14 May 2022

Textron Aviation | Test Pilot

Arlington, TX, United States


Experimental Test Pilot



Incumbent will plan, execute and report on experimental flight test in helicopters and possibly tilt rotor aircraft, conduct other flight test operations as required, maintain flight currency as required, and travel in support of Bell Textron flight operations as required. Incumbent will complete test planning, flight evaluations, flight test analysis, and flight test reports as required.


+ Plan, execute and report on engineering and experimental test flights of new aircraft and/or systems.

Demonstrate safe, effective and efficient test planning and execution, applying crew resource management principles with flight crew, telemetry engineers, ATC, chase aircraft, etc.

Be a positive and constructive member of the test pilot team and project teams as assigned to maximize unity of effort and ensure successful accomplishment of the test program.

Make recommendations as to operational effectiveness of systems, aircraft handling qualities and design improvements.

+ Serve as a consultant to management and as an external spokesman for Bell on major matters and programs.

+ Perform additional tasks and acquire varying responsibilities as appropriate.



+ Must be a graduate of an approved test pilot school.

+ Minimum of an FAA commercial rotorcraft helicopter instrument rating.

+ Minimum of 2000 hours total time in rotary wing aircraft with not less than 1000 hours as pilot in command and possess a current FAA Class I or II medical certificate.

+ Three years’ experience in vertical lift flight test and systems development.

+ Minimum of 100 hours of developmental, engineering or experimental flight test time.

+ Must be a U.S Citizen.

+ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work with design engineers, flight test crews, and maintenance personnel.

+ Must be willing and able to travel domestically and internationally in support of test programs.

+ Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance.


+ Strongly preferred: Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Unit Member experience.

+ Minimum of 1000 hours V-22 flight time.

+ Be current for or able to meet Naval Aviation Water Survival Physiology training requirements.

EEO Statement

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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.

Job Flight Operations

Primary Location US-Texas-Arlington

Recruiting Company Bell Textron Inc.

Schedule Full-time

Job Level Individual Contributor

Shift First Shift

Req ID: 302309