Air Safety Investigator (Operations)

Washington D.C.
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - You will be required to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section.)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited
  • Bargaining Unit Position: (YES)
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • Trial or probationary period may be required.
  • The incumbent must qualify for and maintain a government issued travel charge card.
  • Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

    Minimum eligibility requirements for these positions are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, meeting the appropriate education and/or experience requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the position.

    Certificates and Ratings:

    For all grades and specializations, applicants must possess a Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating, the appropriate military rating, or other certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

    Minimum Flight Hour Requirements for All Applicants:

    Total Flight Time -- Flight time as pilot-in-command in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement. Each 2 hours acquired as a copilot, an FAA certificated flight engineer on a commercial air carrier, or a military flight officer on a military air carrier may be substituted for 1 hour of flight time in meeting the minimum total flight time requirements.
    • Total Flight = 1500 Hours
    Pilot-in-Command -- Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.
    • Pilot-In-Command = 1000 Hours
    The following flight hour requirements apply only when the position requires the particular specialty:
    1. Multi-engine Airplane: heavy multi-engine airplanes, i.e., gross takeoff weight in excess of 12,500 pounds. Up to 250 hours flying time acquired in helicopters may be substituted.
    • Multi-engine Airplane Flight Hours = 500
    Medical Requirements:

    Applicants for all positions must possess a current first or second class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations. Both meet the intent of the requirement.

    Before appointment, candidates are required to appear for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether candidates possess the personal characteristics necessary to perform the duties of aviation safety investigator positions successfully. Candidates will be questioned about information on their applications during the interview, and will be required to show appropriate certificates and log books.

    Other Requirements:
    • Valid State driver's license
    • Fluency in the English language
    • No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance
    • High school graduate or equivalent.

    Specialized Experience:

    In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements stated above, you must meet the specialized experience below:

    GS-13 Specialized Experience:

    To be creditable, you must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent level in the federal service that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Operating as a Pilot-in-command on "qualifying aircraft" operating under 14 CFR Part 121; (2) and/or serving as a FAA authorized proficiency check-airman and/or Aircrew Program Designee (APD) on "qualifying aircraft" operating under 14 CFR Part 121.

    Qualifying Aircraft: For the purpose of this application "qualifying aircraft" are defined as follows: newer generation, turbine powered aircraft that are generally equipped with FMS and GPS navigation, IRU platforms, FADEC fuel controls, EFIS display units, EGPWS, advanced TCAS or TAWS warning systems. Examples of airplanes in this category would be B737NG (and later), B757/B767, B777, B717, A320 series (and later Airbus models). Also, similarly equipped, advanced, newer generation aircraft used in civil air carrier, regional, corporate or charter flight operations such as CRJ7, CRJ9, E135, E145, G-450 (and later) and the Global Express.

    NOTE: If approved, telework locations must be in close proximity to a major airport or access to transportation to support arrival as expeditiously as possible given the circumstances of the accident. Instructions are provided on a case-by-case basis from the supervisor or other designated agency official. Therefore, investigators must be accessible for contact and launch instruction from senior Agency official (s). Telework locations outside of the continental United States will not be approved. This position is assigned to Washington, DC and is eligible for telework after completion of training and probationary period. Selectee must report to Washington, DC at his/her own cost, for on-boarding, new employee orientation, and participation in familiarity training. Subsequent training assignments will be in various locations and require substantial agency paid travel when assignments are outside of the local commuting area. Training will include on-the-job observation of investigative procedures, formal classroom, and hands-on software training. Continued approval to remain in telework status is contingent upon satisfactory performance of job functions. If approved telework location is outside of the Washington, DC Metro area, salary will reflect the applicable locality pay for the telework location.

    • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. A variety of work life amenities are offered such as alternate work schedules, telework, flextime, fitness benefits and transit benefits.
    • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
    • If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.
    • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
    • If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
    • Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please visit
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .
    • Telework may be authorized on a case-by-case basis. If approved to telework, signed telework agreement will be required.
    • The National Transportation Safety Board provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the National Transportation Safety Board directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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

    Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. Applicants must first meet any mandatory education/licensure/certification requirements before experience is evaluated. Failure to meet any mandatory requirement as outlined in the qualifications section will disqualify you from further consideration. Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

    • Highly Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all competencies.·
    • Well Qualified - Applicants with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies.·
    • Qualified - Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above and any education or selective factor if also required.
    The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Documented preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification/eligibility requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine your eligibility and qualifications. If mandatory education/licensure/certification requirements are met, your application will be further evaluated based on training, experience and other factors critical to successful job performance such as:

    • Aviation Experience
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Teamwork
    • Technology Application

    If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or your application may be removed from further consideration.

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    Drug test required No

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