Position is located in an AEG Office in the Aircraft Evaluation Division (AFS-100).
Incumbent serves as Operations technical expert and advisor on assigned manufactured or modified Unmanned Aircraft, Urban Air Mobility, Optionally Piloted Aircraft, and associated systems. Provides Operations representation in all phases of developmental work involved during and prior to certification and subsequent to placing such associated systems into service.Learn more about this agency
Incumbent serves as Operations technical expert and advisor on assigned manufactured or modified Unmanned Aircraft, Urban Air Mobility, Optionally Piloted Aircraft, and associated systems. Provides Operations representation in all phases of developmental work involved during and prior to certification and subsequent to placing such associated systems into service. The work of this position has considerable impact on the level of safety for industry operation of these aircraft.
Incumbent evaluates detailed flight characteristics of the aircraft in order to establish training requirements which will be used as standards and guidelines for operations inspectors in evaluating and approving training programs. Likewise, incumbent must develop a detailed knowledge of the aircraft's instrument and component systems in order to develop a sound and reasonable list of minimum instruments and equipment to be required for initial dispatch of the aircraft to ensure operational safety of the aircraft. Incumbent is also responsible to provide information to aviation safety inspectors on all modification and procedural changes to the aircraft in order to attain optimum safety and efficiency in its operation.
The incumbent has contacts at all levels within the regional and Washington offices of FAA. Contacts involve industry representatives including pilots , operators and/or personnel in charge of flight testing for aircraft manufacturers. Contacts are also with foreign government aviation officials and manufacturers on an international basis. These contacts will be for the purpose of coordinating and resolving problems imposed by certification and operations requirements, coordinating equipment and training requirements, and for the exchange of essential information. Specifically, the incumbent serves as a member of the Type Certification Board, Flight Test Group and as advisor to the Aircraft Certification Directorate on flight operation problems involved in the certification processes of newly designed aircraft preparatory to the aircraft being type certificated and introduced into service. In this capacity, the incumbent will prepare recommendations for amendments to the regulations or proposed special crew training requirements or procedures for aircraft when needed, participate in the development of FAA approved aircraft flight manuals, and represent the Flight Standards Service in the flight tests leading to type certification and service evaluation of aircraft.
Acting as a representative of the Flight Standards Service and Chairman of the Flight Standardization Board, the incumbent will recommend to the appropriate Flight Standards Division the appropriate pilot certificate type rating and specific training program standards to be used for training of flight crews or FAA inspectors receiving training in aircraft. Determines safe limits of required maneuvers based on flight test results, and reviews flight test evaluations for possible unsafe characteristics of the aircraft.
Serves as Flight Standards Service representative and Chairman of the Flight Operations Evaluation Board to determine minimum aircraft instruments and equipment required for dispatch or continuance of flight.
On a continuing basis, incumbent keeps abreast of all modifications, changes, and technical advances for assigned aircraft to assure continued safe operation. Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates problem areas and initiates action to correct technical deficiencies associated with the operation and pilot training of the assigned aircraft.
Works with operators introducing new aircraft into service to assure that FAA keeps abreast of current operational problems.
Performs other certification activities or enroute inspections when required. Provides expert consultation in support of accident or incident investigations, analysis, and implementation of corrective actions related to the particular aircraft assigned.
75% or less - The job may require up to 75% travel.
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