Wayfinder

Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry - our team is at the heart of this revolution.

Head of Flight Test and Operations
Sunnyvale, CA

As Head of Flight Test and Operations, you will report to the Director of Engineering at Wayfinder. In this role, you will plan and execute flight operations for our project on surrogate and full-scale aircraft, including data collection and flight test campaigns. You will be responsible for organizing the resources required to conduct thorough testing of our systems while working with engineers across the team to design the tests. We expect you to maintain a culture of safety around our flight activities while also encouraging urgency and a bias toward action.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and lead data collection and flight test campaigns for Wayfinder systems
  • Build a team and devise the logistics required to execute successful flight operations
  • Create processes and procedures for testing our systems that keep us on schedule while maintaining quality and safety at all times

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, a related discipline, or equivalent experience
  • 8+ years of progressive professional experience in aviation
  • 3+ years of professional experience in leadership roles
  • Demonstrated ability to design and document a test program including exceptional organizational and communication skills for coordinating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of relevant aviation regulations and logistics including general aviation aircraft alterations and maintenance, radio communication procedures, and flight planning

Strong preference:

  • Familiarity with 14 CFR, especially parts related to aircraft certification (parts 23, 25, 27, and 29) and operations (part 61, 91)
  • Real-world experience testing aircraft, especially novel avionics systems or unmanned aircraft systems
  • Ability to manage interactions with Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Designated Airworthiness Representatives, and Flight Standards District Offices
  • Experience in mechanical and/or electrical integration and test

Benefits

  • Daily lunch and snacks, happy hours; social outings
  • Exceptional PPO medical, dental and vision benefits 100% covered for employee and their family/dependents
  • Generous PTO of 5 weeks (25 days) in addition to national holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement, professional development or $15,000 for flight training
  • 3 months paid parental leave from Day 1
  • Employee discounts through Airbus Tickets @Work, gym subsidy & more

A³ by Airbus is the Silicon Valley R&D outpost of Airbus. The mission of Airbus is to make things fly. Our job at A³ is very simple: we seek to disrupt Airbus (and the competition) before anyone else can. And in the process, we are setting out to build the future of flight.

At A³, we execute projects and foster partnerships. Projects are ambitious, risky and time-constrained undertakings that culminate in a demonstration at convincing scale—something that’s more than a mere prototype, but somewhat short of a product.

A³ develops technology partnerships enabling us to work within the Silicon Valley ecosystem to meet project objectives while connecting our parent company to new developments and the talent here. We also strive to partner with different elements of Airbus to serve as transition targets and sponsors of projects that emerge from A³.