FTRS (Limited Commitment) Vacancy

SO2/SO3 Air Safety Regulation 4a - MOD Abbey Wood

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1709029

Unit / Establishment / Location: MOD Abbey Wood
Rank: Flight Lieutenant,Squadron Leader
Branch: Air Traffic Control,Engineer (Any),Flight Operations,Flying (Any)
Terms: FTRS (Limited Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Squadron Leader (Fg, ATC, Flt Ops or Eng Branches) or a Flight Lieutenant (Fg, ATC, Flt Ops or Eng Branches) to serve as SO2/SO3 Air Safety Regulation 4a within the Air within the Directorate of Flying Training, 22 Gp at MOD Abbey Wood, on FTRS (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with an initial proposed start date being 2 July 2018 or earlier. This is a rank ranged position.

The aim of the 22 Gp Air Safety and Assurance (ASAR) Cell is to support the AOC’s Air Safety Management System, including the promotion of a Positive Air Safety Culture throughout the Gp.  Working from the HQ Directorate of Fg Trg (DFT) offices in Bristol, the FT ASAR SO2 Assurance will coordinate and conduct safety assurance activities and visits to 22 Gp flying units and assist in the staffing of material to support the AOC’s decision making on Air Safety matters in his capacity as the Operating Duty Holder (ODH).  The role also involves providing advice to 22 Gp personnel (both within HQ DFT and at unit level), drawing on their previous flying or flying-related experience.  This will include advice on the implementation of MAA and RAF Air Safety Policy, while incorporating good practice from other agencies and liaison with other Air Safety organisations. 

Eligibility and Period of Service.

Unless already holding a commission in the Reserve Air Forces, the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on FTRS (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 for an initial period of up to 4 years.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis.

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years may be considered for this appointment. Prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor in order to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

Personnel currently serving in the regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply, but will only be accepted into RAFR service if an appropriate Branch/Trade can be identified via the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor. Furthermore, the transfer will only be made at the individual’s current ‘equivalent’ rank and not on promotion. Finally, Branch/Trade Advisor approval must be agreed before the interview.

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found in JSP 765 and the following links and  Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment.

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  FTRS personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 and JSP 760.

Accommodation.  Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is not avilable at MOD Abbey Wood.


Applicants should meet the following criteria.


Must either have been, or currently be, a Squadron Leader (Fg, ATC, Flt Ops or Eng Branches) or a Flight Lieutenant (Fg, ATC, Flt Ops or Eng Branches). This is a rank ranged position.


  • Has completed at least one tour in a flying or flying-related appointment.
  • Has experience in an Air Safety appointment.
  • Has instructional experience.
  • Has been a Flight Authorising Officer or Flying Supervisor.
  • Has a working knowledge of the MAA Regulatory Publications.
  • Has HQ staff experience

Selection process

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports.  Telephone enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to

Wg Cdr Rob Johnstone
Mil - 9679 80101
Civ - 030 679 80101




Candidate applications, with a maximum 2 page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports) should be sent to:

Sqn Ldr L Posthumus
No 22 Gp, Bldg #7001
MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH

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Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 06/04/2018