Remotely-Piloted Vehicle Controller

Direct path of remotely-piloted photo reconnaissance along flight course.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $88,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Remotely-Piloted Vehicle Controllers do?

Directs flight path of remotely-piloted photo reconnaissance or target aircraft along predetermined flight course from command center in guide aircraft or ground station: Operates aircraft controls from command center by remote radio and closed circuit video transmission to direct aircraft to take off, follow flight path, and land, utilizing knowledge of aircraft navigation and aircraft flight characteristics. Analyzes performance data and prepares reports covering airframe, guidance, power plant, and mechanical controls of aircraft after ground or flight testing. Confers with engineering, inspecting, and manufacturing personnel concerning success of flight tested aircraft or need for corrective action. May assist with preflight inspection of aircraft. May direct flight path of guided missiles, utilizing remote computerized controls, and be designated Missile-Control Pilot.

Should I be a Remotely-Piloted Vehicle Controller?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Controller, Remotely-Piloted Vehicle, Missile-Control Pilot, Remotely Piloted Vehicle Controller, RPV Controller

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