Want to be a Pilot Astronaut with Virgin Galactic?

It seems that Virgin Galactic are looking for would be astronauts, no this isn’t a late April Fools, this is a real job, in fact these are landmark positions, the first commercial pilot astronauts and so Virgin Galactic are probably looking for the best of the best for these positions.

These are the essential skills to be considered for the VG Pilot Astronaut programme;

Must be a US citizen – compliant with ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)

A current FAA commercial (or equivalent) pilot license and FAA medical (you will be required to produce evidence of both at interview)

Degree level qualification in a relevant technical field

Graduate of a recognized test pilot school, with at least 2 ½ years post-graduate flight test experience (you will be required to produce evidence at interview)

A diverse flying background with a minimum of 3,000 hours flying to include considerable experience of: large multi-engine aircraft and high performance fast jet aircraft and low lift-to-drag ratio glide experience (e.g. simulated flameout landings) in complex aircraft

Operational experience of an aerospace aviation project or business

Excellent, current knowledge on a diverse range of aerospace matters

Ability to communicate aviation knowledge and safety related information simply, succinctly and clearly

Previous responsibility for authorizing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure a safe and efficient operation

Be a proven team player

Source [Geeks are Sexy]