Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter)

FAA Nationwide-Selectee Remains in Current Duty Location,; 1 vacancy , United States
Sep 15, 2023
Oct 15, 2023
Full Time

Serves as Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter), Helicopter Air Ambulance, APOI with the St. Louis Flight Standards District Office.


The Assistant Principal Inspector (Operations Rotorcraft/Helicopter) General Aviation Parts 91, 133, 135, 136, 137, 141 and 183 serves as a full assistant to a Principal Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter) performing the full range of certification, surveillance and inspection duties for assigned air carriers, air operators, air agencies, airmen and designees. Has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to operations programs. Assists in the establishment of work programs for inspection and surveillance.


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)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Ingrade/Downgrade applications will be accepted.
  • If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.
  • Successful completion of a Transitional Check Ride may be required.


General Requirements for All 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 for All Positions:

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.

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.

When the predominant work involves Rotorcraft-Helicopter, applicants for ASI (Operations, Roto-Heli) positions must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Minimum 100 flight hours in Rotorcraft-Helicopter in the last three years.
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating.
  • Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Rating.
  • 1,200 hours of total time requirements (1,000 in actual flight conditions, 250 hours of night flight in which 15 hours are in a helicopter).
  • Flight time requirement in helicopters of 250 hours, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot-in- command, or as second-in-command performing duties of a pilot-in-command under the supervision of a pilot- in-command, or any combination thereof.
  • Cross-country flight time requirement of 500 hours.
  • Instrument flight time requirement of 75 hours in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight with at least 25 hours in helicopters as pilot-in-command, or as second-in-command performing the duties of a pilot-in-command under the supervision of a pilot-in- command, or any combination thereof.

To qualify you must also demonstrate that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-H, FG/GS-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.

Specialized experience is:
  • Evaluates and decides upon proposals to change the authorized programs of organizations.
  • Monitors on a continual basis the activities of organizations to determine whether they are following their authorized program, Federal regulations, and good safety practices.
  • Participates extensively in the certification inspection and surveillance of highly complex aviation operations where principal program responsibility is vested in a higher-graded/pay-banded aviation safety inspector.
  • Exercises broad authority to negotiate with carrier management and make technical determinations within the coverage of approved specifications and policy manuals.
  • Carries out assignments that primarily require knowledge of flight operation of a particular type of rotary wing aircraft or large turbojet aircraft.
  • Analyzes pilot training; gives flight tests and proficiency checks to pilots and other airmen, and evaluates schools that train airmen to operate a particular type of aircraft.
  • Exercises certificate authority for flight operations or maintenance over one or more air carrier, contract operators, and air travel clubs that collectively employ a fleet of large turbine powered aircraft.
  • Approves the airworthiness of aircraft; adequacy of maintenance programs; training programs for mechanics, repairmen, pilots, and other flight personnel; nature and scope of the operation (e.g., the kind of cargo, passenger, and geographic area covered); adequacy of maintenance facilities and airports; and overall adequacy of the organization in terms of safety.
  • Monitors, plans, or conducts inspection programs including periodic en route and ramp inspections.
  • Receives information and follows up on any changes in the approved program.
  • Receives and follows up on complaints about organization(s) for which they are responsible.
  • Evaluates and approves or disapproves applications by maintenance facilities for approved repair station certificates and ratings; deciding whether facilities, equipment, materials, personnel, inspections methods and maintenance practices, and techniques are satisfactory to ensure airworthiness of aircraft.
  • Evaluates broad program elements of flight operation or maintenance activities of an air carrier and decides upon modification or additions to operating procedures and policy guides.
  • Recommends approval or disapproval of certificate amendments and substantial changes in operating specifications to a senior aviation safety inspector who is the principal representative for the carrier.
  • Plans and conducts inspections and surveillance of assigned area of carrier operations to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation regulations.
  • Negotiates with carrier officials on violations, deficiencies, and other action items.
  • Conducts initial certification and periodic flight checks of airmen operating multiengine rotary wing aircraft using advanced instrument flight techniques.
  • Evaluates and, in some cases, issues certificates to flight and ground schools that provide training in the operation of that type of aircraft.
  • Issues waivers for experimental aircraft, air shows, or other unusual aviation operations. Makes initial determination of limitations and conditions.
  • Issues certificates to, and monitors, one or more on-demand and/or executive operations that characteristically involve factors of special difficulty, such as: Operation over a large territory (several States or major cities); 24/7; Diverse types of rotary wing aircraft including turbine-powered or multiengine; and/or Unpredictable variations from month to month regarding the scope of operations, personnel, and aircraft involved.
  • Provides extensive technical and regulatory guidance to persons desiring to enter the aviation business, and advice and assistance to operations in dealing with their day-to-day problems.

The recency of specialized experience is waived for current FAA employees in the 1825 series.

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

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

Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.


Education is not qualifying and may not be substituted for this position.

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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. 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.

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.

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 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 WORK HISTORY THAT DESCRIBES HOW YOU MEET THE 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. 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); listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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

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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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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.

If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application, e.g. transcripts, SF-50, or veterans' documentation, you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS. Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to 206-231-4150 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each of your faxed pages and redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security number and date of birth.

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

Katey Buchanan


1 (206) 231-4043


1 (206) 231-4150




Federal Aviation Administration
ANM Regional HR Services Branch
2200 S. 216th St.
Des Moines, WA 98198

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.

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