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Job Summary

The AH64 Maintenance Test Pilot utilizes flight test techniques to perform test flights of aircraft to measure performance and handling to determine airworthiness following maintenance or modifications.

  • Perform test flights and demonstrating aircraft proficiency upon completion of aircraft maintenance or modifications on aircraft.
  • Interpret meteorological data as it pertains to filing a flight plan for the navigational course of flight needed for a mission or sortie.
  • File flight plans for all flights using authorized navigational processes.
  • Compute weight and balance logs for the aircraft being flown.
  • Initiate and complete all military flight or maintenance forms to document maintenance test flight completion and discrepancies.
  • Communicate, troubleshoot, advise and work side by side with military pilots and technicians.
  • Determine in accordance with publications and procedures the airworthiness of aircraft prior to release for flight.
  • Communicate, troubleshoot, advise and work side by side with military pilots and technicians.
  • Perform recovery flights and ferries aircraft to additional sites, such as depots.
  • Perform troubleshooting procedures of aircraft on the ground and during flight and makes appropriate write-ups or gives verbal instructions to correct deficiencies.
  • Verify forms and records used in the performance of maintenance to ensure they comply with work performed prior to ground or flight checks.
  • Run-up aircraft for alert status to perform test on modifications.
  • Deploy when required to support contract requirements when maintenance test flights are anticipated.
  • Ferry flights as assigned
  • Ensure proper documentation is chronicled.
  • As qualified may perform as site safety specialist and/or additional duties safety officer functions.
  • May be designate as a Foreign Object Elimination/Foreign Object Debris (FOE/FOD) Program Administrator.
  • May support AS9100-AS9110 internal audits, corrective action requests, assist section, department, and/or program in developing plans to correct identified shortfalls.
  • May assist with continual improvement initiatives.
  • Must be capable of Aircraft Technical Inspection (TI) as additional duty.
  • Plan and conduct aircraft technical inspections.
  • Inspect power plant hot section, cold section and accessory modules.
  • Operate and inspect pneudraulic systems including landing gear.
  • Understand the fundamentals and inspection techniques of helicopter structural repairs.
  • Perform troubleshooting and analyze electrical/electronic systems.
  • Lectures, demonstrates, and practical exercises in inspection techniques, procedures, performance evaluation, and operational checks on the power plant, structure, and systems of helicopters powertrains.
  • Provide technical guidance to repairs performing aircraft and subsystem maintenance techniques and safety procedures.
  • Maintains technical library, inspect systems, subsystems, and components according to applicable technical publications and checklists before, during and after airplane maintenance and modifications.
  • Check and troubleshoot systems
  • Annotate records of required maintenance.
  • Evaluate operational readiness of aircraft and recommend corrective action.
  • Inspect crash-damaged aircraft and estimates time, parts and costs to repair.
  • Ensure compliance with aircraft configuration control, Army oil analysis program and test measuring and diagnostic calibration.
  • Evaluate maintenance operations and facilities for compliance with directives, technical manuals, work standards, safety procedures, and operational policies.
  • Performs maintenance trend analysis and applies production control, quality control and other maintenance management principles and procedures to aircraft maintenance operations.
  • Perform other qualified duties as assigned
Minimum Requirements
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance if required.
  • Completed military flight and applicable training courses as required IAW 95-20
  • Must meet the qualification requirements of AR 95-20.
  • Minimum of Ten (10) years of aviation maintenance experience required.
  • Prefer a minimum of 1000 Hours of Pilot in Command time.
  • Be proficient in flying operations of the aircraft they are assigned (AH64).
  • Satisfactorily completed a proficiency check within the previous 12 months.
  • Successfully complete initially and annually thereafter an Army or FAA Class II flight physical.
  • Possess an instrument rating on their FAA Commercial Certificates.
  • Possess a current valid Army or FAA Class II Medical Certificate.
  • Successfully completed Army Maintenance Test Pilots Course (MTPC) or complete an equivalency evaluation IAW AR 95-1 and 95-20.
  • Successfully completed the US Army Aircraft Maintenance Officers Course (AMOC) Phase II or complete an equivalency evaluation IAW AR 95-1 and 95-20.
  • Must meet the experience requirements of AFR55-22, NOTAMS, AR95-10, AR95-20 and DCMA-8210 pertaining to each aircraft prior to acting in the capacity of pilot-in-command on maintenance test flights.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated proven and verifiable aviation experience including ethics, ability and professionalism of the highest standards are required for this position.
  • Must have demonstrated communication skills, both oral and written. Must be fluent in the English language.
  • Working knowledge for operating navigational and communication equipment installed on the aircraft.
  • Capable of computing and annotating weight and balance logs for the aircraft.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
  • May be exposed to extreme noise from turbine and jet engine aircraft.
  • May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; may be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
  • May be exposed to a wide variety of operational circumstances, including extreme weather conditions and rudimentary infrastructure.
  • Must be able to distinguish color and judge three-dimensional depth.
  • Must be able to see aircraft in flight, read dials/gauges, identify small objects and hand tools.
  • Must be physically capable of climbing vertical ladders or built-in aircraft steps to heights of 10-12 feet.
  • May be exposed to chemical mist, gas, vapors, ultra-violet and infrared radiation.
  • May be required to lift to 50 pounds to a height of four (4) feet and be required to lift to 20 pounds to a height of seven (7) feet.
  • May be exposed to certain obstructions on the surface as well as ladders, stairs, etc.
  • May be exposed to rapid or extreme temperature changes.
  • May be required to travel domestically and internationally on short notice, to austere environments, under harsh living conditions.