Interested in flying with us?

Jet Test receives hundreds of inquiries every month from pilots looking to fly for us. We appreciate every inquiry, and we are continuously looking for the most competent, experienced, flexible, and motivated pilots to join our team. That said - it is critical that you review the following FAQ which will be helpful in painting a clear picture of what we're looking for and how to best interact with us.

  • DOES JETTEST EMPLOY FULL-TIME and/or PART-TIME PILOTS?

    • Yes, unlike other ferry companies, flight test service providers, and crew leasing agencies, Jet Test  does NOT  regularly contract freelance pilots to operate our trips. We take pride in our reputation for providing flexible, quality, consistent services to our customers; and that means that our customers expect to see familiar faces that they've been working with for years when they hire us to perform a job. Including the 3 Managing Partners, Jettest has approximately 10 full/part time test and ferry pilots that all hold multiple type ratings, have extensive experience with global ferry operations, and have a history of operating in the most challenging of conditions.
       

  • IS JETTEST CURRENTLY HIRING NEW FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME PILOTS?

    • NO, but that doesn't mean that you won't have an opportunity to fly with us! We supplement our operations sometimes with contract pilots when we either require more pilots than we have on payroll to accomplish a multi-ship project, when we have multiple operations occurring over a short period of time, when we're operating a trip with an unusual aircraft type, or when we need to source a local crew due to geographical challenges or travel restrictions. The ONLY path to becoming a Jet Test pilot is to be available as a contract pilot first, and then after we all get to know each other, and if you fit our mold, more and more opportunities will come up for you to work with us. 
       

  • WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE A JET TEST PILOT?

    • All of our pilots must hold a MINIMUM of an ATP/ATPL from a recognized CAA, with at least a PIC or SIC type ​rating on the equipment being operated. PICs must have at least 2500 Turbine PIC and at least 500 hours of PIC time on the aircraft type being operated. PICs must be current on type and have a valid 1st class medical certificate, and passports/visas required for all countries where stops will be made on a particular trip. SICs must have at least an ATP/ATPL with SIC type rating and at least 500 hours on transport category, turbine powered aircraft, and possess the same passport/visa qualifications. Before acting as PIC on a Jet Test trip, any contract pilot must have flown at least 2 Jet Test trips with a Managing Partner or Designated Jet Test Pilot on board, and be signed off as qualified for ferry operations by the company. Above these minimums, an ideal Jet Test pilot will have experience operating in irregular International operations, ETOPS/oceanic operations, be comfortable with flying in non-radar and extreme environments, be experienced with RVSM and NAT/HLA operations, HF communications, RNAV/RNP operations, and operating with minimal rest, long days, and have a lot of schedule flexibility. 
       

  • DO YOU HIRE PILOTS CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY AIRLINES?

    • Sometimes - but not often. Because of the irregular nature of these kind of operations, ​the most desired characteristic of a Jet Test pilot is SCHEDULE FLEXIBILITY. Airline schedules are NOT TYPICALLY favorable to this kind of work. Trips are often short-notice. While we may know about a scheduled 'fly-date' in advance of an operation a week or two prior to departure, it is very unusual for an aircraft to be released as expected, and trips often delay for days, weeks, even months from an originally targeted departure date. Because we often have to provide crew information to the customer in advance of a trip, we need the crew to be flexible enough to adjust their schedule to incorporate delays in departure. Though not as frequently, trips may also experience a delay after crew has been dispatched on-site. This may cause a 4-day trip footprint become a 7-day trip footprint. It is highly inefficient for us to swap out crew members on a trip in progress; therefore, we typically require our pilots to have a minimum of 5-7 days of availability from the start date of a trip. Additionally, few if any airlines allow their pilots to fly outside of their 121 duties, and we don't want to be responsible for a pilot harming their career. 
       

  • HOW DO YOU FLY AIRCRAFT ON FOREIGN REGISTRATIONS?

