Air Force Materiel Command TEST PILOT FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR in Edwards AFB, California

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A BOLD SPIRIT. A PROUD HISTORY.* Ad Inexplorata*. It means "Toward The Unexplored." This motto defines the very spirit and history of Edwards Air Force Base, CA. It is where Capt. "Chuck" Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier, where tomorrow's ambitious aviation breakthroughs continue to become reality and where talented civilian professionals experience truly unique careers.

CENTRALLY MANAGED:This is a centrally managed position that is located in the S - Operations career field.

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The primary purpose of this position, Test Pilot Flight Instructor, NH-2181-04, is to serve as the Senior Test Pilot for the organization. Fly test sorties, conduct test mission briefs and debriefs, and provide direction to policy critical to flight test safety and technical adequacy of multiple aircraft performing test at Edwards. Test and evaluate new and modified aerospace vehicles/subsystems/associated weapons for DoD, civilian and foreign customers. The test pilot will use aircraft modified with specialized test instrumentation.

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  • Maintain proficiency in different aircraft and demonstrates ability to fly flight test points and handle all types of in-flight and ground emergencies.
  • Conduct proficiency, upgrade and flight test mission support that may include increased risk to aircraft and personnel.
  • Serve as Operational Risk Manager for all flight operations and management issues.
  • Plan for the overall efficiency and effectiveness of operations and participates in the development and management of plans and strategies for the integration of daily and long-range projects, actions and activities impacting the mission.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Subject to Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY): Approximately 60 days per year.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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2181 Aircraft Operation

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • For more information on Acq Demo please go to DoD AcqDemo Homepage and Fact Sheet
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • Pre-Employment Physical Required: 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.
  • 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.

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), OR the National Test Pilot School long course OR completion of at least 5 years of experience as a pilot conducting developmental or experimental flight testing of manned aerospace vehicles. 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. At least 10 hours must have been logged in actual instrument weather. Flying time within the last 24 months- 100 Flight Hours.

For all grade levels and specializations, candidates must possess a current Commercial Pilot Certificate or the appropriate military rating; both meet the intent of the requirement. The FAA Flight Instructor Certificate or the military equivalent rating is also required. The pilot certificate must include the rating(s) appropriate to the work of the position to be filled. Note: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders. forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate arc also acceptable.

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.

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: 1. A mastery level of technical knowledge and demonstrated expert skill to operate and maintain qualification in assigned aircraft. 2. A mastery level of knowledge of the missions, roles, functions, organizational structures and operation of the Department of Defense, Air Force and other entries that govern, interface with and/or influence the systems acquisition process for Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E;). 3. A mastery level of knowledge to analyze and draw conclusions regarding test mission results and write technical reports appropriate for senior executive and technical level reviews. 4. A mastery level of knowledge of flight test techniques and test procedures in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the planning and assessment of operational tests for highly complex test missions. 5. A mastery level ability to analyze, interpret and apply policies, rules, regulations, laws, directive and procedures relating to the conduct of flight test operations in addition to effectively communicating orally and in writing.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional information

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

Job offers will be made contingent upon being able to meet USAF Class II flying standards.

Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Statement: This position is designated a NON-CRITICAL APDP position. Category:T-Test & Evaluation Level: 3 - Senior Level III. This position has been designated as an acquisition position and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP.). The employee must meet, or be capable of meeting Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification requirements applicable to the career category designated on the position description within 24 months of assignment. This position also requires the employee to engage in acquisition continuous learning activities achieving 80 Continuous Learning points every 24 months.

You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities (click* "Learn more about this agency"* button above) to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. "Transfer" and "Reinstatement" or equivalent eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

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.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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

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

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may used.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  1. A complete Application Questionnaire

  2. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

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Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.

  1. Online Application - Questionnaire
  2. Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period
  3. Transcripts - must contain the university logo (can be a copy)
  4. Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
  5. Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference). ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/20/2018

To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Applicationbutton at the end of the process. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 10172377

PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

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Agency contact information
Edwards AFB DP2YHE

(801) 586-4677



Edwards AFB 5 N Seller Avenue Bldg 3000 Rm 120 Edwards AFB, CA US

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Next steps

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.

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/20/2018

Salary: $116,690 to $164,200 per year This is an acquisition demonstration project position, NH-4 Tier 2, equivalent to GS-14/15 with a typical salary range of $116,690 to $164,200..

Pay scale & grade: NH 4

Work schedule: Multiple Schedules

Appointment type: Permanent