Aviation Safety Inspectors

The regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are enforced by aviation safety inspectors who usually specialize in general aviation or commercial aircraft. They inspect maintenance, manufacturing, repair, and operations procedures and also certify pilots, flight instructors, flight examiners, repair facilities, and aviation schools. They are responsible for the quality and safety of aircraft equipment and personnel. Aviation safety inspectors are classified under the general heading of transportation inspectors. According to the Office of the Inspector General, the FAA employs approximately 4,000 aviation saftey inspectors.


Quick Facts
Duties Enforce the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration by inspecting maintenance, manufacturing, repair, and operations procedures and also certifying pilots, flight instructors, flight examiners, repair facilities, and aviation schools
Alternate Title(s) Transportation Inspectors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Aspiring inspectors must have some aviation-related experience
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements For many careers in aviation safety, U.S. citizenship is required, as well as the ability to pass a background security check. Some positions have a minimum age requirement.
Career Ladder
  • Section/Branch Chief, or FAA Academy Instructor, or Consultant
  • Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Avionics Technician or Other Aviation Experience

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