aviation mission. The purpose of this subcourse is to familiarize you with Army airfield operations and
individual flight record management.
The airfield is normally the hub for aviation support operations and strategic and tactical aviation
training activities of the command. For the professional Army aviator, few assignments can be more
interesting or rewarding than one involving management or supervisory duties in airfield operations
From firsthand experience, an aviator can appreciate the kind of ground crew assistance and cooperation
that contribute most to flying proficiency. In an airfield operations assignment, great personal
satisfaction can be experienced by providing high quality aviation services.
The commander of each Army installation having an active airfield or heliport is responsible for
establishing and supervising flight operations according to FM 1-300 and other related Army
publications. The Army airfield operations division is assigned the duties of providing certain support
functions for local and transient aircraft. Those functions include weather service, flight planning
facilities, operations security (OPSEC), crash and rescue facilities, aircraft servicing facilities, and notice
to airmen (NOTAM) service. Another function is handling communications with flight service stations
(FSS), air route traffic control centers (ARTCC), and approach control units.
Part A. ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
AIRFIELD OPERATIONS DIVISION
a. Organization and Staffing. The recommended airfield organization consists of an operations
division with three branches or sections-flight dispatch; airfield services; and petroleum, oil, and
lubricant (POL) services. Some airfields will have the POL services branch or section assigned as an
element of the maintenance division. However, this branch or section should be placed under the direct
supervision of, or assigned to, the airfield operations division. The basic staffing of the operations
division consists of an operations officer, an airfield safety officer, an operations sergeant (NCO in
charge [NCOIC]), and a clerk typist. Additional clerical personnel are required at those installations
where the division is assigned the responsibility for flight scheduling and individual flight record
maintenance. Many variables can influence the organization and staffing of the operations division.