DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(1) Provides preflight briefings to military and civilian aircrews, including those of foreign governments and civilian contractors on CONUS/International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flight plans. Furnishes pilots with full range of necessary information pertinent to planning and completing their intended flight safely and assists them in making preflight decisions and calculations when required. Reviews and evaluates proposed flight plans for technical accuracy and compliance with USAF, FAA, DOD and ICAO directives. Ensures flight plan information is in proper format prior to processing plans into the FAA flight planning Aeronautical Information System (AIS). Performs quality control on proposed flight plans with aircrews and provides special briefings to pilots of civilian and non-DOD government aircraft on flight planning procedures. Briefs aircrews on air traffic control, noise abatement, and Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) procedures to include special departure procedures, radar departures, communications requirements, and airfield conditions and restrictions. Ensures aircrews are briefed on Foreign Clearance Guide requirements for OCONUS flight operations. Briefs pilots on alternate airfields facilities, status and limitations of navigational aids, restricted areas, radio frequency changes, call letters, airfield obstructions, and other information necessary to accomplish the flight safely. Recommends revision and/or changes to flight plans as appropriate. Provides taxi, run-up, and takeoff information. Obtains and coordinates Pilot Report (PIREP) information to appropriate agencies related to mission profiles. Briefs Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) as required prior to all flights. Provides flight following as required on all flight plans. Initiates special actions and /or precautions when VIPs, hazardous cargo, and air evacuation flights are involved. Maintains, issues, and destroys classified and COMSEC material for unit and transient aircraft.
(2) Through the use of air-to-ground communications, communicates with pilots in flight with information regarding flight plans; clearances; advisories on local, enroute, and destination airfield conditions; messages; and other data effecting safety of flight. Coordinates with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) and control Tower on all flight plan changes. Provides special flight following services based on weather elements, airfield conditions, and aircraft characteristics. Sends and receives notifications of inbound and outbound air traffic including emergencies with FAA and local authorities.
(3) Schedules and coordinates use of military special use airspace/facilities including air refueling areas, military operating areas, and landing and drop zones. Determines appropriate action in implementing emergency, Quick Reaction Checklist (QRCs), and operations plans. Activates secondary crash phone network for aircraft accidents, and in-flight and ground emergencies. Evaluates seriousness of incidents and notifies proper agencies. Initiates communication search for overdue and unreported military aircraft, and upon confirmation, implements search and rescue procedures. Conducts anti-hijacking procedures during passenger processing activities. Coordinates response activities with air traffic control and crash and rescue agencies and supports local authorities. Operates FAA flight planning communications equipment for input of flight plans, receiving arrival/departure messages, making queries concerning overdue aircraft and notifying the appropriate authorities.
(4) Is subject to Air Traffic Systems Evaluations IAW applicable Air Force, MAJCOM, and NGB directives. This includes individual testing, performance certification, and program management assessment. Inspections and tests are conducted by the Flight Standards Branch (the same unit that inspects the Control Tower).
(5) Inspects or ensures the inspection of ANG tarmac parking and Federal taxi ways daily (or more often as required) for such flying safety hazards as: foreign object debris, violations of lateral clearance criteria, and hazards to landing, take-off, taxiing or parking areas. Monitors repairs and construction projects for ANG property as they affect operations of the airdrome. Initiates and cancels NOTAMs on airfield facilities/conditions. Maintains current NOTAM file IAW governing directives and other required flight information and aeronautical publications. Measures aircraft braking action on runway and taxiways and prepares information for entry on the weather sequence. Coordinates local drop zone activities with base flying units and Air Traffic Control agencies. Processes reports of adverse public reactions in accordance with applicable directives. Disseminates severe weather warnings to base activities.
(6) Performs other duties as assigned.