Skydio is the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from action sports enthusiasts to first responders.

About the role:

Skydio is hiring an Aviation Regulatory Engineer to support regulatory breakthroughs that enable safe and routine autonomous flight, powered by Skydio’s trustworthy autonomy. This role will take Skydio’s regulatory work--and our products--to new heights. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to push the frontiers of unmanned flight with the strength of category defining technology, working in support of customers ranging from energy utilities to departments of transportation to railroads. The role reports to the Director of Regulatory Affairs and will work closely with our product, engineering, and flight test functions.

In particular, this role will concentrate on advanced analysis, data collection, and reporting to support Skydio’s regulatory team in preparing advanced regulatory applications for BVLOS operations. This person will need to have strong technical skills combined with an interest in aviation safety and aviation-related regulatory issues. Although focusing on the United States, the role may also support regulatory applications in other countries, including Canada. 

How you'll make an impact:

  • Responsible for preparing data-driven safety analysis in support of advanced applications to enable Skydio’s customers to operate Skydio drones BVLOS, including remote operations launched and landed in the Skydio Dock. You will be the technical powerhouse providing analysis that will unlock the power of Skydio’s autonomous drones to make our world more productive, creative, and safe. 
  • Serve as the regulatory liaison with the hardware and software engineering teams, developing processes and software tools to leverage data from across the organization to illustrate capabilities and validate system performance. 
  • Support engagements with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other stakeholders to unlock Skydio’s autonomous drones for routine, low-friction use by enterprise and public sector customers.
  • Participate in the technical working groups of various standards bodies to develop regulatory standards and approaches that advance our business and the industry.
  • Support product demonstrations, technical validation events, and a variety of test events in coordination with the solutions engineering, autonomy, and flight testing teams. 

What makes you a good fit:

  • Strong record of experience working on complex projects in the aviation or transportation sectors. Direct experience with flight test planning and execution is preferred but not required.
  • Excellent data skills, including analysis of large datasets to uncover answers to complex problems. You should be comfortable writing code working in a variety of languages such as Python and SQL.
  • Familiarity with aviation system safety and advanced regulatory processes, such as UAS type certification, is useful but not required.
  • Experience working with the leading standards bodies (ASTM, RTCA, SAE, etc) on UAS standards is useful but not required.
  • Exceptional ability to explain complicated topics--such as autonomy--to regulators and partners.
  • Intense motivation to find and implement creative and compelling solutions that unlock the potential for autonomous drones to make the world more productive, creative, and safe. You can point to examples in your career where you questioned the status quo, proposed new solutions, and successfully worked with stakeholders and decision makers to bring your vision to life. 
  • Strong sense of ownership and the ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with competing demands on your time. 
  • Willingness to travel to client sites and attend technical validation events, as required (likely no more than 15-30% of the time).
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree (advanced degrees are preferred but not required).

At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multi-disciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.  

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