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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Transportation Inspectors
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Several years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements U.S. citizenship and background check required for some positions; minimum age requirement for some positions
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Section/Branch Chief, or FAA Academy Instructor, or Consultant
  • Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Avionics Technician or Other Aviation Experience

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