The work requires a detailed knowledge of, and extensive experience, in aircraft operations, especially in
Uninhabited Air Vehicles (UAVs). In addition, the work also requires knowledge of and proficiency in
aeronautical engineering and related engineering and scientific fields.
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has
equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the
position described above.
Flight test positions also require completion of a flight test course such as a military flight test school or the FAA flight test pilot course, or at least 1 year of experience either flight testing aircraft for engineering approval (civilian or military) or analyzing aircraft performance data.
To qualify for the GS 13 level, examples of GS 12 level experience should include flight test experience
involving aircraft performance, handling qualities, structural testing, high AOA (Stall) testing.
To qualify for the GS 14 level, examples of GS 13 level specialized experience should include flying
research missions in RQ-4, MQ-1 or MQ-9 as the primary pilot or instructor pilot, performing
aerospace engineering and pilot duties on research aircraft, and giving technical advice on a variety of flight anomalies such as recommended solutions for undesirable air vehicle flying qualities. Experience should also include previous employment as a mid-level (or higher) flight operations manager responsible for
qualifications, training and flight schedules for a group of pilots, such as a former Chief Pilot (or Deputy), Operations Officer (or Deputy) or Director of Training.
To qualify for the GS 15 level, in addition to the GS 13 level specialized experience above, specialized
experience at the GS 14 level should include Piloting/Testing a variety of new or critically modified UAVs.
Consulting on a variety of issues and initiatives aimed at understanding Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
operations. Developing regulatory policy, systems development, technical advancement, and research
application of unmanned aerial systems.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Must possess a current first-class medical certificate or equivalent, in accordance with FAA regulations at
time of appointment.
Must possess a FAA Commercial Pilot certificate of higher with an Airplane rating or the appropriate
NOTE: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience will be asked to provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot.
Resume must show flight experience to include documentation to show possession of the knowledge and
skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements in manned aircraft,
including recent flight experience as follows (refer to OPM Operating Manual for GS-2181: Aircraft
Operations Series requirements):
1750 hours Total Flight Time
1500 Hours Pilot-In-Command flight time that includes at least 500 hours in jet aircraft having at least 3,000 pounds of thrust per engine, with
75 hours Night Flying
100 hours Flying Time during the last 12 months.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
U.S. citizenship is required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.
A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.