Sr. Flight Test Engineer - Zephyr Airworks

New Zealand
Zephyr Airworks – Flight Test
Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Kitty Hawk in New Zealand, is looking for flight test engineers to join us in testing a new class of all-electric personal aircraft.  You will be working closely with flight test, avionics, electric propulsion, structural, aerodynamics, and controls engineers to flight test a revolutionary new aircraft.  You will develop test plans, write test cards, direct ground and flight tests, monitor real-time telemetry, perform data analysis and document test results, and troubleshoot issues on the aircraft.  You’re comfortable making decisions in the face of uncertainty. You’re as excited to execute flight test ‘firsts’ as you are to drive high rate operational flight testing to capture real-world lessons that you learn along the way to make our product even better.  

This position is based in New Zealand.

Within 3 months you will:

    • Start learning about the aircraft and its systems
    • Learn about our flight test processes
    • Support flight test and troubleshooting efforts

Within 6 months you will:

    • Have a working knowledge of the aircraft and its systems
    • Be a primary member of a flight team in the GCS
    • Take ownership of some troubleshooting tasks

Within 12 months you will:

    • Be fluent with the aircraft and its systems and continue learning more as improvements are made
    • Write test plans to meet high-level objectives
    • Lead a flight team as test director
    • Be the responsible engineer for an aircraft


    • Bachelor's or advanced degree in applicable engineering field, or equivalent
    • 3+ years experience flight testing, preferably in a prototyping or agile operational environment, manned or unmanned
    • Ability to work closely with engineering and other test personnel to design and execute complex tests and operations on fast-paced schedules
    • Proficiency in data analysis with MATLAB, Python, or other scripting toolsHands-on experience with aircraft projects (manned or unmanned)
    • A passion for flight

Highly Desired:

    • Private Pilot License or higher rating
    • 3+ years experience flight testing, preferably in a prototyping or agile operational environment, manned or unmanned
    • Experience working with CAA Regulations
    • Proficiency with Linux


    • Willing to travel
    • Private Pilot License or higher rating
    • Proficiency with Linux
    • Proficiency in aerodynamics, aircraft performance and/or controls
    • Proficiency in Solidworks or other 3D CAD package
    • Experience designing, building, and/or debugging electrical circuits and systems
    • Experience working on high voltage systems
    • Experience designing and building mechanical and/or structural systems
    • Embedded software experience
    • Experience with version control (SVN, git, etc.) and/or PLM (ePDM, Teamcenter, Windchill, etc.) tools
Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here [link to]