Full Job Description
Pyka is looking for a Senior Test Pilot to support the development of its advanced autonomous aircraft systems. You'll take an active role in the development, test planning, and test execution of cutting-edge new technology and products. This is your opportunity to test, evaluate and deploy the aircraft of the future.
You'll be actively engaged in the flight test programs for our unmanned aircraft, from development of test programs to test execution and reporting. This is a multi-disciplinary role that interacts with multiple internal and external organizations, so written and verbal communication skills are critical. You'll be instrumental in ensuring the standardization of aircraft ground and flight operations and procedures, flight test and instructional techniques.
At Pyka we develop autonomous electric aircraft to provide people with an affordable and compelling alternative to ground transit. We make hyper-short takeoff and landing autonomous electric aircraft. Today, we're using our aircraft to protect crops with fully automated aerial sprays in order to obtain the flight hours, technical readiness, and scale required for human transportation.
Our aircraft make aerial crop protection safer and less harmful to surrounding communities. They're also highly economical to operate and easy to deploy.
We are the only company in the world approved for commercial work with full-scale, autonomous aircraft. What you work on at Pyka makes people's lives better today.
Pyka's core technologies include proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes. Our full-stack team is from Wisk, Joby Aviation, Waymo, Google[x] and Saildrone.
We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in "stealth mode." Lastly, we don't work 60 hour weeks, and don't expect you to either. In this role you will earn a competitive salary and benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
Support development, operation and demonstration of autonomous aircraft systems
Recommend new features, improvements, design changes, etc. to the design team
Serve as Pilot In Command of experimental / developmental unmanned aircraft
Develop test strategies, test plans and test procedures for the aircraft and components given systems requirements
Lead and/or participate in ground and flight test events as Test Conductor or Test Crew member
Collect and analyze test data and compile detailed test reports
Develop training syllabi for new remote pilots
Experience flying fixed wing UAVs / model aircraft
Extensive knowledge of aircraft systems, manuals, aircraft manufacturer manuals
Direct experience in the conduct of ground and flight tests of manned and/or unmanned aircraft
Direct experience developing and/or reviewing test strategies and programs and in test execution and reporting
Independent and motivated; able to self-direct and manage time
Willingness to travel 25% of time to support Pyka activities (to domestic and international locations)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Competitive salary and equity
Employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance, FSA with employer matching, and 401(k)
Paid holidays and unlimited PTO
Free catered lunch and plenty of snacks
Opportunity to work on large autonomous aircraft and see them fly