Helicopter Aviation Safety Inspector – Louisiana

[Application deadline is 3 February 2019. /Admin]

Aviation Safety Inspector (Rotorcraft – Helicopter)


Federal Aviation Administration

Flight Standards Services – Baton Rouge FSDO


  • Open & closing dates

     01/06/2020 to 02/03/2020

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    FG 12

  • Salary

    $84,543 to $96,978 per year

    Salary includes the locality rate of 15.67%. Salaries shown reflect base pay starting at Step 5.

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule



3 vacancies in the following location:

  • Baton Rouge, LA
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes – You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.



The Aviation Safety Inspector 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 and 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



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 accommodationThe 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 this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FG-11 level. 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.

Source: USAJOBS – Job Announcement