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Rotary Wing Test Pilot

Company: Supernal
Location: Mojave
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Job Description:

Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world's communities. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people's ability to move - whether for work or play.
What we do:
The Rotary Wing Test Pilot is responsible for the test planning and execution for research and development (R&D) projects on helicopters and other appropriate test platforms. These projects will include development of airborne sensors and technologies for future eVTOL aircraft. As pilot-in-command (PIC) of Supernal's state-of-the-art Bell 407GXi helicopter, the position is responsible for safe and professional conduct of flight operations and flight test operations. The pilot closely collaborates with flight test colleagues, aircraft maintenance team, and the engineering design team to develop and execute R&D project evaluation plans.
This position will be required to work on-site 5 days a week. -
What you can do:

  • Operate Bell 407 GXi helicopter as PIC for R&D testing of next generation sensors and avionics
  • Interface with flight test colleagues and design engineers for R&D project planning and execution as well resource scheduling to support project work, required maintenance, and pilot proficiency operations
  • Identify, communicate, manage, and mitigate hazards associated with aircraft operation
  • Document and report test results and make recommendations for improving design performance and effectiveness of follow-on evaluations
  • May require up to 50% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

    What you can contribute:

    • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related field required
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in flight testing (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
    • 2,000 hours of rotary wing flying experience with turbine engines
    • 200 hours of instrument flying experience in helicopters
    • 500 hours of night flying experience in helicopters
    • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Helicopter Instrument rating
    • Recently demonstrated skill and proficiency in operating turbine engine helicopters
    • Willingness to obtain an FAA Second Class Medical Certificate
    • Strong flight leadership, crew resource management (CRM), crew coordination, and PIC decision making skills
    • Able to demonstrate proficiency with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and night flying
    • Recently demonstrated skill and proficiency conducting flight test planning and flight test execution including technical collaboration with engineers
    • Innovative and creative thinker with strong risk assessment/risk management skills
    • Proactive communicator with excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Proficient in MS Office Suite
    • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

      You may also be able to contribute:

      • Bell 407GXi experience preferred
      • Formal flight test training from an SETP recognized Test Pilot School preferred
      • Experience writing technical flight test plans and technical test reports preferred
      • Multi-engine Helicopter and Helicopter Flight Instructor ratings preferred
      • 200 hours of formation flying experience and formal formation training preferred
      • Fixed Wing Commercial Pilot certificate preferred
      • Experience with fixed wing and VTOL experimental flight test preferred

        Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:
        This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal's receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).
        -Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.The pay range for this position is:$166,400-$232,960 USDClick or visit: to view our benefits!

Keywords: Supernal, Lancaster , Rotary Wing Test Pilot, Other , Mojave, California

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