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:
Branches of the Military
Helpful school subjects include general math and typing. Helpful attributes include:
Job training consists of 7 to 14 weeks of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
The ability to speak clearly and distinctly is required.
Flight operations specialists work indoors in flight control centers or air terminals.
Civilian flight operations specialists work for commercial and private airlines and air transport companies. They perform duties similar to military flight operations specialists.
A similar civilian occupation is that of an air traffic controller.
The services have about 8,000 flight operations specialists. Each year, they need new specialists due to changes in personnel and the demands of the field. After training, new specialists keep logs and type schedules. With experience, they schedule air crews. In time, they may plan flight operations and supervise others.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Washington D.C.
Courtesy: DoD, USAF (Photo)