Position Summary: Operate and Maintain Tactical UAS. Responsible for coordination of customer flight support requirements and aircraft operation and maintenance to ensure flight safety and success. Applies extensive knowledge and experience of aviation to provide preflight planning, flight briefings, and post-flight briefings. Final authority for operating, servicing, and securing of aircraft. Train, maintain, and provide technical support on UAS and related equipment and/or components.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Map analysis for mission route selection including terrain evaluation insuring no obstructions to Line-of-Sight.
Responsible for pre-flight operations such as communications planning, developing and filing of flight plans as required, weather evaluation, mission risk assignments, crew assignment, and determining fuel requirements.
Compliance with customer, FAA, ICAO, and host nation regulations as required, ensure airspace requirements met.
Provides pre-flight briefing prior to flight operations and crew replacement briefings.
Safely operate, takeoff and land aircraft via the ground control station during all phases of flight and ground operations, to include: pre-flight, ground checks, mission planning, launch, normal flight, emergency flight, recovery, and post-flight.
Knowledgeable in all aspects of aviation flight operations, to include: aerodynamics, map reading, flight planning, weather evaluation, system setup, piloting, troubleshooting (in flight and ground), and emergency procedures.
Provide instruction specific to the operation and maintenance of:
Portable Launch System (PLS)
Pneumatic Capture System (PCAP)
Ground support equipment (GSE)
Cloud Cap sensor
Ground Control Stations (GCS)
Performs post-flight, thru-flight, pre-flight, acceptance, and transfer inspections, launch, recovery, servicing, and ground handling actions.
Uses maintenance technical data to diagnose and solve maintenance problems on UAS.
Removes and replaces UAS components.
Conducts functional tests of repaired components and systems.
Inspects and checks components for clearances, tolerances, proper installation and operation.
Performs UAS & equipment packing/shipping to fulfill worldwide mobility tasking.
Maintains UAS GSE and supports the inventory of this equipment.
Ensures complete and accurate documentation of maintenance.
Complies with safety guidelines.
Performs all other duties as assigned or directed.
Excellent attention to detail. Very good communication skills both written and verbal. Professional performer with minimal guidance and direction. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a small team environment is essential.
US Citizen or proper immigration status. Must be willing to travel overseas for extended periods of time. Current US Passport.
Two hundred and fifty (250) flight hours (required). Six (6) years aviation operations and maintenance (required). Five hundred (500) flight hours (preferred). Ten (10) years military or civilian aviation operations and maintenance (preferred).
Six (6) years aviation operations experience (required). FAA commercial pilot license (required). Military aircraft or unmanned aircraft system certified (preferred).
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