Helicopter Pilot

The Position

ATAC has an opening for a Helicopter Pilot to support development and execution of the requirements for Rotorcraft Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the FAA. This is initially a part-time position that may evolve to a full-time position located at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The successful candidate will participate in analysis-focused research and development on the National Airspace System and new NextGen aviation systems. This is a non-flying position. A background check is required for this position.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Testing, evaluation, and research of sensor and display technologies for Advanced Vision Systems for helicopters and the development of criteria and guidance material for situational awareness and operational credit.
  • Conceptual development and research into low-level infrastructure technologies for increasing the use of Instrument Flight Rules for helicopter infrastructure.
  • Research into Performance-Based Navigation systems, technologies, and procedures (i.e. Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS), Performance Based Navigation (PBN), Area Navigation/Required Navigation Performance (RNAV/RNP), Lateral Navigation/Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LNAV/LPV)) and their associated operational criteria.
  • Research and mission analysis of physical and systems (Air Traffic Control -ATC) interactions (risk of and modeling of potential collisions) between rotorcraft, small general aviation, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and technologies to mitigate this occurrence in the National Airspace System.
  • Evaluation to refine the criteria for maneuvers listed in the rotorcraft flying handbook, practical test standards, and pilot qualification standards for vertical flight.
  • Research into laser eye protection for increasing helicopter safety and mitigating technologies to reduce the effects from laser incidents on helicopter operations.
  • Associated outreach methods and efforts for promoting and increasing helicopter safety.
  • Attend and interface with FAA/Industry activities and outreach efforts such as Heli -Expo., U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) Working Group and Ex-Com meetings, FAA Safety Team, Heli -Offshore, Airport LED Lighting, etc.
  • Conduct outreach efforts with FAA Safety Team personnel.
  • Develop and provide project briefings given to potential operators and participants in the research effort. Liaise with helicopter OEM's, device manufacturers, sensor/display technology providers, other FAA employees, contract support, and members of the FAA's Flight Test Program.
  • Schedule/Coordinate/Participate in helicopter flight tests, demonstrations, simulations, and collect data for various systems/experiments using the FAA's S76 helicopter and partner helicopters. Develop test plans, data collection protocols/spreadsheets, questionnaires, and other information required to support the flight tests/simulations.
  • Review, establish, and maintain collaborative agreements with research partners and other Government agencies in support of research initiatives.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience developing dynamic helicopter simulations for performance and hazard assessments for Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring
  • Experience developing and prototyping machine learning methods with applications for Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring
  • Knowledge of the US National Airspace System (NAS) structure and controls.
  • Knowledge of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) airspace constructs and controls. 
  • Knowledge of Air Traffic Control methods and procedure. UAS and helicopter architectures
  • Proficiency in using MS Office products such as Word, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Knowledge of aircraft airworthiness requirements, military safety certification processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Attributes Include:

  • B.S. degree, minimum 15 years’ experience as a helicopter pilot.
  • Minimum 2000 hours helicopter time, minimum 1000 hours pilot in command time, minimum 150 hours actual instrument time.
  • Excellent PC applications skills with office tools including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal relations skills 
  • A strong interest in the aviation field and solid understanding of the National Airspace System (NAS) and future NextGen concepts.

Corporate Information

ATAC Corporation is a software and services company that specializes in providing the aviation community with state-of-the-art computer simulation, modeling, and analysis tools, as well as expert services in air traffic systems and operations design and analysis.  We are committed to making major contributions to the aviation industry by providing high quality products and services to meet critical needs, while maintaining a creative, innovative, and responsive, small-company environment.  ATAC serves clients in both the public and private sectors via its headquarters office in Santa Clara, California and branch offices in Arlington, Virginia, Atlantic City, New Jersey, and San Diego, California.  Primary clients include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), service branches of the Department of Defense (DOD), airport authorities, airport planning and engineering firms, and private companies involved with aviation systems development and integration


If this sounds like you, please use one of the following methods to send your resume AND a cover letter in which you summarize the particular elements of your background that relate to the requirements of this position.

Fax: 408 727 8447
E-mail: Human Resources
Please send a non-formatted ASCII-text version of your resume in the body of the email, or attach your cover letter and resume as Microsoft Word documents.

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Attn: Human Resources
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Santa Clara, CA 95050-2624

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