The NASA / Dryden AOS Aircrew member performs duties in support of the operations of all aircraft assigned to Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). Pilots, Mission Planners / Navigators and Flight Engineers will plan and/or fly sorties for NASA and NASA customers to ensure that quality products and safe operations are provided as tasked. DFRC aircraft are operated to meet both Center and Agency platform, research, and support aircraft requirements. DFRC aircraft are located at main campus (Edwards Air Force Base, California) and Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (DAOF) located in Palmdale, California. Deployed operations, both CONUS and OCONUS, are routine for these aircrew positions.
Conduct aircrew duties on a wide variety of aircraft to include, but not limited to: Boeing 747SP, DC-8, Gulfstream II and III, Beechcraft King Air, C-20A, ER-2 (U-2), F-18 A/B, F-15 B/D, MQ-1 Predator, RQ-4 Global Hawk, T-34C, TG-14.
Conduct flight operations in accordance with FAA, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), and other applicable directives, regulations, and instructions.
Must maintain performance standards in accordance with directives, training plans and Flight Crew Branch policies to include:
- Knowledge of safety precautions
- Knowledge of airfield operations
- Demonstrate Emergency Bold Face procedures from memory
- Knowledge of aircraft systems, limitations and ATC regulations / procedures
Must maintain proficiency, currency, and annual requirements in accordance with NPR 7900.3C, NPR 7900.4C, DOP-O-300, and DOP-O-301 as applicable.
- NASA will provide training and qualification checks for aircrew, including required periodic simulator training
- NASA authorized flight surgeon will provide periodic flight physicals for aircrew
Performs any and all on-site tasks necessary at operation locations for a safe, secure, and professional operation.
- Includes direct support to any administrative or flight operations scheduling / record keeping as needed
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- Should possess knowledge and first-hand experience necessary to succeed as a government contractor providing direct support to the Prime Contractor and NASA DFRC staff as required.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Must be able to create, maintain and update briefings and statistical reporting.
- Must be able to qualify for a Department of Defense SECRET security clearance.
- Must be able to pass random drug screenings. (Mandatory)
- Must possess a current US passport, valid through period of employment. (Mandatory)
- Formal military training in expected duties (with DD 214 annotating AFSC / MOS qualification) or applicable civilian experience (Highly Desired)
- Pilot (Instructor Pilots / Pilots) candidates must possess an FAA commercial pilot license with instrument, multi-engine, and single-engine land ratings or a pilot and instrument rating from the armed services (Mandatory); a bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited university or college (Mandatory), with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, physical science, life science, or mathematics (Desired); a minimum of 1,500 hours of pilot in command (PIC) flight time (Mandatory); and must meet the security requirements of the position and pass a NASA Flight Medical Certification (Mandatory)
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