The position of aircraft test pilot requires high technological and aeronautics proficiency. An aircraft test pilot is responsible for the testing of aircraft and provides suggestions for improvement of said aircraft. An aircraft test pilot has major responsibilities, which at times can put an aircraft test pilot in the line of danger. It is essential that an aircraft test pilot have the proficiency to perform diagnostic tests. It is also necessary to ensure that the aircraft is safe prior to using the aircraft for passenger use. Furthermore, an aircraft test pilot is responsible for diagnosing and testing aircraft that have been put out of service due to technical issues. A test pilot can work for public or private companies.
The position of aircraft test pilot requires a great deal of education, training, and certifications. An aircraft test pilot must possess a valid pilot's license. An aircraft test pilot must also possess one of three Class Medical Certificates, which rigorously tests for various health aspects of the individual. These tests ensure that the pilot is physically and mentally safe to fly aircraft. It is important to note that aircraft test pilots are mostly hired by the FAA, and therefore, they should have the ability to pass a rigorous federal background check.
Aircraft Test Pilot Tasks
Identify and resolve issues as they arise during testing.
Ensure aircraft meets safety guidelines and airline standards.
Perform flight tests on new models and on aircraft following model renovations according to flight test techniques.
Develop aircraft testing plans.