Flight Operations Manager - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Flight Operations Manager

Date posted 08/15/2019
Job ID#: 25074BR
Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Job Title: Flight Operations Manager
Job Category: Administrative
City: Palmdale
State: California
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Job Summary:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Flight Operations Manager at our Flight Test Facility near Palmdale, California!

This position reports to the Director of Aircrew and Airport operations and is responsible for the planning, managing and execution of flight operations at multiple locations.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Functional management of five (5) direct report supervisors overseeing a flight department consisting of 100 aircrew and 15 support staff. Flight crew support CONUS and OCONUS deployment operations for various customers. Local aircrew support flight test, training and production flight test of all company and customer aircraft.
  • Responsible for the efficient use of resources to support CONUS and OCONUS operations, to include deployment scheduling of personnel to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of aircrew.
  • Develop and track department performance metrics to assess department effectiveness. Set short- and long-term goals and report on same.
  • Manage all phases of the program(s) from conceptualization through completion, including acquisition, planning, and managing technical performance to ensure quality, business, and financial objectives are attained.
  • Develop and coordinate program plans or delivery methods which usually serve a single customer.
  • Participate with technical staff and/or Division/Group executive management to develop and implement current, annual, and long-term technical, schedule, quality, business, and financial objectives for the program(s). May also contribute to the development of Group/Company objectives.
  • Participate with engineering to establish design concepts, criteria, and engineering efforts for product research, development, testing, and integration.
  • Interact with internal and external representatives at various levels concerning resolution of technical and scheduling issues. Act as primary contact for program issues.
  • Influence, and coordinate the preparation of proposals, business plans, proposal work statements and specifications, operating budgets, and financial terms/conditions of contract(s). Influence contract acquisitions, negotiations and modifications.
  • Provide firm and consistent leadership and ensure technical leadership and excellence is maintained by participating in the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of the required management, professional, and technical talent.
  • Act as the primary customer contact for program activities and may lead program review sessions with customers to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance.
  • Identify program issues and provide leadership in developing solutions such as re-allocation of resources or modifying contract specification.
  • Contribute to the development of new business opportunities and expansion of existing business opportunities. May participate with Group management in pursuing business partnerships, alliances, and joint ventures that enhance the capabilities of the Group/Company and may result in new products, programs and business opportunities.
  • Manage the development of and ensure the security of proprietary technology and maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Responsible for ensuring all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations are observed wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Responsible for ensuring work is accomplished in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices. Ensure all departments comply with applicable service guidance. Work directly with the government flight representative to ensure a healthy working relationship exists between the company and the government to support company priorities.
  • Make daily risk management decisions to ensure incident free operations. Develop short- and long-term operational risk management plans/goals working directly with the aviation safety officer
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JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Typically requires a Bachelors, Masters or PhD in engineering, science or a related technical field as well as thirteen or more years of progressively complex program administration experience with at least seven of those years managing programs.
  • May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
  • Demonstrates extensive technical expertise and application of program management principles, concepts, and practice as well as program management and leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.
  • Must be able to develop solutions to problems that require coordination of technologies across program requirements.
  • Strong communication, leadership, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives.
  • Experienced Predator aircrew with proven experience managing large flight operations organizations.
  • Ability to effectively solve complex and challenging management and technical problems.
  • Military experience is highly desired.
  • Detailed knowledge of USAF training methodology and USAF Standardization and Evaluation.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.
  • Complete understanding of mission employment.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Demonstrated experience solving sensitive HR/personnel issues with positive results.
  • Customer focused, must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment, and able to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • ability to obtain DOD security clearance.
  • US citizenship required.



Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%
US Citizenship Required? Yes
Clearance Required? Yes
Clearance Level Secret

To apply: https://www.ga-careers.com/job/palmdale/flight-operations-manager/499/12968604 .

