Aircraft launch and recovery officers work on aircraft carriers, where they plan and direct launch and recovery operations. They lead teams in the maintenance of catapults, arresting gear, and associated mechanical, hydraulic, and control systems. These officers and their staffs are responsible for ensuring the safe take off and landing of military aircraft.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Exercises approach control function for returning aircraft, using voice and/or automatic modes of operation; assigns approach sequences and times; transmits weather, altimeter, and other necessary information
- Ensures readiness and safety of launching equipment
- Ensures readiness of arresting gear, barricade, and visual landing aid systems
- Plans, schedules, supervises and records preventive maintenance and repair of launch and recovery equipment; maintains inventory and custody of ready service spare parts and accessories
- Trains and supervises plane handlers in spotting and moving planes
- Trains and controls flight deck crash crews and fire crews during salvage, plane recovery, pilot rescue, plane jettisoning, or flight deck fires
- Directs aircraft on predetermined glide path to landing area by voice-radio communication
- Signals pilots in carrier approach and landings
- Provides instruction and checks flights to ensure proficiency of controller personnel in all emergency procedures
- Plans, coordinates, and directs research, design, development and testing of launching and recovery systems, landing aids, and fog modification systems