Flight Test Pilot


Career Category


Job Summary

This is an open continuous announcement. The inital cut-off date for referral is 12 May 2021, and additional referral lists will be created bi-weekly until all vacancies are filled.
The Experimental Flight Test Pilot position is within the Aviation Flight Test Directorate, U. S. Army Redstone Test Center. Responsibilities include research, development, test, and evaluation duties for a multitude of aircraft and aviation systems acquisition programs. Conducts developmental flight tests that encompasses not only aircraft performance and flying qualities, but also aircraft systems performance and operational of new or critically modified military helicopters and airplanes of different classes, makes, and models where aircraft flight characteristics vary widely due to category, configuration, weight, and power differences. Also conducts aircraft systems tests that include sophisticated weapons systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasure suites. Requires expert skill and judgment to conduct developmental flight testing at the most critical flight conditions of loading, speed, maneuvering, and configuration. During test flights, gathers quantitative and qualitative data from which the performance and stability characteristics of the aircraft may be defined. Determines maximum limits for safe operation and aerodynamic stability where a substantial degree of hazard exists to certifying new and distinct aircraft and aircraft modified to the extent that flight characteristics are altered to a pronounced degree.


This position is located at the U.S. Army Test & Evaluation Command, Redstone Test Center, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The NH-04 band is equal to the GS-14 step 1 through GS-15 step 10. This position is subject to the NH-04 Non-Supervisory Professional / Evaluator / Tester / Analyst control point of the ATEC Control Point Policy at $147,154 per year. (Includes locality pay)

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct flight tests evaluations for a multitude of aircraft and aviation system acquisition programs.
  • Conduct developmental flight tests that encompasses aircraft performance and flying qualities, aircraft systems performance and operational characteristics of new or modified military helicopters and airplanes.
  • Conduct aircraft systems tests that include weapon systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasure suites.
  • Create test plans and formal reports, rendering judgments regarding the performance, mission suitability and system safety of the tested aircraft or system.

Job Qualification

You must meet the OPM General Schedule qualifications. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/classifying-general-schedule-positions/standards/2100/gs2181.pdf

To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this position.

Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the positions. Selectee must be an Acquisition Corp member at the time of permenent selection to the position.  Selectee must execute, as condition of appointment, a written agreement to remain in federal service in the position for at least 3 years. This critical acquistion position requires Senior Level III certification in the acquisition career field of Test and Evaluation.

Certificates and Ratings:

Candidates must be a graduate of a military experimental test pilot school.  Acceptable test pilot schools include U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (USAFTPS), Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS), and Ecole du Personnel Navigant d' Essais et de Reception (EPNER).  Attendance to one or more ‘short courses at these schools do not meet this eligibility requirement.  On the job training does not meet this eligibility requirement.

For all grade levels and specializations, candidates must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; both meet the intent of the requirement. If an agency decides not to accept the civil certifications, the rationale for the decision must be based upon the requirements of the position and will be thoroughly described in agency operating procedures. If civil pilot certifications are used to meet eligibility requirements, the pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. For example, a position that involves flying a multi-engine airplane to various destinations under instrument flight rules would require the Commercial Pilot Certificate with the airplane, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. Positions that require flying or instructing in flying both airplanes and helicopters require's a rating in both categories. Only those ratings necessary to perform the work are required.

Note: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide offical orders, individual flight records forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required

Selective Placement Factors:

  • This position requires incumbent to possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating.
  • This position requires the incumbent to be a graduate of a flight test course such as a military flight test school (US Naval Test Pilot School, US Air Force Test Pilot School or foreign equivalent.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have a specific number of flight hours: Total Flight Hours (1750); Pilot in Command Hours (1150); Night Flying (75); Flying Time, Last 12 months (100).  Individual waivers to the flight time requirements may be considered by the agency.
  • Incumbent must possess at the time of appointment a current first or second-class airman medical certificate in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations or equivalent military airman medical clearance.
For further questions please email usarmy.redstone.atec.mbx.rtc-recruiting@mail.mil 


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Travel Requirements

Greater than 20% Travel

Eligibility Requirements

US Citizenship

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