Inspector of Air Accidents (Operations)

Starting Salary £68,666
25 Feb 2013
18 Mar 2013
Contract Type
Full Time

Join a specialist team to advance aviation safety
Starting Salary £68,666

Aircraft Accident Investigation, especially of complex modern aircraft, places increasing demands on investigation teams as the public and industry seek to understand the deeper underlying causes of aircraft accidents.

Part of the Department for Transport (DfT), the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is committed to improving aviation safety. The AAIB now wishes to appoint two highly professional inspectors to strengthen a dedicated team engaged in the investigation of aircraft accidents occurring in UK airspace and those with a UK interest overseas.

Inspector of Air Accidents (Engineering)

This is an important role, at the leading edge of aviation safety, where you will be responsible for the engineering aspects of an investigation from the examination of wreckage to the investigation of the engineering human factors. Your brief is broad and encompasses the interviewing of technical personnel, reviewing design and maintenance criteria, detailed report writing,
drafting safety recommendations and giving expert evidence in court.

You will hold a degree in engineering and/or be a Chartered Engineer and have considerable post qualification aviation engineering experience. Without question your technical and analytical capability will be highly developed. You will need to be a proven team player with outstanding oral and written skills and demonstrate sound judgement in an often pressurised environment.

Inspector of Air Accidents (Operations)
This post is offered as a 2 year fixed term appointment with the possibility of permanence or extension.

Using your experience as a pilot, your brief is to investigate the operational aspects of aircraft accidents. A proven team player, you will be responsible for interviewing crew members and witnesses, examining flight deck and air traffic control procedures, meteorological factors and flight path reconstructions. Investigating the human aspects of accidents and giving evidence in court form an important aspect of the job.

You will require a current ATPL together with command experience on civil fixed wing aircraft or helicopters. This is a role where your determination, drive and sound judgement will be challenged and stretched.
A broad based knowledge of aviation, combined with first-class report writing ability, is an essential requirement. This is quite often a pressurised post requiring considerable tenacity and drive. You will be provided with the opportunity to maintain your ATPL so that your aviation knowledge is kept up-to-date.

Both of these important positions represent an exceptional intellectual challenge to individuals who have a genuine interest in improving aviation safety on an international scale.

The roles may involve work in physically demanding environmental conditions for which you will be required to undertake Health & Safety training.

A valid UK driving licence is required. These positions are open to UK nationals only.

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Closing date: 18th March 2013.

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