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Rotary Wing Flight Test Instructor / Test Pilot

Date: 11-Jan-2023

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

It’s an exciting time to be part of ETPS & QinetiQ. We are looking for great people to join us as we continue to grow into new markets around the world. We currently have many opportunities and would love to hear from candidates who are interested in joining us now or in the future.


About ETPS - formed in 1943, ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School) was the world’s first school established especially to train flight test professionals.


Equipped with the specialist knowledge and flying skills required to run safe and effective military and civil flight test programmes, today’s students are reaping the benefits from our substantial investment in new facilities, flying assets and teaching system. A new syllabus also offers a comprehensive range of dedicated fixed wing and rotary aircraft courses.

Delivered by highly experienced tutors who are recognised for their expertise globally, our modular courses for Test Pilots, Flight Test Engineers, Systems Test and Evaluator Aircrew cover experimental, development and systems testing. In order to create ‘flying classrooms’ that meet both military and civil requirements, our new fleet of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft have all been extensively modified with the latest flight test instrumentation. ETPS students have gained priceless experience in a wide variety of aircrafts from our courses, which have been designed to inspire and equip flight test professionals with the skills, insight and know-how to meet future career challenges with both confidence and assurance.


To learn more, please visit - ETPS (


We are looking to recruit a new Rotary Wing (RW) Flight Test Instructor/ Test Pilot to join our Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) team at MOD Boscombe Down to support the delivery of ETPS Rotary Wing courses.


Key Accountabilities

The job holder will be employed as a RW Flight Test Instructor (FTI) and Test Pilot (TP) and will be required to work primarily on ETPS. The successful candidate will be accountable to the Chief Flying Instructor CFI (RW) for:

1. Delivering a range of long course and short course ground school lectures and in-flight instructional sorties to both test pilot and flight test engineer (FTE) students.

2. Assessing and grading ETPS student flying and reporting standards and mentoring and providing constructive debriefing and feedback, thereby enhancing flight safety and accelerating learning.

3. Timely and efficient delivery of other flight crew tasks as directed by the Head of Flight Operations / Chief Test Pilot.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge

1. Providing exemplary flight test tuition to ETPS students.

2. Teaching all aspects of flight test theory and practical techniques to experienced multi-national aircrew.

3. Contributing to the course development and modernisation of the ETPS course syllabuses and driving continuous improvement.

4. Clarifying subject material that is inherently complex so that students of all nationalities can understand and then apply the associated principles.

5. Maintaining a safe course environment, working closely with our military/civilian colleagues, while challenging students to produce high levels of performance.

6. Playing a leading role in the continuing high standards of aviation safety inherent in ETPS and QinetiQ Civil Flying Organisation (QCFO) flying operations.

7. Co-ordinate Short course resources with other users e.g. ATO, QCFO.


Experience & Qualifications

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training:

• Qualified RW Test Pilot having graduated from one of the 3 MoD-recognised Test Pilot Schools offering RW training (ETPS, USNTPS or EPNER).


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

• Completed at least one tour (minimum 2 years) on a national flight test squadron/unit, engaged on a range of significant projects.

• A sound knowledge of the performance, stability & control and aero-systems of helicopters.

• Ability to teach on the ground and instruct in the air.

• First rate organisational and administrative skills.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

• Medically fit to gain a CAA Class 1 Medical.

• Able to meet the normal security requirements of QinetiQ personnel at Boscombe Down.

• Team player with excellent inter-personal skills.

• Ability to motivate, inspire and mentor.

•Patient, well organised and willing to be flexible.


Desirable Criteria

• Broad and extensive experience within the flight test community.

• Significant Support Helicopter experience.

• Significant ship helicopter operations and deck landing experience.

• Previous in-flight instructional experience, particularly flight test instruction.

• Civilian Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL (H)) or Commercial Pilots’ Licence (CPL(H)/IR).

• Civilian RW instructional experience/rating.

• In current flying practice (at least 50 hrs P1 in the previous 12 months) with recency in a test flying role.



Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.   
Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 


About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in. Guidance can be found at UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (