UAV Pilot - Gray Eagle
Pilots complete Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions while piloting Remotely Piloted Aircraft in support of our customers. Responsibilities include managing and performing all aspects of flying from planning, briefing, mission execution, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground and flight safety. Pilots may be the primary interface between the on-site customer and teams back home and will be counted upon to solve problems.
Schedule: Full-Time Hourly
Job Level: Mid-Level (3-7 years)
Travel: 25 - 50
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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.
Under general direction, the UGCS Qualified/Non-deployable Pilot III's will be responsible for coordinating ground flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground flight safety. Individuals will be responsible for multiple types of flight support, including transition training, sustainment training, test events, training development, and simulator operations.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Act as an Instructor Operator for GA-ASI. Responsible for training and evaluating Soldier and contractor personnel on the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System including sustainment training, transition training, upgrade training, standardization flight evaluations, no notice evaluations, and refresher training.
- Coordinates and actively participates in ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.
- May be called upon to remotely pilot vehicles to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during flight test/demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.
- Ensures compliance with service guidance, company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
- May develop and verify procedures for use with new aircraft features and participates in the development of operational and safety procedures and training syllabus courseware.
- Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
- Familiarity with Army forms, records and publications as well as Contractor Flight and Ground Operations procedures and records (DCMA 8210).
- Additional Functions/Other duties as assigned or required.
- Typically requires education al training equivalent to the completion of a four-year technical degree or trade school equivalency and five or more years’ experience in UAV operation or aviation. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education.
- Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts.
- At least five (500) hundred hours in a UGCS of which fifty (50) hours as Gray Eagle Aircraft Commander (AC).
- Graduate of DA or DES IO Course.
- Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees and military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew.
- Detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.
- Ability to maintain a FAA Class II flight physical.
- Highly desired but not required: Experience operating and/or instructing Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) platform.
- Desired but not required: FAA Private Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and ability to maintain certificate and instrument currency or a specialized aircraft system qualification.
- Desired but not required: Strong background working with Universal Mission Simulator (UMS) as well as UGCS Embedded Trainer (ET) / Mission Server.
- The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential.
Salary:$105,270 - $160,748
Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans
Multiple product lines means a variety of work
Paid Time Off
"I chose General Atomics because I wanted to apply my knowledge of aviation to help protect our nation in the air. The culture and atmosphere are like no company I have ever worked for. I enjoy coming to work every day."– Mike, Airframe & Powerplant Specialist