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    The position is primarily involved in: (1) piloting or copiloting of aircraft to support the Flight Program Operations and Aviation Technology Group; (2) flight testing of developmental and modified aircraft and components; (3) providing ground and flight instruction and inflight evaluation in the piloting of aircraft; (4) and performing staff work concerned with planning, analyzing, or administering various elements of the Flight Program Operations and Aviation Technology Group.

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    This position supports the Flight Program Operations (FPO), Aviation Technology Group as a company Flight Test Pilot and Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Test Pilot Unit Member (UM). Duties include: conducts tests flights for developmental, show-compliance, operational, and postproduction testing, authors test plans for all categories of flight test, manages flight test risk assessment process, authors system descriptions, normal, abnormal, and emergency procedures for Aircraft F-light Manual Supplements, completes flight test data analysis and reports, participates in design decisions on aircraft modifications, assists development of training for new aircraft equipment and modifications. These duties require collaboration with multiple groups within the Aircraft Operations and Aircraft Maintenance directorates and significant work with the Aircraft Engineering Team, Maintenance Support Group, and Maintenance Services Group.

    Applies knowledge of engineering principals, theories and concepts and provides input regarding the design and modification of structural and mechanical systems for FAA aircraft in support of research, development, and testing (RD&T) activities within Flight Program Operations.

    ODA Unit Member delegated functions include aircraft performance, flight characteristics. hydraulic, electrical, and pneumatic, flight instruments and systems, auto control systems, operating limitations and procedures. When flight testing is required which exceeds the authorizations or capabilities of the ODA or the ODA Test Pilot, duties may include flying with factory or contract test pilots qualified to perform specialized flight tests. Serves as final authority in determining feasibility, of the flight test mission plan regarding the selection of test aircraft, location of test site, acceptability of weather conditions, proposed flight test envelope factors (for example, speed, altitude, maneuvers, loading conditions) and is responsible for safe operation of the aircraft and effective conduct of the test mission. Directs the activities of all flight crew and protect personnel on board the aircraft during the conduct of the flight test mission. Incumbent will maintain flight currency in one or more of the FPO primary missions.

    The incumbent reports to the first line manager and receives general and policy guidance. The incumbent is relied upon to provide timely and adequate support to technical projects and management programs. The flight test pilot has wide latitude within policy framework of the organization for independent judgment, making decisions, implementing policies and procedures, and directing the outcome of tasked projects and programs. Results of the work are normally accepted without significant change.

    This position requires an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Class I medical certificate.

    Serves as flight test pilot engineering pilot with knowledge and experience in aircraft electrical, structural. systems and propulsion aspects needed to conduct certification aspects of experimental and general purpose aircraft modifications.

    Plans. coordinates and seeks approvals related to cockpit human factors and aircraft performance factors involved in R&D system installations in Center aircraft.

    Serves as consultant and advisor on the full range of issues related to aircraft operations.

    Develops and seeks approval of Flight Manual Supplements and operational/pilot manual.

    The incumbent is delegated project management duties to include preparation and collaboration on preliminary design reviews, critical design reviews, statements of work, performance work statements, meetings, and status reports.

    May be required to travel to remote locations and to fly in government or other aircraft with standard or experimental airworthiness certification. May be required to participate and/or lead classified projects requiring a security classification of secret.

    Travel Required

    75% or less - The job may require up to 75% travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    2181 Aircraft Operation

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    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.
    • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
    • A one-year probationary period may be required.
    • First Class Medical and ATP Certificates must be uploaded or faxed with application.
    • FAA Form 3330-47-3 must be uploaded or faxed with application.
    • Please review Required Documents & Additional Information


    Complete OPM Qualifications Standard for the Aircraft Operation Series, 2181, available at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/2100/aircraft-operation-series-2181/

    Eligible candidates will be evaluated based on their responses within the application package and Supplemental Qualifications Statement, FAA Form 3330-47-3 ASIP (10/98).

    Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the positions.

