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Flight Controls Lead

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Senior Flight Controls Engineer (Flight Controls Lead)

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REGENT is building the first electric flying machine that will transport commercial passengers.  With a vehicle that never flies higher than a few meters off the water, we unlock the ability to fly twice as far as an electric aircraft, and certification by maritime authorities which will let us fly first passengers within 5 years.  

We are actively hiring passionate team members who can help us get our vehicle, the Seaglider, to market as quickly and safely as possible. We are backed by the world’s best investors: the same investors who are behind SpaceX, Palantir, Boom Supersonic, and more. We have nearly half a billion dollars in provisional orders from some of the industry’s largest operators, and are ready to hit the ground running.

Working at REGENT, you’ll be in a fast-paced environment with daily challenges to overcome and opportunities for growth. Your coworkers are passionate about building zero-emission, high-speed Seagliders that will revolutionize coastal transportation. Our small team works collaboratively and across disciplines to safely marry the latest technologies from aerospace and nautical engineering. REGENT offers competitive benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision plans as well as an employee equity incentive plan.

Description

As a flight controls lead, you’ll be developing and implementing control law algorithms for REGENT’s seagliders. These all-electric, wing-in-ground effect craft will have novel control challenges due to their multiple operational modes: hull-borne, hydrofoil-borne, and wing-born. This position will involve leveraging the interplay between hydrodynamic controls, aerodynamic controls, and distributed propulsion controls. 

You will be leading our software team to develop these embedded systems, as well as assisting with compute hardware, sensor, and actuator selection. You will be able to utilize high-fidelity simulations and live-flight testing to validate and verify your software. As the Seagliders flight controls will be a safety-critical component, we are building our software using RTCA DO-178C processes for design assurance under a SAE ARP4754A aerospace vehicle design process. You will work closely with aero, hydro, and mechanical engineers designing control surfaces, systems engineers developing requirements, verification, and validation procedures, and test engineers. As the design matures, you will be involved throughout the transition from subscale to full scale prototype development and production craft development, testing, and certification. 

Required Skills

  • Passion for aerospace, strong leadership skills
  • Safety and quality focus
  • BS/MS in computer science or related engineering discipline with focus on control systems
  • 10+ years of experience developing control systems in the aerospace industry
  • Experience with designing control systems for non-linear dynamic systems
  • C/C++ Embedded software development experience
  • Simulation environment development and operation
  • Familiarity with MATLAB/Simulink 
  • Aircraft control systems and integrated flight hardware
  • DO-178C or DO-254 development processes

Recommended Skills

  • PhD in complex, nonlinear flight control design methods 
  • Development of safety critical components under ARP4754A
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations
  • Flight test or sea trials experience
  • FAA pilot’s license or boating/sailing experience

Location

This position can be remote but monthly travel to Boston is to be expected.   You should have flexibility for relocation as the company grows (relocation will be made available).

Other

This is a full time position. US citizen or work permit required

Equal Opportunity

REGENT Craft is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


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