Aviation Safety Inspector (Principal Operations Inspector)
The incumbent has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to operations programs.
Learn more about this agency
The incumbent has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to operations programs. Determines the need for and then establishes work programs for surveillance and inspection of assigned organizations within manpower and budget limitations to assure adherence to the applicable regulations.
Under the general direction of the Principal Inspector (Operations) accomplishes the following duties:
Assures on a continuous basis that assigned organizations are properly and adequately organized, staffed, and equipped; have and conduct an adequate training program, including an acceptable record keeping system; and have facilities and procedures that meet all regulatory requirements. Chairs joint FAA-industry meetings; maintains regular contact with organizations assigned; and coordinates with top management officials.
Is responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition. Performs or supervises the emergency suspension of certificates or cancellations of operations specifications. Conducts or directs the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency. Conducts investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries, and aircraft incidents and accidents. Coordinates Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with principal airworthiness inspectors. Takes enforcement in instances of noncompliance with the MEL.
Evaluates training programs to insure that they meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation regulations. Approves or disapproves these training programs including flight simulators, training devices, or other such equipment used in these programs.
Approves/disapproves designation of check airmen and makes recommendations on the appointment of designees.
Evaluates operations and facilities by on-site inspections and review of reports by geographic inspectors and others. Approves the original issuance of operations specifications and issues original operating certificates. Evaluates the safety of proposed changes in route or airport authorizations; prescribes any changes required before approval.
Is responsible for monitoring all phases of operations including: training programs and records; base and station facilities; and route systems. The incumbent will be required to participate in the flight program as an aircrew member and. as such, must meet medical and flight currency requirements as set forth in agency orders governing the operation of aircraft.
25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.
#### Job family (Series)
1825 Aviation Safety
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)
Promotion Potential: No
Bargaining Unit: Yes
All or None of the applicants may be interviewed.
Ingrade/Downgrade Applications will be accepted
REQUIRED: Possession of a Valid second-class FAA medical certificate
OPM Qualifications Required:
OPM Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Series, FG-1825 Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;
Valid State driver's license;
Fluency in the English language;
No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and
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.
The Aviation Safety Inspector
medical requirements include:
: Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
The minimum medical requirements include the following requirements:
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);
Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
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.
In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:
Possess a valid second – class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and
Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.
Applicants tentatively selected will be required to:
Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements, with or without a reasonable accommodation; or
Individuals who do not meet the minimum medical requirements but who are otherwise qualified will receive an individualized assessment to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation.
In addition to the above for General Aviation Operations, applicants MUST meet all of the following:
Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument airplane ratings. Must have given a minimum of 200 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft.
Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating;
Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating.
Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.
Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.
Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings.
Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.
Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical Certificate.
Certificate of Rating Required:
Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating. PLEASE PROVIDE COPY WITH YOUR AVIATOR APPLICATION OR FAX TO THE HR SPECIALIST LISTED ON THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
Recency of specialized experience is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.
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 (FV-H, FG/GS-12) 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. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
may include but not limited to: Experience assisting, conducting, or performing various technical functions related to certification, surveillance, investigation, and enforcement activities. Additional experience may be in investigating and reporting on accidents, incidents, and violations.
Preview Job Questionnaire
Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.
We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
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.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Links to Important Information:
Locality Pay, COLA
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
FOR OPERATIONS: Applicants MUST include a copy of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating (front & back) as part of the application package. Failure to do so will result in your application being rated incomplete.
REQUIRED: Possession of a Valid second-class FAA medical certificate
Only supplemental documentation, e.g. SF-50, Certificate of Rating and/or QAT Check Sheet will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. A copy of the documents can be uploaded to your Aviator application or fax to the HR Specialist point of contact listed on this announcement. Please included a fax cover letter and ensure that all documents include the vacancy announcement number.
For Lateral Movements Between 1825 Specialties:
To assist in determining qualification requirements, applicants transferring between specialties at the same grade level must complete the appropriate Qualifications Assessment Tool (QAT) check sheet and upload it along with their resume. Check sheets are contained in Order 3410.26, Flight Standards Service Air Carrier and General Aviation Qualifications Assessment Tool for AFS Aviation Safety Inspectors. This order is located at: ****REQUIRED: ALL FAA EMPLOYEES - Standard Form 50 (SF-50) - Notification of Personnel Action: ALL Applicants MUST submit their most recent (SF-50) to verify current position of record. (EXCLUDES Monetary/Time Off Awards which do not display Occupational Series, Salary or Career Level/Pay Band.). There will be NO exceptions. If you DO NOT submit your SF-50, then your application is INCOMPLETE.
SPECIAL NOTE: No selection is final unless a candidate receives a firm written notice from the servicing Human Resources Management Office.
If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.
If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system ****If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of Received
by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of Received
each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.
We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
Employer's name and address
Supervisor name and phone number
Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.
You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.
Federal Aviation Administration
ASW Regional Human Resource Services Division, AHF-C300
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Learn more about this agency
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.
- 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.
All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.
Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
Legal and regulatory guidance
Social security number request
Signature and false statements
New employee probationary period
This job originated on ****For the full announcement and to apply, visit ****Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at ****will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
08/03/2018 to 08/23/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$94,429 to $122,759 per year Salary includes locality payment of 22.86%.