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Flight Operations (Training) Inspector

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Date: 11-May-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £48,454 up to £60,000 + £45,989 supplement for a rotary wing flight ops training Inspector grade license

Contract Type: Permanent

We are the UK's aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.


The Role


As part of our mandate to ensure that the UK aviation industry is as safe as possible, we must conduct inspections of those operating within it. In this instance the inspections focus on how public transport and police operators, both onshore and offshore, understand, implement, and comply with relevant legislation. To this end, we are looking for experienced rotary wing flight operations professional to act as an inspector and carry out audits on the operators.


Your internal training for the role will qualify you to carry out the core activities of the Flight Operations (Training) Inspector which requires a level of senior executive contact and influence across the full spectrum of the helicopter industry. This enables you to conduct regulatory activity with AOC holders where your experience will help to ensure they operate to the highest standards of safety and compliance.


You will carry out audits and inspections, report your findings and agree best practice, make recommendations and craft action plans to address non-compliance. Your training qualifications and experience will also be used to oversee pilot licensing activities, including oversight of examiner and instructor standards, simulator evaluations and approval of operator training/checking programmes. 


At our core we believe in fair and equitable practice and our aim is to continuously educate and facilitate the improvement of our industrial partners. This requires thoughtful consideration when dealing with them and when developing roadmaps for the elimination of non-conformances. With that said our primary concern is always public safety and you must be able to balance these objectives to be truly successful.


About You


The following are essential pre-requisites for applicants:

  • Possession of a UK ATPL(H)/IR
  • Background as an experienced Instructor and Examiner in both aircraft and FSTD
  • Relevant Industry experience as aircraft commander
  • Ability to demonstrate strong communication skills, with an ability to influence and command respect at all levels


The following are desirable

  • Experience in Police, HEMS or Offshore operations
  • Experience in a managerial position in a commercial air transport operator/ Approved Training Organisation


What Can We Offer You?


This is an outstanding opportunity for someone who is fundamentally driven by the idea of driving aviation safety and best practice. It works with a wide variety of partners and tackles a myriad of challenges daily. The role acts as a bulwark against those that seek to circumvent or undermine their responsibility to maintain a safe operation. Its work is truly meaningful, going well beyond the safety of those in the vehicle but also the public at large. To ensure that our inspectors stay relevant we also provide personal training and development as well as supporting the maintenance of licenses.

Additional Information

For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.

To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit -
Vetting explained - GOV.UK (

Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.

Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please
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Closing Date: 30/05/2022

Interview Date: w/c 04/07/2022


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