This is a public notice for FAA authorized 2181 occupational series. Duties You have the opportunity to fly for a unique government organization with multiple

Airplane Pilot (Direct Hire)

Federal Aviation Administration • 
Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Position Type: Contractor
Job Description:

This is a public notice for FAA authorized 2181 occupational series.


You have the opportunity to fly for a unique government organization with multiple missions that keep our country and our economy moving. It’s more than just flying airplanes. The safety and integrity of our national airspace system depend on the work that we do each day. From routine inspections of ground-based navigational aids to commissioning new equipment at airports around the U.S. and across the globe – we keep America and our military moving in all weather conditions. We train more than 700 FAA pilots/inspectors annually, which supports the FAA’s oversight of the aviation industry. We conduct research, development, test, and evaluation missions with cutting-edge avionics technology and flight test new procedures to ensure they are safe to fly by the public. Finally, we conduct transportation and critical event response missions to support other government agencies and the American public in times of need.

We are a part 135 certificate holder with office locations in Arlington, Virginia; Kennesaw, Georgia; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Battle Creek, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fort Worth, Texas; Sacramento, California; and Anchorage, Alaska. As government employees, Flight Program Operations pilots enjoy great work schedules and benefits. To get a behind-the-scenes look at our operation, read the FAA Safety Briefing September/October 2022 issue.

Be a part of something greater and join our FAA Flight Program Operations team.

Job Requirements:
Requirements Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • Please review the Additional Information and Required Documents section.

Eligible candidates will be evaluated based on their responses within the application package and Supplemental Qualifications Statement, FAA Form 3330-47-3 ASIP (10/98).

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Minimum eligibility requirements for positions in this occupation are based on possession of the appropriate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates and/or appropriate military ratings, meeting the applicable flight hour requirements, and possession of the knowledge and skills required for the positions.

Certificates and Ratings: All applicants must possess either a valid Commercial pilot certificate with airplane, multi-engine land AND instrument ratings OR an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multi-engine land rating. *Selected candidates without an ATP certificate will be required to successfully complete the ATP written exam within 60 days of appointment.* In addition, all applicants must possess either a valid first or second-class medical certificate. *Selected candidates must obtain a first class medical certificate prior to appointment.*


Flight time as a pilot in command or copilot in aircraft of any weight or category is creditable for this requirement. For in-service placement actions, up to one-fourth of the total flight hours may be waived for candidates who have demonstrated possession of the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work, provided: 1) applicant holds the required certificates and ratings; 2) applicant has acquired the pilot-in-command hours and flight hours in other categories essential to performance of the work; 3) applicant meets the requirements in terms of level and quality of experience; and 4) applicant's flying history indicates they are qualified for the position.


Only flight hours acquired as pilot-in-command are creditable.


For in-service placement actions, 25 hours may be waived if the applicant demonstrates the ability to perform the work.


For in-service placement actions, up to one-half of the flight hours may be waived provided the applicant's total background reflects the ability to perform the duties of the position safely. NOTE: Flight time in an FAA approved level C or D full flight simulator is creditable towards meeting the recency of flight experience. If applicable, applicant must document time in the Airplane PIC or SIC blocks of the Total in Last 12 Months section of the FAA Form 3330-47-3.


Experience may have been in either light or heavy multi-engine airplanes.


At least 10 of the required hours must have been logged in actual instrument weather. The balance may have been acquired in a flight simulator or as other types of instrument flight time, e.g., hood instrument.

In order to verify your flight hours, applicants MUST provide FA Form 3330-47-3. Click here to obtain a copy of the required form.


Selective Placement Factor: To qualify for this position, applicants must possess a Commercial Pilot Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) and either a valid First or Second Class Medical Certificate. Selected candidates must obtain a First Class Medical Certificate prior to appointment.

NOTE: To qualify at the FG-14, applicants must possess an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) AND possess an Airspace Inspection Pilot (ASIP) Credential.


In addition to the basic requirements, there may be specialized experience requirements at the next lower level for the position(s) being filled. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Applicants should include specialized experience in their Work History. Applicants may be asked to verify information on their application for employment with the FAA.


As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA), in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); Quality Ranking Factor(s) or Other Factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Required Documents

Documentation, e.g. Pilot Certificate, Valid Medical Certificate, FAA Form 3330-47-3, veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or emailed to on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

The following three documents are REQUIRED to verify qualifications for this occupation: 1) FAA Form 3330-47-3 [10/98], "Supplemental Qualifications Statement for 1825 and 2181 Series"; 2) Pilot Certificate [front and back]; and 3) Medical Certificate (Valid First or Second Class Medical Certificate)

  • FAA-3330-473  : 2181/1825 Supplemental Qualifications Statement

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Salary Range: $88,520 - $135,987
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