TEST FLIGHT PILOT 

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize airfreight and lower the cost of shipping in emerging markets. To achieve this, we are developing a new type of cargo airplane, one that is small, unmanned and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport 350 KG over 2,500 KM for a cost that's at least 50% lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and the whole system costs less than a sports car. This is the kind of technology that can transform whole economies.

At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea.

We are starting with domestic air networks in Europe, Australia and Canada with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even that of road transportation.

We believe that same-day shipping should be a human right, and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single pers
on on the planet at a cost that everyone everywhere can afford.

The position of a Test Pilot will give the role holder the opportunity to accomplish new milestones in the aviation industry, through providing comprehensive technical support for experimental aircrafts and helping to deliver the objectives of the Flight Operations department . Extensive knowledge of developing flight test programs for experimental aircrafts in a safe and effective manner is a must for success in the role. The Test Pilot’s responsibilities include flight planning; conducting test flights as Pilot in Command (PIC) or as Second Remote Pilot (SRP; and planning and conducting of ground tests of variety of different systems.

 

In addition, the Test Pilot will work closely with others on engineering design reviews, technical reviews, safety reviews, flight simulator performance evaluation, conduction of flight briefings, drafting flight manuals, operational guidance documents and test results. Nurturing effective relationships with colleagues within a small and agile team is very important as are fostering good connections between different departments such as Design, Avionics, and Manufacturing. Needless to say, teamworking, communication skills and a command of foreign languages are both vital.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as PIC/SRP for the experimental BlackSwan UAV, as well as other aircrafts

  • Write flight test plans, test cards, flight reports, and final test reports

  • Lead and/or participate in system design and design reviews

  • Develop test strategies, test plans and test procedures for the aircraft and its systems

  • Lead and/or participate in ground tests and flight tests as test crew member or test director

  • Write and/or update Pilot Operating Handbooks, related guidance documents and to develop normal and emergency procedures.

  • Must be able to work in a high stress environment when required

REQUIREMENTS

  • Hold a PPL/CPL/ATPL qualification

  • EASA UAS Remote Pilot (Fixed Wing) qualified or equivalent

  • Knowledge of the UAS Implementing Regulations and framework for the safe operation of UAS within the Open, Specific and Certified Category

  • Be independent and motivated; able to self‐direct and manage time effectively

  • Knowledge of European (EASA) and global (ICAO) regulatory developments

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Fluency in English

  • Significant and demonstrable flying experience in commercial UAS roles

  • Five years of relevant experience in experimental flight test programs

  • Degree in engineering or equivalent technical qualification

  • Previous experience with advanced flight controls or autonomous aircraft development

  • Previous experience with experimental or modified aircrafts, technical and safety review boards, and UAS configuration control

  • Familiar with government flight test organizations, and procedures.

WE OFFER

  • A competitive compensation package for a Series A company

  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth on a global level

  • Tons of work, zero office politics - we are here to impact the lives of millions of people around the world

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to frame the future of how the world moves goods

  • This role is located in Bulgaria, with the possibility to be relocate to other European countries within the next 12 months

If you’re interested, please apply by sending us your CV and Cover Letter. We are always looking for people who want to grow our business and nurture our culture and we’d love to hear more about you in your cover letter. Rather than ask you for the same old standard letter, we are very interested in the following things:

 

  • What excites you about our business opportunity?

  • Why are you our number one pick for this role?

  • What about you makes you ideally suited to a startup environment?

  • What is your understanding of an inclusive work culture?

 

We are looking forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for considering a career at Dronamics. We’ll be in touch to arrange an interview if we think that there is a potential fit, but if you don’t hear from us please contact us again if you see us post other opportunities that interest you in the future.