The Flight Test Engineer will plan, conduct and report on new and modified helicopters/tiltrotors for experimental flight tests according to specifications. Work in a team environment to conduct helicopter/tiltrotor flight testing in accordance with established flight test principles to achieve safe flight operations.
Write helicopter/tiltrotor flight test plans
Plan and conduct helicopter/tiltrotor flight tests
Coordinate helicopter/tiltrotor hangar activities including configuration changes, maintenance requirements, flight scheduling, and other activities as required
Prepare test helicopter/tiltrotor for flight tests by providing ballast/fuel/crew weight and balance calculations
Participate as non-pilot crewmember during flight tests as required
Log helicopter/tiltrotor flight test time events in CAFTA database
Contribute to overall department effort to plan and conduct safe flight test operations
BS degree in Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical, or Systems Engineering. BSAE or BSME preferred.
Minumum 4 years of flight test experience (helicopter, airplane, or vectored thrust aircraft)
Be able to obtain a SECRET clearance
Capable and willing learner for the Bell Helicopter CAFTA (both data manipulations and Configuration Management feature), and Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel - the capbility to use Microsoft Office macros for task automation and simplification is not required, but will be appreciated
Ability to be a leading member of the flight test team for experimental helicopter/tiltrotors - this requires teamwork and collaborative problem solving in a multi-team environment
Mathematically capable of performing GW-CG calculations, using aeronautical charts for navigation determinations, performance charts for helicopter/tiltrotor performance determinations, and other helicopter/tiltrotor related computations
Must be physically capable of attaining a Class III FAA Flight Physical and must have 20/20 vision (corrected with glasses or contact lenses is acceptable)
Willing to travel for flight test programs (generally no more than 5% of time)
Must be fluent in English - required for voice radio communications to and from the test helicopter/tiltrotor
Must be knowledgeable of Federal Aviation Regulations, Advisory Circulars, and other regulatory materials pertaining to aircraft and component certification
8+ years of flight test experience (helicopter, airplane, or vectored thrust aircraft)
FAA Private Pilot license with about 200 hours as Pilot in Command - having an IFR rating is not required but will be appreciated
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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...