    Certificates and Ratings: All applicants must possess either a valid Commercial pilot certificate with airplane, multi-engine land AND instrument ratings OR an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multi-engine land rating. * In addition, all applicants must possess either a valid first or second-class medical certificate. *Selected candidates must obtain a first class medical certificate prior to appointment.*

    TOTAL FLIGHT TIME - 1750 Hours Flight time as a pilot in command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement. For inservice placement actions, up to one-fourth of the total flight hours may be waived for candidates who have demonstrated possession of the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work, provided: 1) applicant holds the required certificates and ratings; 2) applicant has acquired the pilot-in-command hours and flight hours in other categories essential to performance of the work; 3) applicant meets the requirements in terms of level and quality of experience; and 4) applicant's flying history indicates they are qualified for the position.

    PILOT-IN-COMMAND TIME - 1150 Hours Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.

    *Flight test positions also require completion of a flight test course such as a military flight test school or the FAA flight test pilot course, or at least 1 year of experience either flight testing aircraft for engineering approval (civilian or military) or analyzing aircraft performance data.

    NIGHT FLYING TIME - 75 Hours For inservice placement actions, 25 hours may be waived if the applicant demonstrates the ability to perform the work.

    FLYING TIME, LAST 12 MONTHS - 100 Hours For inservice placement actions, up to one-half of the flight hours may be waived provided the applicants total background reflects the ability to perform the duties of the position safely. NOTE: Flight time in a FAA approved level C or D full flight simulator is creditable towards meeting the recency of flight experience. If applicable, applicant must document time in the Airplane PIC or SIC blocks of the Total in Last 12 Months section of the FAA Form 3330-47-3.

    MULTIENGINE AIRPLANE TIME - 500 Hours Experience may have been in either light or heavy multi-engine airplanes.

    INSTRUMENT TIME - 75 Hours At least 10 of the required hours must have been logged in actual instrument weather. The balance may have been acquired in a flight simulator or as other types of instrument flight time; e.g., hood instrument.

    FLIGHT CHECK - A pre-employment flight test may be required, except for previous FG-2181, Airspace System Inspection Pilots, who have flown under Flight Program Operations Air Operator Certificate within the last 24 months.

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

    Applicants should include specialized experience in their Work History.

    Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.

    To qualify for the FG-14, applicants MUST possess an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

    See Qualifications Required


    Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the 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 priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    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 Knowledge, Skills and Ability (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.

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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.

    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.


    1) Applicants must apply online to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or emailed applications cannot be accepted.

    2) Some, none, or all candidates may be interviewed.

    3) This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of an Access National Agency Check with Inquiry (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained

    4) Must submit FAA Form 3330-47-3, Commercial Pilot or ATP Cert.-Copy Req.

    5) Applicants must upload or fax copy of Second or First Class Medical Certificate by the closing date of the announcement (See Required Documents). Selected candidates MUST obtain a First Class Medical certificate prior to appointment.

    6) Selected candidates will be required to sign an agreement of Pass/Fail policy and Up or Out policy for placement in the positions.

    7) Salary will be set in accordance OPM Special Rate Tables for 2181-series employees: https://apps.opm.gov/SpecialRates/2019/IndexByOccupations.aspx.

    8) If eligible, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) will be paid in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administrative Travel Policy (FAATP).

    9) Additional information regarding living in Oklahoma can be found at www.abetterlifeokc.com.


    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Documentation, e.g. Pilot Certificate, Valid Medical Certificate, FAA Form 3330-47-3, veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to (405)954-3003 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

    The following three documents are REQUIRED to verify qualifications for this occupation:
    1) FAA Form 3330-47-3 [10/98], "Supplemental Qualifications Statement for 1825 and 2181 Series";
    2) Pilot Certificate [front and back]; and
    3) Medical Certificate (Valid first or Second Class Medical Certificate)
    4) If applying for the FG-2181-14, must submit Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
    Failure to submit documents WILL result in loss of consideration. These documents MUST be uploaded or faxed to 405-954-3003 by the closing date.

    Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current 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 a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. 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 a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/.

    Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO) are those veterans who are honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active service. Applicants claiming eligibility for EVHO, MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.


    • FAA-3330-473  : 2181/1825 Supplemental Qualifications Statement
    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

    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.

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    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.


    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.

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    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.


    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)

    • 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.

    Amendment Date: 03/23/2020

    Amendment Note: Amending to show two selections instead of 1.

    Agency contact information

    Carrell Dee Hawkins


    (405) 954-7949


    (405) 954-3003




    Federal Aviation Administration
    AAC Regional HR Services Division
    6500 S. Macarthur Blvd, HQ Room 155
    Oklahoma City, OK 73169
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