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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Experimental Test Pilot - Leonardo Helicopters


Leonardo Helicopters has a position open for an Experimental Test Pilot.  For more information and to apply please click HERE.

Flight Test & Evaluation Manager - Bell

Flight Test & Evaluation Manager


To Apply: Bell Flight Careers REQ 289648

We're more than aviation experts. We're pioneers who have challenged what's possible for sound barriers, lunar missions, tiltrotor systems and commercial helicopters. We’ve been reimagining the experience of flight for more than 80 years—and today we're redefining where it can take us.


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