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Flight Test Drone Operator, Prime Air

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How do you get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively, and—most importantly—safely, in less than an hour? And how do you do it in a way that can scale? Our teams of hundreds of scientists, engineers, aerospace professionals, and futurists have been working hard to do just that! We are delivering to customers, and are excited for what’s to come. Check out more information about Prime Air on the About Amazon blog (https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/transportation/amazon-prime-air-delivery-drone-reveal-photos).

If you are seeking an iterative environment where you can drive innovation, apply state-of-the-art technologies to solve real world delivery challenges, and provide benefits to customers, Prime Air is the place for you.

Come work on the Amazon Prime Air Team!

Prime Air is seeking an experienced Drone Operator with sound judgment and strict flight discipline. Success will require attention to detail, a safety-oriented attitude, flexibility, and enthusiasm for drone technology. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and can deliver results under pressure.

We are looking for a candidate who has aviation experience as well as familiarity with the principles of Developmental Flight Test. This candidate will be expected to conduct flight test operations as a crew member and advise decision-makers as described in CFR Part 91, 107, & 135. This individual will also conduct flight readiness activities and operational planning as required. Aviation Safety experience is highly preferred.

Export Control License: This position may require a deemed export control license for compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Placement is contingent on Amazon’s ability to apply for and obtain an export control license on your behalf.

Key job responsibilities
Flight Test Drone Operators support Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) of drone aircraft and Ground Support Equipment (GSE), continually pursue end-to-end process improvement, and are critical to the program’s test efforts in pursuit of 30-minute customer delivery operations with autonomously safe air vehicles. These roles include tasks that require a thorough understanding and adherence to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations during the daily execution of flight test operations. Drone Operators review test plans and complete flight test cards in a variety of crew positions. They perform the last physical aspects of test vehicle preparation and final inspections before operations in the public sphere and monitor vehicles (via visual, audio, and electronic means) to help verify nominal flight characteristics and to identify developing off-nominal conditions. Accordingly, Drone Operators are trained to detect hazards and manage associated risks, as well as respond appropriately to potential emergency situations. They approach operations in accordance with their training, Prime Air policy / Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and local/state/federal law.


Must be at least 18 years old
Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
Current Class 2 FAA Medical Examination with the ability to maintain Class 2 privileges
Current Remote Pilot Certificate
Current Private Pilot Certificate
Able to work 40 hours/week and overtime, as required
Experience with remote-control aircraft.
Valid driver’s license and able to meet Amazon’s driver eligibility criteria
Experience with business communications and reporting
Comfortable operating in outdoor environments for prolonged periods.
Able to lift equipment and carry out physical activity with or without reasonable accommodation
Willingness to travel domestically up to 50% of the time

This position is subject to Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing if conducting safety sensitive functions as defined by the FAA. Federal law also requires Amazon to determine an applicant’s DOT drug and/or alcohol testing history prior to hiring him/her into a position that would require them to conduct safety sensitive functions as defined by the FAA.


Experience with FAA rules and regulations
Experience working in the commercial or military drone industry
Experience with flight telemetry and aviation weather
Experience with Python commands
Experience with Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Completed an Undergraduate degree in the aviation field or equivalent work experience
Excellent written and verbal communications and reporting skills
Ability to work independently
Demonstrated decision-making skills and judgement
Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us

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