Puma/Raven Instructor

Employer: Academi
Location:  OCONUS (Primary)

Job Description

ACADEMI UAS is seeking AeroVironment Puma/Raven/Wasp Operators for CONUS and OCONUS Operations. ACADEMI is a professional organization serving as a solutions provider to the U.S. Government and commercial entities. We operate in the defense, training, logistics, and intelligence spaces, priding ourselves on providing our customers with world-class performance. We are the quiet and dedicated professionals serving the government and commercial markets. Our bandwidth and far-reaching capabilities make us a valuable single-source solutions provider.

All candidates should be willing and able to work in a high-threat environment under austere conditions and pass pre-deployment medical screening (CENTCOM MOD 13). A battery of aptitude tests and System Currency or training will be conducted.

UAS Operator Field Representative (FSR) requires 2 to 5 years of experience and an educational level of Professional or Military Certification. Personnel will be expected to deploy on various contracts and meet mission requirements as required by the onsite customer.


Job Requirements
Candidates should have at least 4-8 years of military experience, or equivalent experience in an aircraft or aerospace manufacturing firm
Must have outstanding Leadership, Managerial and Organizational skills, and should have excellent presentation inter-personal skills
Should have a solid understanding of military tactics, operations, GPS and Navigation utilizing map and compass
Prior military instructor/Special Operations experience highly desirable: Prefer Special Forces, SEAL, Special Tactics, Ranger, Force Recon, Scout, Forward Observer, TACP, or Aviation backgrounds
Must have strong analytical skills with which to solve various degrees of complex problems
Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel)
Should have outstanding oral and written communication skills
Because of various out-of-area services requirements, candidate must may be required to work on both short term and long term deployments away from home
Should be accustomed to isolation and is expected to work long irregular hours, weekends and holidays and in difficult situations, environments and watches
Must be a demonstrated team player, and have held, or be eligible to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance requiring US Citizenship with current passport
Prior hobby experience with Remote Controlled (RC) aircraft helpful but not required.
Familiarity with military communications including radio procedures and MIRC Chat.
Willingness to travel no less than 6 months out of every year (CONUS and OCONUS).
High school Diploma or equivalent
Currently possess a Class II FAA Flight physical
Ability to pass Company Background and Drug Screening
Ability to pass pre-deployment medical and dental screenings (CRC/NDC)
Strong Computer literacy
Ability to pass FAA Ground School.

Preferred Qualifications:
Prior Military Service as a pilot including operational deployment supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
Imagery Analyst Intelligence school
Private Pilot or better (Commercial/Instrument/CFI/CFII)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Successful completion of all AVO trainee requirements.
Will operate Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV) in the field
Ensure all SUAV flight and ground operations are IAW established procedures.
Establish L/R site to ensure system operations are conducted efficiently and safely.
Conduct all necessary SUAV systems, equipment, and material inventories prior to departing the L/R site.
Maintain two-way communications on all assigned radios frequencies and data transmission systems.
Collect, process, and deliver Intelligence Surveillance and Recognizance (ISR) data on appropriate systems in the proper format based on the timelines established and priorities set in the SOPs.
Immediately advise MCs, customer representatives, and controlling authorities of any changes affecting the planned SUAV flight operation.
Maintain proper operational status of SUAVs and supporting operations systems.
Maintain situational awareness of the air vehicle's location, in-flight status, and threats to the air vehicle from the air and ground.
Constantly monitor weather on-site and along intended flight paths.
Continually re-evaluate risk assessments and take appropriate actions to mitigate any elevated risk levels.
Complete all documentation required for flight operations, equipment operational status, and data collection.
Maintain situational awareness to ensure security and safety of L/R site personnel and equipment.
Safely recover SUAV air vehicle.
Complete post-flight procedures
Capture critical information for input into after-action reports and lessons learned databases.
Will have the opportunity to visit US and foreign military bases overseas to conduct SUAS operations
Must be able to work well within a team environment, communicating with senior leadership as well as mentoring junior staff
Must have excellent commitment to quality SUAS flight operations.
May assist in Business Development as needed, working closely with Operations Manager
Will be based out of an office located in North East North Carolina, but will travel extensively to isolated locations throughout the US and abroad.
Review Airspace requirements and operate systems safely and within requirements of applicable flight regulations as required by the OEM, Military, Unit and specific location requirements.
Responds to emergency procedures as required.
Operates various sensor systems as required by the mission.
Participates in post mission debriefing. Fills out appropriate forms and prepares for following days operations.
Assists with various maintenance actions as required by the Site Manager
Additional duties may be assigned


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