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Aviation Inspector

Overview and Key Facts

man with tablet by airplane
Education
Education
Post high school credential
Median Pay
Median Pay
$79,770
Job Growth
Job Growth
1.80%
(Below US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
25,400

What Do They Do?

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Aviation inspectors are critical to ensuring that aircraft are safe to fly. They conduct pre-flight inspections to make sure an aircraft is safe. They also inspect the work of aircraft mechanics, and keep detailed records of work done to maintain or repair an aircraft. As problems are identified, they may make changes to maintenance schedules, and may be called upon to investigate air accidents.
Check out this video from the PBS show Design Squad. The country's largest blimp is not allowed to fly until it passes a pre-flight inspection by Mark Caylao.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks an Aviation Inspector might do:
  • Inspect work of aircraft mechanics performing maintenance, modification, or repair and overhaul of aircraft and aircraft mechanical systems to ensure adherence to standards and procedures.
  • Examine aircraft access plates and doors for security.
  • Examine landing gear, tires, and exteriors of fuselage, wings, and engines for evidence of damage or corrosion and the need for repairs.
  • Examine maintenance records and flight logs to determine if service and maintenance checks and overhauls were performed at prescribed intervals.
  • Inspect new, repaired, or modified aircraft to identify damage or defects and to assess airworthiness and conformance to standards, using checklists, hand tools, and test instruments.
  • Prepare and maintain detailed repair, inspection, investigation, and certification records and reports.

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