Director of Flight Test - Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Director Test Pilot Engineering 1
Requisition ID: 19025681
Contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: United States-Maryland-Linthicum
US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes
Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
Clearance Type: Secret
Shift: 1st Shift
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

The Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Infrastructure Operations organization is seeking a Director of Flight Test operations to join our team of qualified, diverse leaders. This position will be located in Linthicum, MD and will report to the MS Sector Infrastructure Operations Director.

The successful candidate will provide senior oversight to the Flight Test Operations organization that is responsible for providing flight test capabilities for the development, assessment and demonstration of NGMS products and systems.

Responsibilities Include:

  • •Overall management of test aircraft fleet and operations, including test pilots, aircraft engineers and maintenance activities.
  • •Responsible for compliance with specification and operational suitability, production acceptance, and flight test support of the products / systems through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.
  • •Responsible for operational risk assessment / management of our modifications and flight profiles.
  • •Conducting demonstration flights with customers, government officials, or other personnel aboard to exhibit system performance and capabilities.

Basic Qualifications:

  • •Bachelor’s Degree plus 10 years progressive/related leadership experience with a minimum of 5 years test pilot experience.
  • •Must be a certified test pilot through a nationally recognized military test pilot school, or equivalent military training.
  • •Minimum 1500 hours First Pilot (USN/USMC) or Primary (USAF) flight time in turbojet, turbofan or turboprop aircraft.  
  • •A commercial pilot certification.
  • •Experience in civilian /FAA certifications and requirements.
  • •Current, active, Secret Clearance required. Ability to secure a Top-Secret Clearance is also required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • •Past experience in aircraft modifications, configuration and control, and technical / operational review boards. Familiar with government test organizations, ranges and processes.
  • •Experience with Airworthiness Programs and requirements.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Openings: The International Test Pilot School (ITPS)

The International Test Pilot School (ITPS) is hiring! 2020 is set to break all records in terms of training and flight test activities. ITPS is an EASA ATO for Flight Test Training and accredited by SETP and SFTE.  We are looking for FIXED WING TEST PILOTS as well as FIXED and ROTARY WING FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERS. We have a number of full-time positions to fill, but welcome part-time Subject Matter Experts (SME)s too.  Based out of London, Ontario in Canada, ITPS offers a dynamic and stimulating working environment with a variety of flight test training and flight test projects across the spectrum of disciplines. We are an international team of professionals enjoying a friendly and relaxed work atmosphere where competence and enthusiasm are valued and with opportunities for professional development and further training. The positions will include classroom and airborne instruction as well as participation in in-house and deployed flight test projects. Occasional travel abroad will be required.

Applications by e-mail may be sent to Shelly Pickering at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel ++ 1 519 457 3625

Job Opening - Scaled Composites

Founded by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan, Scaled Composites is a 37-year-old aerospace composites company continually working to push boundaries, prove out ideas, and influence the future. We design, build, and test proof-of-concept, prototype, and milestone achieving vehicles. We have flown an average of one new aircraft type per year over our 37-year history.

If you like to fly unique, exciting aircraft and be part of program teams where you can influence their design and operation, check out our Test Pilot job posting.

Questions or inquiries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 Job Openings - Turkish Aerospace, Ankara/TURKEY

Position Title: Rotary Wing Flight Test Pilot Instructor (FTI)

Worksite: Turkish Aerospace, Ankara/TURKEY

Turkish Aerospace is looking for qualified candidates for a Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor in support of Turkish Aerospace Test Pilot School (TATPS) which is scheduled to operate in the beginning of 2020. The job location is at Turkish Aerospace, Ankara, Turkey. For more information about Turkish Aerospace please visit:  www.tai.com.tr/en and https://youtu.be/c2ZAn6SfCx0

Scope:

In this role you will be instructing in Test Pilot/FTE Training flights and work as part of a team developing flight test training course material. You are also expected to instruct on rotary wing performance, flying qualities and systems curriculum in the scope of flight test exercises.

Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Test Pilot Graduate of a SETP recognized test pilot school (Full Course/Cat 1/Class A course)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight testing field (or significant equivalent experience).
  3. Minimum 3 years of experience as a Rotary Wing Experimental Test Pilot.
  4. Class II medical or equivalent.
  5. Commercial Pilot License (CPL-H).
  6. Category I Flight Test Instructor (FTI) rating, with minimum 2 years of experience.
  7. Fluent in English.

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Previous test pilot school teaching experience.
  2. EASA Category I FTI rating and test pilot rating.
  3. Test experience in Helicopter Civil Certification Process.
  4. Current in flying
  5. Personal Security Clearance.
  6. Class I Medical or equivalent
  7. Master’s or above Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight testing field (or significant equivalent experience).

We provide a competitive salary and benefits package. Related to this position, there might be occasional travels or field trips as part of the training activities. An initial contract will be offered with a commitment of 3-plus years on negotiable terms. A shorter term contract requests will be evaluated case by case.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and a resume/CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 1st October 2019.

+90 312 8111800 ext. 7189

+90 531 9669098 (mobile)


Position Title: Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer Instructor  

Worksite: Turkish Aerospace, Ankara/TURKEY

Turkish Aerospace is looking for qualified candidates for Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer Instructor in support of Turkish Aerospace Test Pilot School (TATPS) which is scheduled to operate in the beginning of 2020. The job location is at Turkish Aerospace, Ankara, Turkey. For more information about Turkish Aerospace please visit:  www.tai.com.tr/en and https://youtu.be/c2ZAn6SfCx0

Scope:

In this role you will be instructing in Test Pilot/FTE Training flights and work as part of a team developing flight test training course material. You are also expected to instruct on rotary wing performance, flying qualities and systems curriculum in the scope of flight test exercises as Flight Test Engineer Instructor.

Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Flight Test Engineer Graduate of a SETP recognized test pilot school (Full Course/Cat 1/Class A course)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight test related field (or significant equivalent experience).
  3. Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Rotary Wing Flight Test Engineer.
  4. Class II medical or equivalent.
  5. Fluent in English.

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Previous test pilot school instructional experience as an FTE.
  2. Test experience with Civil Certification.
  3. Master’s or above Degree in Engineering or closely related to flight test related field (or significant equivalent experience).
  4. Current in flying
  5. Fulfil the requirements of EASA CAT 1 Lead FTE.
  6. Private Pilot License (PPL-H)
  7. Personal Security Clearance.

We provide a competitive salary and benefits package. Related to this position, there might be occasional travels or field trips as part of the training activities. An initial contract will be offered with a commitment of 3-plus years on negotiable terms. A shorter term contract requests will be evaluated case by case.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and a resume/CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 1st October 2019.

+90 312 8111800 ext. 7189

+90 531 9669098 (mobile)

C-130 Flight Test Pilot

Position Title: C-130 Flight Test Pilot

Worksite: Eglin AFB, FL.

The 417th Flight Test Squadron is looking for a qualified fixed wing 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, ANG and AFRC customers, developing the next generation of C-130 capabilities.  This is an NH-IV/GS-14 Civil Service position.

Required Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Flight test experience is required.
  2. Previous C-130 instructor pilot qualification/experience is required.
  3. Ability to conduct developmental C-130 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.
  4. In-depth knowledge of USAF aircraft operations, aircrew training, aircrew standardization and evaluation, aerospace resource management, aerospace test and evaluation, and aircrew personnel equipment and survival training is required. 
  5. A minimum of 1750 flight hours, including a minimum of 50 hours of night flying and 50 hours of instrument flying.
  6. Technical Bachelor’s Degree.
  7. Applicant must meet periodic USAF Class II medical standards as required by Air Force instructions.
  8. The incumbent must maintain aircraft flight qualification IAW AFI 11-202v2 and applicable MAJCOM procedures/directives.

Desired Education, Training & Experience Criteria:

  1. Graduate of a sanctioned Test Pilot course or school 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, Chief Test Pilot
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850-883-5618