24 April 2024

Albers Aerospace | Pilot

Kaneohe, HI, United States

MQ-9 Pilot

Full Time Professional

Kaneohe Bay Hawaii

Requisition ID: 1070

Salary Range: $85.00 To 85.00 Hourly

Job Title: MQ-9 Pilot CONUS/OCONUS

Department: Unmanned Aviation Svcs

Reports to: Dir, Unmanned Aviation Svcs

Location: MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Full/Part Time: Full-Time/Flex

Remote work authorized: No

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt


Effective Date: 1 July 2023

Security Clearance Req: TOP SECRET


Albers Aerospace was founded on the principles of Integrity, Commitment, & Excellence “ICE”– principles tested during the founders’ time in the military –with the goal of delivering industry leading products and services while endeavoring to make our employee’s lives better.

Job Summary:

Albers Aerospace is seeking a candidate (contingent upon contract award) for a Launch and Recovery or Mission Control Element qualified MQ-9 Pilot to support aviation operations at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and other CONUS/OCONUS locations. The Hawaii position is rotational 90 days on / 90 days off, but permanent relocation to Hawaii is an option for those interested. Relocation pay is available for permanent personnel.


  • Act as pilot in command (PIC) of MQ-9 aircraft and provide safe operation of the aircraft in CONUS and OCONUS locations.
  • Participate in all phases of flight to include planning/briefing, execution, debrief and crew resource management.
  • Adhere to specific military, civilian and ICAO flight rules to include compliance with FAA regulations.
  • Provides expertise in the operation of unmanned aircraft. Develop briefing and training materials to support flight operations.
  • Plans and performs a wide range of in-process analog, digital, microwave, optical and mechanical systems and equipment under ambient and environmental conditions.
  • Technical knowledge and experience with UAS operations to facilitate their integration safely and efficiently into the NAS.
  • This effort requires collaboration with US Government organizations and the Original Equipment manufacturer.
  • Ultimately, technical knowledge and experience to support UAS integration into the NAS without reducing existing capacity, decreasing safety, negatively impacting current operators, or increasing the risk to airspace users or persons and property on the ground any more than the integration of comparable new and novel technologies

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.

Note: The duties and responsibilities described on this document are not necessarily a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; and the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands.

Education, Experience and Certifications Required:


  • Qualified MQ-9 Pilot or previously qualified MQ-9 Pilot (Form 8 within last 3 years)
  • Must have at least 200 hours as MQ-9 Pilot-in-Command (PIC)
  • Must possess current FAA Class II Medical Certificate or DoD equivalent
  • Must have the ability to travel on CONUS/OCONUS deployments
  • Must possess/be able to obtain a US passport
  • Maintaining a DoD Security Clearance is required
  • Prior DoD pilot training, specifically the USAF’s Undergraduate Pilot Training, or USA, USN, USMC, or USCG equivalent fixed wing training program
  • Bachelor Degree (maybe substituted for experience)


  • Initial Formal Training Upgrade (IFTU) training in the MQ-9 via the 18X pipeline or the following FAA certificate/rating: Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category Rating and Instrument-Airplane Rating
  • For non-military pilots, copies of:Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category Rating and Instrument-Airplane Rating or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with an Airplane Category Rating

Provide documentation if not previously qualified in MQ-9 LR: Complex Airplane Endorsement and High Performance Endorsement, Last page of civilian logbook that shows flight hours


  • MQ-9 Instructor/Evaluator Pilot experience
  • 500 MQ-9 flight hours
  • Last flight within 180 days

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to lift 40 pounds and carry without assistance
  • OCONUS travel will be required

What We Offer:

Teammates at Albers Aerospace receive a robust benefits package which includes medical, dental and vision plans, matching 401k, 10 days of PTO the first year and 15 after that, 11 holidays, employer paid term life, AD&D, long and short-term disability, and education and certification reimbursement.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $85.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: In person


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