DIRECT HIRE - Aviation Safety Inspector

FAA Flight Standards Locations,, United States
Sep 01, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Full Time

Join the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a General Aviation Operations Inspector. The FAA creates a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, teamwork, and work life balance. Enjoy benefits such as weekends off, paid holidays, steady work hours, sick and annual leave, health insurance, and many more. Begin a rewarding career with the FAA and be a part of a select group of individuals whose mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.


A Recruitment Incentive of $25,000 may be offered to applicants with a signed three-year FAA Recruitment Incentive Service Agreement. Locations must be considered hard to fill.

Aviation Safety Inspectors in this specialty (General Aviation 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.

Candidate must complete an extensive training program to include formal and on-the-job training up to and possibly 24 months regardless of grade level.

Duties at the FG-12 grade level include but are not limited to the following:
  • Examining airmen for initial certification and continuing competence;
  • Evaluating airmen training programs, equipment and facilities; and
  • 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.

Duties at the FG-11 grade level include but are not limited to the following:
  • Assisting in enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition; and
  • Providing assistance in the evaluation of air carriers, air agencies air operators.

Aviation Safety Inspectors (General Aviation Operations) 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.

Candidate will be required to participate in the flight program as an aircrew member and, as such, must meet the medical and flight currency requirements as set forth in agency orders governing the operation of aircraft.

Inspectors are required to travel frequently and to occasionally work irregular duty hours.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Resume must include FAR part numbers and aircraft for which you have experience.


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; and
  • (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, with or without a reasonable accommodation. The minimum medical requirements include 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.

In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:

1. Possess a valid second - class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and

2. 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 FG-9, FG-11, or FG-12 level.

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) Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument airplane ratings. The applicant must have given a minimum of 200 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft;
  • (B) Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating;
  • (C) Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating;
  • (D) Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years;
  • (E) Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours;
  • (F) Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings; and
  • (G) Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

Specialized experience at the FG-12 grade level involves a wide range of assignments or a few highly complex assignments, requiring planning and organization, setting priorities and working without clear or specific guidelines. Work at this level is typically reviewed only to assess the impact on overall organizational objectives, for example:
  • Chief Pilot, Assistant Chief Pilot, or Domicile Chief Pilot for a Title 14 CFR Part 121 operator.
  • Director of Operations or Assistant Director of Operations for a part 135 (10 or more) operator.

Specialized experience at the FG-11 grade level involves a broad scope of responsibility, more variety, and less clear guidelines. Work at this level is typically subject to review to assure compliance with organized policies or regulations, and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with organizational policies or regulations, for example:
  • Simulator/Flight Instructor functions performed by a Pilot-in-command for a Part 121 operator
  • Check Airman for a Part 91K, 121, 125, 129, or 135 operator.

Specialized experience at the FG-9 grade level involves assignments involving familiar aircraft, facilities, and equipment. Work at this level is typically subject to review and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with instructions, for example:
  • Pilot-in-command for a Title 14 CFR Part 91K, 121, 125, 129, or 135 operator.
  • Military Aircraft Commander.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


High school diploma or equivalent.

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Additional information

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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. On-the-Spot will be used to fill this position. The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

A permanent change of station (PCS) of $10,000 MAY be offered to applicants who meet the criteria in the FAA Travel Policy. This PCS incentive is subject to a twelve-month service commitment.

Pay rates shown are BASE Pay only. The FAA uses OPM's GS Locality Pay Tables to set locality rates in addition to the base pay offered. The minimum locality rate is 16.50%.

Locality tables: General Schedule (

THE BELOW LINK PROVIDES ADDITIONAL TIPS to assist in the application process.

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

Interviews will be conducted over the phone or via Zoom 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.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Flight Standards Services.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: 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.


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Valid First or Second Class Medical Cert
Valid Flight Instructor Cert with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument rating
ATP or Commercial Pilot Cert with instrument airplane rating
Must possess flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check

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.

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted 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 be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


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 and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

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.

Agency contact information

Aviation Careers


1 (405) 954-4657


1 (000) 000-0000



Federal Aviation Administration
Aviation Careers Branch
6500 S. Macarthur Blvd, HQ Room 139
Oklahoma City, OK 73169

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

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

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 the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. 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.

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