Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations-Rotorcraft-Helicopter) in Helena, Montana

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The Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter) performs a variety of tasks associated with technical administration, certification, and surveillance. The selectee serves as a developmental performing duties as assigned without authority for actions or decisions. Selectee will be required to complete initial new hire training to include formal and on-the-job training up to 24 months.

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The Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter) is responsible for the performance of assigned technical administration, certification, and surveillance duties and assures that aviation organizations and airmen comply with regulatory requirements and reports deficiencies to the principal inspector or supervisor. The selectee will be required to participate in the flight program as an aircrew member and, as such, must meet the medical and flight currency requirements as set forth in agency orders governing the operation of aircraft. The inspector, when directed, is required to keep an appropriate control point informed as to his/her whereabouts and the telephone number at which he/she can be reached in the event of an aviation incident/accident requiring FAA investigation.

Duties and responsibilities at the FG-12 level may include but are not limited to: selectee is delegated the specific authority to make decisions as to the quality of operations activities inspecting at the different aviation facilities; assuring that aviation organizations and airmen comply with regulatory requirements, and reporting deficiencies to the principal inspector or supervisor; conducting enforcement investigations and preparing final reports and recommendations on disposition; performing or assisting in the emergency suspension of certificates or cancellation of operations specifications; conducting the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency; conducting investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries and aircraft incidents and accidents; providing verbal and/or written technical assistance to legal counsel, testifying at court trials and formal hearings, and giving depositions; reviewing manuals associated with certification requirements of air carriers, air agencies, and air operators for accuracy and FAR compliance; making recommendations to the principal inspector or supervisor; evaluating air carriers, air agencies, and air operators and making recommendations to the principal inspector or supervisor; evaluating training programs to insure that they meet the requirements of the FARs, including simulators, training devices, and other such equipment, as well as check airmen; performing a variety of airmen certification functions; monitoring pilots, designated pilot examiners, check airmen, and aviation organization operations and training activities; and taking appropriate corrective action for deficiencies noted or making recommendations to principal inspector or supervisor.

May be assigned other duties and responsibilities that are non-grade controlling.

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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1825 Aviation Safety

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Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • Selectee must maintain a Second-Class Medical Certificate.
  • Applicants must apply through AVIATOR
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument, or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter rating.
  • Valid, Unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter rating.
  • Ensure front and back of all certifications are submitted with application.

APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS (applications must show that all of the requirements are met in order to receive consideration for this position):

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  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 graduate 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.

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

  1. Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted) without strain;
  2. Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted);
  3. Not have any physical conditions that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others or that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.
  4. Possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and
  5. Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

Applicants tentatively selected will be required to:

  1. Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements, with or without a reasonable accommodation; or
  2. 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.

Rotorcraft-Helicopter Safety Inspector Required Specialized Experience for all grades:

  1. Minimum 100 flight hours in Rotorcraft-Helicopter in the last three years;
  2. Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument Helicopter, or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating;
  3. Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Rating;
  4. 1,200 hours of total time requirements (1,000 in actual flight conditions, 250 hours of night flight in which 15 are in a helicopter);
  5. 250 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot in command, or as second in command performing the duties of a pilot in command under the supervision of a pilot in command, or any combination thereof;
  6. 500 hours of cross-country flight time;
  7. 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight with at least 25 hours in helicopters as pilot in command or as second in command performing the duties of a pilot in command under the supervision of a pilot in command, or any combination.

Additional Specialized Experience:

To qualify for the FG-12 position, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FG/GS 11) in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience must include but not limited to: work involving a wide range of assignments or a few highly complex assignments, requiring planning and organization, setting priorities, and working without clear or specific guidelines. Work at this level is typically subject to review to assure compliance with organizational policies or regulations, and specific guidelines for 91, 91K, 125, 129, or 135 fixed or rotary-wing (as applicable) operator.

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


No positive education required.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. Position may be subject to a background investigation. A one-year probationary period may be required. The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

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

A Rotorcraft/helicopter check ride will be required after selection.

As an applicant for this external announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA. In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your resume, you must include detailed work history that clearly describes how you meet the answer you chose for each KSA. Your answers may be adjusted as appropriate. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Incomplete Applications: Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions my impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

The Flight Standards Service utilizes a National Centralized Hiring Process, for standardized interviewing, screening, and verification of qualifications and experience of Aviation Safety Inspector applicants.

Applicants will be required to appear in person for an interview and/or other assessments to determine whether they possess the necessary qualifications, competencies and personal qualities to successfully perform Aviation Safety Inspector duties. Applicants will be questioned about information on their application and will be required to show appropriate airmen certificates, ratings, and pilot logbooks or other appropriate records of flight time to substantiate that the applicant meets the requirements of this announcement.

Interviews for this position are conducted in Irving, TX. All or none of the candidates may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

A. Applicants must include front and back copies of the following Certificates and Ratings as part of the application package. Failure to do so will result in your application being rated incomplete:

1) Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument Helicopter or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating,

2) Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter rating,


3) Valid second-class FAA medical certificate.

B. Completed FAA Form 3330-47-3 (Supplemental Qualifications Statement for 1825 and 2181 Series)

C. Current/former federal employees should provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) which verifies your position title, series, grade, tenure and organization.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application (e.g. SF-50 and certificates/ratings) you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS. Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to (781) 238-7283 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Include your name and the announcement number on each of your faxed pages. Please redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security number and date of birth.

All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Received" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Received" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)

  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)

  • Employer's name and address

  • Supervisor name and phone number

  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)

  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Forms: * FAA-3330-473 : 2181/1825 Supplemental Qualifications Statement * SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

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Agency contact information
Dayna Lusch

(405) 954-4657


(405) 954-0593




Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Careers Branch 6500 S. Macarthur Blvd, HQ Room 139 Oklahoma City, OK 73169 US

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Next steps

Ensure that your resume is in the proper format as stated above.

Ensure that you have included a copy of the front and back of all required certifications.

Ensure that you submit all veterans' documents if applicable. Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518816400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/07/2018 to 12/28/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: FG 12

Salary: $73,375 to $95,388 per year Salary includes the locality rate of 15.37%.

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time