Pilotless, short takeoff and landing electric airplanes for urban…
Pyka is looking for a deployed flight test engineer to support the development and commercial deployments of its advanced autonomous aircraft. You will set up the first missions of our planes in different locations abroad, and train and support our customers as they operate the aircraft. This is your opportunity to test, evaluate and deploy the aircraft of the future.
After a two month initial training in Winters, CA, you will spend most of your time (~50%) deployed at customer sites for periods of 3 to 5 weeks.
A typical deployment cycle in this role is:
Recurrent training and preparation at Pyka test facilities in Winters, CA - 1 week
Deployment abroad - 3 weeks
Optional time off - 3 weeks
This is a multidisciplinary role that interacts with internal and external organizations, so written and verbal communication skills are critical. You will be instrumental in ensuring the standardization of aircraft ground and flight operations and procedures, instructional techniques, as well as informing the evolution of the product itself.
An engineering degree is not required, although the candidate must be technically knowledgeable, preferably with experience with flight operations with either manned aircraft or UAVs.
Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous electric aviation.
To get there, we’re taking a different approach than most. We're applying our technologies to every industry where electric aircraft can be useful, starting with the highest value and most dangerous jobs. In doing so, we're building useful, game-changing products manufactured at scale, while perfecting the safety, reliability, and capabilities of our autonomy engine and electric propulsion systems.
Today, we supply our aircraft to agricultural service providers and farmers as an autonomous tool that makes aerial crop protection safer, more targeted and less harmful to surrounding environments. Our vehicles are highly economical to operate and easy to deploy. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better now and brings the future of electric aviation one-step closer each day.
We design, develop and manufacture an ecosystem of technologies including proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes.
We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, and expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. In this role you will have a great deal of responsibility, earn a competitive salary and benefits, and contribute to the development of groundbreaking technology.
Travel to and participate in international commercial deployments (Central America, South America to start) to support flight testing, customer training and product support
Guarantee continuous operations at customer sites by identifying, troubleshooting and fixing any arising issues, with the remote help of Pyka’s engineering teams
Recommend new features, improvements, design changes, etc. to the design team
Conduct diverse fleet maintenance activities, involving the aircraft itself, ground infrastructure, laptops, and batteries
Assemble, prepare and fully test airframe airworthiness after shipment to customer sites
Serve as Pilot In Command or Ground Control Operator of experimental / developmental unmanned aircraft
Lead and/or participate in ground and flight test events as Test Conductor or Test Crew member
Manage complex logistics in support of flight operations
Experience flying fixed wing UAVs / model aircraft or large multirotors
Experience with ground control and mission planning software
Experience with mechanical and electrical systems, assembly, and troubleshooting
Basic high voltage safety knowledge and comfortable working on 120 VDC, 20 ~ 30 kW systems
Familiarity with linux, command line usage, git
Proficient in Spanish
Experience visualizing and analyzing data logs
Knowledge of aircraft systems and manuals
Independent and motivated, with an extremely strong work ethic; able to self-direct and manage time
Extreme attention to detail and thoroughness
Willingness to travel in foreign countries and spend several weeks working independently
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Part 61 pilot certificate is a plus
Competitive cash compensation and equity
Employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance, FSA with employer matching, and 401(k)
Paid holidays and unlimited PTO
Free catered lunch and plenty of snacks at the office
Export Control Requirements
This position requires access to technology, software and other information that is subject to governmental access control restrictions, due to export controls. Employment in this position is conditioned on the continued availability of government authorization to authorize release of such items, to the extent required, including without limitation an export license, or other documentation required to establish authorization to receive access to such items.
Company may delay commencement of employment, rescind an offer of employment, terminate employment, and/or may modify job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and/or access to Company facilities and information systems, as Company deems appropriate, in order to ensure compliance with applicable government access control restrictions.
At Pyka we develop autonomous electric aircraft to provide people with an affordable and compelling alternative to ground transit. We make hyper-short takeoff and landing autonomous electric aircraft. Today, we’re using our aircraft to protect crops with fully automated aerial sprays in order to obtain the flight hours, technical readiness, and scale required for human transportation.
Our aircraft make aerial crop protection safer and less harmful to surrounding communities. They’re also highly economical to operate and easy to deploy.
We are the only company in the world approved for commercial work with full-scale, autonomous aircraft. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better today.
Pyka’s core technologies include proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes. Our full-stack team is from Cora/Kittyhawk, Joby Aviation, Waymo, and Google[x].
We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. At Pyka, you will earn a competitive salary and benefits - including medical and dental coverage.