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Flying Jobs In Aircraft Manufacturing  
User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Hey all,

Just out of curiosity, what types of flying jobs are available in the aircraft manufacturing industry?

'Speed

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User currently offlineBMAbound From Sweden, joined Nov 2003, 660 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

Guess you could figure these one's out by yourself, but I'd say ferry flying, test flights before delivery and test flights after major maintenance checks/ modifications that'd change the AD's.

johan



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User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2716 times:

There are also demo flights. The manufacturers I handle do
quite a few.

There are also world record flights, I do those also.



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User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

I would think they'd have delivery flights as well. Wonder what it takes to land one of those jobs, for say Piper or Cessna? I mean, besides being drinking buddies with the CEO  Big grin ?

Anybody really know, I'm kind of curious...



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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

As far as I know, Cessna, Piper, and the like do not hire delivery pilots. Delivery is usually up to the regional sales offices and/or the new owner.

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

At Cessna, there are basically three types of pilots:
1. Engineering flight test pilots. They fly the first flight of a new aircraft type, the prototypes and flight test aircraft. They perform the envelope expansion, flight flutter testing (wearing parachutes & helmets) certification flight testing. These guys do the risky flight testing.
2. Production test pilots. They perform the first flights of each plane coming off the production line. They check all the systems, etc and write up squak sheets of things that need to be fixed.
3. Marketing / demo pilots. They wear business suits and show the potential customers how to operate the coffee maker and entertainment center. These guys fly the completed airplanes.

The customers are usually responsible for the delivery flight of their new aircraft. Cessna may help in ferrying a jet across the ocean if a customer needs it, but this is rather unusual.


[Edited 2004-04-21 19:04:18]

[Edited 2004-04-21 19:06:28]


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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Thanks, CJ--that was the kind of info I was looking for. Am I correct in imagining that the test pilots have some sort of engineering background?

'Speed


User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

Yes, all of the engineering test pilots I know have engineering degrees, some with Masters degrees, some with military flight test experience.

Also, don't think of engineering test pilots as the "Topgun" image. We have one female engineering test pilot - attractive blond, about 30 years old, and pregnant with twin girls. She is due in 6 weeks; she was flying Citations until about 4 weeks ago.
Another test pilot is in his 50s with a big belly.



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User currently offlineAUAE From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 296 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2518 times:

At Lockheed and Boeing, aside from the test pilots, there are flight test positions. For example, people needed to man all the positions on a test flight for an AWACS plane. Similarly, on new test programs, there are more than just the pilots on the test hops...people who are running or observing tests. Not glamorous, but it does get you in the air.


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User currently offlineDeltajax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Some kitplane builders will hire risky individuals to fly their newly completed aircraft before they themselves will fly it. You could do that  Smile

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