    • The vast majority of our operations are conducted with aircraft on FAA (N REG)​ or EASA REG and therefore we use pilots (in-house and contract) with FAA and EASA ATPLs and ratings. We also operate on many transient registries like Guernsey (2-REG), Bermuda (VP/VQ), San Marino, Isle of Man, or Aruba. We have a Bermuda A134 certificate and can get BCAA validations issued for any certificate holder that has a valid 61.58 Proficiency Check within 6 months. The process for 2-REG, is similar, and we also can also arrange certificate validations for about 30 other international registrations around the world. ALL of our FT/PT crews are either EASA or FAA (or both) certificate holders.
       

  •  WHAT IS A TYPICAL JET TEST TRIP LIKE?

    • This is hard work. You'll typically need to travel within a day or two of confirming your availability. Although you will be supported by our 24-7 in house dispatch and planning team, we require that our crews be self-sufficient with arranging ground transportation, managing the logistics of the trip, coordinating with onsite representatives, maintaining communications continuously with Jet Test management, and taking responsibility for accomplishing the mission. By nature, the aircraft we ferry are often not in pristine condition, and although safety is paramount, understanding how to operate in this environment is something that comes with experience. We operate under part 91, and often use 3/4-person crews to conduct delivery operations without enroute rest stops. The duty days are VERY long, and rest may come during the day, during the night, or whenever we can make it work operationally. Despite its inherent difficulty, flying these missions is fun and rewarding. Dress code is business casual, and we operate in a pretty relaxed environment. We have no time for pilots who need help arranging a taxi, or who are going to complain about things running "differently" than the way flying works at an airline. This isn't airline flying, and an airline pilot mentality (you know who you are!) is not particularly helpful here. If you show up at 8AM and then end up sitting in a trailer all day waiting for technical release, you can't complain about it to people around you. At 8PM, when the airplane is finally released, you need to be able to get in the seat and execute your duties for 8+ hours. If catering doesn't make it to the plane at a tech stop, you need to be able to survive on whatever you brought with you. You need to know what to do when you show up and there's no Nav database on the airplane. You need to know how to troubleshoot small issues, and be willing to work with a line-maintenance engineer who may show up to troubleshoot a problem. If you are willing to learn, go outside your comfort zone, challenge yourself, apply your experience, and generally just spend a week with good natured, adventurous people, you'll do just fine here. 
       

  • HOW CAN I GET ON THE LIST AS A CONTRACT PILOT?​​

    • ​Simple, ​​just fill out the form with as much detail as possible and wait for us to call you! The most common types we fly are B737, B757, B767, & A320 aircraft. We always need ATR, CRJ, ERJ, A350, B787, and A220 contractors as these are the more unusual types that we ferry. The most in-demand contractors for us are FAA or EASA PICs on A320 and B737 aircraft that reside in E. Asia, India, the Middle East, or Europe. That said - we never know when something will come up where we can use your help! 
       

  • WHAT'S THE PAY?

    • You will get paid a fair market daily rate from the time you leave your house to the time you get home. All travel and accommodations, as well as meals will be paid by the company. Other than that, your daily rate depends on ​a multitude of factors, and you will know what the pay is before committing to any project. We pay our contractors quickly and efficiently. We are a professional organization that hires professional pilots, and you will be treated as such when you work for us. We do not negotiate daily pay rates - if the rate is not acceptable to you, we will move-on down the list. We are never desperate!
       

  • IF I CALL OR EMAIL AND BUG YOU ALL THE TIME, AND ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY TRIPS COMING UP WILL IT IMPROVE MY CHANCES OF BEING CALLED?

    • NO! We are ALWAYS scrambling around the world flying or managing trips, and repeatedly bugging us is super annoying! Our first priority is to crew every trip in-house with our own team. Sometimes we won't hire contractors for MONTHS at a time. The best way to get noticed is to have lots of availability and experience on a certain aircraft type. Please attach a CV and enter as much detail about yourself as you like on the comments section of the form! Pilots that impress us out on the line, and have the right attitude and availability, get the calls. Its really simple!

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