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RPA / Aviation Maintenance Subject Matter Expert

Scope   To provide Advisory & Assistance Services (A&AS) to support AFSEC Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and other aviation safety programs with disciplines consistent with the AFSEC Aviation Safety Division (AFSEC/SEF) roles and responsibilities.   Position Duties: Identify common problem areas and potential solutions for Government and non-Government RPA and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) users. Collaborate on RPA and other aviation safety maintenance and operations related issues with industry experts (Original Equipment Manufacturer engineers, command level management and other maintenance personnel). Provide RPA and other aviation safety support for Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance (MFOQA), Airman Safety Action Program (ASAP), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and other proactive safety programs. Compare RPA mishap rates and causes with outside agencies (e.g. Navy and Army) to identify common trends. Assist with analysis and identification of RPA and other aviation mishap trends, development of safety data products and reports for AFSEC and senior USAF leaders. Respond to RPA and other aviation safety short-notice/time critical taskers, safety briefings, and presentations for AFSEC staff and higher headquarters. Perform quality control inspection to ensure proper DoD Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) coding for all RPA Final and Final Supplemental Messages and ensure consistent HFACS coding between manned and RPA mishaps. Recommend RPA and sUAS specific guidance for safety instructions. Recommend acceptance or rejection for mishap recommendation closure requests. Support safe expansion of RPA and sUAS operations for major commands, combatant commands, and other units. Contribute and assist in the development of system safety test plans. Recommend solutions for gaps, limitations, or deficiencies discovered during aviation safety investigations and system safety analysis. Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations for airworthiness evaluations using MIL-HDBK-516C criteria. Review and perform system safety assessments using general aviation and military standards IAW ARP-4761, Mil-HDBK 516C, Mil-Std 882E, DO-178B, DO-278, DO-264, and AFI 91-202. Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations for risk assessment packages IAW AFI 91-202 and applicable airworthiness criteria bulletins. Review, assess, and coordinate on Safety Assessment Report (SAR) packages or other similar products for RPA National Airspace (NAS) integration. Support active engagement for ongoing RPA and sUAS activities and research efforts. Attend and participate in approximately six RPA/aviation safety meeting/conferences annually.  Meetings/conferences may include, but are not limited to MQ-9 and RQ-4 System Safety Group meetings, unmanned aircraft system Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) conference, ground based sense and avoid Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), etc.   Position Qualifications:    - Must have at least 5 years military (preferably United States Air Force (USAF)) aircraft maintenance experience (flight line or Quality Assurance) - Achieved at least 7-Level (experience on MQ-9 or RQ-4 aircraft is highly desired); OR have an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certificate with 7 years of experience on MQ-9 or RQ-4 aircraft.  - Experience with the USAF mishap investigation process and procedures is highly desired.  
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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