Staff Pilot Test/B-2 Chief Development Test Pilot - Northrop Grumman

The B-2 Chief Developmental Test Pilot is a Staff Test Pilot position (Level 5) that provides oversight and guidance to ensure safe and professional flight operations in support of flight test, demonstrations and product development of associated systems. The Chief Pilot collaborates with the Flight Ops Manager to maintain cognizance over all flight activities and ensures compliance with sector policies/procedures and Service guidance, to include DCMA policy compliance. Supports B-2 Program Depot Maintenance (PDM) at Palmdale, CA; primary duty location and role is support to ground & flight tests at Edwards AFB, CA. Reports to the Director, Systems Test for B-2 Program IPT and the Functional SIT&E Director for Edwards AFB.

Position starts in Palmdale, CA for 12-18 months in support of the B-2 Display Modernization Program but will permanently transition to Edwards AFB. The selected candidate will support Developmental Flight Test at Edwards AFB and Whiteman AFB as their primary responsibility, to include Developmental Lab Test at the WSSC in Oklahoma City, OK; travel to Whiteman AFB and/or Oklahoma City required approximately 20% of the time.


Click here to apply.



Provides test pilot expertise to assigned programs; technology/research efforts to ensure man-machine interface issues and requirements are identified for new or modified aircraft designs

Plan, develop and execute test flights on B-2 aircraft to verify airworthiness and performance capability; validate and verify compliance with specifications and to determine operational effectiveness and/or suitability

Pilot B-2 aircraft on delivery and ferry flights

Partners with Flight Ops Manager and Aviation Safety Officer; ensures test team is conducting safe and effective ground and flight test operations

Collaborates with customer pilots

Performs as Single Pilot Voice to NG Program IPTs and NG Program Manager on effectiveness and suitability deficiencies of the system design as it relates to performing pilot tasks

Engage with program IPTs and REs to ensure air vehicle and ground station designs/modifications are effective and suitable

Provides test pilot inputs at FRR, TRRs and SRBs ensuring safe conduct of all NGAS flight test missions

Ensures best practices and lessons learned are shared with program pilots and other chief pilots

Provides engineering test pilot expertise and safety guidance to flight test engineers for design definition, simulator flights, test planning, flight test techniques, test conduct, test reporting and proposal preparation

Provide test pilot inputs to System Safety to ensure safe conduct of B-2 flight test missions

Provides pilot inputs into development of preliminary flight manuals and aircrew checklists

In conjunction with Flight Ops Manager, develop and maintain program specific procedures and requirements for flight test crew qualification and training to support applicable regulations and contract requirements (FAR, FAA, Tri-Service Regulations)

Brief Program Chief Engineer, IPT Managers, and Program Manager on Program Test Pilot responsibilities

Maintain B-2 proficiencies and currencies; also must obtain and maintain proficiencies and currencies on the Firebird or other Flying Test Bed aircraft as required

Promotes active involvement in flight test professional societies and industry forums; fully supports Test Communities of Practice (CoPs) and Flight Test Safety Summits

Collaborate and serve as NG B-2 Program Lead with DCMA for Edwards AFB; ensure full compliance with DCMA policies, procedures, and audits/inspections



Complies with Corporate, Sector, and Program policy and procedures; maintains appropriate certificates and remains knowledgeable of the program system under test and current FAA rules and applicable service regulations


Basic Qualifications:

14 Years with BS STEM degree; 12 Years with STEM Masters; 9 Years with STEM PhD

1,500 first-pilot flight hours minimum

Valid FAA commercial pilot certificate or higher

Current FAA Class II Medical

Current DoD Secret clearance with investigation in last 5 years; ability to obtain and maintain any required B-2 Program PARs

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Excellent communications skills, including the ability to brief test results to executive leadership


Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

Current, proficient, and qualified on the B-2

Current DoD Top Secret, TS SAP, or TS SCI clearance

Experience in flight testing, with ability to work with engineering to develop solutions to integration issues, and to bridge between the customer users and Northrop Grumman designers  

Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills

Military or Civilian equivalent Test Pilot School (TPS) Graduate


To gather more information, please contact Adam Van Dyke, Staff Recruiter.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  310-489-4379

Civilian Flight Test Pilot


The 586 Flight Test Squadron has a job opening for a civilian test pilot.  For more information and to apply click HERE.

Job Openings with Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft is a globally recognized and respected American manufacturer of world class single and twin-engine aircraft. Headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida, Piper offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single and twin-engine aircraft, is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland, and remains one of only three manufacturers currently offering this technology.

Come build flight with us! Piper’s flourishing M-Class, Personal Class and Trainer Class series make flight accessible and affordable for today’s private pilots around the world. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX and Seminole aircraft form the most complete, technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world.

Piper Aircraft is looking for talented and experienced individual to join our team to manage and direct our engineering operations, including on-aircraft ground and flight operations. 

Piper has announced the following job openings:

Procurement Quality Engineer: For more information and to apply click HERE.

Production Test Pilot: For more information and to apply click HERE.

Rotary-Wing Test Pilot Instructors - ITPS (Canada)

Rotary-Wing Test Pilot Instructors - ITPS (Canada)

ITPS (Canada) is looking to add Rotary- Wing Test Pilot Instructors to their world-class 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.

Rotary-Wing Test Pilot Instructor applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited Test Pilot School, long course, with a minimum of three years flight testing experience or
  • Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots with minimum 10 years industry flight test experience.
  • 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.
  • Previous experience as FI, TRI, or FTI is an asset.
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally.

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 can 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.

Chief Test Pilot - Wisk

Wisk has an opening for a Chief Test Pilot. 

For more information and to apply:

Experimental Flight Test Pilot - U. S. Army Redstone Test Center

The Experimental Flight Test Pilot position is within the Aviation Flight Test Directorate, U. S. Army Redstone Test Center.

Responsibilities include research, development, test, and evaluation duties for a multitude of aircraft and aviation systems acquisition programs. Conducts developmental flight tests that encompasses not only aircraft performance and flying qualities, but also aircraft systems performance and operational of new or critically modified military helicopters and airplanes of different classes, makes, and models where aircraft flight characteristics vary widely due to category, configuration, weight, and power differences. Also conducts aircraft systems tests that include sophisticated weapons systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasure suites. Requires expert skill and judgment to conduct developmental flight testing at the most critical flight conditions of loading, speed, maneuvering, and configuration. During test flights, gathers quantitative and qualitative data from which the performance and stability characteristics of the aircraft may be defined. Determines maximum limits for safe operation and aerodynamic stability where a substantial degree of hazard exists to certifying new and distinct aircraft and aircraft modified to the extent that flight characteristics are altered to a pronounced degree.

For more information and to apply: