Posted Mar 13
Airbus Commercial Aircraft

Director of Flight Operations - Commercial UAS at Airbus

Atlanta, GA, United States Full Time

Director of Flight Operations - Commercial UAS at Airbus

  • 06-Mar-2017 to 31-Mar-2017 (EST)
  • 00001 - Commercial UAS at Airbus
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Full Time

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, Airbus generated revenues of 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600.

Airbus is a shareholder of the missile systems provider MBDA, a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium and owns a 50% stake in ATR, the turboprop aircraft maker, and Airbus Safran Launchers, the Ariane launcher manufacturer.

Airbus is a leading global manufacturer of Commercial Aircraft comprising highly successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to over 600 seats. In Defense and Space, Airbus is a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment and services. In Helicopters, Airbus is the world's No. 1 civil and parapublic helicopter manufacturer offering the world's widest range of civil and military helicopters.

Commercial UAS Startup at Airbus

Airbus is creating a new startup in the commercial unmanned aircraft space focused on services and are seeking experienced professionals to join this new group. The key technologies for this group include a customer-facing data portal and drone services cloud platform used to enable the scaled operations of drone pilots and services companies around the world.

Position Summary:

This role will be responsible for scoping the initial team of UAV operators, as well as sourcing and managing UAV pilots (both internal and external) and a drone training infrastructure. This position is based in Atlanta, GA and will have a 30-50% international and/or domestic travel requirement per year. The position reports directly to the President of this new group at Airbus.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Write, build and implement the staffing plan in alignment with the strategic goals for flight operations in the US.
  • Build out training plans and infrastructure for this new group to enable us to scale our operations across the US and other countries.
  • Work with other business partners to grow resources for the training facility.
  • Work with the software team in the US and Europe to drive the requirements for tools needed to grow our services business. This role will speak with customers and use their own experience to provide requirements to create effective tools.
  • Develop an inventory system to manage and maintain all Airbus owned aircraft. Also work with all hardware vendors to source aircraft, sensors and parts.
  • Develop requirements and source a local flight testing facility.

Position Requirements:

  • Minimum three (3) years' experience managing flight operations for UAVs.
  • Experienced leader who has managed 10-15 pilots directly or networks of contractors.
  • Familiar with building out training programs from scratch and personally leading training.
  • Experienced with flying both multi-rotor and fixed wing UAVs, including both gas and electric powered aircraft.
  • Holds a current FAA private pilot's license and/or remote pilot's license.
  • Experience sourcing and managing aircraft from a variety of vendors.
  • Demonstrated experience of hours in the field operating aircraft in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • Comfortable operating in the US and around the world.
  • Must be familiar with the various drone software tools used to operate commercial UAVs.

Experiences/Education Preferred:

  • Military and strong commercial aviation background experience preferred.
  • Bachelors degree in Engineering preferred.
  • Familiarity with the US and EU drone regulations.

As a leader in our field, Airbus provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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