T-38 Simulator Instructor (Laughlin AFB)

Job Locations US-TX-Del Rio
# of Openings
Education and Training
Job ID
Security Clearance
National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC)


OBXtek is currently staffing for a contingent proposal for Contract Simulator Instructors (CSI) to train Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) in the T-38 simulators as well as administer academics and testing in accordance with the applicable Air Education and Training Command (AETC) syllabus.  CSI's will augment the existing Government Civilian Simulator Instructor workforce.


CSIs applying aviator experience, serve as a simulator instructor for students in Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) in the T-38 aircraft. Maintains an extensive knowledge of simulator capabilities and functions, prepares mission profiles to support course objectives, and formulates quality control procedures to standardize training and evaluation.  Employee plans simulator missions in accordance with the syllabus, and thoroughly briefs students on mission profile and expected training maneuver performance objectives.  Knowledge and skill gained through experience and training as a pilot are essential in demonstrating flying maneuvers and performing duties from the simulator Instructor Operating Station (IOS). 


Simulator Training responsibilities:

Instruct students on the basic skills involved in aircraft flight, to the more advanced areas such as instrument and night flying, formation flying, performing aerobatic and evasive maneuvers, cross-country flights to unfamiliar fields, and flying low-level missions.  Responsible for ensuring students completely grasp aircraft operating capabilities and limitations, procedures for handling emergencies (flight and ground), and the essential skills needed to precisely handle and maneuver the aircraft safely prior to releasing the student to fly the aircraft. 


Teach instrument flight planning, as well as instrument flight using aircraft navigational instruments and systems in conjunction with air navigational aids.  Instructor evaluates the student’s ability to progress to further advanced courses, determining through evaluation if students should continue or be recommended for elimination, and recommending additional training for students whose progress is unsatisfactory.  Instructor maintains comprehensive knowledge of flight practices and procedures to effectively operate the simulator console and provide a variety of profiles designed to teach students flight methods and techniques. 


Provide instruction to students while making constant inputs to mission conditions at the IOS.  Debriefs students on simulator mission performance following each session and grades the required mission maneuver items in accordance with the appropriate syllabus Maneuver Item File (MIF) performance standards.  Enters student grades into the Training Management System following mission accomplishment and ensures simulator objectives are met prior to allowing unrated students to fly the objective in the aircraft.  Annotates a written explanation in the comment section of student grade books for any grade not meeting MIF standards. 


Instructors receive a periodic simulator check from the Wing Standardization/Evaluation Division which meets the standards for the check given to military pilots in the aircraft.  The instructor is responsible for completing general knowledge and instrument knowledge testing prior to these required checks and for completing the same Instrument Refresher Course attended by military pilots prior to their simulator checks.


Attend syllabus review conferences to make recommendations for change; determine course content and materials; and determine the appropriate level of emphasis for new syllabus items. Incumbent identifies the need for new and updated guidance and recommends change. Utilizes knowledge and experience to provide substantial adaptation or extension of available guides and established procedures. 


Academic Instruction Responsibilities:

Present academic course content such as fundamentals of flight, Air Force doctrine, security procedures, mishap prevention, air discipline and judgment, as well as courses involving major aircraft systems, aircraft operating limitations and advanced handling, basic and tactical formation, fuel systems, critical situations, and emergency procedures.


Research, organize, prepare, and present instruction in accordance with the prescribed course framework. Researches new or changing subjects to identify source information and prepare original material, revise existing lesson material, or adapt lessons and material to support the needs of a particular student or class. Designs, develops, and maintains accurate/current visual training aids and uses practical exercises to enhance student comprehension. Ensures classrooms, training facilities, and training aids are ready for use. Reviews and evaluates course curriculum to ensure material is current, technically accurate, and meets the training needs of students.


Teach the Academic Instructor course which qualifies new instructors to become academic instructor qualified. As an academic instructor, employee is regularly evaluated on classroom instruction. Provides feedback on courses to include teaching methodology and courseware with the aim of enhancing a continuous improvement process in the Undergraduate Flying Training environment. Coordinates with supervision and Major Command (MAJCOM) personnel for clarification of courseware, to make suggestions on corrections and/or modifications in curriculum, and to update training policies and procedures.


Coordinat with other instructors and headquarters personnel on matters involving related interests and responsibilities, and maintains sources for research. Remain knowledgeable of changes to processes/procedures in aircraft systems, as well as new or changed instructional and evaluation techniques.


Checks student performance of objectives, tailoring approaches and techniques to student needs. Observes student classroom activities and participation. Evaluates student performance in achieving objectives, discusses level of performance with the student, and counsels individuals on attainment of specified standards or to identify and resolve problems. Administers measurement devices, provides feedback, recommends special study for students when needed, and identifies outstanding performance for special recognition. Instructor is responsible for evaluating when the student’s performance in the simulator or academically warrants placement on the Commander’s Awareness Program (CAP). 


Ancillary Responsibilities

Conduct special research, studies, and analysis to evaluate quality of instructional materials and student performance, interpreting results, and making recommendations for change. Attend courses, conferences, and briefings to increase knowledge of training processes and procedures. Remain abreast of changes to syllabus, course materials, and simulator systems. Perform as required as a Range Control Safety Officer for Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) range missions. Employee utilizes knowledge of range scoring systems, range target systems and emergency response actions to ensure safety of personnel and aircraft on the range. Quickly assess a variety of information in the range environment and reacts with sound decisions and judgment. Instructor maintain a complete, up-to-date set of flying publications consistent with that required of the active duty flight instructors. The instructor must have a complete and thorough knowledge of all material in these flying publication


CSI should have a Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII) rating and a Single-Engine Instructor (SEI) or Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) rating as appropriate. Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, flight instructor, or flight examiner, as appropriate. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate are also acceptable, (e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate) and have a total of:

  • 1500 Total Flight Hours
  • 250 Pilot-In-Command Hours
  • 75 Night Flying Hours
  • 75 flight hours of Instrument Time (at least 10 hours must be in actual instrument conditions)
  • 500 Instructor Time Flight Hours.

Security Clearance

National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check (NACLC)

Company Information

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We offer a robust suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.


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