Navigator / Mission Planner

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The NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) Navigator/Mission Planner performs duties in support of the operations of all aircraft assigned to AFRC. Navigators/Mission Planners will plan and fly sorties for NASA and NASA customers ensuring that quality products and safe operations are provided as tasked. AFRC aircraft are located at the main campus at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Salary Range: $110,000 - $130,000

The salary range for this position is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, geographic location, and any applicable laws.


  • Conducts flight operations, performs preflight, in-flight, and post flight duties on NASA aircraft in accordance with the Aircraft Flight Manual or NASA approved flight crew checklists
  • Performs applicable normal abnormal and emergency procedures in accordance with the Aircraft Flight Manual and NASA approved flight crew checklists
  • Produces detailed flight plans using government furnished mission planning software such as Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) and/or Joint Mission Planning Software (JMPS)
  • Operates onboard mission systems to accurately position the aircraft as required to accomplish mission objectives.
  • Liaises with the airborne science team lead inflight and when required coordinates and executes flight plan changes during flight to achieve mission objectives
  • Utilizes the Flight Crew Branch Flight Information Publications (FLIP) program
  • Participates in i3 and NASA directed continuation training meetings and other forums mandated by the on-site management team
  • Perform Operational Readiness Reviews on aircraft prior to deployment in accordance with applicable Center procedures
  • Perform other operation functions such as scheduling, safety, training, planning and project support

  • Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited university or college (Required), with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, physical science, life science, or mathematics. (Desired)
  • Proficient with government furnished mission planning software such as Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS) and/or Joint Mission Planning Software (JMPS). (Required)
  • Graduate of a Flight Training Program as a Navigator and/or Pilot (Required) with a minimum of 2000 hours and an Instructor Qualification. (Highly Desired)
  • Formal military training in expected duties (with DD 214 annotating AFSC / MOS qualification) or applicable civilian experience. (Highly Desired)
  • Possess a current US passport, valid through period of employment. (Required)
  • Must be able to pass random drug screenings. (Required)
  • Must meet the security requirements of the position and pass a NASA Flight Medical Certification. (Required)

Required Experience:
  • Should possess knowledge and first-hand experience necessary to succeed as a government contractor providing direct support to NASA AFRC staff as required.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Must be able to create, maintain and update briefings and statistical reporting.
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD SECRET security clearance.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
  • Light to medium work. Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, see, hear, stoop, crouch, feel, handle; manual dexterity.
  • Outside work. Ability to tolerate conditions in a deployed environment to include inclement weather, rain, humidity, cold and extreme heat. May be exposed to dust, fumes, odors, chemicals, and confined spaces.
  • Close, distance, color and peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical manuals and instructions; procedures, safety instructions, memos, reports. Ability to write at a level to relay data, details and information. Ability to perform shop math. Ability to speak clearly and concisely to relay information.
  • Office conditions: Moderate noise level. May be required to sit at computer station and/or type on keyboard for extended periods of time. May be required to lift objects such as laptop and office copy paper. May be required to view and read computer monitor for extended periods of time. May be required to take verbal messages per phone and face-to-face contact. Will occasionally be required to stand and walk to deliver items within office or on the flight line.
  • Flight line working conditions: Will be required to work day or night. May be exposed to high noise levels. Will be required to fly long missions (up to 14 hour duty day) at high altitude in a confined space. May be subject to the altitude or physiological risks normally associated with flying.
About i3

Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, i3 is a national leader in providing innovative technical and engineering solutions to a broad customer base across the U.S. DoD. Specializing in missile and aviation engineering and logistic services, electronic warfare and electromagnetic affects analysis, UAS system integration and flight operations, full lifecycle C5ISR engineering services, engineering analysis, cybersecurity and IT/IA innovative solutions and virtual training, simulation & serious game development and implementation.
  • We were founded in 2007 with the intent to do business differently.
  • Our focus is to leave our team members and customers better than we found them.
  • Our ultimate goal is to strengthen our Nation and our warfighter.
Perks and Benefits at i3:
  • 100% team member owned
  • Outstanding insurance coverage
  • 401(k) match
  • Health and wellness incentives
  • Tuition and certification reimbursement
  • Generous PTO
  • Fun culture with company activities
  • Countless opportunities to give back to the community through our charitable organization, i3 Cares
We work hard. We compete hard. We play hard. Apply now to join us!

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