Job Summary The Maintenance Test Pilot utilizes flight test techniques to perform test flights of aircraft to measure performance and handling to determine airworthiness following maintenance or modifications. Principal Accountabilities
Perform test flights and demonstrating aircraft proficiency upon completion of aircraft maintenance or modifications on aircraft.
Determine in accordance with publications and procedures the airworthiness of aircraft prior to release for flight.
Perform recovery flights and ferries aircraft to additional sites, such as depots.
Perform troubleshooting procedures of aircraft on the ground and during flight, and makes appropriate write-ups or gives verbal instructions to correct deficiencies.
Verify forms and records used in the performance of maintenance to ensure they comply with work performed prior to ground or flight checks.
Run-up aircraft for alert status to perform test on modifications.
Deploy when required to support contract requirements when maintenance test flights are anticipated.
Interpret meteorological data as it pertains to filing a flight plan for the navigational course of flight needed for a sortie and files a flight plan for all flights using authorized processes.
Ensure proper documentation is chronicled.
Perform other qualified duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skills
Demonstrated proven and verifiable aviation experience including ethics, ability and professionalism of the highest standards are required for this position.
Must have demonstrated communication skills, both oral and written. Must be fluent in the English language.
Working knowledge for operating navigational and communication equipment installed on the aircraft.
Capable of computing and annotating weight and balance logs for the aircraft.
Able to pass flight proficiency examinations required by the customer.
Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance if required.
Experience & Education
Completion of high school or equivalent.
1,000 or more hours of total flight time, and have at least 300 hours in the same aircraft type and design and 100 hours in the assigned aircraft.
Must meet the experience requirements of AFR55-22, NOTAMS, AR95-10, AR95-20 and DCMA-8210 pertaining to each aircraft prior to acting in the capacity of pilot-in-command on maintenance test flights.
Must possess a valid FAA commercial pilot certificate with instrument ratings.
Must have satisfactorily completed a proficiency check within the previous 12 months.
Must possess or be able to attain a current FAA Medical Certificate Second Class.
Military flight and/or applicable training courses are required.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Required to undergo and successfully complete initially and annually thereafter during their birth months, an Army or FAA second class flight physical.
May be exposed to extreme noise from turbine and jet engine aircraft.
May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; may be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
May be exposed to a wide variety of operational circumstances, including extreme weather conditions and rudimentary infrastructure.
Must be able to distinguish color and judge three-dimensional depth.
Must be able to see aircraft in flight, read dials/gauges, identify small objects and hand tools.
Must meet or exceed Federal Aviation Administration minimum visual acuity and hearing standards for Class II medical certificate.
Must be physically capable of climbing vertical ladders or built-in aircraft steps to heights of 10-12 feet.
May be exposed to chemical mist, gas, vapors, ultra-violet and infrared radiation.
May be required to lift up to 50 pounds to a height of four (4) feet and be required to lift up to 20 pounds to a height of seven (7) feet.
May be exposed to certain obstructions on the surface as well as ladders, stairs, etc.
May be exposed to rapid or extreme temperature changes.
Ability to travel domestically as internationally as required.