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The Next Generation of Flight is Underway - and you can be part of it! We need you and your fresh ideas to shape the air transportation system of tomorrow, and the way America flies. Come be a part of the new generation in aviation, an industry that is absolutely critical to this nation's economy and security.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a fundamental transformation of our nation's airspace system. It uses 21st century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky and on the runways, further improve safety, and protect the environment. For more information on NextGen, watch this brief introduction : NextGen Introduction

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Business Component: Aircraft Certification Services

Additional Salary Information: Newly appointed federal employees are eligible only for first duty assignment relocation expenses as outlined in FAA travel regulations.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation benefits will be paid (actual expenses).


The Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Wake Turbulence serves as the FAA's primary expert for all wake turbulence issues and emerging concerns in this area. He/she provides world-class professional and scientific guidance to senior leadership of the agency to define and advance new wake turbulence research and proposed flight operations in order to establish new operational standards that promote safe operation of aircraft. In this role, the incumbent provides expert technical guidance in all research and development programs in the field of wake turbulence, to include reliability, systems metrics, systems verification approaches, operating systems theory, and systems assurance techniques. The incumbent serves as a technical interface for wake turbulence issues between the FAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), industry organizations, and the international community. He/she works with Eurocontrol, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in determining international standards. The incumbent represents the FAA and is the point of contact for joint FAA/Eurocontrol wake turbulence research. The incumbent addresses external issues, including those raised by the Administrator or Congress, and provides expert testimony in wake turbulence litigation involving the FAA. The incumbent also represents the FAA by providing advisory services to other government agencies, professional and academic organizations, and industry on national and international issues involving wake turbulence.