Callen Lenz – Unmanned Aircraft Test Pilot

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Unmanned Aircraft Test Pilot 

Vacancy Reference: 2024/CLA-253

Position: Full-time

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK

Salary Range: Competitive DOE

At Callen-Lenz, we are expanding the limits of what is possible. We specialise in manned and unmanned aircraft operations and technology, and having recently received investment into the business we are going through a period of rapid growth and development and are looking for key roles to assist with these changes. Callen-Lenz offers innovative and customer focused UAS solutions through our 4 key business strands; technical services, products, platforms and operational services.  We are looking for individuals to help drive forward our expansion, placing you at forefront of UAS development in the UK.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
  • Commitment
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Agility
  • Integrity
  • Enjoyment

Why Work for Us

Based in the heart of rural Wiltshire, close to the Historic city of Salisbury you will join our rapidly growing, friendly and multi-disciplined team, working on a range of diverse and interesting projects, leading the way in this exciting field and witnessing the full lifecycle of our products. The Callen-Lenz team are passionate about what we do, and we are searching for individuals to grow with us as we expand into the aerospace industry.

Our benefits include:

  • 25 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Buy/Sell holiday policy up to 5 days either way
  • Pension Scheme via Royal London
  • Life assurance scheme (6x basic salary)
  • Income protection policy (75% of basic salary)
  • Private Health Insurance via Vitality
  • Private Dental insurance via Bupa
  • Enhanced Maternity and paternity
  • 1 Professional membership reimbursed per year
  • 1 paid volunteering day per year
  • Access to an independent financial advisor year round
  • Training & development opportunities

About the Role

This exciting role will place the right candidate at the forefront of unmanned air systems (drone) development in the UK. We seek an experienced and competent individual possessing excellent RC flying skills on both fixed wing and VTOL systems. As an unmanned aircraft test pilot you will be responsible for test flying of both company prototype and customer unmanned air systems.

Within the role you would report directly to the Flight Operations Team Leader although you would be ultimately accountable to the Head of Flight Operations for safe conduct of UAS test flying in accordance with the Company Operating System (OS).


  • Function as pilot in command of Company and customer unmanned air systems in accordance with regulatory and company procedures
  • Conduct test and development flying, in accordance with a specific test point objectives within the test plan (all flying)
  • Conduct limited unmanned aircraft construction including some design input.
  • Operate workshop tools and equipment to build, modify and maintain developmental unmanned aircraft in a safe manner and in accordance with the Company OS
  • Become familiar with Company software and electronics products for the purposes of operations, test and development flying.
  • Conduct autopilot integration, tuning and configuration working with software engineers.
  • Accurate recording of all company flying activities including live UAS performance feedback during test flying, logging of data, data manipulation and reporting.
  • End UAS user experience/perspective desirable
  • Perform other related duties as required

About You

Qualifications and Skills


  • Possesses excellent RC manual flying skills on both fixed wing and VTOL /Hybrid systems and already holds, or be capable of achieving, a BMFA ‘B’ certificate. Holds a General VLOS Certificate (GVC).
  • A good understanding of UAS operating systems, radio control systems and autopilot control technologies together with experience in construction and maintenance of model aircraft or unmanned aircraft.
  • A good understanding of UAS legislation as applied in the UK.


  • Knowledge of wider CAA regulations concerning UK manned aviation.
  • Ideally holds a UK SPL,NPPL or PPL(A or H) or is working towards one

Personal Attributes

  • UAS Operating Skills.
  • Manual RC flying skills.
  • IT Literate.
  • Able to play an active part in a team.
  • Good communication, written and oral.
  • Ability to multi-task safely in aviation environment Maintain continuous improvement.
  • Awareness of new technologies.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.


  • Must be a British Citizen or must have an existing right to work in the UK
  • Ability to live near and work in Salisbury, Wiltshire UK
  • Ability to commit to occasional national and international travel
  • Ability to hold security clearance

Callen-Lenz is an equal opportunities employer, committed to building an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age. It is essential that the successful candidate must, by the start of their employment have permission to work in the UK. Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the UK will be required prior to commencement of employment.

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