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Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems has an opening for a Sr. Principal Pilot Test to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals within our Test and Evaluation organization.
In this role, you will support the NGAS G-IV Flying Test Bed in Mojave, CA. In conjunction with the Chief test pilot and other sector test pilots, the candidate will support engineering, the flight operations manager, and Flying Test Bed internal customers.
Selected candidate must provide test pilot expertise to assigned program's technology/research efforts.
Plan, develop and execute test flights to verify airworthiness and performance capability.
Partner with Flight Ops Manager, Flight Test Engineering, and Aviation Safety Officer; ensures test team is conducting safe and effective ground and flight test operations.
Engage with program IPTs and REs to ensure aircraft modifications are effective and suitable.
Provides test pilot, airworthiness, and flight test engineering feedback and guidance at FRRs, TRRs and SRBs.
Provides engineering test pilot expertise and safety guidance to flight test engineers for design definition, simulator flights, test planning, flight test techniques, test conduct, and test reporting.
Provides pilot inputs into development of manuals and aircrew checklists.
In conjunction with Flight Ops Manager and the Chief Test Pilot, develop and maintain program specific procedures and requirements for flight test crew qualification and training to support applicable regulations and contract requirements.
Maintain type rating proficiencies and currencies.
Maintains appropriate certificates and remains knowledgeable of the program test campaign and current FAA rules and applicable service/customer regulations.
Role may require occasional overtime, odd shifts, weekend work and 20% travel.
Work closely with the other Pilots, Test Conductors, and Flight Test Engineers to ensure test objectives are met during test execution.
Earn and maintain type rating and currency in the Gulfstream G-IV aircraft.
Support technical and safety planning, mission planning, test card reviews, test technique development, and test plan reviews.
Contribute to defining operating limitations and flight readiness reviews.
Create or modify operating procedural documentation to support improved flight operations.
Manage aircrew training materials changes.
Support Flight Test Community of Practice with mentorship and lessons learned.
Incorporate "lessons learned" and process improvements to maintain / improve safety and efficiency within the team.
Promotes aviation safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in flight test operations.
Lead pre-flight briefings to efficiently coordinate flight testing with large team of aircrew and engineers.
Lead post-flight debriefs to collect relevant test data and ensure lessons learned are captured for future testing.
Author pilot reports highlighting details of test missions.
Must have a Bachelor's degree AND 9 years of related professional/military experience OR a Master's degree AND 7 years of related professional/military experience OR a Ph.D. AND 4 years of related professional/military experience OR 13 years of related professional/military experience in lieu of a degree.
Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance prior to the commencement of employment.
Must be able to attain and maintain Special Program Access (PAR/SAP).
Military or Civilian equivalent Test Pilot School (TPS) Graduate.
1500 PIC flight hours minimum.
Current, FAA Certified Flight Instructor or Military Equivalency.
Current Test Pilot Instructor.
Must have a Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Land, and Instrument Flight rating.
Must have ability to obtain and maintain FAA Class II.
Must have ability to obtain and maintain associated aircraft type rating.
Bachelor's or Master's in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline.
In-depth understanding of airworthiness processes and their relationship to development programs.
FAA ATP certificate.
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.
In depth knowledge of or test experience, to include control room monitoring.
A&P Certified Mechanic with Inspection Authorization.
Experience in experimental airworthiness authorizations with the FAA and DOD customers.
Aviation curriculum development experience.
Salary Range: $161,000 - $241,400
The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.
Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.
The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.