External Pilot ( Remote Control Pilot) Fixed wing UAV

  • The Hague, Netherlands

External Pilot ( Remote Control Pilot) Fixed wing UAV

Job description

We’re currently looking for an External Pilot (Remote Control Pilot) to join our team!

Ampyx Power is developing an ‘Airborne Wind Energy’ (AWE) technology and system that can harvest the powerful wind at high altitude using tethered unmanned aircraft. This year we will be testing and fielding our prototype AWE systems.

Want to join us? We’re looking for a highly skilled and experienced External Pilot (Remote Control Pilot) to help us achieve our upcoming milestones. Are you a hotshot RC Pilot? Are you a detail oriented and talented hands-on person who loves to work with aircraft? And, do you want to make your unique contribution to develop a pioneering wind technology for generating sustainable energy? Then we’re looking for you!

Introducing our team and culture
We believe that a diversity of perspectives, ideas, cultures, and common passion to make a difference is needed to develop our pioneering technology.

Today we have a team of over 50 highly skilled professionals with more than 20 nationalities working from The Hague and Melbourne. We will be opening another office in Ireland in the near future. Most of our employees have a university degree and several employees have PhD background.

We have a socially open atmosphere in our company, placing value on trust. We think in terms of solutions rather than problems. We challenge each other and act decisively in our day-to-day work. Everyone's input is valuable and we work with clear deadlines and objectives. This way of working has helped us to make significant steps in our airborne technology development over the past 10 years.

What are you going to do?
As a member of the flight operations team, you will take an important role in flight operations of our AWE systems. As an External Pilot (Remote Control Pilot) you will serve as safety pilot during critical flight testing phase as well as take-off and landing operations if needed.
In particular you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Act as a safety pilot during flight testing
  • Working in coordination with the Mission Commander and Air Vehicle Operator
  • Flight campaigns including logistics, preparation of equipment, pre-flight of aircraft, test field preparations.
  • Execute flight operations checklists, procedures, manuals and logging in strong collaboration with flight crew.
  • Participate in incident processing and mitigating measures
  • Prepare Pre- and Post- Flight Briefing
  • Provide important feedback such as aircraft handling quality to the Flight Test Engineers
  • You will be working outside for the majority of the flight testing day
  • You’re willing to travel with minimal notice for extended periods of time.


What do we need from you to complement the team?

 As our new External Pilot (Remote Control Pilot), you will have a minimum of 2-year Technical Degree preferably in a technology related field. You work efficiently independently and you will be required to work odd shifts during flight test campaigns. You have effective and professional verbal and written communication skills, and as you will be a member of an international team, proficiency in English language is a must. 

  • You are a very experienced RC pilot with exceptional flying ability on fixed-wing aircraft. 
  • You must be comfortable with flying large, heavy wing loading platforms (25kg or heavier).
  • You must be able to demonstrate the ability to control the aircraft while precisely maintaining altitude, attitude, track and airspeed
  • You must be able to work under stressful conditions, and be able to demonstrate the ability to recover the aircraft from unusual attitude quickly while maintaining effective communication with other crew members
  • RPAS license and/or Private Pilot License

A plus but not a must would be:

  • Basic understanding of flight dynamics and aircraft performance
  • Previous exposure to process based engineering 
  • Operational experience in an environment where strict safety procedures are in place 
  • Computer skills such as Microsoft, Linux, or UNIX, and a working knowledge of networks are required in addition to an operational understanding of Local Area Networks

You may be required to pass a Class-2 flight medical examination.

What do we have to offer?

We offer you an opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy future. You will be working on a unique innovation using state-of-the-art technologies in an international team of enthusiastic professionals. Together, we will be launching our Airborne Wind Energy technology on the market in the next few years.

You can look forward to:

  • A competitive salary adjustable to your talent, knowledge and experience;
  • A personalized work-life balance;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 30 leave days every year;
  • Excellent opportunities for growth via our personal development plan;
  • Excellent opportunities to take initiative and responsibility;
  • Working together with a team of professionals of top international status;
  • Shares in the company as all employees are shareholder;
  • A daily freshly-made free lunch.

Where can you find us?
Ampyx Power is located in The Netherlands in the centre of The Hague, a ten-minute walk from the Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station. Our office in The Hague is also easily accessible for candidates from, for example, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, Zoetermeer, Leiden, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Haarlem. If you have questions about the company or processes, please send an email to Layla@ampyxpower.com. If you have more specific, technical questions, please contact Ryan Vu on the following number: 0031 70 4020168.

Final request
As we are looking for an External Pilot with the right skills, we would like to ask you to send us the following documents with your application:

  • A CV, written in English;
  • A motivation letter, written in English; Do not repeat your cv, but explain why you are interested in this position in particular, and give one or two practical examples of what you have done to evidence what you think are key competences for this position.

We do not appreciate agency calls.