The Maintenance Test Pilot utilizes flight test techniques to perform test flights of aircraft to measure performance and handling to determine airworthiness following maintenance or modifications.
Typical duties include the following, although specific duties vary by assignment or contract)
Perform test flights and demonstrating aircraft proficiency upon completion of aircraft maintenance or modifications on aircraft.
Interpret meteorological data as it pertains to filing a flight plan for the navigational course of flight needed for a mission or sortie.
File flight plans for all flights using authorized navigational processes.
Compute weight and balance logs for the aircraft being flown.
Initiate and complete all military flight or maintenance forms to document maintenance test flight completion and discrepancies.
Communicate, troubleshoot, advise and work side by side with military pilots and technicians.
Determine in accordance with publications and procedures the airworthiness of aircraft prior to release for flight.
Perform recovery flights and ferries aircraft to additional sites, such as depots.
Perform troubleshooting procedures of aircraft on the ground and during flight and makes appropriate write-ups or gives verbal instructions to correct deficiencies.
Verify forms and records used in the performance of maintenance to ensure they comply with work performed prior to ground or flight checks.
Run-up aircraft for alert status to perform test on modifications.
Deploy when required to support contract requirements when maintenance test flights are anticipated.
Interpret meteorological data as it pertains to filing a flight plan for the navigational course of flight needed for a sortie and files a flight plan for all flights using authorized processes.
Ferry flights as assigned
Ensure proper documentation is chronicled.
As qualified may perform as site safety specialist (only for the site where the Chief Pilot resides) and / or additional duties safety officer functions.
May be designate as a Foreign Object Elimination / Foreign Object Debris (FOE / FOD) Program Administrator.
Must be capable of Aircraft Technical Inspection (TI) as additional duty.
May support AS9100-AS9110 internal audits, corrective action requests, assist section, department, and / or program in developing plans to correct identified shortfalls.
May assist with continual improvement initiatives.
As qualified may perform Aviation Safety Official duties as directed
As qualified may perform Chief or Lead pilot duties as designated by the Site Supervision.
Perform other qualified duties as assigned
Knowledge & Skills
Demonstrated proven and verifiable aviation experience including ethics, ability and professionalism of the highest standards are required for this position.
Must have demonstrated communication skills, both oral and written. Must be fluent in the English language.
Working knowledge for operating navigational and communication equipment installed on the aircraft.
Capable of computing and annotating weight and balance logs for the aircraft.
Able to pass flight proficiency examinations required by the customer.
Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance if required.
Must be able to Read, Write and Communicate effectively in English
Experience & Education
Completion of high school or equivalent and military flight and applicable training courses are required IAW 95-20
At least ten years of aviation maintenance experience required
Must be proficient in flying operations of the aircraft they are assigned.
Must possess an instrument rating on their FAA Commercial Certificates; no waivers will be granted.
Must meet the qualification requirements of AR 95-20.
Must have successfully completed Army Maintenance Test Pilots Course (MTPC) or complete an equivalency evaluation IAW AR 95-1 and 95-20.
Must complete US Army Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course (AMOC) Phase II or complete an equivalency evaluation IAW AR 95-1 and 95-20.
Must successfully complete annual flight evaluation conducted IAW AR 95-1 and the appropriate Aircrew Training Manual, where (1) Evaluation conducted by an Army / Government Test Flight Evaluator (MTFE) will conduct this evaluation, and (2) When the MDS is not supported by the US Army, the evaluator will be approved by AFMD Director.
Chief Pilot qualifications will additionally have three years of experience with flight records management and a working knowledge of the Army STAMIS Flight Records management system.
Must meet the experience requirements of AFR55-22, NOTAMS, AR95-10, AR95-20 and DCMA-8210 pertaining to each aircraft prior to acting in the capacity of pilot-in-command on maintenance test flights.
Must possess a valid FAA commercial pilot certificate with instrument ratings.
Must have satisfactorily completed a proficiency check within the previous 12 months.
Must undergo and successfully complete (initially and annually) a flight physical IAW Army Regulation 95-20, service guidance contained in AR 40-501, AR 95-1, and the appropriate Aircrew Training Manual.
Must undergo and successfully complete initially and annually thereafter an Army or FAA Class II flight physical.
Must possess a current valid Army or FAA Class II Medical Certificate.
Physical Requirements / Working Environment
May be exposed to extreme noise from turbine and jet engine aircraft.
May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; may be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
May be exposed to a wide variety of operational circumstances, including extreme weather conditions and rudimentary infrastructure.
Must be able to distinguish color and judge three-dimensional depth.
Must be able to see aircraft in flight, read dials / gauges, identify small objects and hand tools.
Must be physically capable of climbing vertical ladders or built-in aircraft steps to heights of 10-12 feet.
May be exposed to chemical mist, gas, vapors, ultra-violet and infrared radiation.
May be required to lift to 50 pounds to a height of four (4) feet and be required to lift to 20 pounds to a height of seven (7) feet.
May be exposed to certain obstructions on the surface as well as ladders, stairs, etc.
May be exposed to rapid or extreme temperature changes.
May be required to travel domestically and internationally on short notice, to austere environments, under harsh living conditions.
Aviation / Support