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Flight Standards Officer

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Date: 10-Jan-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: £48,454 up to £56,000 dependent upon experience

Contract Type: full time, 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.


This role is a phenomenal opportunity to serve the public good while also establishing yourself as a renowned authority within the general aviation industry. Your decisions in this role have the potential to impact thousands of lives across the UK and may even help save some.

The Role


The CAA are looking for someone to join us as a Flight Standards Officer within the General Aviation Sector Team, part of the General Aviation and RPAS Unit. This rare opportunity offers you the chance to truly help shape and influence the GA operational landscape as well as the aviation industry in general. This is a phenomenal role for someone who is self-motivated, possesses strong communication skills and can demonstrate excellent knowledge of aviation operations.


As a Flight Standards Officer it will be your role to conduct on-site audits and assessments of a wide array of GA customers and ensure their compliance with relevant operational regulations, e.g. the ANO, SERA & EU Regulation as retained and amended in UK law. Primarily you will work with GA Approved & Declared Training Organisations (ATO/DTO) by performing inspection and oversight tasks. These include activities such as the issuing of permissions, exemptions, approvals, variations and the validating of declarations and comprehensive audits and assessments. These tasks will require you to work closely with your stable of operators, ensuring that they can provide the materials necessary to make informed decisions on each case.


You will be responsible for the oversight of a number of flight training organisations which will require the ability to travel weekly across the UK. This will give you the privilege of being one of a handful of inspectors responsible for flight training oversight at a national level. As well as this, you will investigate any Mandatory Occurrence Reports (MORs), Alleged Breaches of the Air Navigation Legislation (ABNLs) and whistleblowing reports. Moving forward in your career with the GA & RPAS Unit, you will have the opportunity to diversify and expand your knowledge, potentially working with ex-military aircraft, specialised operations, parachuting operations or even wing walkers and display aircraft.


Additionally, you will take part in the development of policy and regulations through participation in an assortment of CAA working groups and cross functional projects. Through this avenue you will have an outstanding opportunity to share your opinions on how we might better enable a safe aviation environment for all airspace users.



About You


  • Must hold or have held a Private or Professional Pilot Licence (or military equivalent), OR have relevant, current substantive authority and industry experience
  • Can demonstrate thorough knowledge of all aspects of aircraft operations gained through appropriate flying experience, OR through authority and industry experience
  • Possesses a strong track record of experience and sound judgments when making risk-based, proportionate and consistent decisions
  • Has the ability to understand and analyse complex technical data
  • Has a strong ability to work closely with members of a team while being confident in managing stakeholders and workloads that only you will be responsible for
  • A strong written and verbal communicator who holds themselves to a high technical standard while maintaining the ability to make complex information easy to understand
  • Knowledge and/or experience working in a flight training environment is highly desirable



Additional Information


For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally critical 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 relevant 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 (www.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 Click Here


Closing Date: 06/02/2022

Interview Date: w/c 14/03/2022


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.



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