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About Us:

Xwing is on a mission to build the world’s smartest, cleanest and most advanced aviation system. We're transforming the way airplanes fly— so regional air mobility will be radically safer, more efficient, more accessible and more sustainable than it’s ever been. 

Our work begins with converting today’s cargo aircraft into remotely-operated self-flying airplanes so every regional route can be serviced frequently and reliably— so every person in every corner of the world can have improved access to all the goods and supplies that are essential and important to them. Beyond the cargo market, we plan to expand our technology safely and scalably to other areas of commercial aviation. 

Founded in 2016, Xwing is an aviation technology company based in Northern California with offices in San Francisco and Concord, CA. Xwing was recently named Fast Company’s Top Most Innovative Transportation Companies and featured in TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions List of 2021 after completing the world’s first automated cargo demonstration flight.

Backed by strategic investors, Xwing has raised over $57 million in venture funding to date, and is partnering closely with the Federal Aviation Administration towards becoming FAA-certified. 

Follow our journey towards building a smarter, cleaner and better aviation system for all. Visit xwing.com to learn more, and see all available positions under “Careers” to join our rapidly growing team.

Who We're Looking For:

We are looking for a versatile technical contributor to bring your previous experience in full scale aircraft flight test to a growing Flight Test Operations department. We’re looking for someone who can work with limited guidance to manage competing priorities in the planning, execution, and reporting of test activities across all disciplines associated with the development of Xwing’s products.

What You'll Do:

You will work closely with engineers, pilots, and maintenance and manufacturing technicians to create and achieve the technical and safety requirements of ground and flight tests during developmental and certification flight tests. You’ll join the team in its early stages and play an important part of shaping the team’s future.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Foster and model a strong safety culture within Xwing
  • Work with engineering to develop technical expertise of the Xwing product
  • Author Test Plans and Test Cards as both a safety and technical expert
  • Lead the execution of ground and flight tests
  • Author test reports on ground and flight test activities in both daily and programmatic formats
  • Track aircraft configuration and status
  • Operate the ground control station as a remote pilot (for qualified applicants)
  • Serve as airborne crew on the Experimental aircraft
  • Support data analysis

Flight Test requires in person work, flexible work hours, and the potential to travel to support occasional domestic deployments.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or equivalent 
  • Previous work as part of a flight test execution team, preferably as a test conductor or director
  • Technical depth in at least one, and familiarity with each area:
    • Aircraft aerodynamics and performance
    • Modern flight control systems
    • Data links and sensor systems
    • Human Factors, and Crew Resource Management
  • Exceptional technical and nontechnical communication skills
  • Comfort with high pressure environments and critical decision making 

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Strong preference for applicants with at least a Private Pilot Certificate, ASEL
  • Previous experience on civil certification programs 
  • Graduate of an SETP recognized Test Pilot School
  • Previous experience with uncrewed aircraft over 55lb 
  • Familiarity with maintenance of certified aircraft
  • Experience designing or installing flight test instrumentation

Employment Terms:

To conform to U.S. Government aerospace technology export regulations (EAR / ITAR), applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Employer provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, employer complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employer expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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