Airplane Pilot Helicopter Pilot Supervisory Airplane Flight Instructor Job

Vacancy No. AFPC-11010930-GS-2181-DHA Department U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide
Salary $66,829.00 to $122,077.00 Grade 12 to 14
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/15/2021 Close Date 12/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/15/2021 to 12/31/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12 - 14

  • Salary

    $66,829 to $122,077 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types

  • Work schedule



Many vacancies in the following locations:

  • Elmendorf AFB, AK
  • Gunter AFB, AL
  • Maxwell AFB, AL
  • Little Rock AFB, AR
  • Davis Monthan AFB, AZ
  • Luke AFB, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Beale AFB, CA
  • Edwards AFB, CA
  • March AFB, CA
  • Monterey County, CA
  • Travis AFB, CA
  • Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • Air Force Academy, CO
  • Buckley AFB, CO
  • Peterson AFB, CO
  • Schriever AFB, CO
  • Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, DC
  • Dover AFB, DE
  • Eglin AFB, FL
  • Homestead AFB, FL
  • Hurlburt Field, FL
  • MacDill AFB, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Patrick AFB, FL
  • Tyndall AFB, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Dobbins AFB, GA
  • Moody AFB, GA
  • Robins AFB, GA
  • Andersen Air Base, GU
  • Hickam AFB, HI
  • Scott AFB, IL
  • Grissom AFB, IN
  • McConnell AFB, KS
  • Barksdale AFB, LA
  • Westover Air Reserve Base, MA
  • Andrews AFB, MD
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Whiteman AFB, MO
  • Columbus AFB, MS
  • Keesler AFB, MS
  • Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
  • Offutt AFB, NE
  • McGuire AFB, NJ
  • Holloman AFB, NM
  • Creech AFB, NV
  • Nellis AFB, NV
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Altus AFB, OK
  • Fort Sill, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tinker AFB, OK
  • Vance AFB, OK
  • Portland, OR
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Charleston AFB, SC
  • Shaw AFB, SC
  • Dyess AFB, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Lackland AFB, TX
  • Randolph AFB, TX
  • Sheppard AFB, TX
  • Hill AFB, UT
  • Langley AFB, VA
  • Pentagon, Arlington, VA
  • McChord AFB, WA
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This public notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Once this Public Notice closes, you must reapply.

    This position will support the Federal Government's response efforts to COVID-19.

    Learn more about this agency
    • GS-12: Operate aircraft as a fully qualified, mission-ready pilot in unit type aircraft.
    • GS-12: Accomplish mission planning and briefing, aircraft inspections and checklists, and mission forms and associated paper work.
    • GS-12: Represent the unit by participating in discussions, meetings or serves on panels or committees.
    • GS-13 (Pilot): Conduct training for the upgrade of unqualified active duty and/or Reserve aircrew members and proficiency training for qualified Active Duty, Reservists and Air Reserve Technician (ART) personnel.
    • GS-13 (Pilot): Analyze and interpret unit training objectives, develop training program and train other aircrew such that the highest level of combat mission-ready proficiency of assigned crew members is maintained.
    • GS-13 (Pilot): As required, flies as an aircrew member in unit aircraft in support of the unit mission.
    • GS-13 (Flight Instructor): Assist with planning, organizing, and overseeing the activities of the Operations Group and subordinate Reserve flying squadrons, in conjunction with the Chief/Senior Air Reserve Technician (ART).
    • GS-13 (Flight Instructor): Assist with management of a flying and ground training program for an organization.
    • GS-13 (Flight Instructor): Assist with directing, coordinating, and overseeing work through subordinate supervisors.
    • GS-14 (Flight Instructor): Direct all operations and maintenance training programs for the Squadron.
    • GS-14 (Flight Instructor): Responsible for effective control and management of the organization?s Reserve Personnel Appropriation (RPA) and Military Personnel Appropriation (MPA) accounts.
    • GS-14 (Flight Instructor): Implement flying and ground training requirements.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    2181 Aircraft Operation

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
    • Total salary varies depending on location of position
    • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
    • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
    • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
    • Employee must maintain current certifications
    • A security clearance may be required
    • Disclosure of Political Appointments is required

    GS-2181-12 (Airplane Pilot/Helicopter Pilot):
    Applicant must possess a USAF Pilot rating, hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order and have a minimum of 750 total military flight time in the organization's mission design series.

    GS-2181-13 (Airplane Pilot/Helicopter Pilot):
    Applicant must possess a USAF Pilot rating, hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order and have a minimum of 1,000 total military flight time in the organization's mission design series.

    GS-2181-13 (Flight Instructor):
    Applicant must possess two years of progressively responsible experience in a flying component of the U.S. military establishment in assignments that normally would qualify for progression into the position of Wing Operations and Training Officer or its equivalent.


    Must possess a USAF Pilot rating, hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order and have a minimum of 1,200 total military flight time in the organization's mission design series.

