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Date Posted May. 22, 2024 Job ID 5994470003
Job Description

Handling Qualities Engineer

Irvine, CA


Rise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?

Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company that’s developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in today’s air transportation system.

The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people’s ability to move – whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!

Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What we do: 

The Handling Qualities Engineer works to provide superior flight characteristics, maneuverability, and passenger comfort for electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft competing in the urban air mobility market.

What you can do:

  • Analyze aircraft aerodynamic stability and control (S&C) and related failures
  • Perform 6 degree-of-freedom simulations to predict flight characteristics and handling qualities
  • Devise, prepare, conduct, and report certification maneuver and handling qualities task element piloted simulations and analyses
  • Analyze the flight dynamics of eVTOL, including linear and non-linear flight control systems and control law functions, through subjective evaluation and objective simulations
  • Work with rotor aeromechanics, acoustics, flight simulation, flight controls, loads and dynamics, test pilot, test & evaluation, and systems engineering groups to accomplish technical objectives
  • Support flight test planning and data analysis
  • Apply Supernal guidance and values leading to professional and technical excellence where all of us are better than one of us
  • Partner with PMO organization to implement build plan
  • Up to 25% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

What you can contribute:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical/aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or closely related field required; Master's degree preferred
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience with aircraft stability and control and/or handling qualities engineering (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
  • Fluent with MS Word and Excel, and basic programming capability with Matlab-Simulink
  • Apply effective speaking, listening, and writing skills to communicate technical ideas and brief management
  • Work effectively within and across teams to accomplish technical objectives
  • Prioritize and multitask to complete a variety of technical assignments
  • Familiarity with rotor aeromechanics and rotorcraft S&C along with FLIGHTLAB or similar 6 dof dynamic simulation
  • Familiar with CONDUIT flight control design and CIFER systems identification software packages
  • Familiar with MIL-DTL-32742 (ADS-33E) specification

You may also be able to contribute:

  • Airplane or rotorcraft pilot experience (including student) or flight test engineer experience preferred

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.

The pay range for this position is:
$144,100$176,200 USD

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Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal’s receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).