabilities.  This is a GS-14 Civil Service position.

Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Graduate of a sanctioned Test Pilot course or school is required.
  2. Ability to conduct developmental flight test at the most critical test conditions of loading, speed, maneuvering, and configuration.  Ability to determine maximum limits of safe aircraft operation and aerodynamic stability where a substantial degree of hazard exists.
  3. In-depth knowledge of USAF aircraft operations, aircrew training, and aircraft test & evaluation is required. 
  4. A minimum of 1750 flight hours, including a minimum of 50 hours of night flying and 50 hours of instrument flying.
  5. Technical Bachelor’s Degree.
  6. Applicant must meet periodic USAF Class II medical standards as required by Air Force instructions.
  7. The incumbent must maintain aircraft flight qualification IAW AFI 11-202v2 and applicable MAJCOM procedures/directives.

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Previous C-130 instructor pilot qualification/experience is highly desired.
  2. Ten years of military pilot rated officer experience with active military flight experience within the last 4 years is highly desired.
  3. Special Operations C-130 experience is highly desired.
  4. AFSOC experience is desired.
  5. Evaluator pilot experience is desired. 
  6. Functional Check Flight experience is desired.

If you are interested, please contact:

Joel Witte

417 FLTS Chief Test Pilot

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Senior Test Pilot - Stratolaunch

To Apply: https://careers.stratolaunch.com/mojave-ca/sr-test-pilot/8C787AED114446FD84B5DB9A53F82EFB/job/?vs=0



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

To Apply: https://careers.stratolaunch.com/mojave-ca/sr-test-pilot/8C787AED114446FD84B5DB9A53F82EFB/job/?vs=0


Research Pilot - NASA

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Experimental Test Pilot - Leonardo Helicopters


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