Flight Crew Test Operator

Textron Blackstone , VA 23824

Posted 4 months ago

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems businesses are industry leading developers and integrators of unmanned systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, geospatial management and analysis systems, intelligence software solutions, precision weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total lifecycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems' businesses consist of Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, Unmanned Systems, Weapon & Sensor Systems and TRU Simulation Training.


  • Will serve as an Aerosonde crewmember in support of sustainment operations. Duties will include primarily operating as an Aerosonde acceptance test operator and electrical test specialist supporting Aerosonde production. Additional duties will include emplacement / displacement / inspection / disposition / repair and replenishment of associated equipment as well as proper notation of logbooks, flight records, and COLTS.

  • Perform as a Subject Matter Expert for operator and maintenance related issues. Participate in site surveys and demos for customers.

  • Provide technical and operational expertise for training device hardware and software development, testing, and utilization. Interface with hardware, software, and human systems integration engineering personnel to support product improvement.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Operational support of Aerosonde SUAS

  • Perform as aircraft operator, sensor operator, engine mechanic, composite technician, and/or maintainer / crew chief

  • Travel and deploy worldwide as required

  • Direct interface with customer

  • Work in groups or independently with minimal or no supervision

  • Will be required to work odd shifts, weekends, and/or extended hours

  • Responsible for data management and generation

  • Provides general logistics functions

  • Troubleshoot technical problems and issues and determines technical solutions


Preferred candidate will have: Bachelor's Degree with 3 years related experience or an Associate's Degree with 5 years related experience or High School/equivalent with 7 years of related experience

Minimum requirement is that the candidate holds at least one of the following certifications:

  • Aerosonde Operator

  • Aerosonde Maintainer

Candidate must be able to safely and effectively perform the duties of an aircraft operator, sensor operator, and maintainer without supervision, including flight and ground equipment setup/maintenance as well as logs and records. Ability to coordinate flight schedules, airspace, resources, frequency management, and other aspects of flight operations. FAA licenses or certificates such as private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI, CFI-I, A&P are highly desirable.

Basic computer skills are required; computer networking experience is desired.

Must communicate effectively with internal and external customers both verbally and in writing, and possess strong leadership skills.

Experience in troubleshooting and repair of Unmanned Air Vehicle systems a plus.

Prior military service a desired plus.

Must be deployable to various OCONUS locations.

Relocation to VA required.

Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain/maintain a government security clearance.

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