The recruitment process, eligibility and duties of inspectors at the Air Accidents Investigations Branch.
When we have vacancies, we advertise them in the aviation industry magazine Flight International and local/national newspapers depending upon the post.
Eligibility for inspector posts
Operations inspectors must:
- hold a current airline transport pilot’s licence with a valid class 1 medical certificate
- have a broad based knowledge of aviation
- have appropriate command experience on civil fixed wing aircraft or helicopters.
Engineering inspectors must:
- hold an engineering degree and/or be a chartered engineer
- have extensive professional aviation engineering experience
- have knowledge and experience of modern aircraft systems
Possession of a pilot’s licence or some experience as a pilot is desirable.
Flight recorder inspector
Flight recorder inspectors must:
- hold a degree in electronics/electrical engineering or an aeronautical engineering related subject and/or be a chartered member of a relevant engineering institute
- have extensive knowledge and experience of modern avionics
- have a knowledge of aircraft performance
Broad-based professional aviation engineering experience is an advantage.
Duties of inspectors
The duties of all inspectors include:
- conducting effective and efficient investigations to determine the causes of accidents and incidents
- contributing to the timely publication of reports
- producing draft safety recommendations that are well researched and effective in reducing risk within the industry
- preparing and presenting statements and evidence at legal hearings including coroners’ inquests, fatal accident inquiries
- sharing knowledge and enhancing international standards of accident and incident investigation