22 January 2023

Piper Aircraft | Test Pilot

Vero Beach, FL, United States

Sr. Engineer, IPT - Flight Test Pilot (Full Time)
Department: All Openings, Engineering


Support the Flight Operations Lead Engineer and the overall product development Integrated Product Team (IPT) in support of aircraft development, company, and certification flight tests. This position will entail the preparation of flight test cards, participation in pre/post-flight briefings, execution of test flights and documentation of test results. Preparation of Flight Test Plans, Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA), Type Inspection Reports (TIR), and Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH).


* Act as pilot-in-command for Piper experimental test operations aircraft during the conduct of flight test activities related to the development and certification of Piper products

* Coordinate project-specific flight and ground crew logistics including pre-flight briefings, post-flight briefings, duty day restrictions, travel, transportation, and, especially, test hazard mitigation requirements

* Conduct research, development and certification flight tests, to assure test aircraft comply with company requirements and/or applicable Civil and Federal Aviation Regulations (CAR and FAR).

* Create, revise, review, and approve technical and compliance documents subject to the Piper ODA

* Prepare Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH) and Flight Manuals.

* Support the Piper safety management system and participate in related activities

* Liaise with other departments as the Experimental Flight Test subject matter expert

* Mentor less experienced flight test pilots

* Complete required initial and recurrent safety training

* Participate in general IPT project meetings as required during the development of a specific project

* Support the IPT, as required, in the preparation of material for presentation at design and program reviews

* Perform other related duties as required


* May be required to supervise, train and assist other flight test personnel


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in the following section are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Candidate must qualify for an FAA 2nd Class Medical.



* Requires a Bachelors’ Degree in a Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering discipline, with continued advanced training in Flight Test Engineering

* 10 - 15 years of flight test experience with a minimum of 5 years as an active flight test pilot with experience related to Stability and Control, Performance, Avionics, Mechanical Systems, and or, Powerplant Systems

* FAA certificates/ratings (commercial pilot license, multi-engine and instrument ratings), and comprehensive knowledge of aircraft design, testing and certification are necessary to perform the duties of this position

* Familiarity with 14CFR Part 23 regulations and associated guidance material


* Strong preference for candidates with documented CFR Part 23 or Part 25 experience as a DER or ODA UM

* Experience as an ODA Unit Member (Test Pilot and/or Flight Analyst)

* Consulting DER Appointment (Test Pilot and/or Flight Analyst)

* Candidate must be able to qualify for ODA test pilot appointment within one year of employment with the Company

* Test Pilot School Graduate

* Graduate degree in engineering or related field preferred


The employee must possess the ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external customers in both written and oral form

Piper Aircraft Health Plan Overview:

Core Health Benefits:

* Medical

  • Dental
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Short-Term Disability (STD)
  • Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness
  • Universal Life (Whole Life Policy)
  • Hospital StayPay

* Vision

Piper Provided Benefits (Basic):

* Basic Life

* Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Benefits:

* Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA & DCA)

* Long-Term Disability (LTD Buy- Up)

Trustmark Voluntary Plans:

* Accident Plan

* Preferred Legal Plan

Piper Aircraft Time Off:

16 days of PTO (Paid Time Off)

11 Holidays



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