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UAS Flight Instructor Pilot

Apply now Department: 3670085535 Salina Dept of UAS
Job no: 512853
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Salina, Kansas
Categories: Aviation / UAT / UAS
Pay Grade: 09B

About This Role:

Kansas State University’s Aerospace and Technology Campus in Salina is seeking an experienced UAS Flight Instructor Pilot to join its Department of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). This position is responsible for the following:

  • Performing Pilot in Command duties, including supporting daily operational missions and flight training courses, flight planning, etc.
  • Ground and flight instruction
  • Conducting stage checks and flight evaluations of students
  • Developing UAS training curricula to meet industry needs and regulations
  • Delivering training material as an Instructor via classroom, online, or 1-on-1 environments
  • Preparing post mission reports to support research development
  • Assisting with UAS courses for both credit and non-credit programs, including ground school, live/simulation flight training, etc.

Why Join Us:

As the unmanned aircraft systems industry continues to break new ground, Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus is at the forefront of this revolution. We understand the importance of providing students with research opportunities, cutting edge technology and equipment, and an exclusive education. That’s why we built one of the largest enclosed UAS flight facilities in the nation and were awarded the country’s first approval to provide commercial flight training.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in aviation maintenance or engineering technology
    • This position may use an educational equivalency as determined relevant by a hiring manager
  • FAA Part 107 remote pilot-in-command (RPIC) certification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • FAA fundamentals of instruction course completion.
  • Experience with developing applications for FAA Certificate of Authorizations, Section 333/49 U.S.C. 44807, Part 107 Waivers, and Airspace Authorizations.
  • Experience operating and instructing VTOL and fixed-wing UAS both in manual and autonomous configurations.
  • Experience operating UAS under Part 107, Special Government Interest, Certificates of Authorization, Waivers, or Exemptions.
  • Experience operating UAS at night
  • Experience operating UAS beyond visual line of sight Experience operating Piccolo equipped UAS.
  • FEMA certifications for disaster response Experience with UAS research operations.
  • Public safety experience with UAS.
  • FAA Private/Instrument Pilot Rating
  • Systems integration experience
  • Extensive knowledge on UAS curriculum development, integration, and training
  • Proficient on different UAS systems, 1-2 year background in UAS flight and ground instruction Knowledgeable on Microsoft Office, computer networking and programming, and computer based systems required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of Certificate of Authorization process and Part 107 operations; be highly motivated and a team player
  • Proficient in analog & digital electronics
  • Ability to quickly learn and keep pace with rapidly growing industry; Able to work form engineering prints/schematics and parts lists

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • Must have FAA fundamentals of instruction course completion prior to starting employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Copies of required licenses/certificates
  4. Names and contact information for three current, professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$55,069 - $70,000, depending on experience and education

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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