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Aviation Safety Inspector (Roto-Heli), Principal Operations Specialist (POI), HAA

US Department of Transportation

This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted July 1, 2021.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryServes as a Aviation Safety Inspector (Roto-Heli), POI, Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) for the Reach Air Medical Services Certificate.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.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft-Helicopter), POI, HAA has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation regulations with respect to helicopter operations programs. The principal inspector at a large HAA operator evaluates flight operations programs for aircraft that uses leading edge technology, independently resolving issues and collaborating directly with Foundational Business and Headquarters Specialists.Travel RequiredOccasional 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 statusNoPromotion PotentialNA* Job family (Series)1825 Aviation SafetySimilar jobs* Aircraft Inspectors* Inspectors, Aircraft* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions 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)* Designated or Random Drug Testing required.* Ingrade/Downgrade applications will be accepted.* If the agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.* Successful completion of a Transitional Check Ride may be required.* Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate.QualificationsGeneral Requirements for All 1825 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,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 Rotorcraft-Helicopter, applicants for ASI (Operations, Roto-Heli) positions must meet all of the following requirements:* Minimum 100 flight hours in Rotorcraft-Helicopter in the last three years.* Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating.* Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft-Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Rating.* 1,200 hours of total time requirements (1,000 in actual flight conditions, 250 hours of night flight in which 15 hours are in a helicopter).* Flight time requirement in helicopters of 250 hours, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot-in- command, or as second-in-command performing duties of a pilot-in-command under the supervision of a pilot- in-command, or any combination thereof.* Cross-country flight time requirement of 500 hours.* Instrument flight time requirement of 75 hours 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 thereof.To qualify you must also demonstrate that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level 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. Examples of specialized experience may include:* Evaluates and decides upon proposals to change the authorized programs of organizations.* Monitors on a continual basis the activities of organizations to determine whether they are following their authorized program, Federal regulations, and good safety practices.* Participates extensively in the certification inspection and surveillance of highly complex aviation operations where principal program responsibility is vested in a higher-graded/pay-banded aviation safety inspector.* Exercises broad authority to negotiate with carrier management and make technical determinations within the coverage of approved specifications and policy manuals.* Carries out assignments that primarily require knowledge of flight operation of a particular type of rotary wing aircraft or large turbojet aircraft.* Analyzes pilot training; gives flight tests and proficiency checks to pilots and other airmen, and evaluates schools that train airmen to operate a particular type of aircraft.* Exercises certificate authority for flight operations or maintenance over one or more air carrier, contract operators, and air travel clubs that collectively employ a fleet of large turbine powered aircraft.* Approves the airworthiness of aircraft; adequacy of maintenance programs; training programs for mechanics, repairmen, pilots, and other flight personnel; nature and scope of the operation (e.g., the kind of cargo, passenger, and geographic area covered); adequacy of maintenance facilities and airports; and overall adequacy of the organization in terms of safety.* Monitors, plans, or conducts inspection programs including periodic en route and ramp inspections.* Receives information and follows up on any changes in the approved program.* Receives and follows up on complaints about organization(s) for which they are responsible.* Evaluates and approves or disapproves applications by maintenance facilities for approved repair station certificates and ratings; deciding whether facilities, equipment, materials, personnel, inspections methods and maintenance practices, and techniques are satisfactory to ensure airworthiness of aircraft.* Evaluates broad program elements of flight operation or maintenance activities of an air carrier and decides upon modification or additions to operating procedures and policy guides.* Recommends approval or disapproval of certificate amendments and substantial changes in operating specifications to a senior aviation safety inspector who is the principal representative for the carrier.* Plans and conducts inspections and surveillance of assigned area of carrier operations to ensure compliance with Federal Aviation regulations.* Negotiates with carrier officials on violations, deficiencies, and other action items.* Conducts initial certification and periodic flight checks of airmen operating multiengine rotary wing aircraft using advanced instrument flight techniques.* Evaluates and, in some cases, issues certificates to flight and ground schools that provide training in the operation of that type of aircraft.* Issues waivers for experimental aircraft, air shows, or other unusual aviation operations. Makes initial determination of limitations and conditions.* Issues certificates to, and monitors, one or more on-demand and/or executive operations that characteristically involve factors of special difficulty, such as: Operation over a large territory (several States or major cities); 24/7; Diverse types of rotary wing aircraft including turbine-powered or multiengine; and/or Unpredictable variations from month to month regarding the scope of operations, personnel, and aircraft involved.* Provides extensive technical and regulatory guidance to persons desiring to enter the aviation business, and advice and assistance to operations in dealing with their day-to-day problems.The recency of specialized experience is waived for current FAA employees in the 1825 series.Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.EducationPreview Job QuestionnaireMake sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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