Responsibilities: Safely operate and maneuver drones in various environments, including controlled testing facilities, outdoor locations, and potentially in challenging conditions (e.g., high winds, extreme temperatures).
Assess the flight characteristics, stability, maneuverability, and responsiveness of drones during test flights, paying attention to safety, efficiency, and adherence to specifications.
Keep detailed records of flight tests, documenting any observed issues, anomalies, or potential improvements. Prepare comprehensive reports and present findings to the engineering and design teams.
Work closely with engineers, designers, and technicians to communicate test results and provide input for the refinement of drone designs, control systems, and software.
Assess the performance and integration of various onboard systems and payloads, such as cameras, sensors, communication equipment, and data collection devices.
Contribute to the development of test plans, procedures, and safety protocols. Identify potential risks and propose mitigation strategies.
Collaborate with technical teams to diagnose and resolve issues related to flight control systems, software, and hardware components.
Stay informed about the latest developments in drone technology, flight regulations, and best practices to ensure compliance and enhance testing methodologies.
Strong understanding of UAV behaviour, SOPs and experience in UAV flying and emergency recovery.
Executing non standard experimental tests with utmost equipment safety.
On-field troubleshooting, debugging and Hand-on experience in firmware update, autopilot settings update etc.
Keep detailed records of flight tests, documenting and observing issues, anomalies, or potential improvements.
User experience validation for new product development.
Contribute to the development of test plans, procedure and safety protocols. Identify potential risks and propose mitigation strategies.
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., aerospace engineering etc) or equivalent work experience. Previous experience as a drone pilot or in a similar role is preferred. Familiarity with UAV technology, flight dynamics, and control systems is a plus.
Proficient in flying different types of drones, such as multirotor, fixed-wing, and hybrid systems.
Strong understanding of flight principles and ability to fly drones manually and autonomously.
Knowledge of drone hardware components, flight control systems, and software interfaces.
Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose technical issues related to drones. Familiarity with data analysis tools and flight log analysis is a plus.
Adherence to safety protocols and knowledge of relevant drone regulations.
Ability to assess potential risks and take appropriate safety measures.
Understanding of airspace restrictions and the ability to obtain necessary permits for flight tests.