Flight Operations Officer
Job description: Look after the planning and management of the operational support functions for the RAF’s flying tasks.
Pay after training: £29,580
Joining age: 17.5 – 36
Usual service: 9 years
Open to: men or women
Similar civilian jobs:
- Airport manager
- Airline manager
- Transport planning and logistics manager
Qualifications you need: 2 A-levels (at grade A-C) or 3 Highers or equivalent. 5 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths.
Please note: the RAF does not accept A-levels in Critical Thinking or General Studies at any grade.
Qualifications you can gain: Degree or Masters degree.
Nationality: UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality.
Flight Operations Officers support our aircraft from the ground. You'll create flight plans, advise on flight safety and manage teams of Flight Operations Assistants. In every operations room on every RAF flying station, and wherever our aircraft are flying, on detachment or on operations overseas, there’s a Flight Operations Officer at the centre of things.
Flight Operations Officers are in charge of some of the most important functions in support of aircraft in training and war situations: you'll ACT as a link between aircrew and the operations nerve centre and take responsibility for all aspects of the flying management of aircraft. In a crisis, you'll have to provide answers and take action.
You will join the RAF on either a Short Service Commission of up to nine years, or on a Permanent Commission that will normally require a minimum of 18 years service. Promotion to the rank of flight lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis. Further promotion to squadron leader and above is by competitive selection.
As a Flight Operations Officer the skills and experience you gain throughout your career could equip you for a number of civilian jobs including: airport manager, airline manager or transport planning and logistics manager.
Initial Officer Training
Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 30-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.
After Initial Officer Training, you will complete a three month specialist Flight Operations Training Course at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, which includes theoretical and practical training in: airmanship, flight planning, flight security, navigation, meteorology, and airspace management.
Your First Tour
During your first tour you are most likely to find yourself working in the Operations Room of an RAF base where you will receive on-the-job training and work under supervision to plan and mange aircraft tasks.
As a Flight Operations Officer you will have the opportunity for further professional training and development throughout your career as well as the chance to undertake additional leadership and management training.