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Minimum eligibility requirements for these positions are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, meeting the appropriate education and/or experience requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the position.
For all grades and specializations, applicants must possess a Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument rating, the appropriate military rating, or other certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements of the Commercial Pilot Certificate, e.g., an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.
The following flight hour requirements apply only when the position requires the particular specialty:
GS-5/7GS-9GS-11 and above
For inservice placement actions, flight hours may be waived for candidates who demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements stated above, the following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Undergraduate Education: Major study -- aviation, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, safety, human factors, or other fields related to the position.
Graduate Education: Major study - fields related to aviation science, engineering, or aviation safety.
Education is not creditable for positions above the GS-7 level.
Specialized Experience for GS-5/7 Positions: Experience that demonstrated a broad knowledge of one or more of the following: aircraft design, manufacture and maintenance operations, operational requirements, facilities, practices, and procedures related to aviation activities. Such experience may have been gained in work such as:
Specialized Experience for Positions above GS-7: Experience that demonstrated a knowledge of basic aviation accident investigation practices, procedures, and techniques. Such experience may have been gained in work such as:
Applicants for all positions must possess a current first or second class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations. Both meet the intent of the requirement.
Before appointment, candidates are required to appear for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether candidates possess the personal characteristics necessary to perform the duties of aviation safety investigator positions successfully. Candidates will be questioned about information on their applications during the interview, and will be required to show appropriate certificates and log books.
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There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.