26 August 2022

General Atomics and Affiliated Companies | Test Pilot

San Diego, CA, United States


Manned Test Pilot

San Diego, California

Date posted 08/24/2022

Job ID 38271BR

Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Experience Level Senior (8+ years)

Job Title Manned Test Pilot

City San Diego

State California

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We have an exciting opportunity in San Diego, California that will be responsible for flight operations including mission planning, briefing, debriefing, Crew Resource Management (CRM), flight plan test reviews, aircraft modification efforts, and company training.


+ Pilot aircraft with responsibility for safety of airplane, passengers, and crew.

+ Undertake ISR flight testing and production as well as normal flight, chase flight and ferry flight

+ Identify and assess advanced technical issues and determine and develop solutions. Coordinate with maintenance personnel to correct aircraft discrepancies.

+ Responsible for ensuring compliance with company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s).

+ Complete, maintain, and track all qualifications associated with aircraft training, pilot currencies, and medical requirements.

+ Conduct VIP level demonstrations for senior level military and commercial customers.

+ Provide leadership and direction to less experienced professional and support staff.

+ Maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

+ Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

+ Ensure all flying operations are conducted in accordance with the Flight Operations Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)

+ Ensure that flight test are conducted within applicable limitations or requirements as appropriate to the aircraft type, modification or test to be conducted.

+ Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

+ Additional Functions other duties as assigned or required.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications:

+ Typically requires education or formal training equivalent to a four-year technical degree and ten or more years of progressive experience in ground and flight test operations. Equivalent professional aviation experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

+ Excellent leadership skills and experiences with proven records. Mange or lead group in aviation

+ Must have a strong aviation background with experience flying modified Restricted/Experimental aircraft.

+ Must demonstrate a complete and detailed understanding of technical principles, theories, and concepts and have excellent organization skills including planning and coordinating work assignments.

+ Must be customer focused and possess Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land (CMEL) Instrument Aircraft rating and current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate.

+ 3000 hours logged total pilot time including 2500 hours Pilot in Command.

+ 750 hours Cross Country.

+ 300 hours Instrument.

+ 2000 hours in turbine aircraft.

+ Ability to travel both domestic and international for extended periods.

+ Understanding of civil and military flying regulations.

+ Excellent presentation, analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees and military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew.

+ Detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.

+ The ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.

+ King Air 350 experience desired.

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DOD clearance as well as customer specific clearance(s) is required.

Travel Percentage Required 0 – 25

Relocation Assistance Provided Not Provided

US Citizenship Required? Yes

Clearance Required? Desired

Clearance Level Secret

Whether you are just starting out in your career or are an experienced professional, GA offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on our Total Rewards package, please click Apply Now below to be directed to the complete job description.

General Atomics is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, transitioning status, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, medical condition, mental disability, physical disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. EEO is the law. We also prohibit compensation discrimination under all applicable laws.