Amentum provides contract support for the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center and Nationally implementing the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program at the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center.  Amentum is seeking to hire an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Pilot -- Visual Observer. This posi

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot – Visual Observer

Amentum • 
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:

Amentum provides contract support for the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center and Nationally implementing the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program at the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center.  Amentum is seeking to hire an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Pilot -- Visual Observer. This position involves geospatial data collection, mapping, GIS database development and management, Global Positioning System (GPS) and environmental/GIS database management services in support at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center and national programs located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Pilot – Visual Observer works within a team environment and performing UAS operations to collect and process UAS collected mapping data withing the GIS Program at the FAA William J Hughes Technical Center. This position will use a variety of aerial platforms, image gathering hardware, and related software to produce high-resolution maps and data sets. The GIS Technician will work closely with the Lead UAS pilot and be capable of serving as Remote Pilot in Command and/or Visual Observer during data acquisition flights and UAS - GIS Program operations as needed.

Duties include UAS remote sensed data collection, storage, quality assurance, and analysis of spatial data, spatial data creation, maintenance, and development and providing general GIS Program support in a team environment.

Location: Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City, NJ

Key Responsibilities:

  • Operate as the Visual Observer and/or Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC), responsible for flight planning, flight execution and risk management, handling, processing and review.

  • Conduct pre-flight planning to include operational briefings, analyzing weather forecasts, Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), and airspace requirements.

  • Plan and implement operational risk management review for each mission.

  • Validate mission specific UAS/sensor capabilities, functions, sensor integration, suitability.

  • Conduct pre-flight planning, safety briefings, checklists, FAA airspace and airport tower coordination, and ensures overall mission-readiness Perform drone pre-flight inspections, evaluate the mission and environment for tall structures, power poles, towers, other obstructions, various payload operations, camera settings, lighting conditions, and RGB (red, green, blue) check for thermal and LiDAR sensors.

  • Execute operational needs and mission requirements as required.

  • Document and complete pre/post UAS mission reports.

  • Perform equipment testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

  • Document inventory of UAS spares/components and maintenance actions.

  • Communicate and coordinate with internal and external entities for safe flight operations.

  • Collect, handle and process UAS and related data, photogrammetry, ground surveys and design documents.

  • Perform ground control survey using RTK/PPK GPS survey equipment.

  • Process and evaluate data accuracy and sufficiency, and ensure deliverables meet expectations and professional standards

  • Prepare and complete reports related to collected field data, post flight missions, and pilot and maintenance logbooks

Position Requirements:

  • Possess a current FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.

  • Possess FAA Second Class Medical Certificate.

  • Minimum of 1 years of UAS experience collecting photogrammetry, mapping or related imagery or laser data.

  • UAS mission experience the National Airspace System (NAS).

  • Must have knowledge and experience with planning, coordinating, and executing UAS operations.

  • Must have a minimum of 50 total flight hours operating various UAS platforms, including fixed wing and rotorcraft (100 hours desired).

  • Valid drivers license required.

  • This position requires travel as needed on and off property to transport drone equipment and conduct UAS missions.

  • Very strong technical capacity; ability to learn and master multiple software packages, pieces of hardware and different workflows.

  • Computers and Technology Experience.

No clearance requirement but the contract and/or the site requires US Citizenship to be approved for access. (includes NACI / T1, MRPT, CAC):

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain facility credentials/authorization.

  • Must be a US Citizen

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant internal equity, and alignment with market data.

This position includes a competitive benefits package. For more detailed information on our Benefits and what it is like to work for Amentum: please visit our careers site:


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