Flight Test Operator

Palo Alto, CA
Flight Testing /
Full-time /
Pivotal is the leader in the emerging market of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. We design, develop, and manufacture light eVTOL aircraft and are renowned for the BlackFly, the first light eVTOL to fly manned missions and enter the consumer market.

Efficient, compact, and simple, Pivotal vehicles are designed for a wide range of consumer, public service, and defense applications. Our distinctive tilt-aircraft architecture and scalable platform have been in development, preparing to enter the market for over 10 years. We recently announced our next-generation aircraft, the Helix, planned for general release and scalable production in January 2024.

Mobility is one of the most highly-valued areas of technology investment today. This is the right company, in the right space, the right strategy, at the right time. We invite you to join our amazing team and grow with us.


    • Keep aircraft fleet flight-ready
    • Execute test plans with unmanned aircraft to test and optimize BlackFly’s operational system and validate new hardware and software changes
    • Assemble, preflight, and maintain aircraft and ground equipment at flight testing sites
    • Become immersed in the design, operation, and maintenance of our aircraft
    • Develop hands-on experience with aircraft subsystems
    • Strategize with the team to coordinate logistics and validate aircraft 
    • Maintain aircraft airframe, electronics and other components for operational
    • Troubleshoot and perform repairs and upgrades
    • Cooperate with the team as pilot-in-command (PIC) for Part 107 operations
    • Suggest and/or implement design and process improvements
    • Compile and document findings, results of tests, quality or safety concerns
    • Conduct UAV flight testing with Flight Testing Team at test sites (you may do up to 25% travel, surveying sites or training
    • A flexible work schedule may be an option Ex: 10hrs -12 hrs/day for 4 days/week


    • Demonstrated hands-on experience through past work, training and/or personal projects
    • Strong attention to detail and safety-oriented mindset
    • Comfortable managing and manipulating data and documentation
    • Able to write in a clear and concise manner

Preferred Qualifications

    • Familiarity with electronics, batteries, motors, sensors and composites used in UAVs
    • Part 107 Certificate
    • Private Pilots License a plus
    • A&P Mechanic a plus 
    • Interest in RC planes, quadcopters, or aviation

Personal Attributes

    • Thrive in a fast-moving, stimulating, and collaborative team environment
    • Resourceful, curious, never satisfied with the status quo
    • Strong work ethic, organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask
    • Always thinking about how to increase efficiency and improve processes
    • Proactive about solving problems and suggesting solutions
    • Strong work ethic and detail-oriented
    • Love for learning and being challenged
Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States and willing to work onsite at our HQ office in Palo Alto, CA.

Pivotal offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and 401k plans.

Pivotal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pivotal does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.