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Job Title:  Aviation Safety Inspector - General Aviation Operations
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FAA-AMH-14-GAO-32271

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,563.00 to $78,355.00 / Per Year
FG-9 $41,563 - $54,028 FG-11 $50,287 - $65,371 FG-12 $60,274 - $78,355 Salaries shown reflect the base pay only. Locality pay will be added,
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location:
FAA Flight Standards Locations, United States
U.S. Citizens
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Amendment Date: 10/31/2014
Amendment Note: Extension of close date, from 11/17/2014 to 12/31/2014. Extension of close date, from 9/30/2014 to 11/17/2014. Deleted this statement from additional job info: "the existing applicant pool may continue to be utilized until June 18, 2012." Change of announcement close date from 12/31/2013. Extension of close date, from 12/09/2013 to 12/10/2013, due to USAjobs down on 12/07/13. Extension of close date, from 12/10/2013 to 12/20/2013. Extension of close date, from 12/20/2013 to 3/31/2014. Extension of close date, from 3/31/2014 to 9/30/2014.

Business Component: FAA, Aviation Safety, Flight Standards Services

No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) payments are authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Veterans' preference documents must be uploaded/submitted with application
  • Medical and pilot certificates must be uploaded/submitted with application
  • Please ensure you include copies of the front and back of your certificates


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Aviation Safety Inspectors in this specialty (Operations) apply knowledge and skills typically acquired as airmen (pilots, navigators, flight instructors, etc.) to develop and administer regulations and safety standards pertaining to the operation of aircraft. They engage primarily in the following types of assignments: (a) Examining airmen for initial certification and continuing competence; (b) evaluating airmen training programs, equipment and facilities; and (c) evaluating the operational aspect of programs of air carriers and similar commercial and aviation operations for adequacy of facilities, equipment, procedures and overall management to ensure safe operation of the aircraft. They may perform a variety of other inspections, investigations, and advisory duties; however, the primary requirement for positions in this specialization is knowledge and skill in the operation of aircraft. Inspectors are required to travel frequently and to occasionally work irregular duty hours.


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OPM Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Series, FG-1825

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: (A) Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years; (B) Valid State driver`s license; (C) Fluency in the English language; (D) No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and (E) High school diploma or equivalent.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of aircraft MUST possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) regulations and pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

In addition, applicants MUST meet all of the following: (A) Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument airplane ratings. The applicant must have given a minimum of 200 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft; (B) Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating; (C) Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating; (D) Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years; (E) Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours; (F) Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings; and (G) Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.
Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
1. Risk Management - The ability to assure that risk is identified, evaluated, documented, eliminated or controlled within defined program risk parameters.
2. Evaluation - The ability to determine if a process or component is doing what it was designed to do and is producing the intended results.
3. Workload Management - Ability to organize and complete work activities effectively, efficiently, and in accordance with established priorities.
4. Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions based on critical thinking principles and sound facts and data; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes recommendations and commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals.
5. Communications - The ability to communicate in English in a clear, concise manner that is appropriate for the target audience.
6. Teamwork - The ability to work well with other team members; monitor progress; to ensure goals are achieved.
7. Interpersonal Skills - The ability to relate to individuals; consider differing views; consider and respond appropriately to needs, feelings, capabilities; provide constructive and positive feedback; and manage conflict.
8. Information Management - Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information using information management systems.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


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.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
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.

1) Applicants may be required to appear for an interview and/or other assessments to determine whether they possess the necessary competencies and personal qualities to successfully perform Aviation Safety Inspector duties. Candidates will be questioned about information on their application and will be required to show appropriate certificates, ratings, logbooks or other appropriate records of flight time.
2) Some, none or all applicants may be interviewed.
4) This announcement allows applicants to select up to five geographic preferences. Please input your selection(s) in preference order. While placement will be determined based on the agency's needs, consideration will be given to your preferred location(s).
5) In the text box following each KSA, please provide a brief explanation of your possession of the applicable KSA. Include the name, title, organization name, and phone number of at least one reference that can be contacted for further verification of your level of capability.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship

Qualified applicants are limited to being referred on a maximum of 10 open referral lists at one time.


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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.

    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


All Veterans: You must submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4 or equivalent). If you are claiming 10 point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit a completed SF-15 and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed immediately upon submission of the online application. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference and submit a DD-214 but fail to submit an SF-15 and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be assessed as a 5 point preference eligible. If your DD-214 reflects you have the service qualifying for tentative preference (i.e.; served in a war, campaign or expedition). Documents must be uploaded or faxed immediately upon submission of the online application. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted a tentative preference if your application shows that you have the required service (i.e.; served in a war, campaign or expedition). Prior to being appointed, you must provide a form DD-214 documenting that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

In order to verify qualifications, applicants are required to submit/upload copies of their medical and pilot certificates. Please ensure your uploaded copies are legible and that you include both the front and back of the certificate, if applicable. Documents must be uploaded or faxed immediately upon submission of the online application. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be determined ineligible until such time as the documentation is received.


Aviation Careers
Phone: 405-954-4657
Fax: 405-954-5766/0593
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
6500 S. MacArthur Blvd.
HQ 130
Oklahoma City, OK
Fax: 405-954-5766/0593


Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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 us. 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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