Flight Test Engineer at Elroy Air
San Francisco, CA, US
At Elroy Air, we are building autonomous cargo aircraft systems that will change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air can be much faster than by land or sea - but before recent developments in perception, autonomy, electric powertrain and aerospace materials, air transport has remained too expensive. We’re going to change that. And we’re solving a big problem - the express logistics industry worldwide spends $140B annually.
 
The Elroy team has a proven track record in UAVs and drones, with veterans from 3D Robotics, Airware and Honeywell forming the founding and early team. We’ve started (and sold) hardware companies before. We are engineers, designers and product people who are obsessed with creating robust, easy-to-use technology that solves big real-world problems. 
 
This isn’t our first rodeo, but there’s a lot of exciting work ahead. You will play a critical part in designing and developing the Elroy Air system.
 
Our future partners and customers are responding enthusiastically. As we prepare to pilot our vehicles with customers, we are looking for people like you: motivated teammates excited by this mission and by the rare opportunity to develop a world-class autonomous air transport system.
 
There are a lot of jobs out there that you could easily get, we know that. But - speaking without humility for a second - few will be nearly as exciting as this. Come join us!
 
This is a full-time position at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA.
 
As a flight test engineer, you will be responsible for leading the effort around building and executing comprehensive test test plans, participating in flight readiness reviews, conducting subsystem and fully integrated vehicle testing, monitoring real-time telemetry, performing flight data analysis, thoroughly documenting test results, and troubleshooting issues on Elroy’s autonomous cargo transport aircraft. You will work closely with our Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Design, and Avionics and Flight Controls teams to ensure complete test coverage.

What you'll own:

    • Building and executing a flight test campaign and associated processes
    • Building and executing test plans for vehicle vertical lift and propulsion subsystems
    • Collaborating with members of the engineering team to design and build test fixtures
    • Being an expert of the test aircraft and its systems
    • Conducting flight tests as a primary member of the flight team in the GCS
    • Coordinating with multiple teams in support of flight test objectives
    • Maintaining and creating flight test operation documentation and checklists
    • Building and executing flight tests based on system changes
    • Designing tests to validate aircraft performance and usability in its target application

Our ideal candidate

    • 5+ years experience in flight testing of manned or unmanned aircraft
    • Ability to work closely with engineering and other test personnel to design and execute complex tests and operations on fast-paced schedules
    • Proficiency in data analysis with MATLAB, Python, or other scripting tools
    • Belief and personal practice of strong safety culture through the use of SOPs
    • The ability to travel to flight & ground testing sites as-needed
    • Understanding of aerodynamics, aircraft performance and/or digital flight controls
    • Proficiency in Solidworks CAD software.
    • The ability to work and thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
    • Bachelor's or advanced degree in applicable engineering field, or equivalent experience

Bonus points

    • Experience with systems comprising a diverse set of hardware interfaces, communications buses, peripheral devices, and sensors
    • Experience with flight testing of large (1000lbs +) UAVs, VTOL aircraft, and/or manned aircraft
    • Experience with first flight efforts of manned or unmanned aircraft
    • Private Pilot or higher rating
    • Remote Pilot certificate