DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES: Assesses flight instructors, pilots & other aircrew members assigned to unit to determine proficiency in Unit Equipped (UE) airplane. Plans, develops & presents courses of instruction in ground/flight training for pilots to achieve/maintain mission ready status. Performs as flight instructor and/or flight examiner, evaluating & examining rated aircrew to assure training standards are met in these general areas: mission planning, preparation & briefing ; ground operations, in-flight control, crew resource management & mission execution ; mission debriefing and documentation accuracy. Determines progress and proficiency levels; provides re-qualification evaluations &directs/ provides specialized remedial or additional training as necessary. Evaluates formal training directives & develops course changes, new material, new training systems & methods. Projects unit training requirements, prepares required training records & utilizes available training aids to instruct airplane specific crew duties. Ensures compliance with all applicable directives, instructions & technical orders applicable to the aircraft & mission. Reviews, analyzes & disseminates flying safety publications & special interest items. Determines additional aircrew training requirements to advance aircrew proficiency. Maintains thorough knowledge of airplane systems and procedures under normal, instrument & emergency conditions to give timely/accurate instruction to aircrews in the air or on the ground. Flight training conducted in both day/night missions, visual/instrument conditions and with & without night vision devices. Briefs and instructs preflight preparations to ensure safe flight procedures & effective mission accomplishment. Conducts debrief of mission to ensure desired learning objectives were achieved. Serves as the Air Commanders representative when performing duties as Operations Supervisor (SUP), Supervisor of Flying (SOF) and is responsible for the safe & efficient mission accomplishment of the unit through the use of an Operational Risk Management (ORM) program. The SUP/ SOF has the authority to cancel flying activities, divert aircraft, dictate mission requirements, approve specific activities , coordinate for airport or airspace utilization with FAA, and direct emergency actions involving UE airplanes.
Incumbents of these positions are subject to rotation to perform administrative tasks in any of the following Air Operations program support functional areas:
Standardization / Evaluation: Plans, organizes & directs Standardization / Evaluation functions. Prepares/administers written ground examinations, emergency procedures evaluations & flight evaluations for all subjects and duties relevant to aircraft operations to certify flying proficiency / new qualifications. Conducts scheduled and unscheduled evaluations of other flight examiners, flight instructors, and aircrews. Establishes performance standards for flying proficiency and competency in accordance with directives. Reviews flight publications and directives for accuracy and currency. Analyzes performance discrepancies and identifies trends, recommends corrective action to higher authorities.
Weapons and Tactics: Trains/evaluates aircrew proficiency & competency of aircrews in weapons and tactics. Works in conjunction with the Intelligence functional area to prepare for & conduct academic training in weapons and tactics, prepares scenarios utilizing improved tactics for aircrew upgrade/continuation training. Evaluates new and existing tactics & delivery procedures and threats & countermeasures. Responsible for the mission planning function & manages the System Support Representative (SSR).
Training: Designs/coordinates comprehensive training plans/scenarios to provide realistic technical aircrew training. Ensures accomplishment of all required training. Analyzes post-mission debriefing & critiques to ensure accomplishment of assigned training events. Plans, coordinates & manages unit upgrade programs for new mission capability requirements. Schedules/coordinates formal schools, simulator training & flight, ground or ancillary training.
Scheduling: Plans, develops &implements unit flying schedule and flying hour program using inputs from within Air Operations & Logistics Divisions. Coordinates operational requirements with all outside agencies.
Plans: Develops unit deliberate planning for implementation of wartime, base and national tasking. Maintains wartime/peacetime contingency plans & supplements for unit mobility, deployment, strange field operations/employment & redeployment of the unit.
Command and Control: Assists Air Operations Officer in matters pertaining to command and control & develops schedules that implement/manage 24 hour operations during actual emergency and/or contingency operations.
Safety: Ensures flying operations comply with all applicable safety regulations and programs.
Performs other duties as assigned.