About PASS

Safety: Every step of the way

Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

Nearly 700 million air travelers fly throughout the United States each year. As the demand for air travel increases, so does the need to maintain the highest level of safety, integrity and reliability of the National Airspace System (NAS). From inspectors who ensure industry compliance with FAA safety standards to systems specialists who protect the safety and efficiency of critical aviation systems, PASS members are focused on safety, every step of the way.

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Systems Specialists ensure functionality of communications systems, computer systems, navigational aids and power systems vital to safe air travel and the mission of pilots and controllers.

Flight Standards and Manufacturing Aviation Safety Inspectors oversee every aspect of the aviation industry to ensure adherence to FAA regulations and safety standards.

Aeronautical Information Professionals develop, maintain and support instrument flight procedures and a variety of aviation products that enhance industry performance and efficiency in the airspace and on the ground.

Flight Inspection Pilots, Mission Specialists and Operations Staff develop and administer services critical to ground- and space-based navigation systems.

Aircraft Maintenance Employees maintain the FAA’s fleet of aircraft, enabling the FAA to provide industry certification and service needs.

Legal Instruments Examiners/Compliance Specialists ensure proper registration of U.S. civil aircraft and certification of airmen.

Support Staff provides critical services that allow the aviation system to function smoothly.

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Membership in PASS is about more than joining a union—it is about having a voice, gaining a system of support and solidarity, and making an important investment in your future.