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UAV Pilot - Instructor

Date posted 09/27/2016

Job ID#: 9987BR
Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Job Title: UAV Pilot - Instructor
Job Category: Pilots
City: Grand Forks AFB
State: North Dakota
Regular/Temp: Regular Employee
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

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.

Without appreciable direction, this position exercises considerable latitude in overseeing ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground and flight safety. Serves as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of assigned Unmanned Air Vehicle(s) (UAV), as Instructor Pilot providing academic and in-flight instruction, and as company flight examiner and subject matter expert. Interacts directly with engineering in the development of the Predator aircraft and represents the organization as a prime technical contact on contracts or projects.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Oversees and may actively participate in ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.
  • Remotely pilots vehicle to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during engineering tests and flight test/demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.
  • Defines, plans, organizes and executes complex flight programs and flight test events.
  • Ensures compliance with service guidance, company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  • Develops and verifies procedures for use with new aircraft features. Develops operational and safety procedures and training syllabus courseware.
  • Conducts demonstrations and participates in operational and experimental ground and flight tests of assigned UAV(s). Represents the organization with senior military and commercial customers.
  • Instructs UAV student pilots and instructor pilots-in-training in ground and flight operations.
  • Evaluates UAV pilots to ensure standardization of company procedures and practices.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Voluntary OCONUS deployment opportunities may be available.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned or required
  • Typically requires education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a four-year technical degree or trade school equivalency and nine 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 an extensive understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts.
  • Must possess: (1) FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and ability to maintain commercial certificate and instrument currency or a specialized aircraft system qualification; (2) at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) with UAV Pilot Evaluator qualification; (2) one thousand (1000)UAV hours; (3) multiple aircraft UAV Pilot Evaluator qualification; (4)ability to obtain DOD secret clearance as well as customer specific clearance(s); (5) ability to travel on CONUS and OCONUS deployments; (6) excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees, including senior management and senior military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; and (7) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD security clearance.
  • US citizenship required.
  • USAF qualified MQ-9 pilot (LRE/MCE), with a current Form 8 is strongly desired.
  • Possession of at least five hundred (500) hours as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) in the Predator/Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.
  • The ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
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