The Functional Check Flight (FCF) Pilot utilizes flight test techniques to perform test flights of aircraft to measure performance and handling to determine airworthiness following maintenance or modifications. FCF Pilots also perform as members of Maintenance Recovery Teams to recover aircraft that have made Precautionary landings and have to be flown back to home station after a maintenance repair action. In addition, FCF pilots ferry aircraft to and from the Depot when required including performing acceptance check flights. FCF pilots may fly with government counterparts and also perform Instructor pilot duties.
- Responsible for performing test flights and demonstrating aircraft proficiency upon completion of aircraft maintenance or modifications on helicopters
- Determines in accordance with publications and procedures the airworthiness of aircraft prior to release for flight
- Performs troubleshooting procedures of aircraft on the ground and during flight, and makes appropriate write-ups or gives verbal instructions to correct deficiencies
- Performs recovery flights and ferries aircraft to additional sites, such as depots
- Verifies forms and records used in the performance of maintenance to ensure they comply with work performed prior to ground or flight checks
- Runs-up aircraft for alert status and performs test on modifications, and functions as a member of Maintenance Recovery Teams when an operational check or test flight is required. Night sorties or IFR shall only occur on recovery, training or ferry flights
- Flies with military aircrews when required
- Performs other duties, as required
Knowledge & Skills
- Must meet the training and qualification requirements of AFI 10-220 and DCMA 8210.0
- Interprets meteorological data as it pertains to filing a flight plan for the navigational course of flight needed for a sortie and files a flight plan for all flights using authorized processes
- Capable of computing and annotating weight and balance logs for the aircraft.
- Have a working knowledge for operating navigational and communication equipment installed on the aircraft
- Able to pass flight proficiency examinations by the a military authorized examination agency
Experience & Education
- Must possess a valid FAA commercial pilot certificate with rotorcraft and instrument ratings
- Must have satisfactorily completed a proficiency check within the previous 12 months
- Must have proof of graduating from either:
- The USAF Function Check Flight Certification
- Must possess or be able to attain a current FAA Medical Certificate Second Class
- Must have a minimum of 1,500 hours first pilot with 500 hours experience.
- Must have demonstrated communication skills, both oral and written. Must be fluent in the English language
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
- Must be able to work varied weekly schedules driven by maintenance test flights and other operational requirements
- Occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain Government flightline driver’s license.
- Demonstrate proven and verifiable aviation experience including ethics, ability and professionalism of the highest standards are required for this position