Flight Operation Officer Duties

The FOO (FLIGHT OPERATIONS OFFICER) is responsible for safe and efficient flight operations on his/her assigned day. If the assigned FOO is unable to perform their duties on the day they are assigned, it is their responsibility to find someone else to fill in.

1. Be at the airport before the start of the days flying.
2. Inform the scheduled tow pilot when to be at the airport.
3. Get the tow plane out of the hangar. The tow plane’s current parking location is in front of the wing of MG. If MG is on the schedule, the tow plane will need to be moved outside before glider MG.
4. Help move the club gliders out to the runway. Do not allow gliders to obstruct the taxiway or infringe on the runway. Help move the gliders. Run wings. Never leave the club gliders unattended.
5. Keep track of the schedule for the day (who’s next?). Instructions should be done before noon, followed by club members and demos.
6. Be helpful, talk to the public, pick up trash!!!

1. Bring gliders in the hangar.
2. Get the batteries out and plug them onto the charger.
3. Make sure oxygen is off and the canopy windows are closed and covered.
4. Report any problems to maintenance officer.
5. Close the hangar doors.
6. Secure the tow plane.
7. Roll up the tow-rope and stow in tow golf carts.
8. Lock all doors and hatches.
9. Check the staging area to make sure that there is no trash.
10. Do not leave until everything is done. If private owners are still flying make sure someone is there to assist them.
11. Keep the runway and taxiway area uncluttered at all times.
a) No more than five people.
b) No parked vehicles on the aircraft movement areas.
c) Inactive gliders moved.
d) Empty the trashcan into the container near the entrance gate next to the terminal building.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Flight Operations Officer – END OF DAY CHECKLIST

Glider hangar
1. Hangar doors closed and locked
2. Removable batteries removed from gliders and on the charger, door closed on battery charging shelf during winter months to prevent batteries from freezing. ML and DL batteries plugged in as these batteries are hard wired in the gliders and inaccessible.
3. Oxygen tanks are shut off.
4. Canopies and windows closed and covers installed on all club gliders.
5. Glider secured (Tail dolly for E4 removed while parked in hangar. All gliders parked in hangar with tire on lowered wing.
6. Lights out.

Tow plane/carts
1. Tow plane secured/chalked.
2. Golf carts in the hangar and on the charger, trash removed.

Around the clubhouse
1. No trash lying around (cans, beer bottles)
2. Tow rope rolled up and stowed in the clubhouse or golf carts.
3. All chairs are inside
4. Water is shut off (when watering the trees)
5. Nothing that is supposed to be in the hangar or in the clubhouse is outside i.e. wing dollies and tow-out gear

In the clubhouse
1. All windows closed
2. Radio is off
3. PC is shut down
4. Lights out
5. In winter: Heater is off
6. In summer: AC and water for AC is shut off

Flight Operations Officer Addendum (2018)

FOO duty is a big part of making soaring safe and enjoyable for everyone. To the untrained observer it would appear that the FOO is a wing runner and not much else. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The FOO duties include more than just wing running. The FOO ensures:

1. Safety during all ground handling, whether on the parking aprons, taxiways or the runways. Some examples of ground handling include pulling gliders out of the hangars, connecting tow-out gear, and operating the golf carts.

2. When the gliders are located in the aircraft movement areas that they are not going to be damaged by wind blasts from either weather or other aircraft prop/turbine blasts. Canopies need to be down and locked when there aren’t any occupants in them. We have had damage, which leads to expensive repairs because the canopies have been left opened, and a big gust slams the canopies closed. $7000 for a canopy alone.

3. Radio communications are available and monitored. Communications are key to any flight operations. While towing gliders on taxiway Alpha to runway 22 end of runway, before crossing dirt runway16/34, slow down and check to make sure that there aren’t any aircraft in the 16/34 pattern. Monitoring the radio and giving a visual look before crossing will ensure that is it safe to cross the runway. Before pulling any glider onto the active runway, the FOO will make sure that there isn’t any traffic in the traffic pattern of the runway that the glider is about to take off from. The FOO’s attention to all aircraft operating in and on the vicinity of the airport is paramount to the safety of both the tow plane whose sight is limited due to high mounted wing, and the glider who has unlimited view but limited control and aircraft trying to land. The FOO has saved aircraft on final approach from gear up landings.

4. Pilot/students/passengers are secured prior to take-off. This includes seatbelts, canopies down, locked and checked, yaw strings and tow ropes.

5. That all equipment is removed immediately from the runway. If utilizing a golf cart to pull the glider onto the active runway, once the glider is disconnected, the golf cart will immediately be removed from the runway and not left unattended/parked on the runway until after the launch.

6. Use of proper hand signals are utilized. Sometimes the radio traffic will prevent the FOO from making radio calls, so signals from both the glider and tow plane will need to be relayed by the FOO. The tow planes view can be limited out of the rear view mirror so the wing runner will run the wing from the right wing of the glider. For a list of the wing runner signals, see Chapter 7 of the FAA Glider handbook available in the clubhouse and online at the FAA’s website.

7. When operating at or near the runway that any visitors remain out of harm’s way. We have visitors almost every weekend that are interested in our flying and their safety is also part of the FOOs responsibility.

Last update by Trever.