Flight Crew – Test Operator
Textron Systems
Blackstone, VA
About Textron

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems businesses are industry leading developers and integrators of unmanned systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, geospatial management and analysis systems, intelligence software solutions, precision weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total lifecycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems’ businesses consist of Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, Unmanned Systems, Weapon & Sensor Systems and TRU Simulation + Training.

Will serve as an Aerosonde crewmember in support of sustainment operations. Duties will include primarily operating as an Aerosonde acceptance test operator and electrical test specialist supporting Aerosonde production. Additional duties will include emplacement / displacement / inspection / disposition / repair and replenishment of associated equipment as well as proper notation of logbooks, flight records, and COLTS.
Perform as a Subject Matter Expert for operator and maintenance related issues. Participate in site surveys and demos for customers.
Provide technical and operational expertise for training device hardware and software development, testing, and utilization. Interface with hardware, software, and human systems integration engineering personnel to support product improvement.

Other Responsibilities:
Operational support of Aerosonde SUAS
Perform as aircraft operator, sensor operator, engine mechanic, composite technician, and/or maintainer / crew chief
Travel and deploy worldwide as required
Direct interface with customer
Work in groups or independently with minimal or no supervision
Will be required to work odd shifts, weekends, and/or extended hours
Responsible for data management and generation
Provides general logistics functions
Troubleshoot technical problems and issues and determines technical solutions


Preferred candidate will have: Bachelor’s Degree with 3+ years related experience or an Associate’s Degree with 5+ years related experience or High School/equivalent with 7+ years of related experience

Minimum requirement is that the candidate holds at least one of the following certifications:

  • Aerosonde Operator
  • Aerosonde Maintainer
Candidate must be able to safely and effectively perform the duties of an aircraft operator, sensor operator, and maintainer without supervision, including flight and ground equipment setup/maintenance as well as logs and records. Ability to coordinate flight schedules, airspace, resources, frequency management, and other aspects of flight operations. FAA licenses or certificates such as private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI, CFI-I, A&P are highly desirable.

Basic computer skills are required; computer networking experience is desired.

Must communicate effectively with internal and external customers both verbally and in writing, and possess strong leadership skills.

Experience in troubleshooting and repair of Unmanned Air Vehicle systems a plus.

Prior military service a desired plus.

Must be deployable to various OCONUS locations.

Relocation to VA required.

Must be a U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain/maintain a government security clearance.

EEO Statement

Textron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

Pay Transparency Policy Statement

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise, have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.
Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including US Citizenship, for access to classified information.

Job Field: Flight Operations
Primary Location: US-Virginia-Blackstone
Recruiting Company: Textron Systems
Schedule: Full-time
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Shift: First Shift
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Posting: 08/19/2019, 2:04:59 PM

Textron (and its subsidiaries) participates in E-Verify. We will provide the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employer’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.