Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector -Air Carrier Operations in United States

Federal Aviation Administration
Many vacancies in the following location:
  • FAA Flight Standards Locations, United States
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 5/12/2016 (161 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 5/8/2017 (200 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

FAA, Aviation Safety, Flight Standards Services


Aviation Safety Inspectors in this specialty (Air Carrier Operations) apply knowledge and skills typically acquired as airmen (pilots, navigators, flight instructors, etc.), to develop and administer regulations and safety standards pertaining to the operation of aircraft. They engage primarily in the following types of assignments

  • (a) Examining airmen for initial certification and continuing competence;
  • (b) evaluating airmen training programs, equipment, and facilities;
  • (c) evaluating the operational aspect of programs of air carriers and similar commercial and aviation operations for adequacy of facilities, equipment, procedures, and overall management to ensure safe operation of the aircraft. They may perform a variety of other inspections, investigations, and advisory duties. However, the primary requirement for positions in this specialization is knowledge and skill in the operation of aircraft. Inspectors are required to travel frequently and to occasionally work irregular duty hours.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Veterans' preference documents must be uploaded/submitted with application
  • Medical and pilot certificates must be uploaded/submitted with application
  • Please ensure you include copies of the front and back of your certificates

OPM Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Series, FG-1825 MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • (A)Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal Aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;
  • (B) Valid State driver's license
  • (C) Fluency in the English language
  • (D) No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance;
  • (E) High school diploma or equivalent.

Aviation Safety Inspector positions have job-related medical requirements. When applicable, applicants MUST meet job-related medical requirements which will be assessed and validated during the pre-employment process.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants MUST be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner, and Mustmeet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read, without strain, printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted);
  2. Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
  3. Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.
  4. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:Applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of aircraft MUST possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) regulations and pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history. In addition, applicants MUST meet all of the following:

  • (A) At least 1 year of pilot experience in multi-engine aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight
  • (B) Not more than 2 flying accidents during the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved
  • (C) Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a simulator check to Airline Transport Pilot Standard
  • (D) Minimum 100 flight hours during the last 3 years
  • (E) Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating
  • (F) Minimum 1,500 total flight hours.

Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)

  1. Risk Management - The ability to assure that risk is identified, evaluated, documented, eliminated or controlled within defined program risk parameters.
  2. Evaluation - The ability to determine if a process or component is doing what it was designed to do and is producing the intended results.
  3. Workload Management - Ability to organize and complete work activities effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with established priorities.
  4. Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions based on critical thinking principles and sound facts and data; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes recommendations and commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals.
  5. Communications - The ability to communicate in English in a clear, concise manner that is appropriate for the target audience.
  6. Teamwork - The ability to work well with other team members; monitor progress; to ensure goals are achieved.
  7. Interpersonal Skills - The ability to relate to individuals; consider differing views; consider and respond appropriately to needs, feelings, capabilities; provide constructive and positive feedback; and manage conflict.
  8. Information Management - Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information using information management systems.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Other Information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Travel may be required. Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The Flight Standards Service utilizes a National Centralized Hiring Process, for standardized interviewing, screening, and verification of qualifications and experience of Aviation Safety Inspector applicants.

Applicants will be required to appear in person for an interview and/or other assessments to determine whether they possess the necessary qualifications, competencies and personal qualities to successfully perform Aviation Safety Inspector duties. Applicants will be questioned about information on their application and will be required to show appropriate airman certificates, ratings, and pilot logbooks or other appropriate records of flight time to substantiate that the applicant meets the requirements of this announcement.

Interviews are conducted at the following locations based on specialty:

Irving, TX-General Aviation Operations; Denver, CO-Air Carrier Operations; Chicago, IL-General Aviation Maintenance/Avionics; Atlanta, GA-Air Carrier Maintenance/Avionics

In extenuating circumstances, other interview locations and/or methods may be approved on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Flight Standards Service National Centralized Hiring Process

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship

Qualified applicants are limited to being referred on a maximum of 10 open referral lists at one time.

Salary Range: $42,823.00 to $80,731.00 / FG-9 $42,823 - $55,666 FG-11 $51,811 - $67,354 FG-12 $62,101- $80,731-Salaries shown reflect the base pay only. Locality pay will be added.

Series & Grade: FG-1825-9/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 438777400

Job Announcement Number: FAA-AHF-16-ACO-47500