Flight Test Engineer

Sunnyvale, California /
Engineering – Flight Test Engineering /
We are seeking a Flight Test Engineer to work closely with core engineering and operations teams on flight test campaigns for our revolutionary aircraft in Sunnyvale, CA. We’re looking for an engineer who is excited to execute flight test ‘firsts’ and to lay the foundation for enabling safe, efficient operational flight testing.

The Flight Test Engineer will develop test plans, write test cards, participate in flight readiness reviews and hazard assessments, coordinate ground & flight tests, perform data analysis, write test reports and document test results, and troubleshoot issues. This position will also contribute to the development and review of the AFM and other documents by collaborating with multiple teams to provide pertinent information.


    • Acquiring comprehensive knowledge of airship’s systems
    • Building and executing flight test campaigns and associated processes
    • Generating system-level flight test procedures and deriving and tracking flight requirements
    • Collaborating with engineers, flight test pilots, and operations team to develop flight test plans and write flight test cards
    • Planning, organizing, and executing flight test operations
    • Leading daily flight test coordination and communication
    • Analyzing data, documenting results, and troubleshooting obstacles
    • Coordinating with multiple teams in support of flight test objectives and risk hazard assessments
    • Collaborating with multiple teams to develop AFM / POH and other guides, instructions, and training materials


    • 3+ years experience in flight testing, preferably in a prototyping or agile operational environment
    • Experience testing complex flight control, power management, and avionics systems
    • Ability to work closely with engineering and other test personnel to design and execute complex tests and operations in a collaborative environment
    • Experience with designing test instrumentation systems for ground and/or flight testing
    • Experience in FAA certification test programs and thorough knowledge of FARs
    • Familiarity with experimental aircraft airworthiness release process
    • Proficiency in developing manuals and other documentation
    • Proficiency in data analysis with MATLAB, Python, or other scripting tools
    • A strong safety culture
    • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in an applicable engineering field, or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Private Pilot or higher rating
    • Experience with first flight efforts of experimental aircraft
    • Proficiency in aerodynamics, aircraft performance, and/or digital flight controls
    • Proficiency in human factors cockpit/display engineering
    • Understanding of design concepts of mechanical, structural, and/or electrical (including high voltage) systems
    • Proficiency with NASA cFS
    • Proficiency in Solidworks or other 3D CAD programs
    • Experience with version control (SVN, git, etc.) and/or PLM (ePDM, Teamcenter, Windchill, etc.) tools

Compliance Requirements:

    • Criminal background check clearance
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID
    • Drug test clearance wherever applicable

What We Offer!

    • Relocation assistance
    • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan (100% premium paid for individuals, ~70% for dependents)
    • Company-paid life, AD&D, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurances
    • Parental leave
    • Generous PTO + 10 paid holidays
    • 401(k) matching up to 6%
    • Lunch and snacks provided every day, including accommodations for all dietary restrictions
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Monthly cell phone stipend
    • Yearly education stipend to obtain certifications or take classes in your field
    • Mental health benefit
    • Fun events, swag, and the occasional airship ride
    • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and the most talented experts from different fields

LTA Research & Exploration welcomes all candidates to apply including those with limited experience. We understand that candidates with a growth mindset and passion for working on the next chapter in aviation advancement can outweigh experience alone. We celebrate diverse origins and journeys and understand their importance in developing new technology. Rooted in our humanitarian mission, we want to serve the entire globe and have a team that represents those we wish to serve.

Lighter Than Air is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other discriminatory factors prohibited by law.