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Old 08-21-2019, 08:19 AM   #1  
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Default FAA Hiring Requirements

Requirements for General Aviation Operations (GAO) and Air Carrier Operations Inspectors (ACO). Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI):

Applicants for GAO ASI positions must meet all of the following requirements:

1. 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.
2. Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to Commercial Pilot Certificate with an instrument rating.
3. Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating (Remember to check Airplane Single Engine Land and Multi-engine Land in the Pilot Rating Record, if applicable.).
4. Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.
5. Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.
6. Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings.
7. Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate.
8. Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

Applicants for ACO ASI positions must meet all of the following requirements:
1. At least 1 year of pilot experience in multi-engine aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight.
2. Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a simulator check to Airline Transport Pilot Standard.
3. Minimum 100 flight hours during the last 3 years.
4. Minimum 1,500 total flight hours.
5. Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating
6. Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate.
7. Not more than 2 flying accidents during the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

The following is the list of required certifications and optional documentation for each of the ASI operations specialties needed for the submission of packages to Aviation Careers-HR to assist them in making qualification determinations for candidates being considered for hire under the OTS hiring authority:

General Aviation Operations
• REQUIRED: Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument ratings.
• REQUIRED: Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Airplane rating. (Remember to check Airplane Single Engine Land and Multi-engine Land in the Pilot Rating Record, if applicable.)
• REQUIRED: Valid second-class medical certificate.
OPTIONAL at the time of submission to Aviation Careers but helpful to expedite the process with the NCHP:
• Copies of logbook entries showing:
• Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.
• Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.
• Minimum of 200 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft;

Air Carrier Operations
• REQUIRED: Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating.
• REQUIRED: Valid second-class medical certificate.
OPTIONAL at the time of submission to Aviation Careers but helpful to expedite the
process with the NCHP:
• Copies of logbook entries showing:
• Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.
• Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.

Rotorcraft Helicopter
• REQUIRED: Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Rating.
• REQUIRED: Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument, or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating.
• REQUIRED: Valid second-class medical certificate.
OPTIONAL at the time of submission to Aviation Careers but helpful to expedite the process with the NCHP:
• Copies of logbook entries showing:
• 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).
• Minimum 100 flight hours in Rotorcraft-¬Helicopter in the last three years.
• 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;
• 500 hours of cross¬-country flight time;
• 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.

To apply directly to the FAA for immediate consideration under the OTS Hiring Authority, candidates may submit resumes to:
• Hiring manager, or
[email protected]

o Ensure resume includes the following:

• Job Title (include series and grade if federal)
• Duties (detailed description of duties-this should include what they did, how they did it and the outcome)
• The Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) part number that each employer operated under and the aircraft for which they have experience
• If an Airman certificate is required, the front and back of certificate must be submitted at time of application
• Employer's name and address
• Supervisor's name and phone number
• Start and end dates including the month and year for each employment history
• Number of work hours per week for each employment history
• Include all applicable experience in their resume

o Include desired work location(s)

Resumes submitted through the [email protected] mailbox will be forwarded to the appropriate manager based on desired work location indicated.

The FAA is currently offering 10K in paid relocation for new hires, and starting pay bands as high as GS12 step 5.
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why would you want to work for the FAA when the Airlines are hiring like crazy and the pay (if at a Major) and working conditions are far superior?
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If your soul is bitter and dark....or if you’ve watched the restroom on your iPads.
Too soon?
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If your soul is bitter and dark....or if you’ve watched the restroom on your iPads.
Too soon?
Never too soon... always ask the dying “what size shoes do you wear”
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why would you want to work for the FAA when the Airlines are hiring like crazy and the pay (if at a Major) and working conditions are far superior?
Because some people don't want to work for the airlines?
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If your soul is bitter and dark....or if you’ve watched the restroom on your iPads.
Too soon?
Now that depends on which stovepipe of the FAA you work for!
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why would you want to work for the FAA when the Airlines are hiring like crazy and the pay (if at a Major) and working conditions are far superior?
Home every night? Not everyone gets hired by majors? Don’t like airline flying?

I mean, there are plenty of reasons.
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Home every night? Not everyone gets hired by majors? Don’t like airline flying?

I mean, there are plenty of reasons.
But you know that wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice.

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But you know that wouldn’t be anyone’s first choice.
It was my first choice. I've pretty much wanted to work for the FAA since I became a CFI 13 years ago. I've done airlines, corporate, and a few other things along the way, and when I got a job offer at the agency, I walked away from a higher paying job with no hesitation and haven't looked back since.
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It was my first choice. I've pretty much wanted to work for the FAA since I became a CFI 13 years ago. I've done airlines, corporate, and a few other things along the way, and when I got a job offer at the agency, I walked away from a higher paying job with no hesitation and haven't looked back since.
Good for you. Enjoy.
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