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Flight Operator - Contract

World View Enterprises

World View Enterprises

Tucson, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Tucson, AZ

Company Overview

World View is on a mission to inspire, create, and explore new perspectives for a radically improved future by helping humanity respect and conserve all life on Earth. As a leader in the burgeoning stratospheric exploration space, we have been leading groundbreaking stratospheric flight for over 10 years. Using advanced stratospheric balloon technology, our stratospheric remote sensing capabilities are trusted by NASA, NOAA and other government and commercial enterprises. And, with our space tourism and exploration business promising a truly unique space tourism experience unlike anything else on the market, World View is poised for massive growth. To learn more about World View, visit

Job Description

As part of a hardworking team of diverse flight operations professionals, you will operate and launch near-space balloon systems. This is a contract role with working hours and days based on mission needs and schedule.

After completing our training program and successfully certifying, you will be a mission operations flight controller, responsible for Co-Pilot duties on stratospheric balloon flights.

Current Shift Openings:

Monday-Friday – Swing Shift and Night Shift

Saturday and Sunday – All shifts

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop proficiency in operating flight control, planning, and safety interfaces and tools
  • Develop proficiency in aviation communication protocols
  • Serve as a flight controller throughout the mission and recovery
  • Respond to off-nominal scenarios, taking appropriate actions to maintain vehicle and general public safety and help lead the team to resolution of anomalies
  • Operate the vehicle and ground systems programs in support of vehicle testing and pre-launch preparations for mission execution (vehicle checkouts, mission simulations, etc.)
  • Develop and support procedure updates for use across all phases of the operation
  • Support control console and procedure upgrades
  • Support systems safety activities by working toward process and documentation improvement


  • Previous experience as an operator or flight controller, including time on console or in a control room, and familiarity with radio communication protocols
  • Strong ability and desire to understand sophisticated systems, investigate and tackle challenging problems, and work in a dynamic environment
  • Proven safety mentality
  • Demonstrates the ability to understand command and control interfaces, ability to effectively communicate with crew members in a mission environment, and ability to comprehend the necessary reactive procedures during all phases of the mission
  • 2 years of experience as an unmanned vehicle operator or manned pilot
  • A working and understandable knowledge of FAA Regulations/Airspace or a current Part 107 license
  • 2 years of experience as an aviation technician or system engineer (manned or unmanned)
  • 2 years of experience with troubleshooting and testing mission systems
  • Strong communication skills
  • Performs well in time-critical scenarios
  • Strong digital literacy and ability to learn new software tools
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to our inclusive culture
  • Willingness to work different shifts during mission operations to ensure all missions have consistent coverage and oversight
  • Willingness to work remote operations when needed
  • H.S. diploma or GED with Military UAS/UAV qualification or B.S. in Engineering, Aeronautical Aviation Operations, Aviation Technology, or similar domain

Bonus Points

  • Experience with reading wind fields
  • Experience with GIS/mapping overlays
  • Experience coding simple software programs or algorithms
  • Experience developing, writing and updating operating or test procedures
  • Current or previous secret level security clearance

Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

World View is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.

Shifts Available

M-F Swing Shift and Night Shift

Weekends All Shifts