Flight Test & Evaluation Manager - Bell

Flight Test & Evaluation Manager


To Apply: Bell Flight Careers REQ 289648

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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 BellFlight.com/careers 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.

To apply, visit https://absidefense.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=64.

Opening Date: 1 February 2021
Closing Date: Once Filled

Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructors - ITPS (Canada)

ITPS (Canada) is looking to add Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructors to their world-class Instructor’s team. ITPS offers a range of training courses for Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers with an established track record providing flight test training to air forces and industry globally.

Fixed Wing Test Pilot Instructor applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited Test Pilot School, long course, with minimum five years flight testing experience or
  • Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots with minimum 10 years industry flight test experience. (EASA bridging training and FTI training will be provided).
  • EASA pilot license at ATPL or CPL/IR level with FT Rating Category 1 and FTI Rating or
  • ICAO ATP or CPL/ME/IR license and TP qualification. (EASA bridging training and FTI training will be provided).
  • Previous experience as FI, TRI, or FTI is an asset.
  • Must be willing to travel up 20% of the time.

ITPS provides a competitive compensation package that includes a full benefit plan and more.  ITPS provides an exciting and stable working environment with an international team of experts. ITPS instructors participate in in house development flight test projects as well as flight test projects abroad from time to time.

In-house training programs also provide opportunities to gain new qualifications and grow in the role.  Team members are challenged to actively contribute to continuously improve and innovate in our exciting and growing organization. 

Those interested should send their cover letter and resume/CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor - National Test Pilot School

Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor. National Test Pilot School, Mojave, CA.

Come and join the World’s Test Pilot School! The National Test Pilot School is the World’s Leading Total Flight Test Training and Education Organization and the only accredited test pilot school.

NTPS is looking to hire an outstanding Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor to join our cadre of flight test professionals. You will work as part of a team developing and delivering flight test course material. You will be teaching both academic and airborne instruction all aspects of the Rotary Wing P&FQ and Systems curriculum to both test pilot and flight test engineer students. You should have excellent interpersonal skills that will allow you to work well with people having a wide range of experience and diverse cultural backgrounds. You must be able to explain complex subjects in a manner that can be assimilated and applied by all students.

Required Education, Training, & Experience Criteria:

  • Test Pilot Graduate of a SETP recognized Test Pilot School
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or field closely associated with flight testing
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience as a Rotary Wing experimental test pilot
  • Class II FAA medical
  • Fluent in English

Desired Education, Training, & Experience Criteria:

  • Ten+ years of flight test experience.
  • Previous test pilot school instructional experience
  • Test experience with Civil Certification, Radar, EO/IR & Comm/Nav systems
  • FAA Commercial Pilot License; Rotorcraft (Helicopter) & CFI
  • EASA Flight Test Instructor rating
  • FAA Commercial Pilot License; Airplane (SEL/MEL) & CFI/MEI
  • NVG and/or Helmet Mounted Display experience

NTPS offers a competitive salary, 401k retirement plan, and benefits package. There is occasional travel associated with this position for field trips, student projects, course presentation, and consulting.

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

Stefan Hanekom

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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.