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Job Title:Air Safety Investigator (Air Carrier Operations)

Agency:National Transportation Safety Board

Job Announcement Number:AS-818830-DM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 18, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency that investigates every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation, conducts special investigations and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.  Safety Board investigators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The National Transportation Safety Board was ranked one of the top ten best places to work in the Federal Government in 2010! 

NTSB Headquarters is conveniently located above the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop (green, yellow, orange, and blue lines) at 490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. 

Come and be a part of this challenging mission!

This position is located in the Office of Aviation Safety, Operational Factors Division.  (More than one selection may be made as determined by the NTSB.)

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. citizens, current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.

Before applying, please read the entire announcement and follow all instructions in the How to Apply section.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience/eligibility requirements (see Qualifications in Tab 3)
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited
  • Suitable for Federal employment


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At the full performance GS-14 Level, the employee will perform the following duties:


  • Serves on Go-Team and is available for accident or incident response 24 hours a day during Go-Team assignment period.
  • When not on Go-Team status, the employee may be called upon after normal working hours to conduct or support investigative activities.
  • Serves as the United States Accredited Representative or assists the Accredited Representative on foreign accident or incident investigations.
  • Under direction of Division supervisor(s), the employee conducts investigations of aviation accident/incidents in accordance with NTSB policy and procedures. Serves as group chairman and organizes and manages technical groups formed to investigate the operational aspects of aviation accidents and incidents. Coordinates with and reports to the Investigator-In-Charge (IIC).
  • Prepares comprehensive written reports of investigative activities in a timely manner and in accordance with Board policy and procedures.
  • Participates in public hearings either as a member of the technical panel or as a technical advisor presenting evidence or questioning witnesses regarding the operational aspects of investigations.
  • Researches, develops and completes safety recommendations, corrective actions, and other necessary changes in operational procedures to improve aviation safety.
  • On assignment, within his/her area of expertise and responsibility, participates as a technical advisor to the Board concerning appeals from FAA orders for amendment, suspension, and revocation of airmen and air agency certificates.
  • Provides mentoring and on-the-job training to new-hire or less experienced personnel, including guidance and critiquing of techniques, procedures, and written products.
  • Responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests associated with Safety Board activities.

NOTE:  Investigative assignments may be given on short notice and may involve work at unusual times for long hours at accident sites, sometimes in remote, rugged and hostile settings.  The incumbent must be able to work in physically demanding and adverse conditions such as in swamps and deserts, on steep, uneven and mountainous terrain.  The incumbent will be responsible for the effective, economical, and efficient utilization of all resources committed to the investigation.   The incumbent must qualify for and maintain a government issued travel charge card.


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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:

  1. 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.

  2. Pilot-in-Command -- Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.

    Category Flight Hours
    GS-5/7 GS-9 GS-11 and above
     Total Flight Time 500 1000 1500
     Pilot-In-Command 100 500



    The following flight hour requirements apply only when the position requires the particular specialty:

  3. 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.
  4. Helicopter: Up to 200 hours flying time acquired in heavy multi-engine airplanes may be substituted
  5. Small Airplane: Airplane weighing 12,500 pounds or less gross takeoff weight.


Category Flight Hours
GS-5/7 GS-9 GS-11 and above
        Multi-engine Airplane none 100 500
        Helicopter none 100 200
        Small Airplane 150 250 500

For inservice placement actions, flight hours may be waived for candidates who demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.


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.

Other Requirements:

  1. Valid State driver's license;

  2. Fluency in the English language;

  3. No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and

  4. High school graduate or equivalent.



In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements stated above, the following experience is required to qualify for positions at the various grade levels.


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 B747-400 (and later), MD-11/MD-10, 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 the G-450 (and later) and the Global Express.


GS-12 Level: Pilot in command experience on turbine-powered, multi-engine airplanes operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121 or 135. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ATP airman certificate with large (weighing more than 12,500 pounds) turbine-powered airplane type rating. Experience as flight crewmember on large, complex *qualifying aircraft or served an FAA authorized check-airman or flight simulator instructor on complex, multi-engine, turbine-powered airplanes.


GS-13 Level: In addition to the requirements for the GS-12; Pilot-in-command experience on *qualifying aircraft operating under 14 CFR Part 121. Served as FAA authorized proficiency check-airman and/or APD on *qualifying aircraft operating under 14 CFR Part 121.


GS-14 Level: In addition to the requirements for the GS-13; the applicant has at least one-year experience within previous three years as a Domicile or System Chief pilot as defined by 14 CFR Part 119.65, Director of Safety as defined by 14 CFR Part 119.65, Vice-President of Flight Operations, Director of Flight or Aircrew Training, (or equivalent duties) of an airline operating under 14 CFR Part 121, with *qualifying aircraft in its fleet.



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.

Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic qualifications requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. The Occupational Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to critical competencies/KSAs, such as:


  • Safety
  • Writing
  • Technology Application
  • Presentation Skills
  • Leadership


NOTE: We do NOT require a separate statement responding to each of these competencies. However, your resume should CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.


For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens (Delegated Examining): Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System. If you meet the eligibility and specialized experience requirements for this position you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. 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. 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 two/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 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.


For Merit Promotion Applicants: If you meet the minimum requirements and your application is among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet your needs, as well as your family's needs.  These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long term care insurance, and retirement savings plans.  For more information about these benefits, please visit:



Moving expenses associated with a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) are not authorized for this position. See benefits section for information on relocation and/or recruitment incentives.


New hires are subject to a one-year probationary period.


If you left Federal employment and received a buyout and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the buyout to the agency that paid you.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at or above a score of 80 against the rating criteria for this position. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see


Telework may be authorized for this position and will be determiend on a case-by-case basis. Bargaining Unit Position.


Applicants may obtain Form OPM Form 1170/21, Supplemental Qualifications Statement, Record of Aeronautical Experience via the following link:


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package (see the required documents section). The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 25, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page : using the following Vacancy ID 818830.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire,
  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Merit Promotion / Status Candidate Eligibility:

This position is open to All Sources / All U.S. Citizens and Merit Promotion / Status Candidates.  If you do not meet one of the categories below, you should apply All U.S. Citizens.  Merit Promotion / Status Candidate eligibles may also elect to be considered under All Sources / All U.S. Citizens.

  • Current NTSB employees with competitive service appointments or who are eligible under special hiring authorities.
  • Current career or career-conditional federal employees
  • 30% Disabled Veterans
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • Certain Military Spouses
  • Reinstatement
  • Family Member Preference (Derived Preference)
  • A severely physically handicapped Schedule A appointment
  • A former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers appointment


COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE:  To determine your eligibility, all documents applicable to you must be submitted by the closing date.  Failure to do so may result in your losing further consideration for this position.


  • Resume
  • Responses to the occupational questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent which verifies character of service and type of discharge, SF-15 and/or VA Letter)
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" listing your Position Title, Series and Grade and Step, Tenure and Position Occupied to verify eligibility (if you are a current or former Federal employee);
  • Most recent performance rating of record (if you are a current or former Federal employee)
  • OPM Form 1170/21, Supplemental Qualifications Statement, Record of Aeronautical Experience
  • Commercial Pilot's Certificate or Equivalent
  • FAA Form 8500-9 (Airman Medical Certificate)

      Human Resources Division
      Phone: (202)314-6230
      TDD: 202-314-6206
      Agency Information:
      AS Aviation Safety
      490 L Enfant Plaza
      Washington, DC


      After a review of your resume, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your application status.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants will receive notification when a final selection is made. 

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