    GS-2181-14 (Flight Instructor):
    Applicant must possess three years of progressively responsible experience in a flying component of the U.S. military establishment in assignments that normally would qualify for progression into the position of Wing Operations and Training Officer or its equivalent.


    Must possess a USAF Pilot rating, hold a valid aviation service aeronautical order and have a minimum of 1,500 total military flight time in the organization's mission design series.

    NOTE: Pilot hours as described above may include (Primary, Secondary, Instructor, Evaluator, Stimulator, Student and other US Military and Foreign Military Time) in mission design series of organization of position being filled. You must submit an ATAFR-209 Form, Flying History Report or any official document what shows your most recent flight (last date actively flown), total flight hours and type of aircraft flown. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, WILL RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING.

    These are Air Reserve Technician (ART) position. ARTs are eligible for 15 days active duty tour each year for which military leave is granted with full civilian pay. Air Reserve units and members; are subject to immediate call to active duty in mobilization to meet a national emergency. For additional information regarding ART positions and/or military qualifications, please call 1-800-257-1212. Retired military are usually ineligible for membership in the AF Reserve. Retired military that have active AF Reserve assignments may apply provided they show assignment (position) on the application.

    A military service member's statement of service/certification will be accepted IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The statement/certification should indicate member's separation from active duty is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. It must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

    Individuals selected for ART positions must meet both civilian qualifications and uniformed military requirements. In addition to meeting civilian qualifications, applicants must obtain military membership in the Air Force Reserve, wear the uniform, maintain job-specific military specialty requirements, and meet other military qualifications such as age, height, weight, and physical fitness standards. For more information click here and speak with an Air Force Reserve Recruiter.

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

    Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

    Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities please click here. Subsequently, FTR Bulletin 20-04 issued by GSA, provides further information regarding NDAA FY2020, Public Law 116-92, and the expansion of eligibility beyond "transferred" for WTA/RITA allowances. For additional information, please click here.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice. Applicants who do not submit required documentation to determine eligibility and qualifications will be eliminated from consideration. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.

    1. Online Application - Questionnaire
    2. Resume - For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Current Federal Civilian Employees should list any relevant performance related rating (given within the last three years) and/or incentive awards in your resume. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
    3. ATAFR-209 Form or Flying History Report: You must submit an ATAFR-209 Form or Flying History Report and failure to submit this form or report will result in an ineligible rating.
    4. Certificate/Rating/Aeronautical Order: You must submit your Undergraduate Pilot Trainee Graduate Certificate or equivalent AND an Aviation Service Aeronautical Order at the time of your application in order to verify qualifications (NOTE: Failure to submit the required forms or report will result in an ineligible rating).
    5. Veterans: If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran or Veteran's Preference - Submit VOW certification memo or copy of the official DD-Form 214, which must include the character of service (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge). This will be annotated in block 24 on member copy 2, 4, or 7 of the DD-Form 214. If claiming 30% Disabled Veteran, you must also submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces. NOTE: All veterans claiming 10-point preference must also submit a SF-15.
    ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires federal agencies to treat an eligible active duty service member as a veteran, disabled veteran, and preference eligible (as applicable) when applying for civil service positions before the effective release or discharge date. Appointment of military members before the release or discharge date is permissible if the member is on terminal leave. At the time the active duty member applies for a civil position, he or she must submit a "certification" memo in lieu of a DD-Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Active duty members applying for a civil service position without submitting a valid certification memo or DD-Form 214 with their application will render the member ineligible for the position. The certification memo must originate from the member's military service branch on official letterhead and contain the following:
    • Name/Rank/Grade of Service Member
    • Branch of Armed Forces
    • Dates of Active Service (Start and End Date(s)
    • Expected Date of Discharge/Release from Active Duty
    • Terminal leave start date (if applicable)
    • Expected character of service/discharge and type of separation (i.e. separation or retirement)
    • Must be certified within 120 days of anticipated discharge
    • Signature by, or by direction of the adjutant, personnel office, unit commander, or higher headquarters commander.
    Note: The VOW Act provides tentative preference. If appointed, a DD Form-214 must be submitted upon receipt.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/31/2021.

    To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications). If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

    • It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week (if part-time) and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    2. A complete Application Questionnaire

    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

    PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

    Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

    Agency contact information Total Force Service Center Total Force Service Center

    550 C Street West
    JBSA Randolph AFB, TX 78150
    Learn more about this agency

    The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

    Aircraft Operations Direct Hire
    This DHA may be used to appoint individuals into the competitive service to fill vacancies for certain United States Air Force Aircraft Operations Series-2181 positions without regard to the provisions of chapter 33, sections 3309 through 3318 subchapter 1 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.).

    Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

    This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

    This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).

    Next steps

    After you submit your application, you will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

    Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Once this Public Notice closes, you must reapply.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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