Aerospace Engineer, AST, Research Pilot - NASA

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Summary

A Senior Research Pilot for the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) Flight Crew Branch, serves as the Chief Pilot for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) project providing policy and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, and is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and directing all SOFIA flight crew activities.

Responsibilities

  • Serves as Chief Pilot for the SOFIA project providing policy and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, and is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and directing all SOFIA flight crew activities.
  • Provides administrative, technical, policy, and procedural guidance for SOFIA flight operations, the flight crew, and mission planners and ensures the crews are trained and available to accomplish the mission.
  • Performs aerospace engineer and pilot duties on NASA research aircraft, as well as for flight test programs and training flights.
  • Determines the operational compatibility and economic feasibility of structural and/or instrumental modifications to cognizant aircraft, and determines the overall effect on safety-of-flight, handling characteristics, and performance parameters.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees the safety management system, approves/publishes program operational procedures, and coordinates proposed research flight plans.
  • As SOFIA's Chief Pilot provides oversight and inputs on proposed modifications, repairs, and adjustments to the aircraft that may affect airworthiness.
  • Collaborates with other US Government agencies, civilian contractor corporations, and Center mission and service staffs regarding office functions.

L3Harris Technologies - Lead, Test Pilot

L3Harris Technologies currently has an opening for Lead, Test Pilot.  Please visit their website at L3Harris for more information on their company.  To apply please click HERE.  You may reference any of the following requistion numbers when applying:

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Mission Systems Technical Expert - USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

USAF Test Pilot School Mission Systems Technical Expert

Job Title:  Mission Systems Technical Expert

Organization:  USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

Location:  Edwards AFB, CA

Grade: NH-IV Tier2

Salary Range: $100,000 - $140,000 Base Pay ($135,000 - $170,000 including Los Angeles locality pay)

Need Date:   Spring 2019

Qualifications:  

Required – Masters Degree in Engineering, 10+ years of experience in mission systems flight test, and must be able to obtain/maintain a DoD TS security clearance – requires US Citizenship.

Desired – Graduate of a military test pilot school; able to meet USAF flying class III physical requirements including the ability to fly ejection seat aircraft; prior teaching experience; Flight Test Conductor and/or Test Director experience; and be an internationally recognized flight test technical expert as evident through participation with professional organizations such as SFTE, SETP, AIAA, ITEA, etc.

Position Description: This job is for an experienced flight tester who is excited to teach and mentor the next generation of experimental and developmental test pilots, combat system officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft test pilots.

The 4 major duties related to Mission Systems test are 1) Senior Advisor to TPS Leadership, 2) Curriculum Developer, 3) Master’s degree educator, and 4) International Technical Expert.  Individual duties include the following:

  • Serves as the top education advisor and senior technical consultant to the TPS Commandant and the Technical Director on the Mission Systems series of instruction. The Mission Systems Series consists of academic lectures, laboratories, simulators, and flights introducing manned and unmanned aircraft mission systems including: communications, navigation, radar, electro-optic/infrared, weapons, datalinks, and electronic warfare (including cyber) testing methodologies. Mission systems are examined from both an individual and integrated perspective.
  • Provides the technical expertise, corporate knowledge, and long term continuity for all Mission Systems academic course material, ground instructional events (simulators, laboratories, ground test), and in-flight instructional methods taught by the USAF TPS.
  • Defines, integrates, and implements curriculum development and strategic initiatives for a graduate-level educational program in Mission Systems test to ensure the TPS curriculum includes state-of-the-art test technology and continues to advance new concepts in flight testing and flight test education, test and safety planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting.
  • Teaches academic courses, leads simulator and/or laboratory sessions, and conducts control room and in-flight instruction related to Mission Systems test.
  • Analyzes and evaluates a student's progress relative to syllabus objectives.
  • Represents TPS as a recognized technical expert on Mission Systems test at national and international symposia and conferences.
  • Acts as technical and/or safety advisor, subject matter expert, and/or report reviewer for AFMC, DoD, NASA, other government agencies, and allied nations as required.

Flying Opportunities:  There are flying opportunities in multiple military and Qualitative Evaluation aircraft and, depending on your background and desires, there’s the possibility to be an instructor in gliders and Cessnas.

