Aircraft launch and recovery specialists ensure the safety of aircraft as they launch from and return to aircraft carriers. They perform this critical work by operating and maintaining catapults, arresting gear, and other equipment used in aircraft carrier takeoff and landing operations.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Responsible for the safe and expeditious movement of aircraft on flight decks, hangar decks, and ashore which includes the installation and removal of chocks, tie downs, and tow bars
- Directs the movement and spotting of aircraft ashore and afloat
- Utilizes visual hand and light signals required in landing recovery operations
- Follows published safety regulations relative to working on and near a runway and knows the hazardous zones
- Prepares aircraft recovery equipment for storage and shipment
- Coordinates recovery operations with other airfield operations
- Performs crash rescue, firefighting, crash removal, and damage control duties
- Operates, inspects, and maintains emergency arresting gear systems for high performance military aircraft
- Installs and performs preventive maintenance on visual landing aids
- Operates pressurized hydraulic and pneumatic equipment utilizing both basic and precision tools