• Department of Transportation
  • $86,530.00 -119,720.00/year*
  • Aviation
  • Full-Time

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There is 1 position to be filled with a duty station of Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Nome OR Ketchikan.

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You will serve as the Principal Inspector (Avionics) General Aviation/Part 135 functioning as the primary airworthiness interface between assigned air carriers/air operators/air agencies/airmen/designees and the Federal Aviation Administration. You will have program responsibility to ensure assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to maintenance, preventive maintenance and alteration programs. You will determine the need for and then establish work programs for surveillance and inspection of assigned organizations within manpower and budget limitations to ensure adherence to applicable regulations.

You will ensure on a continuing 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. You will develop maintenance program requirements through participation on Maintenance Review Board. Coordinates Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with the principal operations inspector. Takes enforcement action in instances of noncompliance with the MEL.

You will be 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 cancellation of operations specifications. You will conduct or direct the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency. Conducts investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries and aircraft incidents and accidents. Provides verbal and/or written technical assistance to legal counsel, testifies at court trials and formal hearings, and gives depositions. Coordinates with geographic inspectors for the accomplishment of non-routine air carrier surveillance. Has responsibility for initial and ongoing certification of air carriers, aircraft, airmen and agencies. Makes recommendations on the appointment of designees.

You will evaluate requests to operate under conditions not previously specified in the maintenance portion of the operations specifications and approve or disapprove request and provide additional conditions and limitations as needed. Provides guidance to the assigned air carrier in the development of required maintenance manuals and record keeping systems. Reviews and determines adequacy of manuals associated with the air carrier's maintenance programs and revisions thereto. Ensures manuals and revisions comply with regulatory requirements, prescribe safe practices and furnish clear and specific instructions governing maintenance programs. Approves operations specifications and amendments thereto.

You will determine if maintenance facilities being established or contract arrangements entered into by air carriers for the purpose of overhaul work, major repairs, alteration and other maintenance are satisfactory. Reviews changes and negotiates with air carrier management to resolve problems. Determines if overhaul and inspection time limitations warrant revision.

You will evaluate an operator's proposed reliability programs for compliance with national policies. Advises operator of deficiencies and required changes. Approves/disapproves reliability programs. Determines if the air carrier's training program meets requirements of the FARs, is compatible with the maintenance program, is properly organized and effectively conducted, and results in trained and competent personnel. Directs or participates in proving flight evaluations to determine compliance with the FARs. Recommends changes that will be required prior to approval.

Travel Required

50% or less - The job may require up to 50% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1825 Aviation Safety

* Requirements

HelpRequirements 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)
* This vacancy is temporary not to exceed 2 years and may be filled as a temporary promotion or detail.
* Management may cancel the temporary action at any time.
* PCS, TCS and TDY are NOT authorized.
* You must submit a memo from your supervisor concurring to a temporary assignment.
* Position is designated as Public Trust and a background check may be required.


You must meet the minimum qualification requirements for an Aviation Safety Inspector in the 1825 series as outlined below:

General Requirements for All Positions:

1. Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;

2. Valid State driver's license;

3. Fluency in the English language;

4. No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and

5. High school diploma or equivalent.

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.

These 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 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.
* The recency of specialized experience requirements is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements, applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (FG/GS-13 or pay band I) in the normal line of progression.

Specialized experience includes, but is not limited to experience ensuring assigned organizations are properly and adequately organized, staffed and equipped; experience in conducting an adequate training program including an acceptable record system; experience conducting enforcement investigations, preparing reports and recommending disposition; experience conducting investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries and aircraft incidents and accidents; and experience coordinating Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement for a temporary promotion.

In-grade/downgrade applications will be accepted.

For those currently employed at the FG-14 level or higher, you will be temporarily detailed.

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 their 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. This order is located at:


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