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Flight Test Pilot

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Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force.

The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is looking for a Full-Time Flight Test Pilot (GS-2181-14) to work at the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) in the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), at the 704 Test Group, 586 Flight Test Squadron, at Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, NM.

This position has a typical 2022 salary range of $129,564- $168,431.

Announcement Closes: 8 July 2022

• This position MAY be eligible for incentives. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official
• This position MAY be eligible for Student Loan Repayment (SLR) incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.

Not eligible for telework

In this position you will serve as a squadron test pilot conducting experimental flight tests using C-12 and T-38 aircraft.

The 586 FLTS operates modified T-38C and C-12 aircraft which conduct experimental flight test activities for the Department of Defense. The squadron specializes in rapid prototyping and experimentation that have high impact at relatively low dollar cost. Operations are conducted primarily near Holloman AFB and the White Sands Missile Range region. A substantial portion of these activities include deployments throughout the CONUS including Alaska and other locations. Test operations depend on customer needs and the capabilities of our test aircraft. New configurations, envelop expansion, and operations with new technology are regular features of 586 FLTS operations.

The pilot can fly the T-38A/C and the C-12F/J—i.e. dual qual in both platforms dependent on the pilot’s history. The pilot, as a government civilian, acts as the squadron’s operations continuity to ensure sustained high quality operations through the ebb and flow of active-duty military members. The incumbent will be qualified in all mission elements which include chase/low-level/LASDT/FCF, and T-38 intercept/BFM/ACBT. Fighter/Fast-Jet Instructor experience is required. Test experience in developmental or operational test environments is desired. Being a graduate of a military test pilot school or weapons instructor course, is highly desired. The member must be able to hold a TS/SCI security clearance. Non-flying duties can include any of the normal operations functions such as Training, Stan-Eval, and Safety.

In the near (2-3 year) future the 586FLTS anticipates expanding its mission set to service the 704th Test Group’s Dynamic Radar Cross Section Measurement System (DRMS). The DRMS mission is forecast to support a variety of aircraft to include the F-35. This position will serve as an initial cadre for the 586 FLTS support to DRMS which may require an F-35 qualification. As such, fighter experience is highly desired and fighter-class aircraft RCS measurement flight test experience is desired. Triple qualification is not expected for this position. Pilot can expect to qualify in the T-38A/C and the C-12F/J, and eventually transition to a DRMS aircraft along with one of the aforementioned squadron-owned proficiency aircraft.


-U.S. Citizenship
-Obtain & maintain TS/SCI
-This is a designated Drug Testing Position
-Certifications/Licensure as necessary per 2181 fixed-winged pilot requirements
-Financial Management Statement (as applicable)
-Maintain USAF pilot physical standards
-Requires qualifications and documented skills to conduct flight tests with single and/or multi-engine aircraft with a minimal crew and substantial degree of hazard
-Functions as a mission commander or pilot in command of missions
-Carries out special projects that have managerial complexities and potentially substantial uncertainties and risks

Mastery of USAF aircraft operations, aircrew training, aircrew standardization and evaluation, aerospace resource management, aircrew life support, aircraft and aircrew safety, and aircraft flight test management; systems and operating procedures, advanced instrument techniques, aerobatic maneuvers, close formation flying, high-speed low-level flight, aerial refueling, aggressor and defensive combat, and range missions with ordnance, as well as knowledge of high-performance fighter aircraft, and of the operation, characteristics, and limitations of the corresponding aircraft simulator.

Knowledge of the methods, AF principles, practices, and programs related to curriculum development, instructional techniques, and training resources. Single and Multi-Engine Functional Check Flight and Operational Test Flight experience required.

Knowledge of the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) process, requirements of fighter pilot training, and the pilot training syllabus.

Skill in the use of a variety of computer applications and software, to include simulator systems sufficient to meet desired learning objectives and to demonstrate flying procedures and maneuvers.

Skill in review and analysis techniques and methods to appraise assigned programs or projects; identify needs and solutions; develop goals, policies, and procedures; monitor progress; and evaluate success.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing, clearly, concisely and with technical accuracy.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and restriction from the workplace. More information may be found at:

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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.

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