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Aeronautics Department or Commission

State Government - Aviation Careers - Aeronautics Department or Commission

Aeronautics Department or Commission Almost every state has an Aeronautics Department or Commission which consists of a small number of aviationminded men and women usually appointed by the Governor to make policies about aviation activities within the state Persons appointed may not be considered employees and may be paid only expenses connected with their attendance at meetings If the states department or commission is wellfunded it may employ people to work in the areas of airport design and operation flight safety and promotion of aviation activities in the state Positions include administrative personnel pilots field service representatives safety officers engineers and aircraft mechanics among others

Position Description

Name of the JobNature of the Work
Director Promotes aviation in the state, administers state aviation regulations, represents the state at regional meetings and directs the staff of the Department of Aeronautics.
Deputy & Assistant Director Assists the Director
Administrative Assistant Handles the detailed routine operation of the Director's Office.
Pilots Fly state-owned aircraft as required, for example to take the Governor to meetings. (NOTE: Some Departments who do not employ pilots require the Director, his assistant or some other staff member to assume pilot duties, when necessary.)
Field Service Representative Is in direct contact with aviation interests within the state. May be called upon to explain proposed or new flying rules, help with aircraft sound problems or assist with an aviation education project.
Accountants & Statisticians Maintain financial records of the department and gather flight statistics about aircraft movements, registered pilots, accidents, hours flown, etc.
Stenographers, Clerks & Typists Carry on routine office duties.
Engineers Civil, electronics, radio and other engineering specialties involved in planning airports and improvements to airports, installing and supervising air navigational aids operated by the state.
Chief Planner Responsible for preparation of State's airport system plan and other planning activities.
Engineer Technicians (Aides) Assist engineers in their work (draftsperson, etc.)
Aeronautical Inspectors Check compliance with state aviation regulations.
Aviation Education Officers Carry out aviation education policies of the Department. Cooperate with schools in aerospace education programs.
Publication Editors Are responsible for publication of newsletters, releases, and other information of interest to pilots, airport operators and fixed base operators in the state.
Safety Officers Promote aviation safety, such as conducting weather seminars and other safety-type meetings for pilots.
Aircraft Mechanics Service and maintain state-owned aircraft.
Surplus Property Search out surplus federal government property that might be useful to state aviation.

Working Conditions

Frequently, employees have dual responsibilities, especially when the staff is small.

Typical Requirements and/or Experience

Qualifications and requirements for these various jobs are determined by state law; however, the top level employees (safety officers, field service representatives and engineers) must have experience and training in their specialty.


Minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma. Other education may be required based on the position.

Marital Status

Married and unmarried men and women, with or without children are eligible. Persons who are widowed or divorced, also are eligible.

It is the policy of most aviation companies to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Most aviation companies are strongly committed to this policy, and believe in the concept and spirit of the United States law.

Most aviation companies are committed to assuring that:

All recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, and other employment related programs are provided fairly to all persons on an equal opportunity basis without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law;

Employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action;

All personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, training, and participation in social and recreational programs are administered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law, and;

Employees and applicants will not be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have exercised any right protected by law.

Most aviation companies believe in and practice equal opportunity and affirmative action. All employees are responsible for supporting the concept of equal opportunity and affirmative action and assisting the company in meeting its objectives.

Most aviation companies maintain Affirmative Action Plans for minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

EEOC has jurisdiction of the prohibitions against employment discrimination codified in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. The OSC will defer those bases of discrimination under EEOC's jurisdiction to the respective federal agency and its EEO process. The CSRA also prohibits employment discrimination in the federal government based on marital status, political affiliation and conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the employee, none of which are within EEOC's jurisdiction. Moreover, the law defines ten other prohibited personnel practices in the federal government, all of which fall under the jurisdiction of the OSC and the MSPB. See Prohibited Personnel Practices at http://www.osc.gov/ppp.htm.

Additional information may also be found on the the EEOC web site located at http://www.eeoc.gov/

Wages and Benefits

Most all employees working under state civil service enjoy retirement plans, social security, low cost insurance, and medical service. In most cases, Department employees work out of the office in the state capital.

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Outlook for the Future

The outlook for growth in aviation career opportunities with the Federal Government is mixed. Rapid increases in automation have lessened the need for increased numbers of Air Traffic Controllers. This fact combined with the recent recession and concern about budget deficits will no doubt keep employment levels static. It should be pointed out, though, that normal attrition from retirements, etc. will allow hiring to continue at its present pace for the foreseeable future. Current emphasis on decreasing federal participation in the economy will mean that, with economic recovery, federal aviation employment will not expand to the degree that civil aviation employment will grow.

The future of civilian aviation careers with the military services is somewhat uncertain as demand is responsive to world conditions. The best predictions indicate at least a small increase over the next ten years.

Employment in aviation at the state government level will likely show an upward trend as aviation activities within the state grow in proportion to decreases in federal activity.


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