At Elroy Air, we are building autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems that will change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air has so much potential! It’s much faster than by land or sea, but before recent developments in perception, autonomy, electric

Flight Test Operations Manager

Elroy Air • 
South San Francisco, California, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Job Description:
At Elroy Air, we are building autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems that will change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air has so much potential! It’s much faster than by land or sea, but before recent developments in perception, autonomy, electric powertrain and aerospace materials - air transport has remained expensive. We’re going to change that. And we’re solving big problems; the commercial express logistics industry worldwide needs faster + better transport and spends $140B annually, and our men and women in uniform need a reliable unmanned aerial cargo delivery system.
 
Our future partners and customers are responding enthusiastically. As we prepare to fly our vehicles with customers, we are looking for people like you: motivated teammates excited by this mission and by the rare opportunity to develop a world-class autonomous aerial logistics system. You will play a critical role in bringing the Elroy Air system to the world.
 
As Flight Operations Manager, you will contribute to our growing aircraft flight test team. You will be responsible for coordinating flight operations from both a flight worthiness approval and logistical standpoint. An ideal candidate for this role will be excited at the prospect of working out in the field several days per week during the flight campaign building time and cycles on a novel aircraft system. You should have a strong demonstrated passion for aviation in model aircraft, UAS, and/or manned flight. This role requires a solid foundation of the basic principles of how aircraft fly (fixed wing and rotorcraft) and their subsystems.
 
What You'll Own
  • Organizing and leading the execution of flight tests, flight readiness reviews, and flight debriefs
  • Developing flight, and ground, operations manuals and supporting documentation as necessary to operate the vehicles and participating in the development of company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Interacting with the Airworthiness & Safety authorities to ensure airworthiness and safety standards are implemented
  • Organizing flight operations logistics including: aircraft transportation and storage, coordinating facilities and infrastructure resources, etc.
  • Performing the airworthiness, safety, environmental, and operational planning with the host Test Range
  • Interacting with certification engineers to ensure all program's operational certifications standards are achieved and addressed
  • Perform flight test engineering duties including test card preparation, test direction and other control room responsibilities
  • Providing operational feedback for the development and validation of aircraft CONOPs
Job Requirements:
Our ideal candidate has
  • Recent flight test or operational experience with large UAS Systems
  • Intimate knowledge of General Operating and Flight Rules (14 CFR Part 91)
  • Familiarity with FAR part 135
  • Experience as a UAS pilot
  • Strong communication, listening, and decision making skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in operating new systems in a R&D environment
  • Able to adapt to shifting priorities and goals
  • Ability to communicate clearly even under high pressure situations
  • Maintain focus during extended flight operations
  • Comfortable working in an outdoor environment, multiple days a week, where you may be exposed to rain, snow, and extreme heat or cold
  • Ability to travel and be deployed on projects domestic and international
Bonus points for
  • Fixed Wing and/or Rotorcraft Commercial Certificate
  • Flight test DER qualification
  • Experience with multiple autopilots (Piccolo, Pixhawk, etc)
  • Background in risk analysis and mitigation
Elroy Air values and strives for diversity in our workforce and does not discriminate based on applicant identity in accordance with equal employment opportunities and federal, state, and local law. We define diversity as a variety of perspectives, life experiences, and backgrounds which form a person's identity. This includes not just gender identity and race, but also; ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, religion, age, ability, parenthood status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any combination of these characteristics.
 
We encourage you to apply even if you aren't an exact match for our open role, many of our team members come from nontraditional backgrounds.
 
All employees will be screened through E-Verify.
 
This position will require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please note that any offer for employment will be conditioned on any required authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations necessary to perform the responsibilities of the position.
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