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The Defense Group at Leidos currently has an opening for a Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Mission Commander (MC), Level III to support CONUS and OCONUS operations. The MC will support contracted flight operations and must meet our high standards of aviator skill, safety, professionalism, and customer focus. MCs may be required to live and work in austere conditions. In this role, the MC will support all flight operational duties in the Buckeye Arrow UAS aircraft from flight planning, pre- and post-flight operations as requested by the Site Operations Manager (SOM) or Flight Operations Manager (FOM). MCs will manage the operation of aircraft and communications systems essential for conducting operations. Multiple opportunities exist for position upgrade and leadership skills development.
THE CHALLENGE (primary responsibilities)
Manages daily Electro-Optical (EO)/Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) collection mission planning, focusing on operational efficiency and compliance with applicable government, host-nation, and company policies and regulations
Oversees aircraft operations supporting DoD-directed EO/LIDAR collection
Schedules flight operations and provides crew composition recommendations to program leadership
Provides crewmember performance evaluations and upgrade recommendations to program leadership
Manages flight and ground operating procedures and flight crew information dissemination
Validates flight plans considering factors including altitude, terrain, weather, range, aircraft weight, airfield facilities, and navigation system capabilities and limitations
Assures aircraft and ground station flight readiness IAW DCMA INST 8210.1C requirements
Formulates and implements contingency/emergency response plans to minimize operational disruptions to natural or manmade events
Participate in teleconferences as required
Completes daily and weekly operational reports as required
WHAT SETS YOU APART (basic qualifications)
BA/BS Degree and eight (8) years experience, MA/MS degree and (6) years experience, or PHD. Additional experience may be used in lieu of degree.
250 hours total time in a UAS or traditional ISR airframe
Must possess or be able to obtain a current FAA Class II Medical Certificate
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must possess a current passport
Must possess a valid state driver’s license
Must read, write, speak and understand English
Must possess an active DOD security clearance at the SECRET level, or higher
Ability to successfully meet all contractual / program training and DoD medical requirements for OCONUS travel, COVID testing requirements, attending and successfully completing CONUS Replacement Courses (CRC) within 90 days of hire.
Security Clearance Requirement
500 hours pilot in command time in a Group 3 UAS or traditional ISR airframe
Former U.S. Military, Customs, DEA Pilot or US Contracting ISR Pilot
U.S. Military Standardization Instructor Pilot, Instructor Pilot, Maintenance Pilot
Prior OCONUS rotation experience, particularly in current area of operation
Experience with TigerShark UAS or similar platform
Prior Lead pilot or operator experience
Willingness to complete the UAS Pilot Training Program
Willingness to upgrade and assume additional aviation administration responsibility
Pay Range $97,500.00 - $150,000.00 - $202,500.00
The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.