The UAS IP/Payload Operator is responsible for operating American Aerospace Category 3 Unmanned Aircraft System. As an IP/Payload Operator this individual will need to operate the UAS flight systems in support of the PIC/MC. Additionally, this position requires the ability to operate a various set of remote sensing payloads as required for a flight missions Scope of Work (SOW). The IP/Payload Operator must have the ability to think critically in high-stress environments, multi-task, and have the technical ability to operate complex UAS in the National Airspace.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

– This position may plan, assign, or supervise the work of others.

– This position may also function as an assistant to PIC/Mission Commander.

– This position requires in-depth understanding of remote sensing techniques and the ability to effectively utilize payload capabilities for data collection purposes.

– The IP/Payload Operator reports to a designated PIC/Mission Commander


– Ability to comprehensively prepare pre-mission planning documents

– Flight Planning prior to flight operations as per specific Scope of Work (SOW) for operation

– Ability to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

– In-depth understanding of aviation regulations with a focus on unmanned aircraft operations

– Document pre- and post-flight logs

– Check UAS before a flight to ensure safe and proper operation

– Analyze weather forecasts to ensure safe flights

– Monitor aircraft during flight

– Navigate aircraft in dynamic flight situations

– Perform equipment testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance

– Support flight operation logistics

– Operate specific payloads as per pre-determined payload operating procedures

Required Skills/Abilities:

– Strong communication skills

– Robust problem-solving abilities

– Excellent electronic and mechanical skills

– Expertise in multitasking

– Keen attention to detail

Education and Experience:

– Private Pilot License (required)

– Certified in Piccolo Autopilot Operator (required)

– FAA Class 1 medical (required)

– Prior Experience with TASE payload systems or equivalent (preferred)

– Prior Experience in remote sensing applications (preferred)

– Prior experience in aerial mapping missions (preferred)

– FAA Class 2 medical (preferred)

– Bachelor’s degree in related field (preferred)

– >1000 hours UAS Operation (preferred)

Physical Requirements:

– Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

– Must be able to lift up to 75lbs pounds

– Ability to maintain focus in high stress environments

Location and Travel Requirements

– Preferred Location: Bakersfield, CA (remote locations considered)

– Ability to travel 50% of the year with flight campaigns lasting up to 30 days at each instance

– Experience with aviation deployment operations

Job Category: Flight Services Group
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Woodbine NJ & San Joaquin Valley CA

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