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Flight Operations Specialists

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Work Environment

Flight operations specialists work indoors in flight control centers or air terminals.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $23,019 - $236,074


Flight operations specialists help with administrative functions that are necessary to keep military aircraft up and running. They prepare flight schedules and authorizations, administer aircrew training and qualification testing, perform airfield inspections, and maintain flight logs and other records. These specialists help ensure that both the aircraft personnel and equipment are prepared for mission accomplishment.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Job training for flight operations specialists consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content relates to airfield operational support and may include:

  • Introduction to aviation operations
  • Procedures for scheduling aircraft and assigning air crews
  • Flight planning and airfield operations
  • Communications and record keeping
  • Production of flight and personnel data
  • Administrative support functions

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Interest in work involving computers
  • Interest in work that helps others
  • Ability to work as team member
  • Interest in aircraft

Related Civilian Careers

  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Airfield Operations Specialists