Aviation Safety Inspector (AW), Principal Avionics Inspector (PAI)
US Department of Transportation
 Fairbanks, AK
  • Duties




This position serves as an Aviation Safety Inspector (General Aviation Avionics), Principal Avionics Inspector (PAI) for the Juneau Flight Standards District Office. There is 1 position to be filled with a duty station of Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Ketchikan or Kenai, Alaska.

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You will function as the primary airworthiness interface between assigned air carriers/air operators/air agencies/airmen/designees and the Federal Aviation Administration. Has program responsibility to ensure assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to maintenance, preventive maintenance and alteration programs. Determines the need for, and then establishes work programs for surveillance and inspection of assigned organizations within manpower and budget limitations to ensure adherence to the applicable regulations.

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


  • Job family (Series)

1825 Aviation Safety

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Position is designated as Moderate Risk; a background investigatin may be required


General Requirements for All 1825 Positions:

  • Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal Aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years
  • Valid State driver's license
  • Fluency in the English language
  • No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance, and
  • High School diploma or equivalent.

Medical Requirements for All Positions:

Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner,with or without a reasonable accommodation. The minimum medical requirements include the following requirements:

  • Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read, without strain, printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted);
  • Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
  • Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.

In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:

  • Possess a valid second – class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and
  • Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:

  • Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; or
  • Individuals who do not meet the minimum medical requirements but who are otherwise qualified will receive an individualized assessment to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position.

When the predominant work involves general aviation avionics, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness) positions must meet all of the following requirements.

  • Aircraft avionics experience involving the maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of installed avionics systems on aircraft.
  • Aircraft avionics work experience (which could include supervision or auditing) in a repair station; air carrier repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state, or Federal governmental agency within the last 3 years.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I/FG-13 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. Examples of specialized experience may include: Assisting, conducting or performing various technical functions related to certification, surveillance, investigation and enforcement activities of FAR Part 135 air carriers/air operators.

For Lateral Movements Between 1825 Specialties:

To assist in determining qualification requirements, applicants transferring between specialties at the same grade level are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate Qualifications Assessment Tool (QAT) check sheet and upload it along with your resume. Check sheets are contained in Order 3410.26, Flight Standards Service Air Carrier and General Aviation Qualifications Assessment Tool for AFS Aviation Safety Inspectors.

The recency of specialized experience is waived for current FAA employees in the 1825 series.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

In-grade/down-grade applications will be accepted.

Some, none or all may be interviewed.


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