Air Vehicle Operator I
· Directs the preparation for and conduct of aircraft ground and flight missions.
· Responsible for oversight and successful execution of elements associated with individual aircraft mission sensors including dissemination connectivity.
· Conducts software, ground, and flight training within specified subject matter expertise.
· Responsible for all elements of aircraft and flight operations to include pre-mission flight planning, air vehicle and ground station pre-flight preparation, air vehicle start-up, and checkout, air vehicle launch, air vehicle in-flight management, including all emergencies and diagnosis of in-flight problems.
· Provides subject matter expertise in all aspects of ground and flight test, operation, and maintenance.
· Begins the preparation of lesson plans, curriculum, and training aids in preparation for an instructor pilot position and to continue professional development.
· Conducts formal classroom, workshops, seminars, and in-flight training under the supervision of a qualified instructor pilot.
· Completes additional internal/external courses to ensure pilot skills are at the highest levels at all times.
· Interfaces with internal/external customers to learn and provide system knowledge within the community.
· Remains current and proficient in a manned aircraft to include instrument approaches.
· Provides site leadership to internal/external pilots as required by the customer or contract.
Minimum Experience / Education Requirements:
· High School diploma or equivalent.
· Active Secret security clearance.
· Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating and a minimum of 300 hours of manned flight time.
· Prefer deployment experience and piccolo autopilot.
· Minimum of one to three years of relative experience and knowledge of basic UAS flight systems and operations.