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    Serves as a Technical Support Advisor (UAS/Commercial Space) for the Office of Airports (ARP), Office of Safety and Standards, Airport Safety and Operations Division (AAS-300). The Office of Safety and Standards (AAS) is responsible for managing various administrative and technical functions. The incumbent applies expert and in-depth knowledge of the National Airspace System (NAS) and the overall ARP program in the conception, planning, and conducting of his/her work.

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    A primary role of the incumbent is to build and maintain relationships with internal and external new entrant stakeholders, such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Commercial Space, by conducting outreach, providing support, staffing, writing, research, and other functions to facilitate the ARP’s engagements with stakeholders.

    The incumbent facilitates and supports the following activities as it relates to UAS activities: Assists the airport sponsor in coordinating with the operator of the UAS aircraft to understand the areas of manned aircraft flight near the airport, reducing the potential for conflicts between UAS activities and manned aircraft flights. Understands the proposed parameters of the UAS activities for situational awareness and coordination with airport tenants and users as necessary. Assists the airport sponsor in understanding the abilities and limitations of potential UAS Detection systems. Understands where UAS activities on or near the airport are occurring; and encourages coordination with the local Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities, Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), Airports District Office (ADO), and local law enforcement.

    The incumbent facilitates and supports the following activities as it relates to commercial space activities: Coordinates with the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) to ensure commercial space activities taking place at or near federally obligated or Part 139 airports are fully coordinated and provide for safe operations. Assists with coordination process for Launch/Reentry Site Operator Licenses and/or Launch/Reentry Vehicle Operator Licenses within ARP and with AST. Incumbent will coordinate within ARP the impact to operations of new commercial space vehicle operations or new vehicle configurations at existing commercial space launch/reentry sites. Incumbent will evaluate any proposed modifications for previously approved commercial space launch/reentry sites.

    The incumbent initiates and maintains effective communication with all stakeholders, including other professional and technical subject-matter experts within ARP and other parts of the FAA, and builds cooperative, ongoing working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to advance the mission of ARP and the FAA. Collaborates and engages in ongoing dialog to stay abreast of UAS, commercial space, and other new entrant industries and FAA environment that might influence ARPs mission to integrate new entrants into the NAS.

    Helps identify subject-matter experts to participate in various workgroups, rulemaking councils, committees and other groups.The incumbent contributes to the preparation and dissemination of ARP’s written materials by drafting and editing talking points, fact sheets, briefing materials, and other materials for use in conducting, facilitating, and supporting internal and external outreach, briefings, events, meetings, and speeches. Ensures that information on new entrant and FAA activities related to new entrants are communicated in an effective and timely manner throughout ARP, by engaging with other ARP personnel as well as planning, leading or facilitating internal and external meetings.

    The incumbent is recognized as a subject matter expert, who provides expertise and technical advice (either directly or by helping to facilitate engagement of other subject-matter experts) to managers, supervisors, and other personnel in developing policy and regulations unique to UAS, commercial space, and other new entrants.
    Provides advice to management on planning methodologies and performance/trend indicators to measure attainment of fiscal year goals and objectives. Presents recommendations for adoption, implementation, mitigations, or changes to senior management. Prepares documentation and reports, to include charts, graphs, statistical summaries, etc. of the revised procedures or processes.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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