Ireland – UAS Inspector (Uncertified Operations) – sUAS News – The Business of Drones


Closing date for applications
Sep 29, 2022

Application details

[email protected]


Irish Aviation Authority, The Times Building, 11-12 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Hybrid work arrangements may be agreed upon in accordance with the IAA Remote Work Policy.

Reports to (Job Title)

UAS Manager

Purpose of the position

The objective of this role is to implement the IAA’s program for the promotion and regulation of drones, in order to maximize competitive and socio-economic advantages while ensuring the highest level of safety, security and protection of citizens.

Main tasks and responsibilities

The responsibilities of the UAS inspector include:

  • Issuance, modification, suspension, limitation or revocation of remote pilot competency certificates
  • Issuance, modification, suspension, limitation or revocation of operating authorizations and LUCs
  • Verification of completeness, issuance of acknowledgments of receipt and issuance of certificates of completeness for operational declarations
  • Creation and maintenance of UAS geographies and associated AIP entries and common single number format
  • Conduct risk-based monitoring and audits of:
    • UAS operators having submitted a declaration, holders of an operating authorization or an LUC
    • Recognized entities
    • Authorized model clubs and associations
    • Economic operators in market surveillance
  • Investigate incidents of non-compliance by:
    • UAS operators operating in the “open” or “specific” categories
    • Recognized entities
    • Economic operators in market surveillance
  • Assist in the maintenance and safekeeping of documents, records and reports regarding UAS operational authorizations, declarations, remote pilot competency certificates, LUCs, recognized entities and economic operators with respect to market surveillance
  • Provide information and support (including advice on regulations and standards) to UAS operators with the aim of:
    • Promoting Safety
    • Clarification
    • Policy Announcement
    • Technical informations
    • Accident Information
  • Advise the UAS Manager on specific or general UAS issues and provide technical advice and support to other departments internally
  • Periodic meetings with UAS pilots, operators, industry, recognized entities and economic operators
  • Exercising corrective actions (administrative and if necessary legal measures) to ensure compliance with the required standards
  • Assist in the provision of technical advice in the development of safety standards and in the development of regulations relating to UAS
  • Represent the UAS Manager, as needed
  • Provide OJT to other UAS inspectors
  • Assist with IAA Market Surveillance Authority role functions
  • Perform the appropriate checks on the characteristics of UAS of the class identified at an adequate scale:
    • Documentary
    • Physical
    • Laboratory
  • Help maintain a database of economic operators to record test reports, certificates of conformity, etc.
  • Help establish procedures and processes
  • Coordinate with other MSAs and state customs
  • Actively participate with counterparts in other Member States through the European Commission’s UAS Administrative Cooperation Group

Required Skills

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications and skills:


  • A relevant third level qualification or equivalent aviation experience
  • At least five years of work experience operating and/or regulating UAS
  • Experience and understanding of security standards and regulatory requirements
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant international, European and Irish regulatory requirements and standards
  • Detailed knowledge of the framework of international organizations with which the IAA works, including ICAO, EASA and ECAC
  • Familiarity with the operation of Aeronautical Information Management
  • Knowledge of airspace management
  • Know the requirements and future developments of UAS
  • The ability to work effectively in a team
  • The ability to undertake work in a diligent, conscientious and meticulous manner
  • The ability to investigate and draw justified conclusions
  • The ability to simultaneously tackle multiple tasks and work under time pressure
  • A desire to travel a lot
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to produce coherent and well-constructed reports
  • Good people management and organizational skills, as well as the ability to deal with the UAS industry at the highest level


Applications must include the following to be considered for shortlisting:

  • A cover letter (max. two A4 pages) explaining why you wish to be considered for the position and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position.
  • A complete resume.

Please click here to access the candidate information booklet: UAS Inspector Candidate Information Booklet

Complete applications including CV and cover letter should be emailed to [email protected] and received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday 29e from September 2022 under the reference IAAUASI0922.

The IAA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.


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