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 safe to relocate.

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Incumbent serves as the Manager of the Washington Flight Standards District Office. Plans and administers the office programs to promote safety in all aviation activities. Has responsibility and authority for all decision-making in a wide variety of administrative and technical areas. The office promotes the aviation and safety programs, and may certify commercial and general aviation operations, pilots, mechanics and schools.

Responsible and accountable for the supervision, management and assignment of multi-disciplined work performed by Aviation Safety Inspectors which includes maintenance, avionics and operations.

Responsible for aviation safety activities in a complex and dynamic air carrier and general aviation environment ensuring the promotion of the highest level of safety compliance with regulatory standards utilizing transparency of data exchange to include the identification of hazards and management of risk.

Defines, plans and organizes assigned budget, staff and other resources to accomplish objective for more than one organizational unit or team. Manages budget and either reallocates resources among organizational units/projects/programs, or requests additional resources, as needed. Performs critical aspects of the budget planning process, including projecting short-term and long-term future needs and justifying resource requirements. Is accountable for all assigned office equipment.

Responsible for the leadership, planning, prioritizing, direction, communication, tasking, training and scheduling of work. Also responsible time and attendance, leave approval, performance evaluation, corrective and disciplinary actions, and the setting of the frontline office goals and objectives. Applies human relations skills and affirmative action principles within the frontline office environment.

Contacts are primarily within the frontline office and respective functional area(s) and for the purpose of discussing the status of projects/programs, planning for the future, and coordinating activities. Such internal contacts include Flight Standards, General Counsel, Air Traffic and Public Affairs and with external customers such as the media, the general public, law enforcement organizations, NTSB and congressional offices, etc…

Responsible for making frontline office policy and procedural recommendations and decisions with regards to air carrier, foreign air carrier surveillance, general aviation, certificate management functions, and a variety of special multi-organizational projects and activities.

Work is reviewed for success in terms of achieving organizational goals and objectives.

Performs other duties as they are assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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 one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.


OPM Qualification Standard for the Aviation Safety Inspector (from the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions) is located at: http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1800/aviation-safety-series-1825/


FAA Qualification Standard for Aviation Safety Inspectors – Aircraft Dispatch is located at: https: employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/program_policies/policy_guidance/hr_policies/hrpm/emp/emp_sup/emp-1-7_1825AD/


FAA Qualification Standard for Aviation Safety Inspectors – Cabin Safety is located at: https: employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/program_policies/policy_guidance/hr_policies/hrpm/emp/emp_sup/emp-1-7_1825CS/


FAA Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Inspectors – Rotocraft-Helicopter is located at: https: employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/ahr/program_policies/policy_guidance/hr_policies/hrpm/emp/emp_sup/emp-1-7_1825RH/

General Requirements for All 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 and must meet all of 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.
  • 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 FV-J, FG/GS-14 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 includes: Experience monitoring and evaluating programs for compliance with regulations and standards; experience performing investigations and recommending solutions; and experience developing new or modifying existing policies and procedures.

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

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


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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.

    As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Leadership and Management Dimension 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 Dimension.

    In lieu of providing a Leadership and Management Dimension narrative response in the text box listed below each Dimension, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each Leadership and Management Dimension. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your Leadership and Management Dimension 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.

    Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Management Dimensions listed in the announcement. 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.

    Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

    Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

    If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https: eopf.opm.gov/dot/ .

    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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