What do Airfield Operations Specialists do?

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel; dispatching; using airfield landing and navigational aids; implementing airfield safety procedures; monitoring and maintaining flight records; and applying knowledge of weather information.

  • Implement airfield safety procedures to ensure a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation.
  • Plan and coordinate airfield construction.
  • Coordinate with agencies such as air traffic control, civil engineers, and command posts to ensure support of airfield management activities.
  • Monitor the arrival, parking, refueling, loading, and departure of all aircraft.
  • Maintain air-to-ground and point-to-point radio contact with aircraft commanders.
  • Train operations staff.
  • Relay departure, arrival, delay, aircraft and airfield status, and other pertinent information to upline controlling agencies.
  • Procure, produce, and provide information on the safe operation of aircraft, such as flight planning publications, operations publications, charts and maps, and weather information.
  • Coordinate communications between air traffic control and maintenance personnel.
  • Perform and supervise airfield management activities, including mobile airfield management functions.
  • Receive, transmit, and control message traffic.
  • Receive and post weather information and flight plan data, such as air routes and arrival and departure times.
  • Maintain flight and events logs, air crew flying records, and flight operations records of incoming and outgoing flights.
  • Coordinate with agencies to meet aircrew requirements for billeting, messing, refueling, ground transportation, and transient aircraft maintenance.
  • Collaborate with others to plan flight schedules and air crew assignments.
  • Coordinate changes to flight itineraries with appropriate Air Traffic Control (ATC) agencies.
  • Anticipate aircraft equipment needs for air evacuation and cargo flights.
  • Provide aircrews with information and services needed for airfield management and flight planning.
  • Conduct departure and arrival briefings.
  • Use airfield landing and navigational aids and digital data terminal communications equipment to perform duties.
  • Post visual display boards and status boards.
  • Check military flight plans with civilian agencies.

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Necessary Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Coordination