Aviation Safety Inspector

Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Sep 07, 2023
Sep 22, 2023
Full Time

Conducts training programs for flight standards inspectors and specialists concerning policies and procedures, and specialized training on aircraft and courses covering airworthiness, surveillance, and certification of aircraft, agencies, and air carriers.


  • Use only approved methods, procedures and techniques in job functions and in operation of aircraft and stresses standardization of job functions. Conducts ground school on aircraft systems in support of flight units.
  • Maintains a high level of pilot proficiency in aircraft.
  • Applies the latest methods and techniques of instruction obtained through attendance at formal instructor training courses and seminars.
  • Maintains liaison with aviation safety inspectors who conduct the Air Carrier Airmen Certification Program, and serves in an advisory and consulting capacity on job functions in that specialty.
  • Recommends improvements and revisions to management on existing approved courses and the overall training program.
  • Develops courses, outlines, and lesson plans necessary to conduct the ground training phase. Develops and analyzes tests to assure the objectives of the course are met.
  • Familiarizes students with the latest regulations and requirements affecting the aviation safety inspector's job functions.
  • Standardizes the inspector's performance, proficiency and timing relative to compliance with existing job functions procedures.
  • Evaluates and reports the capabilities and performance of each student. Also reports areas in which further study and training are necessary.
  • May be assigned responsibilities as course manager of one or more courses administered by the branch. May also be temporarily assigned to special projects to accomplish work as may be required.
  • The Academy instructor has responsibility which requires highly specialized training, significant managerial skills, specific technical qualifications, and detailed proficiency equal to the highest nonsupervisory grade level in the field that significantly represents the occupational workforce.
  • Possesses a high degree of human relations and communications skills which enables the individual to function as an agency role model for both new and current FAA employees.
  • Possesses the skills to be able to understand and convert procedural requirements into overall function design of the FAA Academy's CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE to provide reliable and accurate course development and instruction. Maintains technical knowledge and currency equivalent to that of the highest level full performance specialist.
  • The incumbent must have an in depth knowledge of the FAA Academy training process as it relates to the Aviation Safety Inspector work force job functions. Required to maintain a high level of proficiency in the operation of high performance aircraft used in air transportation; the effectiveness with which the branch training programs are coordinated and implemented will depend upon the aeronautical knowledge and proficiency, while maintaining expertise in commercial and/or general aviation state-of-the-art training programs.
  • Provides support to the management team in the preparation and administration of the budget; coordination of staff training and travel administration; program management and planning; workload scheduling; space utilization, resource management; security; property management - accountable items; reports and records as required.
  • When performing the duties of team coordinator, the employee will coordinate resources, such as, rooms and supplies; work schedules; T&A's; travel orders; suspenses; and, budget inputs.

*Incumbent must hold an airline transport pilot certificate or hold a commercial pilot certificate with multiengine land and instrument ratings and be eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate.


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)
  • Must possess ATP or Commercial Pilot Certificate (See Required Documents).
  • Must submit copies of all certificates and licenses with application.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.
  • Please review Required Documents & Additional Information.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements For 1825 Positions:
  1. Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;
  2. Valid State driver's license;
  3. Fluency in the English language;
  4. No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and
  5. High school diploma or equivalent.

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 printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted) without strain;
  2. Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted);
  3. Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others or 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 aircraft must:
  1. Possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) regulations; and
  2. Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:
  1. Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; or
  2. 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.

In addition, when the predominant work involves air carrier operations, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. At least 1 year of pilot experience in multi-engine aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight;
  2. Not more than 2 flying accidents during the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved;
  3. Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a simulator check to Airline Transport Pilot Standard.
  4. Minimum 100 flight hours during the last 3 years;
  5. Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating (Department of Navy positions require pilot experience as demonstrated by previous ATP level performance in large multi-engine airplanes and helicopters);
  6. Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate (For positions within the Department of Navy, applicants must also be physically qualified to ride as an observer aboard squadron aircraft. In addition, must also meet physical requirements to travel and lift heavy objects while performing mishap investigations); and
  7. Minimum 1,500 total flight hours.

Recency of specialized experience requirements (100 flight hours within the last 3 years) and the need for a valid second class medical certificate is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series (this covers internal placement actions including promotions, reassignments, voluntary changes to lower grades, transfers or reinstatements to same or lower grade that currently or previously held).

In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.


For the FG-1825-13: Must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the FG-12/FV-H level, which includes: 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.

For the FG-1825-14: Must have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the FG-13/FV-I level, which includes: Evaluates and decides upon proposals to change the authorized programs of organizations; monitors, plans or conducts inspection programs; assures 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; responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


This position is covered under Return Rights. Return Rights will be administered in accordance with agreement between the Professional Association of Aeronautical Center Employees and FAA Academy dated May 2, 2012.

a. This position is covered under Return Rights. The employee will be required to successfully complete Basic Instructor Training (BIT).

b. An employee who is selected from an organization under the Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center (ARC-1) at the Aeronautical Center; e.g., Logistics Center, Office of Facility Management, Office of Acquisition, etc., is not eligible for return rights.

c. This is a FAA Academy Instructor Position. Applicants selected under 3R will be required to sign an Employment Agreement. Applicants with unexpired return rights must show: 1) current tour, 2) the region to which return rights exist, and 3) expiration date of these rights.


Information regarding KSAs:

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), Demonstrated Abilities and Other Factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

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.

  1. Applicants must apply online to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications cannot be accepted.
  2. Candidates MUST submit copies of all certificates and licenses with application. If the back side of the license contains the ratings, be sure to copy both sides.
  3. Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.
  4. Recency requirements will be waived for current FAA employees in the FG/FV-1825 series.
  5. If eligible, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) will be paid in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration Policy (FAATP).
  6. Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.
  7. Additional information regarding living in Oklahoma can be found at www.abetterlifeokc.com.
  8. This position may be filled at the FG-13 or FG-14 grade level. If filled at the FG-13, this position has promotion potential to the FG-14. Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.
  9. To confirm receipt of documents, please contact Sidney Snider at 405-954-7981.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PAACE: Consolidated.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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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 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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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.

Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

Documentation, e.g., Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), Certificates and Licenses, etc. will be accepted in combination with your online application. These documents must be uploaded to your profile or emailed to 9-AMC-AHF-C400@faa.gov on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number. Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and/or Commercial Pilot Certificate with multiengine land and instrument ratings are required. Candidates MUST submit copies of all applicable licenses, certificates, and/or ratings with application. If the back side of the license contains the ratings, be sure to copy both sides.

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 https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/.

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

Sidney Snider


1 (405) 954-7981




Federal Aviation Administration
AAC Regional HR Services Branch
6500 S. Macarthur Blvd, HQ Room 155
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.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

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.