Research Opportunities: There are options to mentor student Test Management Projects which deal with cutting edge research topics that span the entire spectrum from advanced flight controls, autonomy, new EO/IR sensors, revolutionary navigation techniques, cyber and electronic warfare concepts, battle management algorithms, enhanced human vehicle interface systems, etc.

 

POC:  Mr. David Vanhoy (661) 277-3000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Test Foundations Technical Expert - USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

USAF Test Pilot School Test Foundations Technical Expert

Job Title:  Test Foundations Technical Expert

Organization:  USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

Location:  Edwards AFB, CA

Grade: NH-IV Tier2

Salary Range: $100,000 - $140,000 Base Pay ($135,000 - $170,000 including Los Angeles locality pay)

Need Date:   ASAP

Qualifications

Required – Masters Degree in Engineering, 10+ years of relevant flight test experience, and must be able to obtain/maintain a DoD TS security clearance – requires US Citizenship.

Desired – Graduate of a military test pilot school; able to meet USAF flying class III physical requirements including the ability to fly ejection seat aircraft; prior teaching experience; Flight Test Conductor and/or Test Director experience; and be an internationally recognized flight test technical expert as evident through participation with professional organizations such as SFTE, SETP, AIAA, ITEA, etc.

Position Description: This job is for an experienced flight tester who is excited to teach and mentor the next generation of experimental and developmental test pilots, combat system officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft test pilots.

The 4 major duties for the Test Foundations Tech Expert are 1) Senior Advisor to TPS Leadership, 2) Curriculum Developer, 3) Master’s degree educator, and 4) International Technical Expert.  Individual duties include the following:

  • Serves as the top education advisor and senior technical consultant to the TPS Commandant and the Technical Director on the Test Foundations series of instruction. The Test Foundations series covers the core concepts of Test that are applied across all domains, ensuring that students graduate with the skillset to successfully execute flight test AND a proper mindset supported by a broad experience base, equipping graduates to exercise positive influence on future test programs.
    • For Test Foundations, this includes fundamental Test Conduct principles and the lifecycle test project elements of Planning, Execution, Analysis, and Reporting.
  • Provides the technical expertise, corporate knowledge, and long term continuity for all Test Foundations academic course material, ground instructional events (simulators, laboratories, ground test), and in-flight instructional methods taught by the USAF TPS.
  • Defines, integrates, and implements curriculum development and strategic initiatives for a graduate-level educational program in Test Foundations to ensure the TPS curriculum addresses the knowledge and skills necessary for successful flight test. This includes fundamental Test Conduct principles and the lifecycle test project elements of Planning, Execution, Analysis, and Reporting.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the TPS Test Management Projects, Capstone Qualitative Evaluation events, and both the Flight Test Qualifying and Comprehensive Oral exams.
  • Sets the academic requirements, learning objectives, and reporting standards for the Qualitative Evaluation program, ensuring students graduate from TPS with an appropriately diverse experience set in a wide range of aircraft.
  • Teaches academic courses, leads simulator and/or laboratory sessions, and conducts control room and in-flight instruction related to Test Foundations.
  • Analyzes and evaluates a student's progress relative to syllabus objectives.
  • Represents TPS and the AFTC as a recognized Flight Test Technical Expert at national and international symposia and conferences.
  • Acts as technical and/or safety advisor, subject matter expert, and/or report reviewer for AFMC, DoD, NASA, other government agencies, and allied nations as required.

Flying Opportunities:  There are flying opportunities in multiple military and Qualitative Evaluation aircraft and, depending on your background and desires, there’s the possibility to be an instructor in gliders and Cessnas.

Research Opportunities: There are options to mentor student Test Management Projects which deal with cutting edge research topics that span the entire spectrum from advanced flight controls, autonomy, new EO/IR sensors, revolutionary navigation techniques, cyber and electronic warfare concepts, battle management algorithms, enhanced human vehicle interface systems, etc.

 

POC:  Mr. David Vanhoy (661) 277-3000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send resumes to Ms Tammi Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NH-IV/GS-14 Pilot and NH-III Chief Engineer - Holloman, AFB

The 586FLTS is hiring at Holloman, AFB, New Mexico. We currently have openings for a NH-IV/GS-14 Pilot and NH-III Chief Engineer.

