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Integration and Flight Test Manager

Company: DroneUp LLC
Location: Virginia Beach
Posted on: September 17, 2022

Job Description:

Description:DroneUp is seeking a highly qualified Integration and Flight Test Manager to lead and mentor our Flight Test team. The Integration and Flight Test Manager leads the Flight Test team and is responsible for conducting mission safety, test planning, and operating modified un-crewed aircraft for the purpose of systems integration, flight test to determine performance and validate against requirements, and flight test to validate operational effectiveness and suitability.


  • Ensure the safe and efficient conduct of DroneUp flight test operations
  • Work effectively with a small team to engage with both internal and external customers and ensure a smooth aircraft integration process
  • Coordinate with both internal and external customers to understand project scope, build schedules, write test plans (including flight profiles and test cards), analyze flight test risk, manage logistics, and coordinate airspace
  • Contribute in technical information and test planning meetings, Configuration Control Boards, Safety Review Boards, First Flight Readiness Review Boards, as well as preflight briefings and debriefings
  • Communicate results of test flights (grand and/or flight), including recommendations and lessons learned, with DroneUp leadership
  • Observe company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), FAA rules and regulations, and proper use of safety and risk mitigation methods
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, local, DOD, and foreign regulations as well as DroneUp flight operations policies and procedures
  • Investigate, review, and comply with military range operating procedures
  • Supervise day-to-day administrative responsibilities required in the flight operations department (i.e., flight safety, training, record keeping, navigation tools/database maintenance, process development, etc).
  • Mentor the flight test team and develop their professionalism in safe and effective flight testing
  • Other duties as assignedRequirements:
    • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent required, Masters in Flight Test Engineering highly desired
    • Flight test experience, preferably both crewed and un-crewed, required
    • Graduate of recognized test pilot school is required, the full year course is desired
    • Part 107 UAS certificate or the ability to obtain Part 107 certificate within 3 months is required
    • Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a variety of individuals, departments, and organizations
    • Flexibility and willingness to work non-standard work hours and days (i.e., any shift, weekends, etc.)
    • Ability to travel on short notice
    • Experience with open source firmware and software autopilot systems (i.e., PX4, Piccolo, Ardupilot, etc.) desired
    • Familiarity with FAA certification and airworthiness processes and procedures are a plusThis position also requires the following essential functions:
      • Visual acuity (e.g., needed to prepare and analyze data, to transcribe documents, to view a computer, to read, to inspect objects, to operate machinery
      • Balancing (e.g., maintaining equilibrium when walking, climbing, crouching etc.)
      • Stooping (e.g., bending the spine at the waist)
      • Reaching (e.g., reaching the arms or legs in any direction)
      • Lifting motion or lifting objects more than (30) pounds
      • Walking
      • Repetitive motions of any part of the body
      • Kneeling, crouching or crawling
      • Climbing (e.g., ascending/descending ladders, stair, scaffolding, ramps, poles, etc. using feet and legs or hands/arms to climb)
      • Grasping (e.g., use of hand to apply pressure)
      • Hearing
      • Talking
      • Capacity to reason and make sound decisions
      • Ability to regularly perform all job functions at Company's office or work site
      • Ability to withstand environmental conditions (e.g., extreme heat or cold, grass, wind, sand, fumes, odors, gases, extreme noise, etc.)

Keywords: DroneUp LLC, Virginia Beach , Integration and Flight Test Manager, Executive , Virginia Beach, Virginia

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