This type of Aviation Safety Inspector is responsible for enforcing compliance with FAA civil aviation safety rules and regulations. This includes making sure that aircraft systems and aircraft are airworthy, and that aviation mechanics are competent. Duties also include ensuring that pilots are following FAA rules and procedures. The Inspector is also responsible for checking aviation equipment and facilities for safety violations. Safety Inspectors research, prepare, and write detailed investigative and accident reports. They also perform surveillance and the evaluation of air carrier avionics and air taxi programs, technicians and repair facilities.
An Aviation Safety Inspector may have to deal with frustrated or angry individuals. The job can entail long hours of boredom punctuated by moments of high stress or frustration. Because Inspectors often have to travel as part of their job, they may be away from home for days at a time.
Applicants should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s) as well as FAA procedures and policies. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a fluency in English is necessary.
Applicants must be United States citizens. Applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector must have good distant vision in both eyes and be able to read printed materials without strain, though using contact lenses or glasses is acceptable. A hearing aid is permissible, but the applicant must have good hearing. Inspectors must not have any physical impediment that would minimize or eliminate their ability to fly as passengers. Applicants must have a valid and current state driver’s license, and not have any chemical or drug dependence that would interfere with the performance of their duties. A high school degree or equivalent is necessary. Avionics work experience is required, specifically to systems for large aircraft over 12,500 pounds gross takeoff weight. Three years of supervisory experience in aircraft avionics as a lead mechanic or repair person is also required.
The FAA will provide some training on the job.
Inspectors must travel often and will sometimes be required to work irregular hours.
Salary and Benefits
Benefits include health and life insurance, personal leave days, ten paid holidays per year, flexible spending accounts, a uniform allowance, family medical leave plan, retirement plan, transportation subsidies, and paid training.
$55,360.00 – $71,965.00