Serves as an Aviation Safety Technician in the Flight Standards Division by providing technical support to aviation safety inspectors and the public. Performs or assists with a wide range of certification, surveillance and investigation duties requiring research and evaluation.
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Provides technical assistance to the public in areas such as certificate requirements for airmen and aircraft. Extracts information from documents in the technical data library such as type certificate data sheets, airworthiness directives, service bulletins, technical standard orders and supplemental type certificates in support of aviation safety inspectors and industry.
This support includes certification of air carriers, operators, and air agencies, surveillance of airmen and aircraft; investigation of accidents, incidents and enforcements. Extracts and analyzes aviation Safety Analysis System (SAS) data to identify trends for items that affect aviation safety.
Provides data to aviation safety inspectors. This includes information from the Vital Information System (VIS) to certificate operators and complete reports; from the Program Tracking and Reporting System (PTRS) to assist in the inspection and surveillance of airmen and air agencies; and from the Enforcement Information System (EIS) to complete investigation reports.
Provides support for the office's minimum equipment list (MEL) process. Tracks initial and revision status.
Conducts and/or assists with investigations as assigned, such as complaints, occurrences, incidents, accidents and enforcement action. Gathers information, conducts interviews and drafts correspondence and reports.
Assists in drafting and issuance of waivers and authorizations, such as aviation events, parachute jumps, pipeline patrol and banner-towing. Checks all documents for appropriateness and completeness. Researches compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), policies and procedures. Assists in conducting onsite surveys, if appropriate.
Compiles data for technical reports, such as Air Carrier Aircraft and Engine Utilization Reports, pilot type rating failure reports and pilot-in-command proficiency check failure rate reports.
Prepares examiner pass/fail rate reports.
Reviews flight instructor files for renewal eligibility based on attendance at approved clinics or level or activity. If appropriate, renews certificates. Reviews airmen certification files submitted by designated examiners to ensure that certification requirements are met and proper endorsements and/or signatures are documented.
Reviews inspection authorizations files for renewal eligibility based on level of activity within time frames required by the FAR. Reviews student pilot and ground instructor applications to determine compliance with FAR and issues certificates or disapproves applications.
Conducts signal light tests and recommends approval or disapproval to aviation safety inspectors. Reviews requests for special flight permits to determine eligibility, issues only those for small aircraft that are not required to be inspected by the FAA before the permit is issued and refers all others to aviation safety inspectors.
May be assigned to manage the administrative portions of field office agency aircraft rental program. Ensures participants are notified when proficiency and/or medical requirements are due.
Monitors distribution of flight time between participants and recommends appropriate changes. Enters basic information for crewmember in the Flight Activity and Crew Tracking System (FACTS) i.e., sub-program, job category, aircraft/simulator program, etc.
May conducts meetings or portions of meetings in support of technical work functions. Prepares technical correspondence in support of assigned work functions.
25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.
Job family (Series)
1802 Compliance Inspection And Support
HelpRequirements 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)
Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Clerical and Administrative Support positions located at: -https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group
To qualify for this position at the FG-8 grade, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG/GS-7 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience may include but not limited to: demonstrated accomplishment in practical technical aviation operations, computer skills and knowledge of common software applications, analytical skill, interpersonal skills, and communication skills. Typically preferred candidates will show technical training and/or certification experience applicable to a regulatory aviation environment.
Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
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