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Air Force Civilian Service Kirtland Afb, NM

Job Description


  • Plan, coordinate and direct command-wide graduate level flight training to rated Special Missions Aviators in advanced (complex) military aircraft.
  • Serve as a senior aviator instructor/flight examiner with advanced journeyman level knowledge of special mission aviator duties and responsibilities.
  • Perform aircraft inspections. Accomplish pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, guns, defensive systems, cargo/airdrop systems, aerospace ground equipment and related aircraft equipment according to flight manual procedures.
  • Compute and applies aircraft weight, balance, and performance data manually or electronically.  Determines and verifies passenger, cargo, fuel, and emergency and special equipment distribution and weight. Operate and monitor engine and aircraft systems controls and indicators. Assist pilot or performs engine starts, and monitors run-up, flight operations, and engine shutdown.
  • Plan and organize Special Missions Aviation (SMA) activities. Organize standardization, qualification, and other requirements of in-flight logs and reports, and records for accuracy, completeness, format, and compliance with current directives.  Direct Special Missions Aviation activities and evaluate SMAs to determine currency and proficiency.


In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.


At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-11) or equivalent.  Specialized experience must include knowledge and skill in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues/studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations toward development and/or improvement of critical plans/programs.


To view qualifying specialized experience click on the following link:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Current or previously qualified as a special missions aviator (or FAA equivalent) in the tiltrotor aircraft.  Knowledge of and skill in the application of special mission aviator expertise as a tiltrotor crewmember; and of the capabilities, limitations, and advanced techniques for employment of operational tiltrotor aircraft, to include but not limited to: aerial refueling, terrain following/terrain-avoidance principles, alternate insertion/extraction methods, and hoist operations. 

2.  Knowledge is mandatory of: electrical, communication, navigation, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems applying to aircraft and related systems; flight theory; minor in-flight maintenance; personal equipment and oxygen use; aircraft emergency procedures; using and interpreting diagrams, schematics, aircraft performance charts, loading charts, technical publications and flight manuals; types, capacities, and configuration of special operations aircraft; communications; current flying directives; interpreting diagrams, loading charts, and technical publications; cargo restraint techniques; application of radar principles applying to airborne terrain-following/terrain-avoidance equipment, components, and systems; application of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic principles applying to all onboard equipment, components, and systems.

3.  Knowledge of tiltrotor flying operations, aircraft employment, and communications procedures in the overall planning and execution of aircraft operations and evaluations.

4.  Ability to resolve complex issues and maintain good working relationships through the use of effective written and oral communication; as well as skill in preparing project papers and reports, and in organizing and delivering briefings to senior leadership to encourage understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations.

5.  Ability to lift 100 pounds to shoulder height and maintain it for a 100-foot walk (ability to carry operational equipment to/from the aircraft); and to stand for a period of 5 hours wearing a survival vest in an aircraft with minimal breaks.

6.  Ability to operate, for extended periods, on his/her knees for the purposes of aircraft employment, scanning for approaches to the landing zone, and performing/instructing operations on the ramp.  In addition, the ability to wear night vision goggles for up to six hours in a standing, sitting, kneeling and bent over position in order to perform tiltrotor operations/instructor special mission aviator duties in the Flight Engineer seat or the rear scanner crewmember position.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


1. Possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Engineer certificate with a turbo-propeller powered aircraft class rating or must be current or previously qualified in tiltrotor 1A9 career field ladder.

2. Applicants must meet the flying hours requirement below and been current or previously qualified as a special missions aviator (or FAA equivalent).

3. Must have logged a minimum of 1 yr flight experience, a total of 1000 flight hrs (any airframe) and 300 flight hrs in an aircraft categorized as powered-lift.

4. Applicant must be familiar with all tiltrotor employment and deployment operations and systems.


5. Experience is mandatory in performing and supervising functions such as special missions aviator (or FAA equivalent); types, capacities, and configuration of special operations transport aircraft; airdrop techniques; weight and balance factors; arithmetic; emergency equipment and in-flight emergency procedures; personal equipment and oxygen use; communications; current flying directives; interpreting diagrams, loading charts, and applicable technical publications; cargo restraint techniques; inspecting, operating, and troubleshooting airborne systems; performing scanner duties, NVG applications, ensuring safe and effective aircraft employment, aircrew training and evaluation, and the accomplishment of all necessary reports and forms.

6. Current or previously qualified as a special missions aviator (or FAA equivalent) and experience managing and directing special missions aviation functions and activities is highly desired.

7. Incumbent must maintain flight physical qualification and medical standards for aircrew duties in tiltrotor aircraft, to include depth perception.  Additionally, incumbent must not be less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches.

8. Incumbent must meet all requirements for flight duties in the tiltrotor aircraft. 

9. Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance and pass local network access requirements. 

10. As necessary to meet special/essential unscheduled activities, may be required to work an uncommon tour of duty with brief advance notice. Incumbent may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays and/or overtime.

11. Incumbent may be required to perform as a maintenance test flight engineer, responsible under established policy and criteria to perform maintenance operational checks and Functional Check Flights (FCFs) on unit aircraft.

12. Incumbent will perform aviation-related ground duties as assigned by employer.

13. Aircrew and management duties include stress (both mental and physical), exposures to extreme hot and cold temperatures, exposure to gravity forces, or periods of low/no visibility while conducting aircraft operations.

14. The incumbent may be required to fly in military and/or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments (TDY).


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or above "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this position. 

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

Temporary and Term Appointments:  If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.  Note: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

Job Details

Date Posted June 14, 2018
Date Closes July 14, 2018
Requisition 467147800
Located In Kirtland afb, NM
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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