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Amazon hunts for flight ops engineer in Cambridge to test drones

Sam Shead | Nov. 13, 2014
Candidates are expected to have manned or unmanned flight test experience.

Online retail giant Amazon is looking to recruit a flight operations engineer to test its Prime Air delivery drones in the UK.

A job advert for a role in Cambridge was posted last week on Amazon's online job portal.

The person that gets the job will be responsible for acting as a safety observer during indoor and outdoor flight tests.

They'll also be tasked with ensuring safety policies are followed during tests, planning the evolution of Amazon's drone program and checking vehicles and operations are safe.

Candidates are expected to have "flight test experience, manned or unmanned" and "5+ years of relevant aviation experience, either civilian or military with either manned or unmanned aviation."

It is likely that a number of people working on drone programmes at companies such as defence behemoth BAE Systems will have some of the skills required for the job.

Amazon has also advertised for a site leader, project manager, software development engineer, senior research scientist and office manager to work on the Prime Air project in Cambridge.

Amazon wants to use drones to get goods delivered to customers in under 30 minutes.

In July this year, Amazon wrote a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asking for permission to conduct outdoor drone tests in the US.

Amazon currently has UK development centers in London and Edinburgh that work on digital media R&D and new technologies for its global websites, respectively.

The news that Amazon is looking to test and develop drone technologies in Cambridge comes as Apple is rumoured to be setting up a new R&D lab in the city.

 

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