Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer


Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Jul 7

Skyryse wants to empower anyone, to fly anywhere, in any aircraft, safely and as a highly experienced pilot would. Powered by the Skyryse operating system, Flight OS, we automate flight controls and systems management to achieve unmatched safety and eliminate opportunities for human error. We want to make flying as ubiquitous as the road and as safe as the elevator.


As a Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer, you will help shape the technical direction for architecting and implementing all path planning, motion planning, and flight control algorithms on board our aircrafts. You will play a critical role in developing the spatial technology that will impact the viability of our bold objective to make aviation safer and more accessible to all.


  • Perform all Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) inner loop, outer loop design and performance analysis activities including dynamic trajectory planning and Flight Envelope Protection design 
  • Perform System Identification, flight dynamics modeling activities and maintain high fidelity system simulations
  • Perform GNC design specifications generation, validation and verification activities
  • Generate documentation for design, analysis, specification and test procedures and results
  • Maintain higher level GNC architecture and integration in standardized Matlab/Simulink environment
  • Support Hardware in the Loop (HIL) and flight test activities
  • Support generation and implementation of GNC analysis tools and processes
  • Work in a collaborative manner with other engineering disciplines such as Perception, Safety, Certification and Systems, Flight Test and lines of business as appropriate


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Controls, Mechatronics, or Electrical Engineering (or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in one of the above disciplines with 2+ years of professional experience)
  • Experience in developing model-based design and analyses using Matlab/Simulink
  • 3+ years of experience working with guidance, navigation, and control systems


  • PhD in an engineering discipline
  • Demonstrated competence with multivariable system modeling and control, analysis and simulation in aircraft applications
  • Demonstrated experience with Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) architectures and deployment in aerospace applications is highly desired.
  • Experience with Aircraft Control Law specifications, analysis, development, integration, HIL simulation, flight test, and data analysis
  • Experience in optimization, path and motion planning for constrained dynamical systems
  • Experience in linear and non-linear flight dynamic models development by using System ID tools and methods
  • Experience in developing the other subsystem dynamic models, such as actuators, sensors, etc in accordance with the need of GNC activities
  • Understanding of the functionality of major aircraft subsystems and avionics
  • Experience working as part of a team that has transitioned to production automation solutions for complex dynamic systems
  • Experience in working as part of a team that has certified a regulated safety critical automation solution in Aerospace industry
  • Familiarity with FAR Part 23/25/27/29, ARP 4761/4754A, DO-178 and other aerospace regulations/processes/standards
  • Proficiency in Matlab/Simulink
  • Familiarity with CIFER and Conduit tools
  • Knowledge in programming in C++ and Python
  • Familiarity with Git and JIRA
  • Demonstrated competence with multivariable system modeling and control, analysis and simulation in aircraft applications


  • The opportunity to change the world through improving aviation safety and accessibility 
  • Competitive salary
  • Valuable stock option plan
  • Heavily subsidized medical, dental and vision plans
  • Flexible vacation
  • A company with an ambitious vision, a dynamic work environment, and a team of smart, motivated, and fun to work-with colleagues!


Skyryse is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


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