Principal Experimental Test Pilot
Bell Helicopter - Arlington, TX

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Incumbent will plan and conduct experimental flight test in helicopters and tilt rotor aircraft, conduct other flight test operations as required, maintain flight currency as required, travel in support of Bell Helicopter flight operations as required. Incumbent will complete flight analysis, flight evaluations of aircraft, test planning and flight test reports as required.

  • Involved in the planning and execution of engineering and experimental test flights of new aircraft and/or systems.
  • Evaluate and report on data gathered during test flights.
  • Demonstrate safe and efficient test planning and execution.
  • Interface well with the entire project team to ensure successful accomplishment of the test program.
  • Make recommendations as to operational effectiveness of systems, aircraft handling qualities and design improvements.

  • A minimum of an FAA commercial rotorcraft helicopter instrument rating.
  • Minimum of 2000 hours total time in rotary wing aircraft with not less than 1500 hours as pilot in command and possess a current FAA Class I or II medical certificate.
  • Four years experience in helicopter flight test and systems development.
  • 100 hours of flight test time.
  • Excellent communications skills with a demonstrated ability to work with flight test and maintenance personnel.
  • Be current or able to meet Naval Aviation Water Survival Physiology training requirements.
  • Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally in support of test programs.
  • Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance.
  • Highly experienced experimental test pilot with over 10 years of flight experience.
  • Qualified as PIC and functional test pilot in the CV-22 or MV-22.
  • Hold an FAA Commercial Powered Lift and Instrument rating.
  • Hold an FAA ATP rotorcraft helicopter rating.
  • Hold a current Certified Flight Instructor or have military flight training experience.
  • Hold an FAA Commercial airplane instrument rating.
  • Qualified as an FAA Flight Test Pilot DER- Part 27 and 29.
  • Experience with joint contractor/government test ITTs.
  • Night Vision Device (NVD) experience.
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Job Field


Flight Operations

Primary Location



Recruiting Company


Bell Helicopter




Job Level


Individual Contributor



First Shift



Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting


Jan 31, 2013, 10:57:05 AM

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Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, prefers a light lift and a heavy payload. It is a leading manufacturer of commercial helicopters, manned...