6. While taxiing aircraft out of the arresting gear,
directors must be aware of the activities of the hook
runner, tiller-bar man, and the wing walkers.
7. While directing aircraft, the director must be in
plain view of the pilot at all times. If the pilot loses sight
of his director, he must STOP immediately.
8. No director should give signals to a pilot who is
being controlled by another director EXCEPT in an
attempt to avert an accident.
9. Never allow yourself to become complacent to
the point of permitting unsafe conditions to exist.
Complacency is one of the major causes of aircraft
accidents/incidents in handling aircraft.
10. Make sure that the brakes are manned before
you move an aircraft.
NOTE: If an aircraft with inoperative brakes is to be
respotted, the cockpit must NOT be manned, and the
chockmen must be in position to chock the main wheels
instantly when ordered.
11. Use the proper tow bar for the aircraft that is
12. Use wing and tail walkers in all movements.
13. Use chockmen at all times in case the aircraft is
to be stopped without brakes or in the instance where
brakes fail. Use chockmen when you back an aircraft to
the deck-edge spots.
14. Never move an aircraft when there is doubt as
15. Watch for unexpected ship movement that may
have a bearing on aircraft being moved.
16. Be extremely cautious when you handle
aircraft on and off of elevators. There is always the
danger of losing one over the side because they are at
the extreme edge of the deck.
17. Make sure the elevator is in the full up or down
position before you move an aircraft on or off it.
18. Because of the small confines of the hangar
deck, it is of the utmost importance that aircraft be
moved with extreme caution. Ensure that hydraulic
brake fluid pressure is available and is sufficient to
safely accomplish the handling operation.
19. Handling of other equipment around aircraft
should always be performed with utmost care.
20. Unlock the nose or tail wheel (if applicable)
before you move an aircraft.
21. Be particularly careful when you move a jet
that has been started. Ensure that all personnel are clear
of the intake and jet blast.
22. Stay clear of the launching and landing areas
unless you are part of that operation.
23. Stay alert when you are working around
aircraft. There is never room for carelessness,
daydreaming, or skylarking on the flight deck.
24. Keep constant vigilance for coworkers. This
helps to avoid accidents.
25. Ensure that aircraft wheel chocks and tie-down
chains are always used whenever an aircraft is not being
26. Always wear articles of flight-deck clothing in
the following manner:
! Helmets on and buckled, goggles down
! Flight-deck jerseys on with sleeves rolled
! Life vest on and fastened.
! Wear safety shoes.
27. Be alert for slick deck areas. Clean spillage
from the deck as soon as possible.
28. Aircraft with wings folded are not to be
spotted, towed, or taxied immediately behind a jet blast
deflector when another aircraft is at high-power turnup
on the catapult.
29. You must strictly observe all safety precautions
when working around aircraft equipped with an
ejection seat. Accidental actuation of the firing
mechanism can result in death or serious injury to
anyone in the cockpit area.
30. Beware of jet blast, props, and rotors.
Q10-13. Who is ultimately responsible for safety?
Q10-14. When an aircraft is being towed with inopera-
tive brakes, should the cockpit be manned?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Recognize air-
craft handling operations ashore, including
spotting, securing, and operating vehicles on
flight lines and around aircraft. Identify the