Flight Test Pilot CHAG229225224132HQ


Eligibility Requirements

US Citizenship

Career Category


Job Summary

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army. The Army values diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and skills, which connects employees to organizations that are committed to building an inclusive work environment where they can contribute to their fullest potential.

The Redstone Test Center's mission is to provide technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities to plan, conduct, analyze, and report the results of tests on missile and aviation systems, sensors, subsystems and components. The primary purpose of establishing this position is to provide a highly skilled experimental Flight Test Pilot assigned to the Aviation Flight Test Directorate, U.S. Army Redstone Test Center to perform duties as an experimental Flight Test Pilot at Redstone Test Center, 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 $151,145 per year (Includes locality pay).

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct flight tests evaluation for multitude of aircraft and aviation system acquisition programs.
  • Conduct developmental flight tests that encompasses aircraft performance and flying qualities, aircraft systems performance and operations characteristics of new or modified military helicopters and airplanes.
  • Conduct aircraft systems tests that include weapon systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasures 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

Who May Apply: US Citizens
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Certificates and Ratings:
Candidates must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; both meet the intent of the requirement. If an agency decides, for example, not to accept the military rating, the rationale for the decision should be based upon the requirements of the position and should be thoroughly described in agency operating material. For flight instructor positions, the FAA Flight Instructor Certificate or the military equivalent rating is also required. 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 or appropriate U.S. military ratings. Positions that require flying or instructing in flying both airplanes and helicopters require 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 official orders, 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. *You must submit supporting documentation for this requirement.
This position has a medical requirement:
At the time of initial appointment, candidates for all pilot positions must possess a current first or second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; both meet the intent of the requirement.
*You must submit supporting documentation for this requirement.
Flight Experience:
Candidates must demonstrate possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recency of flight experience. The categories in which candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency relate to (1) the general knowledge and skills to pilot the aircraft, and (2) the specific knowledge and skills related to the particular position being filled. Only that flight experience that is directly related to the work of the position is required for purposes of establishing minimum eligibility.
NOTE: The Command is in the process of requesting approval to waive and/or modify the OPM Qualifications Standard for the 2181 Occupational series which may impact the minimum eligibility requirements for this position. Until approval is granted, the minimum eligibility requirements listed below apply.
Minimum Eligibility Requirement - Flight Experience- This position requires specialized flight experience. Applicants for this position must meet certain minimum flight hour requirements, including recent flight experience due to the hazardous nature of our operations. Minimum (IOR) individual occupational requirements are: 1). Total flight time 1750 hours, 2). Pilot in command 1150 hours, 3). Night flying 75 hours, 4). Heavy multi-engine airplane/heavy helicopter 500 hours (heavy is defined as gross takeoff weight in excess of 12,500 pounds), and 5). 100 hours of flying time in the last 12 months (Can be achieved in either fixed wing or rotary wing).
(NOTE: documentation of flight hours must be provided at time of application).
Please review the OPM qualification standard for specific flight requirements: Aircraft Operation Series 2181 (opm.gov).

Specialized Experience

In addition to meeting the individual occupational qualification requirements above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the NH-03 or GS 13 grade level in the Federal service that includes: 1) Conduct aircraft systems tests that include factors such as; sophisticated weapons systems, electro-optical sensors, and threat countermeasure suites; and; 2) Gather information during flight tests such as; quantitative and qualitative data from which the performance and stability characteristics of the aircraft may be defined; and 3) Serve as a Rotary or Fixed Wing Flight Test Pilot for aviation system acquisition programs.
This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (NH-03 or GS-13).


Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
Additional information
  • 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 $151,145 per year (Includes locality pay).
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must attach to your application a copy of official flight records which may include: DA-759, DA-759-1, or equivalent.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP-64) - Aviation position.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED. You will be evaluated based on your level of competency in the following areas:

Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described above. If your resume includes a photograph/inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility/qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position. For additional information on what to include in your resume, click here.
You will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application will be used to determine eligibility and qualifications for this position. If determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectee must meet position requirements for Test and Evaluation certification within 48 months as of entrance on duty.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Business travel is required up to 70%, travel may include OCONUS locations.
  • Selectee must have an Federal Aviation Administration Medical Certificate, Second Class or military equivalent.
  • Must be a graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School or foreign equivalent.
  • This is a drug testing designated position. Incumbent is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. The employee must meet DoDI 5000.66 requirements applicable to the duties of the position.
  • Selectee must be willing sign a written agreement to remain in Federal service in the position for at least three years.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.

Travel Requirements

Greater than 20% Travel