11 May 2023

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) | Pilot

Newport News, VA, United States

Fighter Pilot - ATAC -303121

Who We Are

Textron Systems is part of Textron, a $14 billion, multi-industry company employing 35,000 talented makers, thinkers, creators and doers worldwide. We make things that fly, hover, zoom and launch. Things that move people. Protect soldiers. Power industries. We serve customers in industries spanning aerospace and defense, specialized vehicles, turf care and fuel systems.

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) seeks fighter pilots to fly various fighter aircraft. ATAC provides airborne Adversary, Red Air, Aggressor and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training support for the Department of Defense.

About ATAC

ATAC is a division of Textron Airborne Solutions. ATAC provides tactical flight training and Adversary, Red Air and Aggressor services to the U.S. Navy, Marines and the US Air Force. ATAC operates simultaneously across four permanent sites spanning the CONUS, Hawaii and the Pacific. ATAC proudly provides the highest quality live training to 4 th and 5 th Generation aircrew in Squadrons, Air Wings, and Battle Groups conducting unit level continuation training, pre-deployment spin-up training, large force employment training, or aircrew conversion training. ATAC was the first civilian organization to support the USAF’s F-22 Raptors as well as the USN’s and USMC’s F-35 Lightning IIs.


Fly the Dassault Mirage F-1, the IAI F-21 Kfir, the Hawker Mk-58 Hunter, or the AERO Vodochody L-39 Albatros, in regular support of US Navy, Marine Corps, and US Air Force training and readiness missions. Fly in support of 4 th and 5 th Generation Fighter operational and conversion syllabus and continuation training missions. Support surface fleet pre-deployment training and large force employment missions. Conduct flight operations from any of ATAC’s four permanent facilities (Newport News Virginia, Pt Mugu NAS California, Fallon NAS California, Kaneohe Bay MCAS Hawaii), or deployed locations. Deploy as required to locations including but not limited to Key West NAS, Fallon NAS, Beaufort MCAS, Jacksonville NAS, Lemoore NAS, Eglin AFB, Charleston Intl Airport, Jacksonville Intl Airport, Cherry Point MCAS, and various USAF, USN, USMC bases throughout Alaska, Guam, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

Job Responsibilities

  • Employ the ATAC fighter aircraft throughout their flight envelope as a surrogate Adversary, Red Air, Aggressor or Close Air Support pilot for US Navy, Marine Corps and USAF aircrew, JTAC, surface fleet, large force employment exercise, or intercept controller training.
  • Maintain FAA instrument currency, Second Class medical certification, and adversary mission qualifications and associated mission currencies, to include low level, dynamic mission, and unlimited air combat tactics maneuvering in the high-G environment.
  • Attend mass briefings, adversary coordination briefings and other pre-flight briefings. Plan and fly adversary missions. Accomplish flight debriefings and attend mass debriefings.
  • Adhere to all training rules and pre-briefed maneuvering restrictions
  • Collect and disseminate lessons learned.
  • Accomplish necessary ground training prior to flights
  • Deploy as required to support mission requirements
  • Additional Duties: Act as, or support the individual responsible for, pilot Scheduling, Training, NATOPS/Standards & Evaluation, Safety, or other Program Management duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Previously qualified DoD-trained Fighter Pilot
  • Previously qualified 4-Ship/Division Flight Lead
  • 700 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) of any fixed wing DOD-owned/operated fighter aircraft
  • 1200 hours total PIC of a military tactical aircraft
  • 100 hours PIC at night
  • Logged 100 hours PIC time in the past 12 months
  • Current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate
  • FAA Commercial Certificate with Instrument Privileges
  • Secret Security Clearance, US Citizen

Desired Qualifications

  • USAF WIC graduate, USAF adversary qualification
  • TPS graduate
  • DoD military Instructor Pilot qualification
  • Mission Commander qualification
  • Military or Civilian Flight Examiner qualification
  • Functional Check Flight Pilot qualification
  • NVG Instructor, CRM Instructor
  • FAA CFI(I) Certificate
  • Familiarization with DoD Commercial Air Services industry
  • FAA Authorized Experimental Aircraft (AEA) privileges (list types)
  • DoD Safety School or Board President Course graduate
  • Squadron Command experience
  • Active fighter flying (for each fighter type, provide total hours, date of last sortie)
  • Actively flying (provide 1-year look-back per active aircraft type)

EEO Statement

Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pay Transparency Policy Statement

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise, have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including US Citizenship, for access to classified information. Recruiting Company Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)

Primary Location US-Virginia-Newport News
Other Locations US-California, US-Virginia
Job Field Flight Operations
Schedule Full-time
Job Level Individual Contributor
Shift First Shift
Travel Yes, 15 % of the Time
Job Posting 04/07/2023, 9:24:36 AM

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