09 September 2022

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Armstrong Flight Research Center | Pilot

Edwards AFB, CA, United States

Aircraft Pilot (Direct Hire)

Armstrong Flight Research Center

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Edwards AFB, California
  • Starting at $129,946 (GS 13-14)
  • Open 09/08/2022 to 09/12/2022


The Flight Crew Branch at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center is currently seeking a Aircraft Pilot. The duties include piloting modified aircraft conducting airborne science research, and participation in the development, testing, evaluation, certification and reporting for new, advanced aircraft concepts and modified aircraft systems.


  • Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Serves as a Aircraft Pilot in the Flight Operations Branch, which is responsible for the execution of multiple aeronautics and airborne science research projects.
  • Assigned to flight research programs involving objectives, hardware, and instrumentation for which few, if any, previous policies or precedents have been established and often involve state of-the-art equipment and/or take place in remote areas.
  • Advises the Director for Flight Operations and the Chief Pilot on all phases of aircraft and science data gathering activities, flight instructional techniques, air traffic control procedures, and regulations.
  • Maintains proficiency in multiple aircraft and demonstrates expertise in handling all types of in-flight and on-ground emergencies.
  • Evaluates operational compatibility, technical feasibility, and economic viability of structural and instrumentation modifications to research aircraft.
  • Determines the effect various aircraft modifications and flight profiles have on safety-of-flight, aircraft performance and handling characteristics, and overall aircraft flight readiness.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background security investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must be proficient in the English language.
  • At the time of initial appointment, you must possess a current FAA first class medical certificate or a military pilot flight physical; or you must obtain a NASA flight medical certification.


To qualify for this position you must possess:

1. Certificate and Rating: A current Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating or a pilot and instrument rating from the armed services.

2. Flight Hours: A minimum of the following flight time hours:

  • 1,500 hours of flight time as pilot-in-command or co-pilot in aircraft of any weight or category, and;
  • 250 hours pilot-in-command in the (U-2/ER-2), and;
  • 75 hours of night flying, and;
  • 100 hours of flight time in the preceding 12 months.

Specialized experience: To qualify for the GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that includes:

  • Experience as pilot in command in U-2/ER-2 or transport aircraft;
  • Participating on a team conducting remote/deployed operations.

Specialized experience: To qualify for the GS-14, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level that includes:

  • Experience as pilot in command in U-2/ER-2 or transport aircraft and experience performing flying research, flight test, or airborne testbed aircraft;
  • Participating in design, evaluation or management of aircraft modifications.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience . Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

- Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
-Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.