Platform Aerospace specializes in manufacturing, aviation modification and prototyping, and cutting-edge aerial ISR products, namely VANILLA UNMANNED UAS. Platform is AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certified and is a registered service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB).

JOB TITLE:                                     FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER                              

DEPARTMENT:                              FLIGHT OPERATIONS

REPORTS TO:                                DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS        

CLASSIFICATION:                         EXEMPT

Job Summary:

Leads the Flight Operations Team. 


  • Oversee and actively manage the Vanilla Unmanned Training Program
  • Oversee and actively manage the Vanilla Unmanned Standardization Program
  • Oversee and actively manage the Vanilla Unmanned operation and maintenance manuals
  • Develop the annual asset utilization plan
  • Develop the annual detachment sustainment plan
  • Supervise and mentor junior UAS operators
  • Actively manage flight operation planning and authority to operate in support of customer-driven requirements
  • Perform UAS Pilot duties to meet mission objectives
  • Ensure compliance with all FAA regulations as applicable
  • Support flight operations outside the continental United States for up to four (4) months at a time
  • Up to 50% CONUS and OCONUS travel may be required
  • Position is contingent on the ability to obtain and retain U.S. Government security clearance
  • Position is contingent on the ability to pass required flight and deployment physicals


  • Bachelor’s degree in aviation, engineering, or a related field and 6 years of experience in this role or 10 years of experience on this role in lieu of education
  • 3-5 years of experience as a training lead
  • Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA
  • Expert knowledge and extensive experience with Piccolo flight controllers
  • Comfortable operating a UAS in various environmental conditions
  • Ability to obtain a security Clearance


  • Private Pilot License
  • Experience in deployed UAS ISR operations


  • Must be able to perform physical requirements of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation, including, but not limited to, perceiving differences in wire cable colors, moving and/or lifting items such as ladders, tools, air tanks, test equipment and other objects weighing up to 100 pounds, working aloft; climbing ladders. 
  • Must be able to obtain a DOT physical. 

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.