The 586FLTS operates modified T-38C and C-12F/J flying testbeds. The 586FLTS rapidly executes small test programs for all DOD branches and many government agencies. In the past year we have accomplished the first airborne link up with SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, chased the first flight of the XQ-58A UAV, dropped multiple stores from our C-12s, executed two test management programs for USAF TPS, provided T-38 target support on both coasts, and much more.

The pilot position will fly the T-38A/C and the C-12F/J executing test and test support missions out of Holloman AFB. The civilian pilot position provides continuity within the squadron and will be qualified in all squadron missions. Specifically, T-38 and C-12 chase/low level/LASDT/FCF and T-38 intercept/BFM/ACBT/weapons delivery. For this reason, fighter experience and fast jet IP experience is required. Test experience is desired, as is a TPS and/or WIC graduate. The position must be able to hold a TS/SCI.

The 586FLTS chief engineer is a flying position and will perform FTE duties on all squadron aircraft. The position is in charge of aircraft modifications and test program management. The chief engineer is responsible for overseeing the test modifications to the squadron’s four T-38 and two C-12 aircraft.  The ideal candidate would have an aeronautical engineering or EE background, and experience with aircraft modifications and airworthiness determination. They should be capable of leading a small test team and simultaneously managing multiple programs. The position must be able to hold a TS/SCI.     

Interested individuals should contact Mr. Tom “Sulu” Hill for more information. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (575) 572-1222.

Flight Test Safety Officer (Part time positions available) - Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.

Flight Test Safety Officer (Part time positions available)

Safety Management
Moses Lake
USA

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Role Description

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) is currently developing the MRJ-90 aircraft at the Moses Lake Flight Test Center in Washington State. This is a first of type activity for the company. The undertaking of such a task brings with it significant challenges, such as ensuring an effective and well-constructed Safety Management System (SMS) is established to support flight test operations. The program is now at the position where the safety team requires expansion and additional skills sets to ensure the ongoing safe conduct of testing and support activities. Your role in the organization has you directly reporting to upper management positions to ensure a clear path of communications. As this is a flight test focused role you;

  • Have generated and approved multiple flight test risk or hazard assessments in a wide cross section of flight test tasks.
  • Have been involved in the development of a wide range of flight test plans and the application of risk mitigations for these activities.
  • Have a strong understanding of aircraft systems and the processes and support elements required to complete certification testing.
  • Possess a wide exposure to Safety Management Systems, focused on the aviation environment, and specifically flight test.
  • Have previously demonstrated the ability to lead teams through challenging safety related situations.
  • Can generate clear and concise documentation to be used within the Safety Management System.
  • Have enough experience to train team members on SMS documentation in order to grow the safety culture within the program.
  • Can communicate clearly and articulate without ambiguity in written and verbal forms.
  • Are an experienced communicator who can manage messages up the reporting chain as well as down into working level teams.
  • Have the ability to identify areas of improvement in safety processes and can develop plans to enact the changes.
  • Will be able to lead the team to effective root cause analyses of events and incidents that may occur during ground or flight operations.
  • Have experience in the co-ordination of program level activities to ensure ongoing education and standardization of safety practices.
  • Can effectively chair a Safety Review Board

Knowledge & Skills

  • Expert knowledge in the technical field of aviation safety and accident prevention and experience in use of DOD, FAA, NTSB, or lCAO documentation is required.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Very detail oriented and able to work independently or in groups.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to remain calm and be the voice of reason in stressful situations.
  • Ability to be persistent in the face of difficult problems or challenges.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language are critical with the ability to pay close attention to details.
  • Able to change directions with the needs of the work environment and take-on additional responsibilities based on operational needs.

Experience & Education

  • BS/BEng degree from an accredited College or University in an aviation/engineering related field or equivalent related work experience. Post graduate Safety System Training would be an advantage.
  • Five (5) or more years’ experience as an Aviation Safety Officer/Manager.
  • Experience dealing with safety and environmental laws, rules, and regulations is required.
  • Extensive experience in risk management and mitigation.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural environment is desired
  • Graduation from a recognized Flight Test School is highly desired

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The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

44814 North Elm Avenue

Lancaster, California, 93534 USA 

Phone 661.942.9574

Fax 661.940.0398