Senior Flight Test Engineer
Bell Helicopter - Patuxent River, MD

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Job Summary:
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.

Position Requirements:
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

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)., Non-U.S. persons selected must meet eligibility requirements for access to export-restricted information. , The ITAR/EAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.

Job Field



Primary Location


US-Maryland-Patuxent River

Recruiting Company


Bell Helicopter




Job Level


Individual Contributor



First Shift



Yes, 5 % of the Time

Job Posting


Jan 23, 2013, 4:17:14 PM

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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...