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Alternative Hiring Process for Operations Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs)

illustration of a woman standing in front of a plane engineThe FAA is recruiting pilots for mission-critical Operations Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs) and is offering hiring incentives to entry level (defined as GS-9/11/12) candidates.

To qualify, in addition to meeting all basic and medical requirements, applicants must demonstrate in their application and/or resume at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FG-9, FG-11, or FG-12 level.

Current incentives available to Operations ASIs include:

  • An alternative hiring process through the On-the-Spot (OTS) hiring authority for entry level Operations ASIs by eliminating the competitive application process.
  • A higher starting salary for Operations ASIs. Whether you qualify at the FG-9, FG-11, or FG-12 grade levels, your base salary will begin at the Step 5 of that grade level instead of the Step 1.
  • $10K Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to selected Operations ASIs candidates whose current permanent residence is 100 miles or more away from the offered duty location. You must sign a service agreement and remain in that location for one year.

ASIs in the General Aviation Operations (GAO) and Air Carrier Operations (ACO) specialties apply knowledge and skills typically acquired as airmen (pilots, navigators, flight instructors, etc.) to develop and administer regulations and safety standards pertaining to the operation of aircraft.


Applicants for GAO Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI 1825) positions must meet all medical and specialized experience requirements, as well as all of the following basic requirements:

  • 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.
  • Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a flight check to commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
  • Possession of Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating.
  • Minimum of 100 flight hours within the last 3 years.
  • Minimum of 1,500 total flight hours.
  • Possession of single and multi-engine land airplane ratings.
  • Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate.
  • Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

Applicants for Air Carrier Operations Safety Inspector (ASI 1825) positions must meet all medical and specialized experience requirements, as well as all of the following basic requirements:

  • illustration of a man standing in front of a plane engine with a checklistAt least 1 year of pilot experience in multi-engine aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight.
  • Professional flying skill as demonstrated in a simulator check to Airline Transport Pilot Standard.
  • Minimum 100 flight hours during the last 3 years.
  • Minimum 1,500 total flight hours.
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating.
  • Possession of a valid second-class FAA medical certificate.
  • Not more than 2 flying accidents during the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

Applicants for Rotocraft Helicopter Operations Safety Inspector (ASI 1825) positions must meet all medical and specialized experience requirements, as well as all of the following basic requirements:

  • Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate Rotorcraft Helicopter, Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Rating.
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating with Instrument or Airline Transport Pilot with Helicopter Rating.
  • Valid second-class medical certificate.
  • 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 3 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.
  • Not more than 2 flying accidents in the last 5 years in which the applicant's pilot error was involved.

To apply directly to the FAA for OTS hire consideration:

  • Follow the instructions on Application Helpful Hints for what must be included on your resume.
  • Submit your resume to the 9ASIResumes@faa.gov for forwarding to the hiring managers of your desired locations.
  • Visit the links below for a listing of all GAO and ACO offices.
  • If you meet the requirements, have the skills needed, and a vacancy exists in your desired location, an FAA hiring manager will contact you for next steps.

Note: If you already applied and were referred on the current open-continuous vacancy announcement in USAJobs, you are not eligible for immediate consideration through the OTS hiring authority.

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