Aviation Safety Inspector (Principal Operations Inspector)

Department Of Transportation Sacramento, CA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

The incumbent has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to operations programs.

Learn more about this agency


The incumbent has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to operations programs. Determines the need for and then establishes work programs for surveillance and inspection of assigned organizations within manpower and budget limitations to assure adherence to the applicable regulations.

Under the general direction of the Principal Inspector (Operations) accomplishes the following duties:

Assures on a continuous basis that assigned organizations are properly and adequately organized, staffed, and equipped; have and conduct an adequate training program, including an acceptable record keeping system; and have facilities and procedures that meet all regulatory requirements. Chairs joint FAA-industry meetings; maintains regular contact with organizations assigned; and coordinates with top management officials.

Is responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition. Performs or supervises the emergency suspension of certificates or cancellations of operations specifications. Conducts or directs the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency. Conducts investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries, and aircraft incidents and accidents. Coordinates Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with principal airworthiness inspectors. Takes enforcement in instances of noncompliance with the MEL.

Evaluates training programs to insure that they meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation regulations. Approves or disapproves these training programs including flight simulators, training devices, or other such equipment used in these programs.

Approves/disapproves designation of check airmen and makes recommendations on the appointment of designees.

Evaluates operations and facilities by on-site inspections and review of reports by geographic inspectors and others. Approves the original issuance of operations specifications and issues original operating certificates. Evaluates the safety of proposed changes in route or airport authorizations; prescribes any changes required before approval.

Is responsible for monitoring all phases of operations including: training programs and records; base and station facilities; and route systems. The incumbent will be required to participate in the flight program as an aircrew member and. as such, must meet medical and flight currency requirements as set forth in agency orders governing the operation of aircraft.

Travel Required

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1825 Aviation Safety

Similar jobs

* Aircraft Inspectors

* Inspectors, Aircraft

* Requirements

Help 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)

* A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)

* Promotion Potential: No

* Bargaining Unit: Yes

* All or None of the applicants may be interviewed.

* Ingrade/Downgrade Applications will be accepted

* REQUIRED: Possession of a Valid second-class FAA medical certificate


OPM Qualifications Required:

OPM Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Series, FG-1825 Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

* 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: Aviation Safety Inspector positions have job-related medical requirements. When applicable, applicants must meet job-related medical requirements which will be assessed and validated during the pre-employment process.

The Aviation Safety Inspector medical requirements include:

Medical Requirements: 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 tentatively selected will be required to:

* Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements, with or without a reasonable accommodation; 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 with or without a reasonable accommodation.

In addition to the above for General Aviation Operations, applicants MUST meet all of the following:

* Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument airplane ratings. Must have given a minimum of 200 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft.

* Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating;

* Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating.

* Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.

* Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.

* Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings.

* Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

* Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical Certificate.

Certificate of Rating Required: Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating. PLEASE PROVIDE COPY WITH YOUR AVIATOR APPLICATION OR FAX TO THE HR SPECIALIST LISTED ON THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

Recency of specialized experience is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.

Specialized Experience:

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 (FV-H, FG/GS-12) 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. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCEmay include but not limited to: Experience assisting, conducting, or performing various technical functions related to certification, surveillance, investigation, and enforcement activities. Additional experience may be in investigating and reporting on accidents, incidents, and violations.


Preview Job Questionnaire

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.