Amazon.com is hiring a flight operations engineer to work in Cambridge, UK, to test its delivery drones.
The job ad, posted last week, comes with the following responsibilities:
- Performing as the Safety Observer during Prime Air flight tests, both outdoor and indoor
- Ensuring that all safety policies are followed during flight tests, both outdoor and indoor
- Participating in the planning of flight test evolutions to ensure that the planned operations are consistent with our policies and any safety policies placed on the team by regulatory agencies for a particular location
- Writing, enhancing and documenting our Flight Safety Policies
- Performing safety analyses to ensure our vehicles and operations are safe
- Documenting our safety analyses to be used for vehicle and program certification.
“Flight test experience, manned or unmanned, is preferred,” the ad says. As is “5+ years of relevant aviation experience, either civilian or military, with either manned or unmanned aviation” along with “2+ years in a safety-related role, such as Aviation Safety Officer, formal safety training, or Fulfillment Center safety operations.”
Amazon's previously advertised for flighty people to work in Cambridge, so this new ad makes it look like the company is getting close to test flights of its drones in blighty.
That the company also needs an office manager to “Act as first point of contact for all visitors and suppliers coming to our office” and “Support Senior Site Leadership Team for general admin tasks, such as travel bookings, expense reporting,” among other duties, suggests there's quite a sizable Prime Air team at work.
News that Amazon is hiring drone pilots in the UK could suggest the company isn't making much headway with attempts to expand its US test flight program. Or it could mean that Prime Air is more than a flight of fancy and is seriously being considered for global take-off.
Either way, let us know if you – or a mate – gets the job! ®