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Air Interdiction Agent

Do you want to be a part of the largest Law Enforcement Air Force in the world? Do you want to have a career protecting the American people? Do you want to be part of the team that flies the most sophisticated aircraft in the most demanding and challenging situations? You might want to become an Air Interdiction Agent of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

CBP Air Interdiction Agent

It’s a big job. You’ll be playing a role in the anti-terrorism mission of the CBP. Your office is the skies even as you work together with fellow law enforcement officers not only from the CBP but from the other agencies as well. You pilot aircraft to detect, track, and interdict other aircraft, boats, vehicles, and people who might want to enter the U.S. illegally or want to inflict harm to the American people. While the covert and overt operations that you will conduct against terrorist activities are certainly dangerous, there is a lighter side to the job as well. CBP Air Interdiction Agents also provide airspace security over such events prestigious and nationally-celebrated events as the Super Bowl.

If you want to be considered as a CBP Air Interdiction Agent when there are openings, you need to meet the minimum requirements to qualify. You need to possess U.S. Citizenship; be under 40 years of age; be able to pass a thorough background investigation and drug test; hold a valid FAA Commercial Pilot’s license with an instrument rating and other rating(s) appropriate to the position to be filled; and meet the flight time requirements.

You also need to pass the Pre-Employment Fitness Test (PFT) to be considered as an Air Interdiction Agent. The PFT is divided into two parts: The first part consists of the Push Up Test; the Sit Up Test; and the Side Step Test while the second part is a Step Test. For the Push Up Test, you need to complete as many proper form pushups in 60 seconds with a minimum of 12. For the Sit Up Test, you need to complete as many proper form sit ups in 60 seconds with a minimum of 20. For the Side Step Test, you need to complete as many line crosses/touches in 10 seconds with a minimum of 9. You will be given 2 trials for the last test in Part One. The Step Test is a timed test that requires you to step up and down on a 12-inch high platform at a rate of 120 steps per minute for five minutes.

The first phase in the hiring process involves a records review. You will be checked if you meet the required flight times. These are as follows: 1500 flight hours or as approved under waiver provisions; 250 hours of pilot-in-command; 100 hours in the last 12 months; and 75 hours night and/or instrument. At this stage, your certificates will also be checked. You must have an FAA First Class Medical Certificate and an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with the following ratings airplane, single-engine or multi-engine land with instrument; or rotor craft helicopter with instrument. Other certificates that meet or exceed the requirements of the Commercial Certificate are also acceptable; e.g., Airline Transport Certificate.

In the second phase, you will undergo a structured interview. This is conducted by a panel that consists of three Air Interdiction Agents. If you pass that, you will undergo an oral examination to be done by an Instructor Pilot. Be sure to study FARs part 61 and 91, Airman’s Information Manual and Flight Information Publications to include U.S. Terminal Procedures, IFR En Route/Sectional Aeronautical Charts as these are where the questions will be derived from. Your knowledge of basic aeronautical knowledge will be evaluated in this interview.

The final phase is the flight evaluations which will be undertaken by Instructor Pilots to assess basic pilot tasks graded to Commercial Pilot standards. For Fixed-Wing Flight Evaluation (C-206/C-210), you will be checked for the following tasks:

  1. Crew Resource Management
  2. Radio/ICS Communications
  3. Taxi
  4. Normal/Crosswind Take-off
  5. Steep Turns
  6. Slow Flight
  7. Stalls
  8. Unusual Attitude
  9. Engine Out Emergency
  10. Non-Precision Approach
  11. Missed Approach
  12. Holding Precision Approach
  13. Go Around

For the Rotary-Wing Flight Evaluation (AS-350/EC-120), applicants will be graded based on their knowledge of the following tasks:

  1. Hover Power Check
  2. Hovering Flight
  3. Normal Takeoff
  4. Traffic Pattern Flight
  5. Before Landing Check
  6. Normal Approach
  7. Autorotations
  8. Confined Area Operations
  9. Pinnacle Operations
  10. Slope Landings
  11. Quick Stops
  12. Unusual Altitude Recovery
  13. Inadvertent IMC Procedures
  14. Radio/ICS Communications
  15. Precision Approach
  16. Non-Precision Approach
  17. Missed Approach
  18. Cockpit Resource Management

The records review, structured interview, oral examination, and practical flight evaluation will be conducted in the CBP OAM National Air Training Center in Oklahoma City.

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