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Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Pilot

Overview: The MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), commonly known as drones, have individual pilots and crews who are physically located in control centers often thousands of miles from the aircraft.  These officers have completed the same undergraduate flight training as other pilot specialties.

Position:  Officer

AFSC: 11UX

Specific Tasks:

  • Supervise mission planning, preparation, filing of flight plan and crew briefing 
  • Operate aircraft and command crew 
  • Perform or direct navigation, surveillance, reconnaissance and weapons employment operations 
  • Conduct training of crewmembers and ensure operational readiness

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree; an undergraduate degree specializing in physical sciences, mathematics, administration, or management is desirable 
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Current aeronautical rating and no permanent disqualification for aviation service as pilot 
  • Qualification for air vehicle operator duty according to AFI 48-123
  • Eligibility for Top Secret security clearance

Training:

  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required 
  • Completion of Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT)