Lead flight test engineer


Website Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, creating technology to achieve sustainable air travel like never before.

Vertical is one the world’s leading eVTOL businesses, and a pioneer of this ground-breaking new segment, which marks the beginning of sustainable aviation.

Founded in 2016, Vertical combines the best of the aerospace, Formula 1 and automotive industries and has become one of only seven companies globally to have successfully flown multiple full-scale eVTOL prototypes.

The VX4, is a world-leading fully composite tilt-rotor winged eVTOL that will carry one pilot and four passengers or cargo.  VX4 is in plan to be certified in late 2025, placing the business in the top two companies globally with a commercially viable aircraft capable of spanning intra and intercity passenger and cargo eVTOL markets.

We are looking for a lead flight test engineer who will:

Be a key focal point in the company for defining the flight test for our experimental and certification aircraft. Have a strong theoretical and practical experience, with an aptitude of pragmatic problem-solving. Work in a rewarding, dynamic and always challenging environment and able to adapt to a different pace from ‘traditional’ aerospace.

The responsibilities and duties of the lead flight test engineer will be as follows:

  • Define the Flight Test strategy for a novel aircraft design
  • Plan, prepare for and lead flight test activities
  • Acquire appropriate permissions and licenses from authorities
  • Developing the Flight Test function to be ready for an aircraft certification programme, including process definition (FTOM), record keeping and competence development
  • Team management and leadership in test execution
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the company’s Test Pilots
  • Perform risk assessments and provide recommendations/solutions
  • Work closely with other departments within the company, principally Flight Controls, Flight Physics, Simulation and Certification
  • Complete test briefings, test conduct, debriefing and reporting internally
  • Assist with other tasks within the Test Team as required (planning, test definitions, vehicle operations, operating tests)
  • Be actively involved with the recruitment of the growing team
  • Mentoring and knowledge sharing within the test function and others in the company

The successful lead flight test engineer will have the following experiences & qualifications:

  • Be educated to degree level or higher in Engineering, Physics, or equivalent work experience
  • Experimental Flight Test Engineer qualification (Class A / CAT 1) from a recognized / approved Flight Test Training Organisation
  • Have demonstrable experience as a Flight Test Engineer in aircraft certification, ideally within a fast paced and novel programmes
  • Medically fit to fly and able to obtain a CAA Class 2 medical.
  • Have experience working with multiple types of air vehicle, ideally including fixed wing, rotorcraft, multirotor and remotely piloted air systems
  • An intricate understanding of aircraft systems, flight physics & a desire to learn more
  • Experience working with external regulators/airworthiness bodies
  • Excellent computer skills – proficiency with day-to-day applications used for email, word processing, etc, as well as data analysis experience using MATLAB, Python, or similar tools
  • Skills understanding complex datasets and making sense of a complex system’s performance
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team and when required to travel and work extended hours
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with colleagues across a wide range of technical disciplines
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English language
  • Development and promotion of Just Safety culture within a flight test organisation
  • Experience with IADS / Curtiss Wright FTI equipment
  • Be able to demonstrate a commitment to professional development such as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (or be working towards that award)

Desirable experience & qualifications:

  • Civil and Fly By Wire certification experience
  • Validation activity for digital simulation and models for certification
  • Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE) experience

To apply for this job please visit vertical-aerospace.com.

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