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Air Force Civilian Service Edwards Afb, CA

Job Description


As a Test Pilot Flight Instructor, NH-2181-04 you will instruct operationally experienced pilots, navigators, and engineers in complex highly-specialized, and highly-advanced flight test techniques which reinforce flight test theory taught in the classroom.  You will also:
-Analyze and evaluate the flight test students progress relative to syllabus objectives including the review and grading of student test plans, flight cards, oral presentations, test reports, checkrides, comprehensive oral evaluations, and course elimination evaluations.
-Perform duties as a Supervisor of Flying (SOF), Unit Operations Supervisor (Ops Sup), or Operations Duty Officer (ODO), and accomplishes other duties required of a flying organization.
-Define, integrate and implement curriculum development for a graduate level educational program with topics covering the spectrum of flight sciences and mission systems; test planning, conduct, execution, and management; as well as data analysis, reporting, and safety of flight issues.
-Represent Test Pilot School as a recognized flight test technical expert at national and international symposia and conferences.


CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must possess the following certifications in order to be eligible for this position:
- A current Commercial Pilot Certificate OR the appropriate military rating.
- A current FAA Flight Instructor Certificate OR the military equivalent rating.
- A current first or second-class medical certificate OR a current military pilot medical clearance.
- Completion of the experimental test pilot course at a military test pilot school (USAF TPS, US Navy TPS, Empire TPS, or EPNER).
MINIMUM FLIGHT HOUR REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have completed the following flight hours in order to be eligible for this position:

Total Flight Time 1750 Flight Hours. NOTE: Flight time as a pilot-in-command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable.

Pilot-in-command 1300 Flight Hours. NOTE: Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.

Instructor Hours 300 Flight Hours. NOTE: Only flight hours acquired as instructor are creditable.

Instrument 75 Flight Hours. NOTE: Simulated instrument time is also acceptable as part of this total.

Flying time within the last 24 months 100 Flight Hours. 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform.  Typically, we would find this experience in work within this field that is closely related.  To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower pay band (NH-03), grade level (GS-13), or equivalent. Specialized experience is described as a the ability to design and implement theoretical and applied test concepts in a curriculum covering flight sciences, mission systems, test conduct and test management. Provide instruction on ground and in-flight instruction on flight test theory, test techniques, test execution, and the broad responsibilities of developmental flight testers.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience, but you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas as reported on your résumé

1. A mastery level of technical knowledge and demonstrated expert skill to operate, maintain qualification in, and instruct advanced flight test concepts and test techniques in two to three dissimilar and highly modified aircraft/weapons systems including the T-38, F-15, F-16, Variable-Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA) NF-16D, C-12, KC-135, sailplanes, and others.
2. A mastery level of knowledge of flight test theory, test techniques, and test procedures used to evaluate research, prototype, and production aerospace vehicles and weapons systems and a demonstrated mastery in experimental aerospace vehicle flight test and evaluation techniques to the extent required to teach these principles to graduate students and to originate new concepts, develop new methodologies & techniques, and effect the strategic direction of a masters degree granting institution.
3. A mastery level of knowledge of all applicable regulations, laws, and directives governing the conduct of experimental flight test operations.
4. A mastery level of knowledge, skill, and ability to conduct ground and in-flight instruction to include theory, planning, execution, data analysis, and reporting. This includes classroom lectures, flight and lab briefings/debriefings, sorties in multiple aircraft, and individual mentoring. Also require the ability to evaluate a flight test students progress.
5. Ability to handle a physically strenuous work environment and to adapt to irregular scheduling and non-standard work hours.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.


1. This position is designated a Non-Critical APDP position; Test & Evaluation; Intermediate Level II.
2. A physical is required for this position as a condition of employment.
3. Employee is subject to Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY), approximately 14 days per year.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret level security clearance as a condition of employment.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: This is a condition of employment.  Because this is a test pilot flight instructor position, candidates must meet USAF Class II flying requirements, to include physical requirements to fly ejection seat aircraft, at the time of appointment.  Job offers will be made contingent upon being able to meet USAF Class II flying standards.  In addition, applicant must meet periodic USAF Flying Class II medical standards as required by Air Force instructions, to include physical requirements to fly ejection seat aircraft.  Applicant will have access to flight surgeons and must comply with AFI 48-123 requirements to see a flight surgeon for Duties Not Involving Flying (DNIF) and Return to Flying Status (RTFS) determinations.  The medical role of the flight surgeons will be limited to "fitness for duty" determinations, i.e. annual flight physicals, DNIF and RTFS.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Assignments at the NH-04 level are characterized by a substantial degree of hazard and involve application of the knowledge and skills required to conduct approval tests of new or critically modified aircraft or to instruct pilots in flight test techniques and responsibilities. Flight test pilots at this level may be concerned with the aerospace flight factors of new and distinct aircraft models, which can include turbojet, turboprop, turboshaft, unducted fan, reciprocating, and turbo-super-charged propulsion systems; pressurized and unpressurized cabins; and a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other systems. Test flights are conducted under the most critical conditions of loading, speed, and maneuvers.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

ICTAP: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified or higher on the assessment questionnaire for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPMs Career Transition Resources website here

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Military Spouse Preference: Military Spouse preference applies to the wife or husband of an active duty military member of the armed forces, including a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, relocating because of service under a statutory tour. Applicant must meet all pre-employment criteria for suitability and citizenship. Eligibility does not extend to the spouse unless the marriage took place prior to the sponsor and the spouse relocating to the new duty station area. To be eligible for MSP, applicants must be ranked in the "Best Qualified" category, and be applying for a vacancy within the commuting area of the sponsors new duty location. NOTE: To receive Military Spouse Preference (MSP), please submit a copy of the sponsors orders showing your name as an accompanying dependent, along with your completed application.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.