Air operations support

Flight Operations Manager

Flight Operations Officers plan aircraft tasks and manage Flight Operations teams. They provide a valuable link between the operations room and the aircrew and may be posted around the world.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Create flight plans
  • Advise on flight safety
  • Supervise teams of Flight Operations Assistants

Similar civilian roles include  Airport Manager, Airline Manager and Transport Planning or Logistics Manager.

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Flight Operations Manager in the RAF.

Key Facts

Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level



27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.


The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.


502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station - Ex Regulars Only

602 Sqn Glasgow - Ex Regulars Only

606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire - Ex Regulars Only

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex - Ex Regulars Only - Extremely Ltd Vacancies

622 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire - Ex-Regulars only

In the RAF

My Role

Flight Operations Managers look after the planning and management of the operational support functions needed for the RAF’s flying tasks.

My Day

Coming soon.


Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

Specialist Training

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.


Spare Time Reserve

Spare Time Reserve



You will need to have previous military experience within Flight Operations obtaining the rank of SNCO.


18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.