General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Experienced UAV LRE Qualified Pilot Deployable FLEX Schedule in Palmdale, California

Job ID#: 18821BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Experienced UAV LRE Qualified Pilot Deployable FLEX Schedule

Job Category: Pilots

City: Palmdale

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

Travel Percentage Required: 50% - 75%

Clearance Required?: Yes

Job Summary:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We recognize and appreciate the value in contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a UAV Pilot to join our Flight Operations division located in our El Mirage Facility near Palmdale, California! This is a flex position and must be able to deploy both CONUS and OCONUS in support of Company Projects. This position requires you to be available for deployment assignments domestically and internationally at any time and for varying lengths of time. You generally will be deployed for approximately 12 to 16 weeks, and then placed on leave for approximately 12 weeks in between deployments.

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for coordinating ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground and flight safety. Serves as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of assigned Unmanned Air Vehicle(s) (UAV).


  • Must possess FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and the ability to maintain instrument currency. Minimum of 300 hours PIC required.

  • Must possess current FAA Class II Medical Certificate.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required .

  • Ability to travel on CONUS and OCONUS.

  • Coordinates and actively participates in ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.

  • Remotely pilots vehicle to determine compliance with specification and operational suitability during engineering tests and flight test/demonstration support through specifically prescribed tests and maneuvers.

  • Defines, plans, organizes and executes flight programs and flight test events.

  • Ensures compliance with service guidance, company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

  • May participate in the development of operational and safety procedures and training syllabus courseware.

  • Conducts demonstrations and tests of assigned UAV(s).

  • Represents the organization with military and commercial customers.

  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

  • Other duties as assigned or required.


Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a four-year technical degree or trade school equivalency and two or more years experience in UAV operation or aviation. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education. Must demonstrate a general understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts.

  • Must possess: (1) FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with a current instrument rating and ability to maintain instrument currency or a specialized aircraft system qualification; (2) three hundred(300) hours as Pilot-in- Command (PIC); (3) ability to obtain DOD security clearance as well as customer specific clearance(s); (4) ability to travel on CONUS and OCONUS deployments; (5) strong analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees and military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; and (6) general knowledge of computer operations and applications.

  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

  • US Citizenship required.

  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument rating (CFII) is highly desired.

  • Possession of at least two hundred fifty (250) hours as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) in the Predator/Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.

  • Ability to pass Pre/Post Deployment Medical and Dental Examinations.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.