NAS Documentation Specialist


Job Description:

The NISC IV program at Leidos is seeking a National Airspace System (NAS) Documentation Specialist to work in the Federal Aviation Administration Western Service Center in Des Moines, WA.

The candidate will use a background as an Air Traffic Controller to provide documentation support to the FAA Flight Procedures Team for the preparation and execution of Instrument Flight Procedure (IFP) projects required for the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS). This support will include the Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) Minimum Operational Network (MON) which includes the design and/or evaluation of operational procedures that improve utilization of existing airspace and airport capacity. Additionally, the candidate will support opportunities to de-conflict traffic to and from close-in airports; improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in major metropolitan areas across; and, promote transition of the NAS to a more PBN system.

Routine Duties Will Include:

Using skills obtained as a Certified Professional Controller (CPC), the candidate will provide documentation support to include the following:
  • Historical record of design changes.
  • Tracking the status of project activities, project risk, action items.
  • Producing meeting minutes as directed by the project leads to support any airspace and procedures initiative formally approved by the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) and/or senior leaders at the direction of the project leads.

Additional Duties May Include:
  • Provide input for the development of facility training packages.
  • Coordinate support for required technical interchange meetings and various program reviews.
  • Coordinate workgroup activities for Air Traffic Organization (ATO) program offices.
  • Assist in air traffic requirements development; system analysis; system/subsystem specifications analysis to ensure air traffic operational concerns are addressed and appropriate technical requirements are included.

Position requires approximately 10% travel.

We are seeking a talented and energetic candidate to work with the best and brightest employees around the country in creating innovative all-encompassing solutions for our programs. You will work in a fast-paced and diverse environment, enjoy flexible work arrangements, and will have a management team that encourages your career development and growth.

In this role, you will gain many intangible skills, such as time and task management, critical thinking and problem solving, the ability to communicate complicated problems in a concise manner, as well as solve complex problems using available tools.

Please Note: Must be able to work onsite in Des Moines, WA (once temporary Pandemic related remote work is over or when asked to return to the office).

Required Skills:
  • Previous designation as a Certified Professional Controller (CPC).
  • Ability to obtain and/or Maintain Public Trust security clearance.
  • Air Traffic Control Experience (FAA, Contractor, OR Military).
  • Bachelor's degree with 4 plus OR more years of experience OR Documented Air Traffic Control experience will be considered for determining qualification.
  • Substantial knowledge of aviation operations and/or airspace management.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in a staff environment preparing written documents, memos and briefs.
  • Knowledge of the following FAA Orders/Specifications:

- FAA Order JO 7100.41, Performance Based Navigation Implementation Process.

- FAA Order 8260.58, United States Standard for Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Instrument Procedure Design.

- Community Involvement Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Desk Guide.

- FAA Order 8260.19, Flight Procedures and Airspace.

- FAA Order 8260.3, United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS).

- FAA Order 8260.46, Departure Procedure (DP) Program.

- FAA Order 8260.26, Establishing and Scheduling Civil Public-Use Instrument Procedure Effective Dates.

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We value and support the well-being and mobility of our employees with competitive benefit packages, complementary e-learning training, work-life flexibility, an exciting External Referral Program, and a diverse, inclusive and ethical work place. In fact, in 2020, Leidos was ranked as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year.

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