Job Family: Aviation Flight Operations Specialists
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Photo 1:
writes up the daily flight schedule.
Photo 2: Airman keeps track of aircrafts.

Short Description
The services operate one of the largest fleets of aircraft in the world. Hundreds of transport, passenger, and combat airplanes and helicopters fly missions every day. Accurate flight information keeps operations safe and efficient. Flight operations specialists prepare and provide flight information for air and ground crews.

What They Do
Flight operations specialists in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Process cross country and local flight clearances, including examination for conformance with flight rules and regulations
  • Keep flight logs on incoming and outgoing flights
  • Keep air crew flying records and flight operations records
  • Receive and post weather information and flight plan data
  • Coordinate air crew needs, such as ground transportation
  • Plan aircraft equipment needs for air evacuation and dangerous cargo flights
  • Check military flight plans with civilian agencies
  • Encode, decode, and post messages to airmen
  • Maintain flight operations equipment in a tactical environment

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include general math and typing. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Interest in work involving computers
  • Interest in work that helps others
  • Ability to work as team member
  • Interest in aircraft

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Introduction to aviation operations
  • Procedures for scheduling aircraft and assigning air crews
  • Flight planning and airfield operations
  • Preparing flight operations reports and records

Work Environment
Flight operations specialists work indoors in flight control centers or air terminals.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian flight operations specialists work for commercial and private airlines and air transport companies. They perform duties similar to military flight operations specialists.

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