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Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector - OPS (Principal Operations Inspector) in San Antonio, Texas

Summary Due to the Pandemic and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis. Responsibilities The Principal Inspector (Operations) General Aviation/Part 135 functions as the primary operations interface between assigned air carriers/air operators/air agencies/airmen/designees and the Federal Aviation Administration. 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.Assures 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; 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. Requires or directs correction of any deficiencies/discrepancies and refuses or withdraws approval if they cannot be resolved. 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. Provides verbal and/or written technical assistance to legal counsel, testifies at court trials and formal hearings, and gives depositions. Coordinates Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with principal airworthiness inspectors. Takes enforcement in instances of noncompliance with the MEL. Coordinates with geographic inspectors for the accomplishment of non-routine, Air Carrier surveillance. 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. Evaluates and approves/disapproves requests, to operate under conditions not previously authorized and may prescribe additional conditions and limitations as appropriate. Approves the original issuance of operations specifications and issues original operating certificates. Approves amendments to operations specifications. Directs or participates in proving flight evaluations to determine compliance with FARs. Recommends changes that will be required prior to approval. Is responsible for monitoring all phases of operations including: training programs and records; base and station facilities; and route systems. Coordinates with and reviews reports from geographic inspectors and others to identify trends which indicate deterioration in the safety of operations. Directs or suggests changes required to correct such trends. Is responsible for monitoring the activities of designated examiners, check airmen and instructors. 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. Requirements Conditions of Employment We are not accepting applications from noncitizens. Qualifications 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; andHigh school diploma or equivalentMedical 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); andNot 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 aircraft must:Possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; andPass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAAWhen the predominant work involves general aviation operations, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations) positions must meet all of the following requirements.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.Note: Recency of specialized experience is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.Certificates and Ratings:This position requires certificates and ratings for minimum qualification in the following specialty: General Aviation Operations; a copy of certificates and ratings are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 1825 specialty of General Aviation Operations. Therefore, applicants must submit a copy of their certificates and ratings unless they are currently occupying General Aviation (Operations) 1825 Series Position.Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the (FV-H, FG/GS-12) level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include but is 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.Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this 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 work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability.Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration. Education 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.FAA employees, their spouses and minor children may not hold stock or any other securities interest in an airline, aircraft manufacturing company, or in a supplier of components of parts to an aircraft manufacturing company. This prohibition is effective on the date of your appointment. If selected, your acceptance of the agency's final offer means you agree to comply with this prohibition. Questions may be directed to an agency ethics official at 9-faa-agc-ethics-office@faa.gov.The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.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. NOTE: Selectees will be placed anywhere within the San Antonio FSDO. Upon selection, selectees will be advised which unit he/she will be assigned.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: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/3410.26.pdfNOTE: Successful completion of a Transition Check Ride may be required for this position.Requirement for Security Clearance: This moderate risk public trust (Level 5) position requires a National Agency Check and Inquiry with Credit (ANACI), which may be completed after appointment.Interviews: If the agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.PAY: Additional information regarding pay-setting is found in the PASS/AVS Collective Bargaining Agreement: https://my.faa.gov/content/dam/myfaa/org/staffoffices/ahr/emp_labor_management_relations/labor_relations/agreements/2013_PASS_AVS_CBA.pdfThis is a bargaining unit position.Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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